Ashley Zelinskie is an artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work blurs the lines between art and technology, and spans a variety of media from sculpture to computer programs. After receiving a degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ashley began to experiment with the pairing of artistic media and technology. The work she creates now is designed to be appreciated by both human and computer.

Projects: BRILLO

Tom Baker is a Mechanic and Margo's Friend

Margo has gotten access to her parents secret technology workshop underneath the brooklyn bridge and has more access to cool gadgets and tech than someone wearing a bat suit. 

But if she's going to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the psychosmelling chemicals that Mr. Walthersnap is using to brainwash the local population, having a friend or two won't hurt. She's got her dog, but when the smell sensor network starts to get fussy, she brings in her friend Tom Baker to give her a hand with the mechanical side of things while she digs into the code. Tom Baker is like MacGuyver or Murdoch on the A-team. He has the magic touch with mechanical contraptions.

This model was created to spec by the talented Jose Alves da Silva and painted by Adrian Yablin. (Adrian pictured above with Tom)

This model was created to show what the MakerBot Replicator Z18 can do. If you want to get one, use the code TENOFFZ18 at checkout to get hooked up with a great deal. Also, go check out all the models in the Margo series on Thingiverse!

Kyrgstzt the Driver and Chemist (Margo Movie Character)

To the world, Kyrgstzt is Mr. Walthersnap's driver, but his background is much more colorful. His background is in synthetic aliphatics which are a specialized chemical agent. Shunned and humiliated by the perfume industry, Kyrgstzt's turned to alternate sources of support to develop his mind altering chemicals. 

Of course he turned to Mr. Walthersnap who is utilizing Kyrgstzt's talent to manipulate the minds of those around him. Kyrgstzt has become Mr. Walthersnap's right hand man.  

The aliphatic compound is being deployed in cologne and also as an additive in petrol. Whoever is within smelling distance of Mr. Walthersnap falls under his power. 

Note: Now that we've shared half a dozen models, you are getting an idea for the style of the characters. Mr. Walthersnap is going to need a car to drive around in with his driver/chemical developer. What kind of car should Mr. Walthersnap drive? We need ideas so we can create a model!

This model was created to spec by the talented Jose Alves da Silva and painted by Adrian Yablin

This model was created to show what the MakerBot Replicator Z18 can do. If you want to get one, use the code TENOFFZ18 at checkout to get hooked up with a great deal. Also, go check out all the models in the Margo series on Thingiverse!


Bold Machines: Bridge Worker for the Margo Movie

In every great work, there is comic relief. In Hamlet, Shakespeare used the gravediggers to offer comedic commentary. In the muppets, Statler and Waldorf offer critical commentary. 

In Margo, there are two bridge workers who offer comedic relief and today we are releasing the files for you to download the first bridge worker from Thingiverse and assemble and paint.

The city has been trying to track down a power draw from the network for years. They know that there is a lot of power being pulled from the Brooklyn bridge but they can't account for it. (The power is going to Margo's workshop to power her experiments and her large 3D printers) The city has assigned two bridge workers to track down the power usage. They've been looking for years to try and explain the mystery. From their vantage point on the bridge, they offer their commentary and perspective on the city and the gossip.

This model was printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18. Use the code TENOFFZ18 at checkout to get the Bold Machines discount.

This model was created to spec by the talented Jose Alves da Silva and painted by Adrian Yablin.

Bold Machines: Margo's Scooter and Sidecar

Here at Bold Machines, we are exploring the frontier of 3D printing. We have started off by creating amazing, feature film quality 3D models of characters.

First of all, go download the files to make Margo's scooter and sidecar on Thingiverse. You can print them out on any 3D printer for free. We scaled the model up for the MakerBot Replicator Z18 and if you want to get in on the action, go get one of these wonderful, epic, and monster sized 3D printers and use the code "TENOFFZ18" to get hooked up with a great deal on a MakerBot Replicator Z18. (Or you might consider getting 10 MakerBot Replicator Z18s like we have here at Bold Machines - The Innovation Workshop at Stratasys)

Margo's parents are missing on a space exploration mission and she's gotten access to their laboratory filled with all the technology needed to make anything. Her dog, Eddie, has discovered his own jetpack in the laboratory. Margo is suspicious of Mr. Walthersnap and after doing some tests, she's found out about Mr. Walthersnap's ability to manipulate people with smell. 

Margo lives in Brooklyn and she's going to have to solve this mystery and get to the bottom of Mr. Walthersnap's manipulative smells. To get around Brooklyn, she's got her own supercharged scooter with a sidecar for Eddie.  There is something special about this scooter. What happens when Margo presses a button under the panel behind her feet as she rides?

Print it out and click "I Made One" on the scooter's Thingiverse page. Make sure to print out and collect all the models!

Model Designed to Specifications by Jose Alva Da Silva and Painted by Adrian Yablin

3D Print Margo's Dog named Eddie!

Here is the third model that we are releasing for your 3D printing pleasure from the Margo movie series. It is Eddie, Margo's dog.

Margo's workshop is filled with advanced prototypes of technology that nobody else in the world has ever seen. One eveniong, she brings her dog, Eddie to the workshop and he immediately goes to a section of the workshop filled with jet turbines and returns with a jet pack on his back. He trots over to a wall, nuzzles a brick and a secret escape exit opens up. After barking 3 times, the turbines windup and Eddie is flying out the secret escape exit into the night sky.

"Having a flying dog will probably come in handy." thinks Margo as Eddie returns making a crash landing and trotting over to sit at her side.

What other types of contraptions could Eddie rustle up from the depths of Margo's workshop?

Download the files for Eddie and print him out on your favorite 3D printer today. We created our model of Eddie on the MakerBot Replicator Z18. If you're inspired and want to get one yourself, just use the discount code TENOFFZ18 to get a special Bold Machines discount on a MakerBot Replicator Z18 for the month of October only.  

An Interview with Model Painter Adrian Yablin

Adrian Yablin has been painting the models for us including Margo and Mr. Walthersnap. Her work is very finely detailed and really shows off the models. We've had a lot of questions about the paint and the process and so we asked Adrian to lay it out for us and tell us how she makes the models looks so beautiful with paint.

How did you get your start painting models? 

I've painted on 2D surfaces since elementary school, but 3D figures are still relatively new to me. I dabbled a little bit while I was in college, but I didn't seriously delve into it until I started working for Stern Design Works a little over a year ago. Pretty much everything I paint at work is smaller than two inches tall, so these models were a fun and challenging change of pace!

Do you have to avoid caffeine to be a detailed modelmaker?

I've never had any issues with caffeine consumption, but that's mostly because it doesn't make me jittery. If you're prone to that sort of thing then avoiding caffeine is a good idea, you could always try mate tea as a replacement. I also find that bracing my pinky finger on something can help keep my hand steady if I'm having any trouble.

Can you walk us through the process you go through as you paint Margo and Mr. Walthersnap?

The first step is to sand all of the pieces. I used 220 grit for most of the models and then 400 grit on the faces just so detail work would be a little easier. Once all of the pieces were sanded I used canned air to remove the dust and wiped them down with a slightly damp paper towel.

Next I used Rustoleum ultra cover primer in flat gray to prime all of the pieces. I did two coats. There are lots of other primers out there, Tamiya is a brand recommended by many model painters, but I've never had any issues with the Rustoleum. I chose gray because it shows any imperfections in the surface that you may have missed and also brings out the detail of the model. Ideally you should wait 24 hours after priming before doing any other painting, or at the very least wait until you can no longer smell the paint chemicals with your nose actually touching the paint. This is because you want the primer to "de-gas" and for all of the propellants and whatnot to dissipate so they won't affect the paint that goes over it.

I then used Golden fluid acrylics for painting these models. I like them because they're very pigmented, even when diluted with water, and go on nice and smooth. I basically treated the models like they were portraits that just happened to be three dimensional, so I did underpaintings and thin layers to build up the colors.

Once all the individual pieces were painted I then glued them together. I alternated between plastruct, loctite heavy duty epoxy, and devcon plastic welder depending on the size and weight of the pieces being attached. These all set pretty quickly, but you still want to wait 24 hours before any handling if you want it to cure nice and strong.

Lastly I did a clear acrylic topcoat over both models using Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic spray. I did three coats each, to give a nice sheen and to protect the paint underneath.

What tips and tricks do you have to make the models look alive? (I love what you do around the eyes and I love what you did with the textures and shading of the clothes)

Layers. Lots and lots of thin layers. Remember that even though it's a three dimensional object you want to add depth to it through shading. If you paint an object with just a thick coat of a flat color it will make it too uniform and flat looking. I did under paintings that deepened the shadowed areas and lightened the highlights before going in and adding color. For the faces I then did thin glazes of different undertones before adding in the color of the skin itself. On the clothes I also did some drybrushing of a lighter value on areas that needed a little more of a highlight. It takes a lot of trial and error if it's a process that you're not used to

What advice do you have for those getting started painting models? What materials, paints, brushes, and stuff do you need to get going?

That depends a lot on the finish that you're trying to achieve and the overall style of the model. I was going for a illustrative/ slightly painterly style so Golden fluid acrylics were perfect for this project. They're water based so it makes cleaning brushes easier, which is always a plus. I personal like faux sable brushes and natural/synthetic bristle blends. I try to have a wide variety of sizes and shapes of brushes, as well as different handle lengths, but some artists like using just one or two brushes for everything. It boils down to personal preference really. You can also use model acrylics, like Tamiya or Vallejo, but they're technically more like enamels and I find them hard to work with. Practice and experimentation are key to figuring out what works best for you.

Thanks Adrian, we look forward to seeing more of your work as we release more of the models for the Margo series of models.

3D Print the Villain from the Margo Movie: Mr. Walthersnap

A good story calls for a great hero like our detective Margo, but it also requires a sinister villain.

Enter Mr. Walthersnap. Everyone in Brooklyn thinks they love Mr. Walthersnap. He is a powerful businessman. Margo thinks he's great too until she smells something odd around him. Working in her lab under the Brooklyn Bridge she comes to the realization that Mr. Walthersnap is using a powerful psycho-chemical agent to make people agree with him. What other things will Margo discover about Mr. Walthersnap? Now that she's on to his tricks, she's going to uncover the rotten core under the sweet smelling exterior of Mr. Walthersnap.

As with Margo, this model was created to spec by Jose Alvas Da Silva. 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator Z18.

You're going to want to download Mr. Walthersnap and print him out. No matter which 3D printer you use, please take a picture when you've made one and click on the "I Made One" button on Mr. Walthersnap's Thingiverse page and upload a photo of your model.