It’s every fan’s dream for their favorite characters to spring to 3D life straight from the page or screen. For Patryk Papercrafter, a.k.a. Patryk Groszkowski, however, such beloved characters really do take physical shape, emerging from a combination of paper, ink, and a love of crafting.
From Wałbrzych, Poland, Groszkowski has been making papercrafts for five years, with his personal collection of papercrafts numbering around 1,100 pieces. At exhibitions, the papercrafter’s display tables are filled with figures spanning across multiple fandom universes, including Pokémon, Final Fantasy, League of Legends and Arcane, Genshin Impact, and, of course, The Legend of Zelda. In addition to crafting based on designs found around the internet, Groszkowski is a testbuilder for other papercraft designers.
How does one get into papercrafting, you might ask? For Groszkowski, a new passion was found in trying something new:
“I used to make scale models of different military vehicles and cars. One time I decided to try making one papercraft… what happened next can be seen nowadays.”
As for subject matter, Groszkowski says he makes what he likes, whether it’s a particular character, design, or universe.
Some of Groszkowski’s papercrafts from the Zelda universe include Twilight Princess’ Wolf Link, Midna in her imp form, Zelda, and Zant; The Wind Waker’s Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf; Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s Terrako; the titular character and iconic mask from Majora’s Mask; and more. In the future, the papercrafter is interested in expanding his Zelda repertoire to include The Wind Waker’s King Daphnes Nohansen, Skyward Sword’s Lord Ghirahim, and Twilight Princess’ Midna in her true Twili form.
I personally would love to see this beautiful papercraft collection in person! Fortunately, if you live in the Czech Republic, it looks like Patryk Papercrafter will be making a stop near you later this month (October 22nd-23rd, 2022):
For now my next papercrafts exhibition will take place during Junior Comic-Con in Brno. The next ones will probably take place in 2023, but life is full of surprises.
What do you think of Patryk Papercrafter’s collection? Which piece is your favorite? Let us know down below in the comments!
Source: Patryk Papercrafter
Location: Athens, Georgia, USA
Favorite Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Date Joined: March 2022
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