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This week The[Crafty]Gamer features Harrison Krix, the man behind Volpin Props. The Georgia native is a graphic designer that specializes in replica and prop design. Recently, he and his fiancée have received plenty of press for their incredible Big Daddy and Little Sister costumes. You might've also heard about the Portal gun, which we got the chance to chat about. Read on for more.
The[Crafty]Gamer: Harrison Krix
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Creation: Portal Gun
Tell us about the piece. What’s the inspiration behind it?
I've always been tinkering with things, building small kits and the like. Around Halloween of 2007, my fiancée and I decided to go as Link and Midna from the latest Zelda game, Twilight Princess. I took a crack at making our props, which were very well received. We went to our first convention after that, and I noticed there was a lot of attention directed at replica props. Portal came out shortly thereafter and I decided to try my hand at making the Portal gun. I always like learning new techniques and I knew I could bring this to life in a very realistic way.
How much time did it take to create?
About 4 months, working on and off. A lot of this was trial and error as I hadn't undertaken a project like this before.
Is it available for purchase anywhere? If so, where and how much?
Only five replicas are being created. I will be making extra parts for possible repairs in the future, but there will only be five finished guns. Three of these are going to private owners and two are being auctioned off to the public at a later date upon their completion.
Any other information you’d like to share about yourself?
I have a bachelor's degree in fine arts (graphic design) from the Savannah College of Art and Design (graduated in 2004). I also restore vintage cars in what little free time I have left after props and work. I desperately loved the Dreamcast and often have fantasies about a Power Stone remake for a current generation console. I never get enough sleep.
Any Web links to other work?
My Props Blog. I try to update at least once a month with new projects!
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