Creating a cardboard character

For a unique promotional item, there’s nothing like creating a cardboard character. Mark James, the man behind CardBoy, shows you how it’s done

Pete Fowler and I have worked together for many years, mainly collaborating on artwork for Welsh band Super Furry Animals. We create various formats for them and want our packaging to inspire the same feelings as listening to an album from beginning to end while studying the sleeve artwork.

Pete and I have often discussed the idea of me creating his characters in flat-pack form. This tutorial will walk you through the process of how we brought Pete's Snyrd into 3D. I hope it will inspire you to make your own Snyrd from the template provided and invent a flat-pack character yourself. Emailing the final template as a PDF is a great way to grab the attention of potential clients, who will probably find it irresistible. It's vital to include contact details and any branding in the template so that they know who to thank when they've proudly assembled your model.

Click here do download the finished Snyrd template

Click here to download the tutorial for free