Sep 29, 2014
Bill Doran (@Chinbeard) is a replica
props and model builder based in Seattle. He has turned his hobbies
— playing video games and attending conventions — into his
profession by serving a niche community who need high quality props
and weapons as an part of their cosplay.
This conversation focuses on how Bill creates his pieces using very
hands-on techniques and tools, and how built his online customer
base from mostly in-person interactions.
Bill’s work can be seen on his website, Punished Props, and
An example of Bill’s YouTube videos, where he brings some how-to
direct to your screen.
Show Notes & Links
Artistic Effects like washes, glazes, patinas
Go to conventions to meet people (aka network). Costumes attract
attention and start conversations
Be systematic about your schedule. Fill your commissions and book
your upcoming time.
Get reference numerous images for your projects before
Do business with real names, not internet aliases
Work out every day
Use mornings for productivity
Check email at lunch
Work until the wife gets home (then have dinner and relax)
Always take the advice that comes from a seasoned expert (at
least try the