How to break into sword design?

Discussion in 'Fantasy Weapons and Armour' started by infi, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. infi

    infi New Member

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    Hi folks,

    I arrived at a point in my life where I have to decide what I will do for many years in the future. I'm learning in a colleague for graphic-design at the moment and will graduate in about 6 months. At this school I noticed that I don't really like to design for general use i.e. for the advertising industry, but instead to design medieval weapons of all kinds. I like to design and paint fantasy swords for myself, so it would be a dream for me to transfer this on my future job. Possibly also to smith my schemes afterwards, but this isn't greatly important.

    I'm from Germany, but would also be happy to agree a job or an apprenticeship abroad.
    However, I just don't know where to begin. There are no similiar professions for this, also I didn't find any designer in the Internet. Today I accidently landed on Kit Rae's Homepage and also on this board, on which he is registered, too.

    So do anyone know an employer, trainer, useful information, or just something that could help?
    I would appreciate any hint from you.


    P.S. Sorry for my bad englisch. I tried my best. :)



    Greetings, infi
     
  2. Ringquelle

    Ringquelle Graveyard Faerie

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    Well, try to find an old-fashioned smith. They still excists.
     
  3. infi

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    Well I tried.
    But how and where?

    Unfortunately old-fashioned smiths don't have a website not to mention a PC. And none of the people I know have something to do with smithing.
    But maybe some user here knows any smith, that's why i created this thread. ;)
     
  4. Ringquelle

    Ringquelle Graveyard Faerie

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    Well...... In the making of LOTR books they probably mention the smith they used. Try contacting him. or look on a website that offers swords, then ask for the adress of their smith.
     
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    Try to find a "Prop Design" major at a college and then I would seriously consider moving to New Zealand and trying to get a job at Weta.
     
  6. infi

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    Hi again,

    uhm what exactly is prop design? I couldn't find a proper translation for it in the net.

    It seems Weta is not that easy to reach. But there's still a chance, I'll keep it in mind, thanks.
     
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    Ringquelle Graveyard Faerie

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    Props are parts of the decor, like pipes, but also mugs, food, lamps, furniture etc. So perhaps Decor can be tried too. or perhaps even artifacts.
     
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    Try www.americanbladesmith.com, they run classes and are dedicated to keeping the tradition of forging blades alive in the modern age