WOLF - Lupa

Lupa the mother of Romulus & Remus


MEDIUM: 500 GSM Bockingford Watercolour paper, PVA,  Expanding Foam.
DIMENSIONS: H 740 MM / W 260 MM / D1230
ARTISTS: Paul & Mark Cummings
DATE: 21/06/2013

This wolf was constructed using high quality Bockingford 500 GSM watercolour paper. The initial design was made in Cinema 4D with additional movement constructed by rigging the model. The polygon count was significantly reduced to make the assembly easier but also to achieve the desired aesthetic
The 3d model was then unfolded into nets using specific software. The exploded polys were grouped into manageable shapes. The software also drew out the hill and valley folds. The tabs were included to help with assembly. 
 
There are so many mesh to net software choices available online. Depends on the desired effect. You can choose from free open source apps that can do the job very effectively to some very sophisticated ones. These specialist aplications are for boat hulls and sheet metal pressing that will allow for the creation of curved splines shapes to nets. Here are some reasonably priced poly to net software including some open source exploders;
 
DXF2papercraft / Blender + Plugins  / Rhino + plugins / Paperkraft / Peparuka
The final illustrations were scaled up to a life size wolf, and also to match the maximum paper size for cutting. The Pattern was cut using a very effective CNC machine, the KNK Maxx Air. The shapes were pulled out of the paper and bent along the lines to form the shape.
 
The wolf was made in stages, first the head, legs, body and tail. The single parts, for example, a leg was assembled from several patterns glued together with the tabs hidden inside the form. The limbs were packed with expanding foam to retain their structure.  The limbs were attached to the main trunk with more foam  injected into cavaties. The tail was left to last sealing the wolf.  Extra strength was added with some metal in the internal structure. 
 
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