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's construction uses high-quality Bockingford 500 GSM watercolour paper. The initial design uses Cinema 4D with additional movement implemented by rigging the model. The polygon count is significantly reduced to make the assembly easier and also to achieve the desired aesthetic.​​​​​​​
The 3d model is unfolded into nets using specific software. The exploded polys are grouped into manageable shapes. The software also drew out the hill and valley folds. The tabs are included to help with assembly. 
There is so many 'mesh to net' software choices available online, it depends on the desired effect. You can choose from free open-source apps that can do the job very effectively and some of them very are sophisticated. 

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 cavities. The tail was left to last sealing the wolf.  Extra strength was added with some metal in the internal structure. ​​​​​​​

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