A collection of origami beetles! Clockwise from upper left corner: My Giant Root Borer, Lang's latest Stag Beetle, Lang's Hercules Beetle, Lang's Longhorn Beetle and Kawahata's Jambar Giant Scarab. All folded out of 1 square sheet of tracing paper.
Awesome, I like your borer beetle. What kind of base did you make it out of? Is it a completely improvised base, box pleated, or folded from a basic base? I suck at creating my own insects; I can never find a nice suitable base that can contain all the points including feet and jaws/antennae, most usually I just find a base and see what I can make out of it :\
Simply incredible, Robert Langs models have always been hard for me, probably because I only have typing paper to work with, you said those were all made with tracing paper? Seeing that origami paper is kind of hard to find maybe I would have better luck with that.
The stag beetle is lang's as well, the crease pattern's on his website, but be warned, my first attempt took around 12 hours! I designed the longhorn beetle with shorter "horns" using a similar box pleating technique.
Yeah, I thought he preferred circle packing after I read Design Secrets. CP's are incredibly difficult, If you have time, try folding a difficult model then unfold it completely and look observe the structure and fold it back again (maybe not).
Yeah, this one is very much square packing. He gave a lecture on square packing and pythagorean stretches in 2007, I don't really remember much of it and my notes don't make sense to me now XD. The most complex thing I've folded from a CP is his dragonfly from the class he taught in 2004. For some reason his circle packing bases are easier for me to fold. Perhaps something in insects II has a similar base, I'll have to check it out.
Awesome! you attended one of his conferences, I haven't been to any conventions or things like that. I tried to fold the same dragonfly CP from his site a few years ago, but I had trouble shaping it once the base was finished. I'll try again someday.
I'm sure you'd enjoy it, I believe you've seen the convention photos in my scrapbook section, most of the contemporary designers sit at one table and they're often there to talk business. I'm not the mathematical type like most of the designers these days, so its hard to understand what they're talking about sometimes.
The dragonfly is a bit of a story if you care to read it.
2004 was my first convention, sort of my high school graduation present. I had the menacing yellow "first timer" tag even though I had checked that they leave it off... When it came time to choose classes one of my top picks was the Dragonfly Varileg. It was a limited class, with the special requirement of being able to fold all the insects from origami insects II and the like to be able to get in (you didn't have to prove it, more as a precaution). I strolled up to the ticketing area and chose it, which I recieved a few odd looks in doing so, many first timers aren't super complex folders I guess, I thought it was pretty normal since I was always a lone folder.
The class was broken up into two hour sessions over two days. The first day was for folding the base. We had about 8 in our class, in addition to a man from The New Yorker (who thanks to him Robert later got that article that lead to his recent burst of fame). I goofed up on folding the reference points, it was quite confusing. I urged Robert to continue anyway. I watched through to find the final steps to get the model ready for the next day. At the end he gave us the CP for the model as homework to finish the base.
I returned to the hospitality room, a bit worried. I decided to cut out the CP and fold it to the base, finding my own reference points that I could understand, and then applying my notes to them. After two tries and a few hours I was satisfied with my base and headed off to bed.
The next afternoon I showed up to class, which was now down to 6 including myself. Robert seemed surprised that I showed up with a completed base, which I take delight in remembering . I was able to complete the model and afterwards Robert gave me his model and I asked him to autograph it.(It still sits proudly on my shelf)
The class taught me more than to fold a dragonfly, it also taught me alot about teaching origami, as well as knowing my weaknesses (and having a little humility). Not to mention that you shouldn't say your dragonfly has a belly button (stress rip), or your instructor may mention they've never seen one with a navel before. Have to remember to use the correct language around laser physicists .