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.
Did you make each one with 1 piece of paper or more?
greetings and adoration from berlin, germany!
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 .