Sunday, 28 December 2014


The drummer is the eighth member in my music band. With the experience I have been gaining during the past year I have dared to design my own model. Both, drum and dwarf (the upper part) are my own design. Evidently inspired by Joisel's work.

Here is my drummer:

A few months ago when I folded my flautist I challenged myself: designing a similar dwarf but with neck. As you can see in the following pic, in this model, the head comes directly from the body. It does not have neck at all:
With my drummer I have made a long necked dwarf and as an additional benefit, I have designed a face with a big moustache. The drawback is that I have lost the very long flap that is used to make the hat. I have replaced it with long hair that covers the top and back of the head.

The lower part of the model is the skirt with diamonds I have already used for other musicians (violinist and bass player). It would not be difficult to change the CP to use different costumes.

Let us take a look at the CP:
and let us compare it with, for example, the dwarf with diamonds' CP:
As you can see, the lower part of the model is exactly the same. It will form skirt and legs. However, the upper part is completely different. In the following drawing I have marked the different areas in the model:

In the centre area there are three red squares that will make chin, nose and eyes. In yellow there is one rectangle that will form the hair (much shorter than in the 'traditional' dwarf). All around the centre there is a pink 'river' that will form the neck. Finally, there are 6 green squares, three on each side of the face. The lower one on each side will form the moustache. The other four are unused. They could have been used to make ears.

Collapsing the face is trickier in this model than in the other dwarfs because the green squares get hidden into the red ones. Before collapsing the face for the first time I recommend you try it with a proof paper.

Let us see some pics of the collapsing process. For my model I have used a 60x60 cm Kozo paper. The final height of the dwarf is 22 cm:

Front view
Back view
Side view
And the face:

Detail of the face
You can see how the 'green' squares are hidden inside the 'red' ones. 

Detail of one of the 'green' squares
And now, let us see how to stretch the 'green' squares to make the moustache:

To model the eyes we squash the top flap in the face:

We stretch the upper flap to make the hair:

Closing the back of the model is similar to the procedure used with the other dwarves with diamonds:

We put one layer on one side on top of the layer of the opposite side

We put one triangle inside the triangle of the opposite side

The back once closed
After the basic modelling we come to this point:

Now we start the detailed modelling using methyl cellulose and carpenter glue:

Shaping the arms

Modelling completed
We finally come to the end model that I show from all perspectives:

In my next post I will talk about the drum, a very simple concept but hard to fold if you want to get a well shaped and closed cylinder.