This is the ink-saving, printer-friendly version that everyone used, there's also a full black and white version and a fully coloured version.
Papercraft Skull Template
Papercraft Santa Template
I didn't know I needed a picture book about Orcs until I saw GoblinHood's children's book called "Mein Papa ist ein Ork" (My Dad is an Orc) and the sequel "Mein bester Freund ist ein Goblin" (My Best Friend is a Goblin). I highly recommend it for kids 4+ years, old it's so amazing. And yes, they do work for kindergarten and preschool kids as well as for primary school pupils. (It's also interesting to see how the parents lean in and how well-versed they are in fantasy lore.)
Today, the author and illustrator Rudy Eizenhöfer came to my youth club to read us his stories and everyone had a wonderful time. For the occasion, I provided a time filler. Ultimately, the skull template proved to be the more popular choice due to time constraints. Still, at least some of them had fun with it and a lot of kids took the template home with them.
This template is modeled after the father Orc in the first book. Those Orcs are quite massive, they have green skin, black clothing, little pointy ears and heavy bracelets. I'm happy to report both the author and his publisher were pleased.
Of course I have to mention that I was very inspired by other kinds of papercraft templates I saw online - especially Minecraft character templates. I would have saved myself a lot of time and trouble by using one of those as a base, just for the kids, not for publishing it unless the license would allow it, of course. Unfortunately every single one didn't quite fit all my needs - for some reason I was really, really picky when it came to the arms. Also, none had a single big piece to cut, they all had parts separated. I absolutely distrust glue. Things fall apart, never to be found again. So, with much respect for people who are clearly better than me at papercrafting and making templates, I consider this one to be superior.
Last year around Christmas, I made a papercraft template for a Santa nesting doll, and I like the prospect of making something for a picture book once a year. We'll see.
Oh - and I'm considering just leaving my name on everything I make. But I won't go back and edit everything in my Gallery until I find something I'm 100% happy with.
Tools used: the Gimp, CreaToon for the model preview in the upper left corner.
Let me know what you think!
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Once again I have to give you a hand clap as modeling your own 2d model can be a bit tricky, but it seems you’ve pulled it off with this more complex model. I really like how you made it simple for a little kid to not lose any parts, but be able to attach it. It’s all in one piece from the looks of it and very nice. The model you presented here is blank, which is also great because it allows other people to make and draw and custom their own orc. Having it be free to use, and with the addition of crediting you, is a great way to spread your name out there, and maybe push you to build your own 2d model book in the future (I’ve seen some of those ). Unlike the skull, this one has those thick big lines around were to cut, and the fold lines are thinner. This helps quite a bit as it’s noticeable where to cut and won’t make things difficult.
Again the only downside to this is where the folds go. Having numbers around to show which part goes on top of which, and where it folds will help out a bit. It’s not necessarily needed, but it will help out for people that may not fully understand how/where things are needed to have the model completed. You don’t need instructions here though, I’m sure numbers will do. Again the glue label that you used in your key, could be also added to the grey areas in case the key is discarded after the model is cut out. It also saves woes and will speed up the process as they know what goes underneath another piece of the model.
Overall you’ve done an excellent job on this one. It tops your skull I have to say. The clothing is separated and adds some depth to it, giving the illusion it’s actually two pieces instead of one. The key on the left side where and what the lines means is really nice, and will help prepare those that are about to cut it out for their own pleasure. You make me want to make my own 3d paper model. ;D
Great job on this, and keep up the good work.