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We continue our twin series with this new tutorial where you will learn to make not only one, but two dinosaurs.

The first one, which is the smaller one on the above photo, will be a gentle looking diplodocus, while the second one, which is the bigger one on the same photo, will be a more fearsome looking velociraptor. Those sizes on the photo happen to be the contrary to what we know about those prehistorical animals. This is due to technical constraints: with balloons twisting, if we want more details we often have to add more balloons, and therefore more volume. But the most important concept we will review with this new tutorial, is what we learned with the horse/unicorn tutorial as well as with the tiger/lion tutorial: we can often revisit a balloon animal and recycle it into a different balloon animal with a couple simple changes.

Needed equipment

  • 1 black marker
  • 1 light green modeling balloon for the diplodocus
  • 2 light green modeling balloons for the velociraptor

Balloon twisting basic skills, needed for making these balloon dinosaurs

 

Video Tutorial

Video in French, with English subtitles (if captions do not automatically display in your favorite language, you simply need to modify YouTube parameters at the bottom right of the video screen).

Good morning ! Well, for this new tutorial of the year, I have prepared for you, like last time, not one but two tutorials!

I will teach you how to make two different dinosaurs, the first will be a diplodocus, the second will be a velociraptor, or at least something that looks like them.

So to do well with these two tutorials, you absolutely must master some basic balloon twisting techniques, you can't avoid it, so if you're not so sure, go watch these videos again: on control air pressure, on the pinch-twist bubbles, how to curve a twisting balloon, and how to make angles with twisting balloons.

That's really important, I say it every time! This is what will make the difference between a great job and a sloppy job. So preferably do a fine job, by curving shapes, making them look more natural... unlike plain straight... uh... ugly tubes!?

OK! Without further ado, here we go!

The first step is inflating the balloon. If needed, deflate it to leave exactly the width of an entire hand uninflated.

We tie the knot, and we pull on the knot a little, to have a little bit of slack just after the knot, and by pulling on it, see the air has entered the slack, which gives us a little more balloon volume.

What we need to do now is an S-shaped bubble which will be the long neck of the diplodocus.

So that's going to be the head. You see, it's the first part of the S that I'm going to hold in my hand, and I'm just going to make a little angle, at the top.

I'm still holding the first angle that I did, I'm still holding it in my hand, Same, it's always the same technique, it's important to hold the first angle in your hand, while you work on the other. Like that, and you release the two angles together gently.

And you can see now that you have your S shape. Then, at the base of the S, you will make your bubble.

So this is the head, the long neck, and the base of the neck. Now we are going to do the second step, which will be the two front legs.

So here it's easy, it's like the legs of the little dog, we're not going to make them too long, because you have to keep the balloon for all the other details, so two little legs, which you're going to tie together, lock-twist together.

Now we are going to do the belly. So for the belly it's going to be two bubbles, like the front legs, but a little bigger, a little longer, like that... more or less like that.

So two bubbles of the same size, which we lock together, like so. This is what you should have, it doesn't look too much like a dinosaur (yet).

So the bubble in S for the long neck and the head, the two small bubbles at the front, for the front legs and two small... actually, two bubbles a little longer for the belly, and, these two bubbles, see... we should be able to open them aside like that.

Now we will make a series of four bubbles... one...two...one, two...three...and four.

You will now have to force these four bubbles, through, which will form the back of the dinosaur, through the two bubbles which form the belly.

To do this, we approach the last bubble of the series, to the back of the belly, we turn everything over, and... then, I have to show you both sides, here you go, you put your 2 thumbs behind the last bubble, to secure it, you flip the balloon over, and you make the two big bubbles spin that way you spin them, while pushing the bubble (from the back), and, this movement is enough, each bubble, you push them with your thumb, and you turn the two large bubbles at the same time, and like that, without forcing, you see that the four bubbles have passed through quietly to the other side of the belly.

We pull back... we pull out the tail, and that's the shape you should have now.

Then, the first little bubble which is smaller than the others, we are going to transform it into a a pinch-twist, which makes it possible to solidify the base of the neck, the two front legs, the belly and the back. and now we're going to do the base of the neck, so the second angle of the S.

This is now the shape you should have.

Then we're going to do two back legs, which will be the same... the same size as the two front legs, so two bubbles, here I see I've got a lot of air, so I'm going to push some a little bit further, two bubbles, of the same size, which we will lock together at their base.

This is now the shape you should have.

And it's almost over, we just have to make a very small bubble that we're going to transform into a pinch-twist like this one and the rest of the balloon... the rest of the balloon will be the tail.

Here it is, now... everything is solid, we are going to give a more natural shape to the tail, in two movements, first we are going to force the air towards the base of the tail so that the tail is bigger at its base, and, we will refine it at its end, like a normal dinosaur tail, actually!

So, you just have to compress it thoroughly, being careful of course not to explode the balloon, so here you go, you press on it several times like that, and all the air gets compressed at the top, there you go, you see that already here, it looks a bit like a carrot, it's thicker here and less thick there.

And so we will continue to refine the tail, we pull like that, we give it a little rounded shape like that.

And here we have given a slightly more natural shape to our diplodocus which is finished, we will now be able to make a small drawing, a friendly face for our diplodocus!

(fast forward... his indistinct sound)

And here is our diplodocus!

Now let's move on to the velociraptor, and it's very simple, it's just a variation of the diplodocus, you'll see!

You have to inflate a balloon exactly like we did the first time, ie leaving the width of a hand that is not inflated, you make your knot, which you pull a little outwards, so that the balloon, at this level, can fill with air.

Same, we first make a big S, so like right away, we keep the top well, we make the angle, the neck will be shorter than the diplodocus, so you make a smaller S than you block, and you make your angle. Refer to the angle tutorials if necessary. You release slowly and here is the head of our velociraptor.

So, like we did before, two little front legs...

(fast forward... indistinct sound)

And here we're not doing the back legs, we're going to make another little bubble, like the first one, that we're going to transform into a pinch-twist, and here is the shape you should have, it's exactly like the diplodocus except that the neck is shorter, and it has no hind legs and therefore a longer tail.

We will now put it aside, and take the second balloon to make the hind legs.

Once it's inflated all the way, you're going to let it deflate a bit, to roughly get the same consistency, as the one you got with the butterfly wings, if you did this tutorial, or with the petals of the flower, so it's the same consistency, see, it has to be inflated all the way, but not too inflated, it has to be really quite supple and soft, let the air escape a little if necessary, like that, inflated all the way, but quite supple and soft.

So we tie the knot. OK there's a bit of slack there, so we're going to let the air go all the way,

You stretch it a little... so now we're going to take the beginning of the balloon, where there's the knot, and we're going to make the first hind leg, so here's the foot, so a big bubble for the foot. You need the bubble to be big enough, if you want the velociraptor to stand on its own, so you need a big enough base, here I made it as long as the width of a hand, followed by a little bubble that we transform into a pinch-twist.

You position the end of the ball next to the foot to measure it, and to make a bubble of the same size, followed by another small bubble, which will also be transformed into a pinch-twist. Here are the two velociraptor feet.

Now, again, we are going to take the balloon from the side of the knot, the side of the balloon that is a little more inflated than the other.

In addition, we do a little air pressure control, like that, to make sure that the air is evenly distributed over the entire length of the dinosaur's two feet.

We then divide the balloon in half and we make an angle there, once your angle is finished you will fold the ball in half, right in the middle of the angle, here you go, turn several times, your two feet are now formed.

We will assemble them with the rest of the dinosaur's body. Both feet should be slid between the belly and the last bubble of the dinosaur's back on one side, and between the tail and the pinch-twist on the other side.

To do that it's easy, we approach both side, we don't force, we turn, always, you turn, position it and you turn it like that, that's it... it's done.

Here, now we lock the two legs of the dinosaur together, so we take the two pinch-twists, and we lock them together.

Here it is not facing the right direction, we simply do a twist to put it back in place.

Then we will shape the knees of the dinosaur, so again, the technique of angles will be useful to us.

So we have to choose about a large third from the top, we bend and we hold both legs in our hand, and we make our two angles, and we release gently, and there we are going to curve the thighs, and curves the calves.

So we round the top of the thighs, the angle of the knees is perhaps a little too pronounced, we're going to open it a little, and we're going to curve the calves, like so!

We now have to form the tail of the dinosaur, so always the same we press on the end and we push the air, We push the air upwards, preferably without exploding it, and we refine the rest.

And here is our velociraptor, we are now going to draw on its face, a slightly more aggressive expression than for the dinosaur! So, I start with the eyebrows, with triangle eyes and big teeth!

And here is the horrible velociraptor!

Well that's all for today, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, that it will be useful to you, that it will enable you to progress in your balloon twisting journey, or else, if you already are a balloon professional, that it has given you a new model that the children will enjoy during your next animation.

See you soon... for another lesson, with Môssieur Ballon!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

How to Make a Balloon Diplodocus

how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 1
1- We only need one twisting balloon to make the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 2
2- Inflate the balloon, leaving a slack of about 5 fingers wide.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 3
3- You will need as much balloon length as possible, so redeem some extra length from the knot, reviewing the air-pressure control tutorial if necessary.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 4
4- Please follow the captions 13 to 18 of the air-pressure control tutorial if you are not sure how to get from the previous step to this one.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 5
5- Fold a length of balloon of about 2 fingers wide in your "holding" hand,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 6
6- then, with your "manipulating" hand, squish the bend to imprint a sharp angle on the balloon.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 7
7- With that first fold still firmly in your "holding" hand, create a zigzag by making a second fold about 10 cm away.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 8
8- Here again, squish that second fold to imprint another sharp angle on the balloon.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 9
9- Keeping that zigzag slightly compressed in your "holding" hand, twist the start of a new bubble a couple cm away from its base.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 10
10- At this stage, you should obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 11
11- Make a bubble with a length of about 2 fingers wide,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 12
12- followed by a second one of exactly the same length, so that you can lock twist them together to form the front legs.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 13
13- Make a new bubble a bit bigger than the 2 previous ones (about 3 fingers wide),
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 14
14- followed by a second one of exactly the same length, so that you can lock twist them together to form the tummy.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 15
15- At this stage, you should now obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 16
16- Now, form a small round bubble,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 17
17- followed by a second one, a bit larger,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 18
18- followed by a third one, exactly the same size as the second one,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 19
19- and finally, followed by a fourth one, exactly the same size as the second and third one.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 20
20- While holding it securely so that the whole series of bubble does not unravel, bring the fourth bubble against the two bubbles forming the tummy of the diplodocus,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 21
21- and starting from the fourth bubble, force the whole series through the center of the two big bubbles forming the tummy of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 22
22- Pull them out securely from the other side of the tummy, these bubbles will form the back of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 23
23- Now take the first smaller bubble from the series,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 24
24- and transform it into a pinch-twist.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 25
25- At this stage, you should now obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 26
26- Now, form a bubble a bit smaller than the length of the dinosaur's front legs,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 27
27- followed by a second one, of the same exact length, so that you can lock-twist them together to form the hind legs of the dinosaur.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 28
28- At this stage, you should now obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 29
29- Now, make a small bubble, the exact same size as the first bubble of the series of four, which you transformed into a pinch-twist earlier,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 30
30- and transform it into a pinch-twist as well.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 31
31- You should now obtain this shape. What is left of the modeling balloon will naturally form the tail of the dinosaur.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 32
32- You will now compress the end of that tail between your 2 palms, to push the air towards the hind legs of the dinosaur so that it forms a bulge (but be careful not to burst it).
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 33
33- Then, thin out the end part of the the tail.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 34
34- The idea is to have a tail that is larger at its base and thinner at its extremity.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 35
35- Now give a natural curve to the dinosaur's tail,
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 36
36- much like we did with the dog, the tiger or the lion.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 37
37- See how much better it is that way?
how to make a balloon diplodocus, step 38
38- Now all that's left is a little drawing on the face.
how to make a balloon diplodocus, last step
And there it is, a gentle looking balloon diplodocus!

 

How to Make a Balloon Velociraptor

how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 1
1- For the velociraptor, you will need 2 green modeling balloons.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 2
2- With the first balloon, proceed exactly like if you were doing a diplodocus, starting at step 2 all the way to step 24. In other words, you need to obtain this shape, the same as step 25 of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 3
3- At this point, do not make the hind legs yet, instead make the small bubble, same size as the in step 29 of the diplodocus,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 4
4- which you will also transform into a pinch-twist.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 5
5- Same as step 32 of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 6
6- Same as step 33 of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 7
7- At this stage, you should have this shape, which is the body of the balloon velociraptor. Put it aside for the moment so that you can work on its legs.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 8
8- Take the second balloon and inflate it fully, and then let some air burp out a little before making the knot. The balloon should be quite soft but your fingers should not be able to easily touch each other when pressing on it.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 9
9- Same procedure as step 3 of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 10
10- Same procedure as step 4 of the diplodocus.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 11
11- Start with the first foot of the balloon velociraptor by making a first sausage-like bubble of about 4 fingers wide,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 12
12- followed by a second bubble, but a small one, only about 1 finger wide,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 13
13- which you will transform into a pinch-twist to form the heel.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 14
14- After ensuring the air is evenly distributed, bring its extremity beside the feet, to double-check its length.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 15
15- Make a sausage like bubble with the exact same length as the first feet, followed by another small bubble,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 16
16- which you will also transform into a pinch-twist to form the heel of that second foot.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 17
17- Bring both feet side by side and pinch the balloon at middle of the two legs you just formed, to imprint a sharp angle right there.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 18
18- Now, take the balloon at the spot of that sharp angle,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 19
19- squeeze the balloon on that spot,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 20
20- and turn each legs in opposite ways from each other, just like if you were twisting 2 huge bubbles.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 21
21- You should now have this shape. Red outlines have been added at the top of both legs, so that the following steps will be easier to follow.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 22
22- Take back the body of the velociraptor, we will now insert the legs at the red dotted line.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 23
23- Force the fold between the 2 legs (outlined in red) through the bubbles divided by the red dotted line in the previous step.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 24
24- Once both legs are on the other side of the body, you should obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 25
25- Now take the feet of the balloon velociraptor,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 26
26- and position both pinch-twists side by side,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 27
27- so that you can lock-twist them together.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 28
28- Take the two legs again, at about a third of their length from the top,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 29
29- and fold them (with a hard pinch if necessary to create a sharp angle) to form the knees.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 30
30- Give a natural curve to the top of the thighs,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 31
31- as well as to the shins.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 32
32- Double-check the shape of the tail and correct if necessary.
how to make a balloon velociraptor, step 33
33- Do not forget to draw on the face,
how to make a balloon velociraptor, last step
Voilà! Oh wow, isn't he awesome?

 

 

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