Crease Pattern Challenge 030

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge 30 is Seishi Kasumi’s “Mask of Ape”. It looks more like a monkey mask to me. The Japanese title of the model is “猿”, which can be monkey or ape, so I guess it can be either.


This is a pretty nifty 3D model. I initially didn’t like it too much, but it grew on me. The first time, I used rigid paper to hold the 3D shape, and, the second time, I used the flimsy paper I usually use. Both times I drew in a lot of the lines to make it easier.


This first time I drew in the lines with red for mountain folds and blue for valley folds.


Since I was better at keeping track the second time, I just used yellow highlighter to draw in lines. It lit up when the camera flash hit it for a neat effect. I hope it works the same way with a black light.


Flying Horse and Flying Stabhorse

Origami, Original Designs

Somebody triggered me thinking about flying horses, and I thought it might be nice in origami. There are already a lot of them, but I wanted the design to have the hair as a different colour. It was pretty tricky, but I kind of like the outcome.

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I’m calling it “flying horse” instead of “Pegasus” because I’ve never been sure if Pegasus was just his name. There was only the one in Greek mythology.

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This was all fine, but I was playing around the next week, like I do. Again, I stumbled into a model. This one’s a flying horse with a horn. It’s not as complicated as the other one, but I like it a lot more because it basically has the features I wanted in a more minimal and elegant way.


I’m calling it “Flying Stabhorse” instead of “Flying Unicorn” or “Pegacorn” because I don’t really like the term unicorn. It just means “one horn”. “Flying Stabhorse” is much more descriptive.



Crease Pattern Challenge 029

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

CPC 29 is Kyouhei Katsuta’s Lesser Bird of Paradise. I went with gold to be all showy with this one, and it looks like I drew in some of the pattern in orange. It’s a pretty neat one, with a colour change on the tail (the not shiny part).



Katsuta also has a pretty good cat diagrammed in OTM 124. I haven’t seen a lot of good cats, so I ended up making a few in different sizes in case anyone wanted one.

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The standing cat has closely fitted legs, so you can’t really change his pose. There’s a lot of detail, especially in the face. He also has a little shoulder fluff stuff that I like.

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Mindflayer and Kobold

Origami, Original Designs

Here are a couple more origami I designed.

Awhile ago, I was at a game shop that specialized in little miniature dudes for Warhammer 40k and the such. I didn’t want to get into another hobby, but I did pick up a little mindflayer guy to put on my desk. They’re like priests, with the long robes and magic, with squid or octopus heads. They’re also in a lot of video games. Eventually, I thought he might make good origami.

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I think I could have defined the hands better, but I like them this way because they kind of look like tentacles. His head is more squid like, which is more like the ones in Final Fantasy games than most other interpretations.

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He has 13 face tentacles. I thought that was a good number for any monster, but I noticed that they usually have less. Do you think 13 face tentacles are too many face tentacles?

Much more recently, I came up with a Kobold. I found out a friend of mine plays a Dungeons and Dragons game online, and I asked him what he thought would be a good monster in origami. When he said “a Kobold”, we were on completely different pages. I was thinking something wolf-like, but, because it’s an older, vaguely defined mythological creature, it has a lot of forms, some of which shape-shift.


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The D&D version is more dragon-like, and mine is based on the 5th edition version. I eventually designed the one above but accidentally ended up with an extra pair of limbs. I thought I could make the extra paper be belts and stuff, but it just looked bulky. It bugged me enough that I changed the design and added fingers. The tail ended up really long, but I think I like this version.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 028

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Origami Tanteidan Magazine #82 is a special issue that mainly has crease patterns. So Crease Pattern Challenge #28 is actually several models split into 6 sections. I forgot whatever spiel I had for this, so direct to it I guess.

No.01 starts things with a bang: it’s A Crab and Its Kid by Toshiyuki Meguro. I had quite a bit of trouble with the reference points. I got quite a few, but, there are so many, I ended up estimating more than I knew. Such a large scale model ends up pretty forgiving, but mine (particularly the major shell) isn’t as sharp as possible.

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I hope my pictures show this well enough. There are 5 baby crabs under the main crab (it’s all one large square). Just getting that many points is fascinating, and they make a really neat model.

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No.02 is a Giraffe by Hideo Komatsu. I think this is my favourite model in this set. It’s a little trickier than it looks, which makes it interesting, but I think I like it just because the giraffe is endearing.

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03 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Dragonfly 1.1B. He always has great models with special details. The main feature with this one is the dragonfly’s banded tail. Having the tail along with four wings, six legs, and a detailed face (his is much better detailed than mine, by the way) is a little ridiculous.

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No.04 has two models by Takashi Hojyo: Un objet d’un poisson 5 (Pterois lunulata) and Un objet d’un poisson 11 (Jellyfish). These are pretty special, because he tends to do animals in a more traditional way than his human models. These two incorporate the methods he uses for humans to make an artistic lionfish and jellyfish. They kind of feel minimal but are very detailed. Unfortunately, I may have again missed a polarity switch on the lionfish (I tend to do with his models).

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No.05 is a set of little houses, listed as Japanese Roofs, by Tomohiro Tachi. These really aren’t the kind of models I like much, so I just Xeroxed them and folded them from those. They are neat having slopes with direction changes. Also, I have a red filter that I never get to use.

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The last model, No.06, is a Domino Cube by Ushio Ikegami. There are several crease patterns here, but I’m only doing the first one. He tends to come up with interesting methods to fold seemingly impossible models that are aesthetically fairly boring (to me at least). He previously made a Koch’s Snowflake Curve in Challenge #13. These are pretty neat (if I had colour change paper, the upper and lower cubes would be different colours), but they’re not really my thing.

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Origami, Original Designs

There are some things I can talk on and on about to people’s annoyance. One of these is Godzilla and Godzilla movies. I like to start these entries with some random stuff about the model subject, but I’m going to try to keep this limited.

If you don’t know who Godzilla is, he has his own wiki here for him and his friends. The most recent projects are Shin Gojira (which is spectacular) and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla-Kong film universe series thing. They seem to be on track to essentially remake King Kong vs. Godzilla, the third entry in the original Godzilla film series from 1963. I was always bothered by Godzilla being so much bigger than Kong, except when they meet. I guess it was a different Kong than the one in the 1933 King Kong movie, who died, but still. Anyway, Legendary has already thought of this, making their King Kong, from Skull: Kong Island, almost laughably gigantic.

I hadn’t seen too many Godzilla origami models (see last paragraph) and found a good base just messing around. I couldn’t figure out exactly where to put the spines, so this was the initial model.

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Next I shifted the plates around a bit for this Godzilla.

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Then I made a couple more Godzillas with some slight changes to bulk him out and make a more rounded head. The second has the seams spread out to make glowing orange skin sections on the body like in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. I’m pretty happy with how he turned out.

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Really though, I actually hadn’t looked for Godzilla in origami for a long time. There are now a couple of really good ones out there, such as Kade Chan’s and a model based on Shin Gojira found here by Zenigami Danshaku. I mean, I think that’s the original place for the Shin Gojira, but I don’t understand the Twitter.

Crease Pattern Challenge 027


I’ve been having trouble keeping up with entries here, so I figured I could do a lot of the crease pattern challenges at once. I already had quite a few of the next ones done, so there were only a couple of gaps. I considered posting in reverse order (so you could just scroll down to the last one), but that would mess up the order by tag sorting. So, the group posted on the same day spans Crease Pattern Challenges from 27 (this one) back to 19 – Satoshi Kamiya’s Tetrahedron.

A Loggerhead Sea Turtle by Satoshi Kamiya is Crease Pattern Challenge 27. Doesn’t tend to disappoint, does he?

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I’ve made a few of these, and this one is from awhile ago. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much about folding him, other than the head. You’re supposed to thin the head out so that it’s longer and narrower than mine, but I thought he looked better this way. Not “more like a turtle” better, more “like an adorable cartoon” better.

This model really is something else. It’s 3D, has a textured shell, and even has a matching textured belly.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 026

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge 26 is Yoshio Tsuda’s Mosquito.

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I’m not sure what I think of this one. It’s not too difficult, especially for the outcome. And I like the bug face. It’s a really good model. I just don’t like mosquitoes. I’m not creeped out by them, like wasps. I just dislike them. Like, on moral levels, or something.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 025

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Takashi Hojyo is another one of those folders with a lot of Crease Pattern Challenges, for obvious reasons. Challenge 25 in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 79 is his Violinist.

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His models tend to be a series of points you shape afterward. Usually, it’s a bit more obvious, but the violin, hands, and sleeve as well as the face and hair are pretty similar. It’s lucky for me the pattern has what’s what listed on it for reference. What really threw me, especially with the head, was the polarity switch in the dress that I almost missed. It’s shown clearly, but sometimes I just take off too fast on things like this.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 024

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I think I hate this sheep.

Challenge 24 in issue 78 is Seiji Nishikawa’s Sheep. It’s a fairly simple model, but the crease pattern is not. I get that it’s a “challenge”, but, when there are other entries that are less confusing and get you things like a bad-ass dragon, this much work for this sheep is just frustrating. Anyway, my first go wasn’t so good.


I didn’t go back to it for awhile. When I did, I copied, expanded, and quartered the pattern. I folded each part and connected them afterwards to find out how to fold the model. Except for one of the two identical quarters, leading to this Franken-sheep.


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So Frankenstein is a last name, and the monster is kind of related to Viccy (I mean, he created him), so wouldn’t the monster’s name… wait, what were we talking about? Oh, right. This bloody sheep.

I already had all the reference points; the only problem was that the ears and legs came together in a crazy way. With the cobbled together one, I got the final sheep folded.

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I do like the nose a lot, but I think this would be better served with diagrams.