36 is Noboru Miyajima’s bat. He’s had previous Crease Pattern Challenges of a Knight on a Pegasus (#4) and a Propeller Plane (#12). His previous models are impressive, but something about this one makes me partial to it. It just has a kind of lifelike feel I think.
I’ve made a few of these, but I only found my uncoloured one. I know I gave a painted on away; guess I should have taken pictures first. Even white it looks really good. Albino bat.
Crease Pattern Challenge 35 in Issue 90 is another one of Takashi Hojyo’s human forms, Aquarius the water pourer (his 2005 version). He tends to go back and improve a lot of his older models, and this one is amazing. I wonder if he just liked the water pouring idea or if he was going to do a zodiac set. I noticed he likes sets, such as his Twelve Heavenly Generals. For examples, one of his generals, Vajra, has also been recently updated. But maybe it’s just that his zodiac sign might be Aquarius?
Being a zodiac sign, this is also a mythological model. Aquarius represents Ganymede, a young boy from Troy. Zeus turned into an eagle and kidnapped him to make him immortal and serve as cupbearer of the gods on Olympus. Zeus chose Ganymede because he thought he was hot. K.
Anyway, the model is great. About a quarter of the paper is the water and jar. The arms are separate from the jar and are shaped to hold it. I should probably use more water to fold and shape things like this, but instead I used fishing line to hold the left arm to the jar for now (as you can clearly see). I kind of left the right arm dramatically far out. ¡Olé!
Masashi Tanaka’s Tanaka Butterfly is Challenge 34 (in Issue 89. I forgot to mention before that “Treehoppers” was in Issue 88, “Gabriel” was 86, and Issue 87 didn’t include a crease pattern). He also had Challenge 18’s crane variations. He seems to be a big fan of similar variations because he also has four butterfly crease pattern variations. I also like variations a lot. Butterflies, not so much, so I’m just doing the main one.
It’s been awhile. Apparently, I drew in the pattern in yellow on orange paper. I didn’t add water and let dry to help the shaping, which the head (antennae), legs, and lower body could use. Although they should be shaped to be closer together, the lower body has ridges along it.
I do like the model, but there is a lot of shaping required to get it to look like Tanaka’s Butterfly shown with the crease pattern. Nobody’s asked me for this model, and I’m not personally interested in butterflies much. I’d also probably keep the face the same, because I like the cute simplistic style over the realistic one.
Challenge 33 is a Treehopper bug by Yoshio Tsuda. There are a lot of different looks to these bugs, which resemble thorns for camouflage. I think this one looks kind of like the main picture on the Wikipedia page, but it’s only a side view. The wings aren’t clear on the wiki picture, and this model has the main horn and two side ones that it looks like not all treehopper varieties have.
I like these kind of grid models because of how they collapse. I think I could have done better on the face, but I didn’t want to glue it or something. It’s a little odd being two pieces coming together.
Challenge 32, Takashi Hojyo’s Gabriel (Version 3), is another model that I made a while ago, took a couple of pictures of, then lost it. So, here are two Gabriels. At least I like Mr. Hojyo’s models a lot.
This is another one of his models (like the Geistkämpher; wait, the Geistkämpher isn’t until Challenge 51? I thought I already covered that one.) that I tend to get a little carried away with and miss a polarity flip. This one is easier to catch, so I don’t usually miss it. It causes the lower half to be the flip side of the paper. This is most clear in the more yellow model.
Hojyo says the angel is like one from an Annunciation by Botticelli, so I’m thinking the middle part in his arms is part of his robe. I’ve always folded it like something he was holding, such as tablets. Hojyo’s Gabriel has the more cloth-like version.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.