Here are a pair of models I devised (I’m quickly running out of synonyms). The first I planned out and re-fashioned by trial and error, and the second I thought of near the end of playing around with extra paper.
I came up with this Lamia trying to make Deis from the Breath of Fire video game series. (By “Lamia”, I just mean generic snake woman, as it’s sort of come to mean in pop culture, not the original mythological character.) If you played a Breath of Fire and are going, “Who?”, she was re-named Bleu in the English versions of the first two games. The series has great characters and character design. Deis is one of my favourite characters, which is lucky, since she’s in so many games.
This is actually my second design for the character. The first had scales on the lower body, but adding scales causes the model to become shorter (head to tail). That model would actually make a good mermaid. I might post it if I ever go back and fix up the end of the tail. For this version, I was trying for something else (I forget what) when I found a base with the right length and started there.
This Owl started as nothing in particular, became a suspension bridge, and finally became an owl when I backed up and looked at it. It’s kind of short but has lots of room for adjustment on the wings. To me, the Suspension Owl looks like something from a video game, so I like that.
I’m almost out of models from this book. Too bad. I wonder if I should do another book. All the models in these posts are made from a square that’s 27.9 cm and are shown in a picture with the model “The Yellow Bird” for easy size comparison to each other.
The first model is a Coelophysis, the dinosaur most likely to be crazy or curse you out for stealing its girl.
My first thought is, “How do I not have more pictures of this one?” He’s pretty sleek though, so I suppose this few covers it. It’s a little hard to get some two legged models to stand on their own, but the Coelophysis can relax on his tail if necessary.
The other model is the Wizard. Besides looking cool, the model has unique asymmetry to make its different aspects. He’s quite Gandalf-ish from the one side but more whirling dervish from the other. Front on, he’s Gandalf to the max. I guess you have to learn to dance to keep sane with all that hobbit singing.
“You cannot pass.”
Hideo Komatsu’s Rabbit is Tanteidan’s 8th Crease Pattern Challenge. It looks pretty simple, but there is a little puzzling out to get it to work. Some of the later Crease Pattern Challenges are clearly easier to fold through the crease pattern than diagrams, but the majority of these earlier ones could go either way. I like this one quite a bit, because it’s a good challenge but not so convoluted that it would be better served by diagramming.
Like Seiji Nishikawa, Hideo Komatsu has an incredible number of models and an origamihouse book, Works of Hideo Komatsu. The following models are included in that book, as well as in several other publications.
I love the shape of this Fox but couldn’t decide on a color. It doesn’t take too long to make, so I did one in brown and one in tan. I wonder which looks better.
So, I didn’t match the color on the squirrel the same way. The tail has so much “pop”, I went with bright red. It also has white on its chest between his arms.
I went a little overboard on Komatsu models for this one. His Japanese Macaque is excellent, with a red face and butt created by the paper being red on one side and grey on the other.
The final model this week is Komatsu’s Tiger. This is one of his best models, and one of the best origami tigers designed. The face alone would merit this, but the stripes are incredible. Like the Macaque, the Tiger’s color change is created with dual colored paper: black on one side and orange on the other.
I had some trouble on the orange color, but this one takes a bit of time to make. The color’s growing on me though.
The next two models from Works of Satoshi Kamiya are a cat and a dolphin.
This one is a saber-toothed cat, aka the saber-toothed tiger. I don’t really understand why some people get angry when others call this a “tiger”. No one has that much of a problem with “giant panda” and “red panda” both being “pandas”. Or calling some “dolphins” “whales”.
I like this cat. He has a similar, wrapped form to the “Cerberus” model (the one that’s also from Kamiya). My cerberii slowly flatten out from the back ridge, because there are so many layers on the side. This cat has just the right thickness to be sturdy and stay folded without too much tweaking (like wetting and waiting for it to dry).
The next model (what is this now? 15? 16?) is an Orca. I’m not too big on smooth aquatic animals (I like spiny ones though), but I really like this one. I’m not sure why, but it could be his happy face and unbridledly optimistic smile.