Origami, Original Designs

Mostly unrelated, I updated the scorpion.

I’ve wanted to come up with an ork or balrog or something like that for awhile. Eventually, I came up with a good and flexible way to make the head of something like an ork. By flexible, I mean I can add extra tusks or horns or whatever pointy things I want to pretty easily.

WKO_016 - ORK A (103)

This made it so I had to decide where the best place to put the head would be (i.e. location in the paper; I know the head should go on the neck). At the same, time I needed to solve a good body.

WKO_016 - ORK A (107) WKO_016 - ORK A (104) WKO_016 - ORK A (102) WKO_016 - ORK A (101)

This first finished one is kind of cartoony, but I think he looks pretty good. However, it’s bugging me that I’ve seen a cartoon or a video game with a monster just like this one. I thought it looked like the artwork to a moblin from The Legend of Zelda, or an ork from one of the cartoon Lord of the Rings movies (LotR, RotK), but neither of these are the cartoon I remember.

WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (107)

The second one I came up with I’m calling a Devil Ork. This is because he looks a bit like Jun Maekawa’s Devil (I folded the Devil again to check, and the only thing similar is the tail’s triangle). When I stood him up, the first finished one looked like he was posing like Hojyo Takashi’s Vajrapani (Growling Form?). While I’m sure it’s just in my head, it makes me really happy for some reason.

WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (103) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (101) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (102) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (109)

I didn’t want to forget how to make this one (a few parts were a bit tricky), so I went a bit nuts making extras in a lighter red, yellow, green, and blue.

WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (116) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (114) WKO_017 - DEVIL ORK (113)

I also came up with a balrog, but I’ll save that for later.

Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2 13-14

Origami, Scaled Works of Satoshi Kamiya

Kamiya’s next two models (from Works 2; square 27.9 cm) are both mythological creatures. Actually, the next four are, but I have to space these posts out. I’ve always liked all kinds of mythologies, and, apparently, so does Mr. Kamiya.

The first is Sleipnir, Odin’s eight legged horse from Norse mythology. Sleipnir is traditionally grey, but I think I should have added some silver, or gone with a different grey, or something. Now he seems kind of normal, in spite of having eight legs. Sleipnir is supposed to be the fastest horse ever, but I always thought all those legs would get in the way. Maybe he rotates them or something.


Norse myths are great. Sleipnir came about from a complicated story, which I’ll try to abridge. Early on, the gods wanted to make Asgard great, so they found some random dude to build a wall. They agreed that if he finished on time they’d give him all the things (they didn’t have many things at the outset, so these were the sun, moon, and Freya). Loki brokered this deal, setting an impossible time limit. However, the dude could use his horse, Svadilfari, to help. The horse basically did everything (imagine hooves placing masonry blocks at lightning speed), and the gods were going to have to pay. So, Loki turned into a horse and seduced Svadilfari away. In the end, they went racist (or specist? He wasn’t god or human) and had Thor kill him anyway. Later, Loki gave birth to Sleipnir. Loki was a female horse “at the time”, but did he have to stay a horse the whole time? Anyway, I can’t wait for the Marvel movie of this.


The other model is Cerberus, the three-headed dog from Greek mythology. Not to be confused with Cerebus the aardvark, who is an aardvark and not a three-headed dog. Everyone knows bringing Cerberus up from the underworld was Heracles’ last task, but Heracles also encountered Cerberus’ brother, Orthus the two-headed dog, while stealing cattle, one of his earlier, heroic (?) tasks.


I had made this Cerberus model before when the crease pattern came out in Tanteidan Magazine. Either I got a little better or there are some subtle locks holding this in shape, because the previous one kept flattening out (like cartoon road kill). By the book, Cerberus is properly 3D and looks like the middle head is trying to stay professional, while both side heads want to party/get belly rubs.


Crease Pattern Challenge 017

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

The 17th Challenge is a Suppon designed by Shinji Sasade. This is another in the growing list of models I took only a couple of pictures of and then promptly lost. Unlike some of the others, I think 2 pictures give a pretty good idea of this model.


This is because the model is extremely well designed. While you could argue that this model is more simple than some of the more complex challenge models, it’s so ingenious that it’s hard to tell where the edges are. With both the shell and belly so well developed, this is a great 3D model.

He also likes to make kaijuu origami. Among them, Sasade has made Radon (diagrammed in Origami Tanteidan Convention Book 5) and Gamera (listed as Turtle-Kaijuu in Convention Book 10).


I like Radon, but he kind of looks like a parrot to me. I guess he always has though. Also, about that link: 1) looks like he didn’t skip leg day in the recent movies, and 2) he’s “Rodan” in English now? Like, the sculptor? Has he always been Rodan in English?


I made Gamera from paper that is too small (again), so I had to improvise some of the details to be less complicated. But I had this really nice shiny paper that I wanted to use. It kind of worked out, because it helped the strong, round shell design.