OTM’s Crease Pattern Challenge #50 is Phalacrognathus muelleri II by Sipho Mabona. It’s a rainbow stag beetle. I like that title better, but I guess the species name is classier.
I drew in the pattern to keep track of it, which is the gold outline on some of the edges. I like it. The pincers on mine don’t look as fuzzy as in the picture though.
I forgot to put the eyes to the sides. At least he’s alert.
Takashi Hojyo made a spectacular Raijin, the god of thunder, which is on his site here. The crease pattern is in Origami Tanteidan Convention Book 10. Since the previous Crease Pattern Challenge mentioned Takashi Hojyo (and since Raijin isn’t one of the challenges), I thought I’d drop this here.
Raijin is usually paired with a similar god, Fūjin, the god of wind. Apparently, they fight each other a lot, but I only ever see them get along. One of the most famous depictions of them is two folding screens by Tawaraya Sōtatsu, a National Treasure of Japan. I tweaked the pattern to make Fūjin so that I could have something similar.
Hojyo’s style is more angular, like some of the more Indian inspired Buddhist statues. Fūjin has a wind bag instead of the drums surrounding Raijin, but I tried to make a few more subtle changes. Other than positions, Fūjin is a little wider than Raijin. Also, I tried to make Fūjin’s face slightly friendlier than Raijin’s.
49 is “An Angel Playing the Lute” by Fumiaki Kawahata. I like it, but, in spite of its complexity, it doesn’t have many minute details (such as fingers). This is the intentional style, and it’s nice that way. However, I don’t have a lot of pictures because of this.
It’s mentioned that this model has the same style as Takashi Hojyo’s humanoid models, but there are several unique editions. The lute itself is pretty interesting and well done. Hojyo tends to put the feet (or a foot) in the middle to make a larger and/or fancier skirt (such as with Gabriel or the violinist). Kawahata puts the skirt all between the legs and uses the extra paper at the side for the lute. His hair and wings have unique definitions. Also, looking at the original picture, I should have gotten some thumbs in there, oops (the fingers are still implied from one flap tho).