This is my version of the pokemon Zapdos, or just a general thunderbird, if you’re not into pokemon.
I designed the head first then the wings. After these, the things that changed the most were the legs and tail. Only the width of the tail really changed, because I wanted it to be like the tail in Calico’s Zapdos, shown here (I wish there was a crease pattern or something for that).
The yellow one has the earliest legs, where only the lower legs and front feet change colour. The shiny one has completely different coloured legs a slightly different tail. The matte one is the final version, with the legs sticking straight out from the main body.
I been trying to do fancy outdoor shots, but I wasn’t sure what to do here. So I made him in a fence thing.
This is more my thing. Challenge 53 is Naoto Horiguchi’s Lion. He has a fantastic, almost floral mane and a nice face.
Yet again, I could have shaped the details better if I had used bigger paper but used the same size I usually do (twice!). Also, maybe I should have paid more attention to the final image. Horiguchi slanted the bridge of the nose up and made the face more 3D with great effect.
Apparently, I drew in the crease pattern on one of these that I did. But I lost that one, so I did a new one without lines. Then I lost that one and found the first one. Here he is outside.
I wasn’t sure I could find a sort of savannah-like place, so I made him a tree, which is also there.
The pattern’s on a 24 grid (so 3x2x2x2), so it’s not too hard to decipher.
Crease Pattern Challenge #52 is Seiji Nishikawa’s 15° Based Camel.
I don’t like it. Normally, I wouldn’t be so direct, but he has probably hundreds of models that I love anyway. This one did grow on me a bit, but it feels more like an experiment on 15° based models. That’s fine too, but I’m in it for the camels, man.
It is a fine enough camel, but having to fold so many thirds for it doesn’t seem worth it. Maybe it’s one of those “elegantly simple” models?
The model is actually from a weird hexagon. The angles are simple enough, but finding the reference points for the hexagon was difficult for me. Initially, I just traced the pattern, but I went back because I’m stubborn. I’m honestly not sure how well I got it. You can see the back hump is off, so one of the points might be shifted. However, I’m pretty haphazard on folding. Anyway, my method for finding the reference points is below.