Phoenix 3.0 and Ryujin 3.1

Miscellaneous, Origami

I found a Phoenix 3.0 I made from the crease pattern on Satoshi Kamiya’s website, and it looks pretty good. I thought a Ryujin would go well with it. The only one I hadn’t made was the 3.1, so I thought I’d try that.

KAMIYA - RYUJIN PHOENIX (104)

The 2.1 crease pattern is on his website, and the 3.5 is in the Super Complex book. I found the 3.1’s crease pattern on the internet. It seems to be off of a card from one of his exhibitions (he has cards under the model with the title and it sometimes has the crease pattern on it). So I’m not 100% sure about it, but it’s a lot like the 3.5 and was fun either way.

KAMIYA - RYUJIN PHOENIX (105)KAMIYA - RYUJIN PHOENIX (106)KAMIYA - RYUJIN PHOENIX (107)

I think they look neat together.

KAMIYA - RYUJIN PHOENIX (101)

Crease Pattern Challenge 066

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge #66 is Takashi Kanazawa’s Bambiraptor. Dinosaur origami is great, and this one has feathers to be more historically accurate. It’s a really good one; kind of reminds me of some of Satoshi Kamiya’s dinosaurs.

OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (101) OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (102)

OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (104) OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (106)

I had trouble getting pictures of this one right and later lost the first model. The first shot of the new one was odd too.

OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (114) OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (115)

I used a wire to hold him up. Also, apparently people use methyl cellulose (used in bookbinding) to stiffen origami, and I tried that for the first time with this one.

OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (117) OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (118)

OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (116) OTMCP_066 - BAMBIRAPTOR - KANAZAWA (112)

Archdemon, Belial, & Dessert Demon

Origami, Original Designs

Here’s another origami Dragon Quest monster. Nearly all of Dragon Quest’s monsters are designed by Akira Toriyama, the guy who did Dragonball. I thought now would be a good time for another DQ monster, Archdemon, with the E3 having DQXI on Switch and the Hero(es) from DQ games coming to smash.

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (105)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (115) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (106)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (112) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (113)

This is one of the ones I painted after the folding. The images above are before the detail painting, and you can see there’s colour switch around the nose.

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (130) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (131)

One of the paints I used was new and didn’t dry as quickly as the others. I painted the wings with it, thought I let it dry enough, then refolded the wings to make sure they didn’t lose the shape. I had to unfold to paint more, but the paint fused the wing and it ended up tearing. I grafted a new wing on him after this.

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (164) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (160)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (150) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (153)

I did the pallet swap monsters Belial and Dessert Demon too. I also made them their weapons in smaller squares.

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (147) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (148)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (101) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (132)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (165) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (167)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (170) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (171)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (173) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (174)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (140) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (142)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (143) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (144)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (145) WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (178)

WKO_044 - ARCHDEMON (136)

Crease Pattern Challenge 065

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Crease Pattern Challenge #65 in Origami Tanteidan Magazine Issue 121 is Naoki Takeda’s Tengu. This is probably my favourite Crease Pattern Challenge, at least so far. It’s sort of complex, but I’ve made it a few times.

OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (105) OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (101)

Tengu are Japanese monster-demon-things that range from goblins to bird men (frequently crows). Probably the most common version is a man with a long nose (or even beak) with wings, like this one. But this model has a whole kimono, as well as fans, tengu geta, bushy eyebrows, and a beard.

OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (108) OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (104)

OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (106) OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (107)

There are a few things different in mine than the final model shown in Tanteidan. The head looks a bit different and the fans are squished and spread a bit earlier to give the impression of hands. These I don’t know if I could get to look that good with the size of paper I used. The end model has pleating in the wings. I guess I just like how the wings look without the pleats. Another thing I’m not sure about why are the flaps at the sides of the kimono. I’m not sure if I’m messing something up or like it that way when I make them.

OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (109) OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (111)

Anyway, it’s an absolutely amazing model.

OTMCP_065 - TENGU - TAKEDA (103)

Crease Pattern Challenge 064

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge #64 is Jason Ku’s Bicycle v1.8. I feel like this is one of those more academic models, showing techniques for making wheels and bars that you might not think would be possible from a square of paper.

OTMCP_064 - BICYCLE V1-8 - KU (103) OTMCP_064 - BICYCLE V1-8 - KU (102)

The bars that form a “V” lightly lock in to the lower horizontal bar, but they keep coming loose in mine. The most prominent feature is the wheels, but it has a seat, handlebars, pedals, and a kickstand.

OTMCP_064 - BICYCLE V1-8 - KU (106) OTMCP_064 - BICYCLE V1-8 - KU (109)

OTMCP_064 - BICYCLE V1-8 - KU (110) OTMCP_064 - BICYCLE V1-8 - KU (101)

I don’t really find a bicycle an “exciting” origami model, but it’s really fascinating that it can be made from a flat square without cutting it.

Crease Pattern Challenge 063

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Tanteidan’s Crease Pattern Challenge #63 is Hoang Tien Quyet’s Fox. It’s a very stylized model with a crease pattern that isn’t as simple as it looks. It’s very elegant, and it’s one of these models I’ve made a few times before. This time, I found some of the older ones.

OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (106) OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (102)

OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (108) OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (109)

Here are three foxes, with one out of store origami paper. They all ended up with different faces.

OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (110) OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (111)

OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (112) OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (116)

I should probably look into wet folding techniques (I use water sometimes, but it’s not the same), because these would look even better with more developed curves. The sharpness in these ones looks pretty good to tho.

OTMCP_063 - FOX - QUYET (105)

Crease Pattern Challenge 062

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I’ve sort of been putting this one off because I’ve had so much trouble with it. Challenge #62 is Ushio Ikegami’s Kepler’s Star.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (104)

There aren’t a lot of pictures with this (it looks mostly the same from all directions). While there are some flips and stacks (that is, folds through multiple parts together that show up as different polarities on the pattern) that are usually better done in diagrams, I think this would be difficult to do other than in a crease pattern.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (106)

I figured out reference points and put the pattern on a big square then cut to hexagon, but I used the thin paper I always use. This was too thin to work well. I tried to stiffen it up, but that was too much. So I finally copied the pattern on regular paper and folded that.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (102)

One of the pyramids would be a different colour with reverse colour paper. I put dots on it to kind of illustrate that.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (105)

This is an interesting model, as it takes a modular model and makes it with a single sheet.

Crease Pattern Challenge 061

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

What to say about Takashi Hojyo’s Bantam, which is Origami Tanteidan Magazine’s 61st Crease Pattern Challenge in issue #117? Hojyo’s stuff is always good, so that’s hardly worth mentioning. Looking at his, I noticed I left out a crimp for the neck, which would look a lot sharper. Actually, his looks very focused, but, while I guess I missed the tone, I like my eager chicken.

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (102) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (101) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (108)

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (103)

There’s a sort of fluffiness throughout this one. It’s really neat against the crispness of the head and the nearly hidden feet.

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (106) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (107)

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (105) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (104)

Raichu

Origami, Original Designs

I like pokemon, which should be clear from some of the designs I have. I like Pikachu, too (who doesn’t like Pikachu?), but there’s always been a problem for me with Pikachu. I like Raichu more, but, being the evolution following Pikachu, Raichu tends to be overshadowed. So here’s an origami Raichu.

WKO_046 - RAICHU (104) WKO_046 - RAICHU (105)

I have some zoom-ins of the feet, hands, and tail, but one picture shows the details pretty clearly. Luckily, I was playing around with my camera, so I have some different lighting options. I wonder which is better?

WKO_046 - RAICHU (107) WKO_046 - RAICHU (106)

WKO_046 - RAICHU (110) WKO_046 - RAICHU (109)

Also, fingers crossed for a Detective Pikachu sequel of Detective Raichu!

WKO_046 - RAICHU (102) WKO_046 - RAICHU (101)

WKO_046 - RAICHU (103)

Crease Pattern Challenge 060

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I hope my pictures are good enough, because this one’s really spectacular. Crease Pattern Challenge #60 is KAPPA the Water Imp by Chuya Miyamoto.

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (108) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (111)OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (110)

He has a lanky, nearly simian body, webbed fingers, the head dish, scraggly hair, the beak, cute eyes, and an amazing shell. I’m afraid it’s gonna be hard to see in the bright green I used.

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (107) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (112)

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (106) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (105)

The shell is pretty cool. Below, I have the unfinished shell first. This version is how it’s given in the crease pattern. It could be a mess to show the finished version in the pattern, but it’s clear from the cover and other images. You sink each point in and out a few times to make concentric scutes (the shell sections; yes, I had to look that up).

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (104) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (103)

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (102) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (113)

Also notable: He is very head and shell heavy. If you make him, his legs almost certainly won’t hold him up, so, if you don’t want him sitting, either his legs should be reinforced or he should have some other structure to hold him up.

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (101)

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (109)