This is one of Hojyo’s experimental seeming models. He has a kind of specialty in people models (which are amazing), but he goes out of his comfort zone a lot with interesting models nothing like those.
Mine doesn’t really do this one justice. It looks like he used a stiffer paper, which would probably snap together once you got the folds right. I had this shimmery white paper that I insisted on using which is too thin. It still shows the idea tho.
Issue 128’s Challenge (#72) is a Horned Owl by Naoyuki Yada. It’s a pretty stately horned owl, but you’ll have to google it to see that. I’ve struck yet again, making a more cartoonish version than the original. This one sort of looks like it could be in an anime.
Two things occur to me: most of the details of this are pretty clearly displayed in only a couple of photos, and if I looked at the reference models more when making these, they’d look more like they’re supposed to.
For the first, here are some pics with different lightings and some zooms. For the second, it’s probably more artistic to have your own interpretation of a crease pattern. Plus, I like cute models.
Takashi Kanazawa’s Tiger Beetle is Challenge 71 from Issue 127. This is a fantastic beetle. Mine’s not as good as Kanazawa’s (of course), but I think it looks good. I hope you can see the cute face.
It has bug eyes, thorny mandibles, and antennas!
I also used a special paint that shifts shades in light. It’s really subtle. I took a video, but it looks like I can’t post it here. It didn’t really show it that well anyway.
Crease Pattern Challenge #70 in OTM Issue 126 is a Spinosaurus by Fumiaki Kawahata.
Kawahata ranges from simple, cute models to very complex ones. This one is kind of both. It has toes, eyes, and the spine, but the most complicated thing in the crease pattern is the front toes.
The spine in particular has large unfolded sections, which end up making it look really good. The complexity is more in finding the lines on the spine.
Challenge 69 in Issue 125 is Hitoshi Kakami ‘s Leafy Sea Dragon. Kakami also has the website Calico’s Origami Aquarium, which I think I’ve mentioned before. He has a lot of great origami pokemon there. He also did the Coelacanth Crease Pattern Challenge.
This was interesting to fold. On my first run at it, I kept mixing up reference folds/points with folds/points I used to find them.
The thing is, in spite of what they tell you, many origami models will work out fine using really close points that aren’t exact. You may get some edges you’ll need to adjust, but it’s typically not a big problem.
This model is very exact. It’s hard to explain, but each fold’s angles strongly depend on the ones around it. This usually happens in smaller regions that can be shifted slightly around. In this one, basically any shifted line changes the whole thing drastically. It’s really neat.
Issue 124’s challenge is Taiga Yamamoto’s Crowned Crane.
I like it. It’s most eye-catching feature is the crown. However, I actually like the tail feathers more. They really look and feel like a crane’s.
This is an odd one. Challenge #67 is a Steam Automobile by Morisue Kei. The crease pattern gives this:
And that’s as far as I went. This isn’t one of those I get annoyed at where it’s only made difficult because it’s in crease pattern. It seems like a crease pattern was the way to go, at least initially. This one needs something more to get it from the crease pattern to the finished model. Many of the lines in the finished model (like exactly where the wheels sink, the vertical and horizontal seat line locations, etc.) are not in the crease pattern and must be guessed at, meaning it’s not very consistent. It’s a good crease pattern (any more info would be a mess), but it needs something like additional diagrams to finish it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyway, it’s an absolutely amazing model.
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.
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.
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.