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.
Challenge 51 is Takashi Hojyo’s Geistkämpfer. That’s German for “Ghost Warrior” or so, but the Japanese title is 弓をひく天使, which is “Bow-firing Angel”. Both names are pretty badass.
So is the model. I’ve made this one a lot, but I couldn’t find any and only had a few pictures (the yellow ones). I made a new one coloured bronze like a statue.
I frequently fold this model a little differently than the pattern shows, changing the polarity flip to cause the lower part to be different coloured than the upper and wings (on double sided paper). It should be the wings different than the rest.
This is a great model, but I also enjoy folding it for some reason. It’s interesting but not frustrating, and the results are very striking.
I thought it might be neat to do tips sections for these challenge entries.
TIPS: It’s on a 64 grid (2·2·2·2·2·2), so the reference points should be easy. The real tricks are the two polarity switches. The first is in the middle with the wings; both sides of the wings can be folded at the same time as a unit. The other is above the wings and switches the upper body to be the same colour as the lower body.
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.
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).
Challenge 48 is Issei Yoshino’s Manta Ray.
For an animal with few details, Yoshino’s Ray has a lot of details. He has gill vents on the front side, eye prong things on the head, and a knob leading into the tail on the back. It’s a really elegant and detailed model.
I must have made this one around the same time as the previous challenge, because I forgot to paint it beforehand and used water colours after. My pictures have one of the tricky folds near the neck stretched so that I’ll remember it if I want more rays. Too bad I forgot the trick to the gills.
Noboru Miyajima’s Shark is Challenge 47 in Origami Tanteidan #103. It’s not as complicated as the last one but has some interesting interactions. Mine is chubbier than the model shown, so he seems friendlier (to me at least). I forgot to paint him beforehand, so I used water colours. Because He’s a fish.
I make most of these models way in advance of posting them. Apparently, I decided to make a lot of my favourite Miyajima models for this one. So that’s a nice surprise.
I have his horse (with crazy hair) and Rhino, which are more simple but still great models.
He also has several interesting colour changing ones, such as a sea otter, raccoon, and cow.
The one I like the most is his fly (it’s the only one I remember folding). There is a bit of a trick to it to get from the basic crease pattern to the fly, which took awhile for me to figure out. I have since forgotten it.
The cow, sea otter, raccoon, and rhino are diagrammed in Origami Tanteidan Convention books 5, 9, 15, and 19, respectively (many are out of print though), while the horse and fly are by crease patterns found on his website, along with many others.
Challenge number 46 in issue 102 is a Housemaid by Ryo Kamiya. This is one of the more complicated models and certainly one of the most interesting. While it looks mostly symmetrical, it’s very not symmetrical to get all the details. I folded the grid, then drew in most of the details before I folded this one.
I think mine’s not bad. It’s a little bulky and the hair in the back is crazy (although, I like this crazy look). The bow and shoes came out pretty nicely. I made the high collar thing more of a scarf. Also, I lost the maid hat. I’m not sure where it came from, or where it went.
I haven’t been doing extra models in these as much, but this challenge reminded me of another that I liked. Actually, to start with, the Housemaid reminded me of Alice from Wonderland and the Looking-Glass. This is why I made the dress yellow (because the first colour illustrations of her had a yellow dress, though not this bright) and forgot the maid hat.
Anyway, the other model is Nicolás Gajardo Henríquez’s Conejo de Alicia (diagrammed in Origami Tanteidan Convention Book 19). In this book, his English title is Nivens Mc Twisp…? I think he pairs well with this model (as Alice) and wish I knew some more Alice-like models to go with them. Maybe I should come up with a Jabberwocky.
45 is Kyohei Katsuta’s Owl. His owl has its wings spread out, as if to say, “AHHH, you scared me bro!”
The crease pattern is a 20 grid (which gives a fifth division that’s a pain). It looks, and in some ways is, pretty simple but makes a great, complex model due to the 3D nature of it.
The wings are striking, but the face, feet, and tail are also well developed. I like the neck fluff. And that he reminds me of a pokemon I like.
Challenge #44 is “A Statue of Sasaki Sadako” by Naoto Horiguchi. I looked up her story on Wikipedia, and it’s quite sad. She folded more than 1000 paper cranes before dying at age 12 of leukemia caused by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
My folding wasn’t my best, but you can tell what it is. It’s a very complex model, so I drew in some of the lines in sharpie. I was going to paint it when it was done, but I liked the cartoon look it ended up with. Because of this, I thought it might smear if I used water. I’m not great at the “wet folding” thing, but it probably would have improved the final shaping.
It’s pretty cool. The folded legs, which serve as the base, are nearly at the center of the paper. The hands and hair are great aspects, and there are quite a lot of other slick methods to make the details. The crane is a separate piece (mine’s obvious but it’s a little less apparent in the images accompanying the crease pattern).
I’ve been pretty busy with other stuff, although I have been working on improving my King Ghidora and Mothra (it’s pretty slow though). For now, I have some on the next Crease Pattern Challenge.
Although, I’m only on 43? Huh, I thought I was further along. I have the next few folded (just no time to talk about them), so maybe that’s why.
Challenge #43 is Brian Chan’s Fiddler Crab. This one has annotations on the crease pattern to explain what’s what (shell, claw, leg, etc.). This is extra helpful because a couple of the legs are on the inside. There is also a version showing the logic, which is pretty interesting to those wanting to develop their own models.
I want to make a couple more of these, just so I can leave them around where I’m at. The fiddler crab is pretty cute. The two claws, where one is much larger, give the model an interesting asymmetry. But the shell and (most of all) the eyes give it great personality. Makes me remember some great crabs I know.