Any fans of The Incal? It’s an amazing 1980’s comic series (with sequels into the 2010’s) by insane surrealist director Alejandro Jodorowsky. If I’ve got my stories straight, he had intended to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune and had gotten quite a ways before losing financing. He wasn’t going to adapt it straight, and many of his new ideas he expanded and made into the Incal. The Incal somewhat inspired The Fifth Element, another insane and amazing project.
One of the seven most important characters in The Incal is Kill Wolfhead (my favourite character). He’s an animal person, with a wolf head (more dog really). He seems to be a character with a temper who holds a grudge, but this is subverted later. He’s actually one of the nicer characters and is a pretty good technician.
My Kill Wolfhead is, well, a bit too nice looking. One of the reasons he seems mean is his sort of menacing look. Mine doesn’t look menacing. So, yeah.
This is another one of my pokemon origami… sort of.
First off, Chandelure is a ghost fire pokemon that is a haunted chandelier (evolving from an initial haunted candle, which then becomes a haunted street lamp top, and finally the haunted chandelier). He’s from Pokemon Generation 5. I usually screw up the English names of these pokemon (I got the gen 5 games in Japanese, because they came out 6 months earlier than in English). This one has a similar name in Japanese (シャンデラ/Chandela), so I usually remember it alright.
I said “sort of” because my Chandelure is more like an impressionistic version. The original pokemon has 2 arms that split into three bars each, two of which are lit, while mine simply has 4 lit arms. I’ve thought of ways to make it more like the pokemon but haven’t gotten around to it. This is partially because I kind of like mine the way it is. If that’s too annoying for you pokemon fans, just think of it as a generic haunted chandelier.
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.
How can you not like Krypto, the Superdog? The whole idea really stretches the internal story logic of the Superman story, but it just works. Superman might doubt his purpose, fight himself for some reason, or be basically a different, super dark character, but a super dog is such a loyal and heroic symbol, Krypto feels more Superman than Superman.
This model was a bit difficult to get the dog and cape/crest with a colour change. He has a little tail too, but that’s a bit hard to see in these pictures. I think he came out ok, and I developed a pretty good nine tailed fox as an offshoot of him.
I’ve been doing diagrams for some of my models recently, but I still have come up with a couple of new models. The most recent is and American Bison. In the United States, it’s usually called a buffalo, even though it’s not a buffalo buffalo. I usually call it a “buffalax” for unknown reasons.
I came up with the head first, then the body, then completely changed the head. A bison is fuzzier towards the head, which is shown by a colour flip. The model has ears, horns, and a fuzzy neck thing.
It turned out better than I thought it would. It’s extremely front heavy though, so it needs some help standing.
I wanted a four-legged dragon, so here is the Prismatic Dragon!
I wanted the legs to be like crystals growing out. It looks like how I was wanting, and I thought of naming him “Crystal Dragon”. That seemed kind of generic. The wings also look like light rays, so I went with Prismatic Dragon.
When I decided to add toes, the shift made the wings much larger (relatively). For the bombastic increase, I decided to call this one Effulgent Dragon.
Besides the toes and giant wings, he has a tail like a spear. I also didn’t thin the neck, so he has a more proud countenance.
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.
This is one I came up with awhile ago, my favourite Egyptian god, Thoth! I thought I had already posted him, but apparently not, oops.
The ibis-headed Thoth is the god of wisdom and a moon god. I kind of project personalities into myths, and I think of Thoth and Anubis as more down to earth than a lot of the others. Osiris, Set, Isis, Nephthys, and Horus plot and counterplot, and I feel like Thoth is exasperated when they bring him in to sort out their hijinks (whereas Anubis is more amused).
About my Thoth: he’s a lot clearer when painted after. I changed his outfit a lot, mainly giving him baggy, comfortable-looking pants. The other big change is that I made his body the same colour as his head. With the feet, I could have feeted them up a bit more, but I thought the sort of feathery look was neat and consistent.
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.
This is another one from a bit ago. Unlike my Tiger, the Lion is more like a cartoon.
The head’s nearly as big as the body. He’s also pretty 2-D, and is pretty well illustrated by just a couple of pictures. I like him.