Crease Pattern Challenge 069

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

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.

OTMCP_069 - LEAFY SEA DRAGON - KAKAMI (102)

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.

OTMCP_069 - LEAFY SEA DRAGON - KAKAMI (104) OTMCP_069 - LEAFY SEA DRAGON - KAKAMI (105)

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.

OTMCP_069 - LEAFY SEA DRAGON - KAKAMI (101) OTMCP_069 - LEAFY SEA DRAGON - KAKAMI (103)

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.

OTMCP_069 - LEAFY SEA DRAGON - KAKAMI (106)