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.
Crease Pattern Challenge 42 in Issue 97 is Kyohei Katsuta’s Whip Spider. He previously had Challenge 29, a lesser bird of paradise, where I also put his cat.
This is another cool model, but with a much more creepy subject. Although, I don’t think whip spiders can hurt you. Also, they aren’t really spiders. Anyway, I think my version came out kind of cute. Maybe that’s because I folded it tho.
Oh. I guess this entry is one of the shorter ones then.
I’ve been so busy, I haven’t gotten one up here in awhile. I wanted to set them up for automatic a bit. Maybe I can get that working sometime.
Anyway, this is a good one for Halloween. Crease Pattern Challenge 41 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Cerebus. I actually have this model in one of the posts about Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2. I’m not sure how different the crease pattern one is (it’s probably just the minor details).
I actually had some problems getting him into focus, so there are a few similar shots with different focuses. The unpainted white tracing paper probably didn’t help.
Left: head focus; Right: leg focus
Yous already know how much I like Satoshi Kamiya’s stuff. His crease patterns are usually really fun, because you put in your own details and interpretations.
Issue 96 has Crease Pattern Challenge #40: Takashi Hojyo’s Vajra. Vajra, or Basara Taishou, is one of the twelve heavenly generals of China (this link is one of the first google results, but it has great tables, showing their associated colours, weapons, and zodiac animals).
Mr. Hojyo has been working on these as an entire set, on and off, for a while (he also updates older ones a lot). Because of that, I’ve looked up the generals a few times before. From the first time, the names felt familiar to me. I recognized Indra as a major Hindu deity as well (there tends to be a lot of Hindu-Chinese deity overlap), but that wasn’t it. I finally realized where I’d seen them before: Digimon Series 3. The 12 Deva digimon serve the 4 Sovereign digimon, based on the 4 Beast Gods. Vajramon has a centaur-style body but is an ox, as Vajra is associated with the ox.
The first time I made this model (in yellow), I missed the reference points a bit but just pushed on. The face is a bit small because of that.
When I went back recently, I finally found the right lines, but the hands seem too small for some reason. I think what happened is I misinterpreted the thumbs as sleeve.
I’ve been meaning to paint more of these (preferably before but maybe after folding), but, when I checked the chart, I found out white is usually linked to Vajra.
I didn’t paint the next one either.
Challenge 39 is Seiji Nishikawa’s 15° Oriential Longheaded Locust.
I’ve covered quite a few Nishikawa’s models due to him having so many crease pattern challenges. I’m sure there are quite a few I’ve missed, but I’m not sure which I’ve put up here and which I haven’t. It probably would have been better to put the second half of Origami Insects Vol. 1 here (instead of with Challenge 14) as this Challenge immediately follows a Kawahata one that I put the first half with. But I didn’t do that. Oops.
Anyway, this is a nice model with an interesting design using fifths and equilateral triangles. Not my favourite bug tho.
Issue 94’s challenge (#38) is Fumiaki Kawahata’s Shachihoko. This mythical animal is a tiger-headed fish that causes rain. Shachihoko statues are found on the ends of lots of Japanese temple roofs. They are usually shown resting on their necks with the body curving up. Here’s a pretty good one on a castle in a travel log, or you can google it.
Kawahata’s Shachihoko emphasizes the body rather than the head. It’s a little surprising, but it allows him to focus on the fins and scales and making the model much more 3D.
Fumiaki Kawahata is one of the two authors of Origami Insects Vol. 1. I covered the models of the other author, Seiji Nishikawa, with Crease Pattern Challenge 14. Below are the remaining models, which are all designed by Kawahata. (He already shows how the models will scale relative to the initial square length in the book, so I’m not doing that this time.)
Jambar Giant Scarab
Jambar Giant Scarab (update)
Neptune Giant Beetle
Caucasus Giant Beetle
Golden-Ringed Dragonfly (the OrigamiHouse website lists it as Golden-Ringed Bragonfly)
Japanese Giant Grasshopper
Eupatorus Horned Beetle
I like all the insects from both authors, but I’m extra partial to the Leaf Insect and Golden-Ringed Dragonfly.
Are sheep sacred in Japan? Don’t get me wrong, I’m basically ok with sheep. Crease Pattern Challenge 91 is a spectacular ram by Naoto Horiguchi. But that’s pretty far off, and, between this and Challenge 24, I’m tired of basic sheep with fairly tricky puzzle crease patterns. Crease Pattern Challenge 37 is Hideo Komatsu’s Sheep.
That’s not to say it isn’t a good model. The body is well done, and I especially love the sheep’s sheep face and sheep ears. However, I ended up screwing this up a few time before folding it correctly. Luckily, it’s diagrammed a little later in Issue 105. I folded that first and figured out a couple of things.
The biggest thing I learned is that the reference lines and points on the crease pattern are extremely close to ones that are easier to determine than the real points (like a line very close to something simple to find, like a quarter line). In some models, a slight shift like this might end up ok, with only a slightly thinner or fatter model. But these lines link up with each other and have sinks that need more precision. Specifically, the head will be much further off than it should be without the exact reference points.
I also found that there was a cool locking mechanism in the middle inside (which I didn’t get in the crease pattern version) and why the crease pattern version is useful. The final model’s body has large, flat sections representing wool. The diagrammed version has many more fold lines crossing these areas to determine the intersection points. The crease pattern sheep is a lot cleaner in these areas.
My Incomplete Lock on the Crease Pattern
Left: Crease Pattern; Right: Diagram
36 is Noboru Miyajima’s bat. He’s had previous Crease Pattern Challenges of a Knight on a Pegasus (#4) and a Propeller Plane (#12). His previous models are impressive, but something about this one makes me partial to it. It just has a kind of lifelike feel I think.
I’ve made a few of these, but I only found my uncoloured one. I know I gave a painted on away; guess I should have taken pictures first. Even white it looks really good. Albino bat.
Crease Pattern Challenge 35 in Issue 90 is another one of Takashi Hojyo’s human forms, Aquarius the water pourer (his 2005 version). He tends to go back and improve a lot of his older models, and this one is amazing. I wonder if he just liked the water pouring idea or if he was going to do a zodiac set. I noticed he likes sets, such as his Twelve Heavenly Generals. For examples, one of his generals, Vajra, has also been recently updated. But maybe it’s just that his zodiac sign might be Aquarius?
Being a zodiac sign, this is also a mythological model. Aquarius represents Ganymede, a young boy from Troy. Zeus turned into an eagle and kidnapped him to make him immortal and serve as cupbearer of the gods on Olympus. Zeus chose Ganymede because he thought he was hot. K.
Anyway, the model is great. About a quarter of the paper is the water and jar. The arms are separate from the jar and are shaped to hold it. I should probably use more water to fold and shape things like this, but instead I used fishing line to hold the left arm to the jar for now (as you can clearly see). I kind of left the right arm dramatically far out. ¡Olé!