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.
Crease Pattern Challenge #56 is Hitoshi Kakami’s Coelacanth. I’m glad this is written, because I’m not sure how to pronounce that.
This one has a reference guide on half of the pattern. In spite of this, there was some point I had a lot of trouble finding. This is also one of the ones I folded a long time ago, took insufficient pictures of, and lost. Instead of finding that tricky point again, I copied and printed the pattern and folded that for pictures of the details.
In an interesting coincidence, I tried to find reference points with someone on a message board for a crease pattern model in Calico’s Origami Aquarium. I like Calico’s models, and even made my own Zapdos mainly because there was no crease pattern for Calico’s. The coincidental part is that Calico is Hitoshi Kakami.
There are a lot of great models on that site, but, unfortunately, only a few have crease patterns. Even then, there is a big jump between crease pattern and final model. Since the reference points on this crease pattern are given (and I forgot what else I did), I have my reference points for the model we were looking for on the board, Calico’s Rattata. Below is how to get the reference points, the folded crease pattern, and the shaped model.
The funny thing is my reference point method is slightly off. People go on a lot about how perfect you need to get things, but that’s not perfectly true. I think I push the limit of how slipshod you can be though.