Mothra

Origami, Original Designs

A few days ago, the first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters came out. Yay! I love Godzilla, and this one looks pretty good. It also has Mothra, Radon, and King Ghidora (and maybe others). I’ve made a Godzilla and Ghidora, so I thought I’d post my origami Mothra.

WKO_028_MOTHRA (101)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (110)

This was an odd one due to the wings needing so much length. I made the abdomen from a point formed inside the square, and then spread it out and added ridges. That way, I could make sections for the head, wings, and legs using the edges of the paper.

WKO_028_MOTHRA (106)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (107)

WKO_028_MOTHRA (105)

I like how the face turned out, which is odd because it’s mostly shaping. The eyes in particular had to be indented to show up, but they turned out. The biggest problems were the antenna above the head (which turned out a bit short) and the appendages to the sides of her mouth. I tried to get those from the set with the legs, but they sometimes look more like forelegs.

WKO_028_MOTHRA (104)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (109)

WKO_028_MOTHRA (108)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (103)

I figured Mothra would look better painted, with all the vibrant colours. She’s pretty fuzzy, so I used oil paints because they sometimes look fuzzy to me (not that they really do here). I left the white unpainted. Her hindwings are above her forewings now because I painted them second and don’t know how long it takes oil paints to completely set.

WKO_028_MOTHRA (114)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (113)

WKO_028_MOTHRA (115)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (116)

WKO_028_MOTHRA (117)    WKO_028_MOTHRA (118)

I’m thinking of updating my Godzilla a bit so he’s not so thin and adding some to my Pteranodon to make a Radon. I wonder if I should try Gamera? Daiei should really let them put him in a movie with Godzilla.

WKO_028_MOTHRA (111)

King Ghidorah

Origami, Original Designs

I make a lot of kaijuu, and, since I made Godzilla before, I decided to try for Ghidorah. After getting a base I liked, I went through a few versions of this one.

WKO_026_GIDORA (101) WKO_026_GIDORA (102)

The wings are shaped such they kind of arc up, making the shoulders out the longest part by a lot (but never curving back down). I got that aspect, but the problem became making the heads match. I figure the middle one can be a bit different, but, in the first one, they are way too far apart.

WKO_026_GIDORA (104) WKO_026_GIDORA (106)

His tail is kind of fishy, but I really like how the feet turned out.

WKO_026_GIDORA (108) WKO_026_GIDORA (112)

WKO_026_GIDORA (113) WKO_026_GIDORA (111)

I tried a few different heads and added scales to the chest flap. The heads were changed by minor additions, but I finally decided I needed something more drastic to get more leeway in the side heads.

WKO_026_GIDORA (125) WKO_026_GIDORA (119)

WKO_026_GIDORA (120) WKO_026_GIDORA (123)

I did this by collapsing in more paper to those sections (perpendicular to the wings). This helped with the front scales, gave a more rectangular body, and added parts to the tail. The middle head has an extra pair of horns but is now much closer to the other two, with all three now having tongues.

WKO_026_GIDORA (122) WKO_026_GIDORA (124)

WKO_026_GIDORA (118)

Crease Pattern Challenge 017

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

The 17th Challenge is a Suppon designed by Shinji Sasade. This is another in the growing list of models I took only a couple of pictures of and then promptly lost. Unlike some of the others, I think 2 pictures give a pretty good idea of this model.

OTMCP_017 - SUPPON - SASADE (1) OTMCP_017 - SUPPON - SASADE (2)

This is because the model is extremely well designed. While you could argue that this model is more simple than some of the more complex challenge models, it’s so ingenious that it’s hard to tell where the edges are. With both the shell and belly so well developed, this is a great 3D model.

He also likes to make kaijuu origami. Among them, Sasade has made Radon (diagrammed in Origami Tanteidan Convention Book 5) and Gamera (listed as Turtle-Kaijuu in Convention Book 10).

SASADE - RADON (103) SASADE - RADON (104) SASADE - RADON (101) SASADE - RADON (105) SASADE - RADON (102)

I like Radon, but he kind of looks like a parrot to me. I guess he always has though. Also, about that link: 1) looks like he didn’t skip leg day in the recent movies, and 2) he’s “Rodan” in English now? Like, the sculptor? Has he always been Rodan in English?

SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (104) SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (103)  SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (107) SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (111)

I made Gamera from paper that is too small (again), so I had to improvise some of the details to be less complicated. But I had this really nice shiny paper that I wanted to use. It kind of worked out, because it helped the strong, round shell design.

SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (105) SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (106) SASADE - KAME-KAIJUU (102)