Crease Pattern Challenge 014

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

The Dragon by Seiji Nishikawa is Tanteidan’s Crease Pattern Challenge #14. You might be thinking, “Wasn’t that challenge #6?#6 was “Ryuu” (龍), an eastern style dragon with the Japanese word for dragon, and this one is “Dragon” (doragon/ドラゴン)  , to indicate a more western style. He is also more of a cartoon dragon, because he stands upright, like Charizards, Great Dragons, or Ice Dragons.

This crease pattern actually leaves out quite a few details, but that’s kind of a necessity because the folds double back quite a lot. That is, with all the details it would be a tangled mess to figure out, but, after folding the crease pattern for the initial shape, it should be easy enough to figure out with the final picture. Naturally, I first folded this without looking at the picture.

OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (103) OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (104) OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (105)

He came out longer and more wyvernish than the original. While looking back at the final model during folding, I got:

OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (106) OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (107) OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (108) OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (109)

These make his body look more like the wyvern, but that’s only because the legs keep spreading from the center. Most of the features are very different, especially the head, which has eyes and a horn now. In any case, this illustrates the stylistic range you can get out of this crease pattern, and that’s pretty cool.

I also folded this one from diagrams in Works of Seiji Nishikawa, but that was a while ago. I have one that’s red (but only pictures) and one painted like the crease pattern ones. I wasn’t sure these were this dragon until I folded the crease pattern one. This is because of the tiny arms. I’m not a fan of these arms. T-rexes have bigger arms.

OTMCP_014 - DRAGON - NISHIKAWA (101) NISHIKAWA - DRAGON - WORKS OF(102) NISHIKAWA - DRAGON - WORKS OF(101) NISHIKAWA - DRAGON - WORKS OF(103)

For some other Nishikawa models, I thought it would be neat to do some other fantasy creatures, like his Pegasus, or Godzilla. But, since I already did that with the last Nishikawa crease pattern, I’m just going to do his half of Origami Insects Vol. 1.

Fumiaki Kawahata did the first half of this book’s models, and Nishikawa did the second. There are 8 total, so I’m just going to list them and show them in order.

Japanese Horned Beetle – Male

OI1_10 (101) OI1_10 (103) OI1_10 (104)

Japanese Horned Beetle – Female

OI1_11 (102) OI1_11 (103) OI1_11 (104)

Asiatic Locust

OI1_12 (101) OI1_12 (102)

Flying Asiatic Locust

OI1_13 (101) OI1_13 (102) OI1_13 (105)

Long-Horned Beetle

OI1_14 (101) OI1_14 (102) OI1_14 (104)

Lucanus Stag Beetle

OI1_15 (101) OI1_15 (103) OI1_15 (105)

Goliath Horned Flower Beetle

OI1_16 (104) OI1_16 (101) OI1_16 (103)

Hercules Giant Beetle

OI1_17 (101) OI1_17 (103) OI1_17 (104)

Additionally, Kawahata did something pretty cool with his models that weren’t included on Nishikawa’s. Taking the edge of a square as length 1.0, he showed each model next to a scale as a fraction of this. That way, you’ll know the size of insect you’ll end up with. Similarly, I took end model scans of each Nishikawa insect to show the scales of the models I got below.

OI1_SN_10-17

Crease Pattern Challenge 006

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I was gone last week, so I decided to do some extra this week. First up is Origami Tanteidan’s Crease Pattern Challenge #6, which is an eastern style Dragon by Seiji Nishikawa.

OTMCP_006 - RYUU - NISHIKAWA (2) OTMCP_006 - RYUU - NISHIKAWA (1)

Mine came out a bit different. He’s ended up more of a plant gecko. His face has a kind of leaves on a stalk feel.

OTMCP_006 - RYUU - NISHIKAWA (5) OTMCP_006 - RYUU - NISHIKAWA (3)

Seiji Nishikawa has a several books and hundreds of models, so I thought I’d include a few more of those here. His Pegasus is in his book and Tanteidan Convention Book 4.

OTM_C04 - NISHIKAWA - PEGASUS (1)  OTM_C04 - NISHIKAWA - PEGASUS (2)OTM_C04 - NISHIKAWA - PEGASUS (3)

It’s not as thin and fancy as a lot of pegasii out there, but I like it more for it. This Pegasus actually looks like he could circle the head of a sea monster as opposed to many other “I’m pretty!” pegasii you see.

His Godzilla was diagrammed in Tanteidan Magazine 39. I dolled up the back plates a bit, but I may have overthinned him to do it.

OTM_039 - GOJIRA - NISHIKAWA (1) OTM_039 - GOJIRA - NISHIKAWA (2) OTM_039 - GOJIRA - NISHIKAWA (3)

I like him a lot, but the legs are a bit small. Nishikawa’s original has straight legs (no knees) which helps with this, but the legs look thinner that way. He does seem to get taller with every movie. He’s only attacking to keep his dancer’s legs in shape.