I’ve been doing diagrams for some of my models recently, but I still have come up with a couple of new models. The most recent is and American Bison. In the United States, it’s usually called a buffalo, even though it’s not a buffalo buffalo. I usually call it a “buffalax” for unknown reasons.
I came up with the head first, then the body, then completely changed the head. A bison is fuzzier towards the head, which is shown by a colour flip. The model has ears, horns, and a fuzzy neck thing.
It turned out better than I thought it would. It’s extremely front heavy though, so it needs some help standing.
I wanted a four-legged dragon, so here is the Prismatic Dragon!
I wanted the legs to be like crystals growing out. It looks like how I was wanting, and I thought of naming him “Crystal Dragon”. That seemed kind of generic. The wings also look like light rays, so I went with Prismatic Dragon.
When I decided to add toes, the shift made the wings much larger (relatively). For the bombastic increase, I decided to call this one Effulgent Dragon.
Besides the toes and giant wings, he has a tail like a spear. I also didn’t thin the neck, so he has a more proud countenance.
Issue 128’s Challenge (#72) is a Horned Owl by Naoyuki Yada. It’s a pretty stately horned owl, but you’ll have to google it to see that. I’ve struck yet again, making a more cartoonish version than the original. This one sort of looks like it could be in an anime.
Two things occur to me: most of the details of this are pretty clearly displayed in only a couple of photos, and if I looked at the reference models more when making these, they’d look more like they’re supposed to.
For the first, here are some pics with different lightings and some zooms. For the second, it’s probably more artistic to have your own interpretation of a crease pattern. Plus, I like cute models.
This is one I came up with awhile ago, my favourite Egyptian god, Thoth! I thought I had already posted him, but apparently not, oops.
The ibis-headed Thoth is the god of wisdom and a moon god. I kind of project personalities into myths, and I think of Thoth and Anubis as more down to earth than a lot of the others. Osiris, Set, Isis, Nephthys, and Horus plot and counterplot, and I feel like Thoth is exasperated when they bring him in to sort out their hijinks (whereas Anubis is more amused).
About my Thoth: he’s a lot clearer when painted after. I changed his outfit a lot, mainly giving him baggy, comfortable-looking pants. The other big change is that I made his body the same colour as his head. With the feet, I could have feeted them up a bit more, but I thought the sort of feathery look was neat and consistent.
Takashi Kanazawa’s Tiger Beetle is Challenge 71 from Issue 127. This is a fantastic beetle. Mine’s not as good as Kanazawa’s (of course), but I think it looks good. I hope you can see the cute face.
It has bug eyes, thorny mandibles, and antennas!
I also used a special paint that shifts shades in light. It’s really subtle. I took a video, but it looks like I can’t post it here. It didn’t really show it that well anyway.
This is another one from a bit ago. Unlike my Tiger, the Lion is more like a cartoon.
The head’s nearly as big as the body. He’s also pretty 2-D, and is pretty well illustrated by just a couple of pictures. I like him.
Crease Pattern Challenge #70 in OTM Issue 126 is a Spinosaurus by Fumiaki Kawahata.
Kawahata ranges from simple, cute models to very complex ones. This one is kind of both. It has toes, eyes, and the spine, but the most complicated thing in the crease pattern is the front toes.
The spine in particular has large unfolded sections, which end up making it look really good. The complexity is more in finding the lines on the spine.
Anybody notice the dragons in Game of Thrones are actually wyverns? When I was a kid, it seemed like most mythology books considered them different. Now, wyverns are just dragons with less steps. Maybe they made the terminology more fuzzy to be more realistic.
My Inscrutable Wyverns have a colour change in the face, kind of like that one pokemon. Also, there’s a range of face possibilities. The purple and yellow one has a face almost like a skull.
The Inscrutable Wyvern has odd wings, blocky feet, and a split tail. In case you’re wondering, the inscrutable part is from one specific step while making it.
—Tips on this Crease Pattern Challenge—
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.
—Tips on this Crease Pattern Challenge—
I started to write this up when I first made it awhile ago, then went to something else and didn’t finish. Maybe I thought it was too odd.
This is one of my more obscure choices of model. In Terry Pratchett’s Diskworld Series of books, Death is a major character in a few of the books. In one book, Reaper Man, there are sub-deaths for specific living creatures. One of these is the Death of Rats, a tiny rat skeleton in a black cloak. I mean, he’s a normal sized skeleton for a rat. I just didn’t want you to think he was some human sized rat skeleton. All of the sub-deaths end up absorbed by Death except for the Death of Rats, who pops up in other books.
So I have a skeletal rat in a black shroud with a sickle. He has fingers on his non-sickle hand, and toes on both feet. He has a thumb on the hand with fingers. I realize rats don’t have thumbs, but how else is he supposed to hold his sickle?
I also tried to make the black show up at the tip of his nose to imply a nose hole and void space in the skull.