Crease Pattern Challenge #65 in Origami Tanteidan Magazine Issue 121 is Naoki Takeda’s Tengu. This is probably my favourite Crease Pattern Challenge, at least so far. It’s sort of complex, but I’ve made it a few times.
Tengu are Japanese monster-demon-things that range from goblins to bird men (frequently crows). Probably the most common version is a man with a long nose (or even beak) with wings, like this one. But this model has a whole kimono, as well as fans, tengu geta, bushy eyebrows, and a beard.
There are a few things different in mine than the final model shown in Tanteidan. The head looks a bit different and the fans are squished and spread a bit earlier to give the impression of hands. These I don’t know if I could get to look that good with the size of paper I used. The end model has pleating in the wings. I guess I just like how the wings look without the pleats. Another thing I’m not sure about why are the flaps at the sides of the kimono. I’m not sure if I’m messing something up or like it that way when I make them.
Anyway, it’s an absolutely amazing model.
Challenge #64 is Jason Ku’s Bicycle v1.8. I feel like this is one of those more academic models, showing techniques for making wheels and bars that you might not think would be possible from a square of paper.
The bars that form a “V” lightly lock in to the lower horizontal bar, but they keep coming loose in mine. The most prominent feature is the wheels, but it has a seat, handlebars, pedals, and a kickstand.
I don’t really find a bicycle an “exciting” origami model, but it’s really fascinating that it can be made from a flat square without cutting it.
Tanteidan’s Crease Pattern Challenge #63 is Hoang Tien Quyet’s Fox. It’s a very stylized model with a crease pattern that isn’t as simple as it looks. It’s very elegant, and it’s one of these models I’ve made a few times before. This time, I found some of the older ones.
Here are three foxes, with one out of store origami paper. They all ended up with different faces.
I should probably look into wet folding techniques (I use water sometimes, but it’s not the same), because these would look even better with more developed curves. The sharpness in these ones looks pretty good to tho.
I’ve sort of been putting this one off because I’ve had so much trouble with it. Challenge #62 is Ushio Ikegami’s Kepler’s Star.
There aren’t a lot of pictures with this (it looks mostly the same from all directions). While there are some flips and stacks (that is, folds through multiple parts together that show up as different polarities on the pattern) that are usually better done in diagrams, I think this would be difficult to do other than in a crease pattern.
I figured out reference points and put the pattern on a big square then cut to hexagon, but I used the thin paper I always use. This was too thin to work well. I tried to stiffen it up, but that was too much. So I finally copied the pattern on regular paper and folded that.
One of the pyramids would be a different colour with reverse colour paper. I put dots on it to kind of illustrate that.
This is an interesting model, as it takes a modular model and makes it with a single sheet.
What to say about Takashi Hojyo’s Bantam, which is Origami Tanteidan Magazine’s 61st Crease Pattern Challenge in issue #117? Hojyo’s stuff is always good, so that’s hardly worth mentioning. Looking at his, I noticed I left out a crimp for the neck, which would look a lot sharper. Actually, his looks very focused, but, while I guess I missed the tone, I like my eager chicken.
There’s a sort of fluffiness throughout this one. It’s really neat against the crispness of the head and the nearly hidden feet.
I like pokemon, which should be clear from some of the designs I have. I like Pikachu, too (who doesn’t like Pikachu?), but there’s always been a problem for me with Pikachu. I like Raichu more, but, being the evolution following Pikachu, Raichu tends to be overshadowed. So here’s an origami Raichu.
I have some zoom-ins of the feet, hands, and tail, but one picture shows the details pretty clearly. Luckily, I was playing around with my camera, so I have some different lighting options. I wonder which is better?
Also, fingers crossed for a Detective Pikachu sequel of Detective Raichu!
I hope my pictures are good enough, because this one’s really spectacular. Crease Pattern Challenge #60 is KAPPA the Water Imp by Chuya Miyamoto.
He has a lanky, nearly simian body, webbed fingers, the head dish, scraggly hair, the beak, cute eyes, and an amazing shell. I’m afraid it’s gonna be hard to see in the bright green I used.
The shell is pretty cool. Below, I have the unfinished shell first. This version is how it’s given in the crease pattern. It could be a mess to show the finished version in the pattern, but it’s clear from the cover and other images. You sink each point in and out a few times to make concentric scutes (the shell sections; yes, I had to look that up).
Also notable: He is very head and shell heavy. If you make him, his legs almost certainly won’t hold him up, so, if you don’t want him sitting, either his legs should be reinforced or he should have some other structure to hold him up.
Since the new Avengers movie is coming out soon, I thought I’d post these ones. It’s Rocket Raccoon and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (and a number of other things)!
Both are dual colour models, where the square is one colour on one side and a different one on the other. I think Rocket’s ok, with a raccoon face and tail. He also has bandoliers, which I’ve never seen Rocket wear. But I wanted something distinctive to go with the gun-wielding raccoon. Also, making a square into a raccoon is tricky. I also made him a gun with four barrels (out of a separate square) to make him more recognizable.
A friend said he didn’t know it was Rocket because there was no Groot. At first, I was going to make a big Groot, but I couldn’t think of one. Eventually, I realized baby Groot would be easier to see in origami, and came up with this one.
This is my best version, but it’s too big for the Rocket I have. So, I scaled it down and simplified it.
But it was still a bit too big. I made the simplest version I could think of. I think it works pretty well.
Crease Pattern Challenge #59 is Horiguchi Naoto’s Brontotherium. It’s a prehistoric animal that’s like a rhinoceros. But it has two horns. So like, a binoceros.
It looks like what I took for a lower mouth/jaw should have been the entire lower head, with the horn part being just horns. That’s why mine has a wicked underbite.
Generally, I’m not too enthusiastic about prehistoric bi-rhinoceros. However, it’s a good model. It feels kind of soothing for some reason. I especially like the eyes part.