Random stuff – August 2020

Miscellaneous, Origami

Well, awhile ago my flash drive died (quite thoroughly), and I lost a lot of recent stuff that I hadn’t backed-up yet. That and some other stuff bummed me out, but I hadn’t realized I’d been off here for so long. So here’s some random, fun stuff.

I made Satoshi Kamiya’s Winged Kirin/Qilin! I think it came out ok. I used paper that’s too small again.

There’s an artist named Hachiken (Haruka Hashimoto) on Twitter. I love their Blastoise, and there’s a crease pattern. So I made one; he’s great!

I wonder if I should make the Charizard too?

…got sidetracked while writing this and made him in the interim. He’s great too! The way I painted the square caused the paper to be a little thick, so I had some trouble getting the tail and wings to stay up.

Last, Paper Mario: The Origami King came out a few weeks ago now. I unraveled (and re-raveled) my Bowser to possibly do diagrams of him sooner or later. Also, I made Nintendo’s origami Princess Peach from the how-to video on their Japanese website. I used her, my Bowser, and some game sprites to try greenscreening and make a little cartoon. It’s kind of dopey, but I hope it makes someone smile.

The World Eater

Miscellaneous, Origami

I made one of Satoshi Kamiya’s World Eater dragons awhile ago, from the crease pattern on his site. An interesting thing about this one is that quite a lot of the detailing on the neck and tail isn’t on the crease pattern. It’s pretty clear and easy to implement (although, I didn’t do it quite the same way).




Also notable: Kamiya’s World Eater looks imposing and maybe threatening. As usual, I’ve taken that and turned it into happy and maybe friendly.


I didn’t get the back spikes. I’m not sure why.


Phoenix 3.0 and Ryujin 3.1

Miscellaneous, Origami

I found a Phoenix 3.0 I made from the crease pattern on Satoshi Kamiya’s website, and it looks pretty good. I thought a Ryujin would go well with it. The only one I hadn’t made was the 3.1, so I thought I’d try that.


The 2.1 crease pattern is on his website, and the 3.5 is in the Super Complex book. I found the 3.1’s crease pattern on the internet. It seems to be off of a card from one of his exhibitions (he has cards under the model with the title and it sometimes has the crease pattern on it). So I’m not 100% sure about it, but it’s a lot like the 3.5 and was fun either way.


I think they look neat together.


Crease Pattern Challenge 057

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Issue 113’s Challenge is Satoshi Kamiya’s Praying Mantis!

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I don’t have much to say this time because I’ve already gone on a lot about Kamiya’s amazing designs.

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Besides looking good, this model has a very slight asymmetry in the tail, which is neat. Also, his arms slightly remind me of a t-rex’s arms. I suppose that’s just all praying mantis arms though.

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The only other thing I can think of vaguely related to Satoshi Kamiya is that he added a Kirin to his online gallery last year. I hope he puts out a crease pattern of that one sometime.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 041

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t gotten one up here in awhile. I wanted to set them up for automatic a bit. Maybe I can get that working sometime.

Anyway, this is a good one for Halloween. Crease Pattern Challenge 41 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Cerebus. I actually have this model in one of the posts about Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2. I’m not sure how different the crease pattern one is (it’s probably just the minor details).



I actually had some problems getting him into focus, so there are a few similar shots with different focuses. The unpainted white tracing paper probably didn’t help.



Left: head focus; Right: leg focus

Yous already know how much I like Satoshi Kamiya’s stuff. His crease patterns are usually really fun, because you put in your own details and interpretations.



Crease Pattern Challenge 028

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Origami Tanteidan Magazine #82 is a special issue that mainly has crease patterns. So Crease Pattern Challenge #28 is actually several models split into 6 sections. I forgot whatever spiel I had for this, so direct to it I guess.

No.01 starts things with a bang: it’s A Crab and Its Kid by Toshiyuki Meguro. I had quite a bit of trouble with the reference points. I got quite a few, but, there are so many, I ended up estimating more than I knew. Such a large scale model ends up pretty forgiving, but mine (particularly the major shell) isn’t as sharp as possible.

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I hope my pictures show this well enough. There are 5 baby crabs under the main crab (it’s all one large square). Just getting that many points is fascinating, and they make a really neat model.

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No.02 is a Giraffe by Hideo Komatsu. I think this is my favourite model in this set. It’s a little trickier than it looks, which makes it interesting, but I think I like it just because the giraffe is endearing.

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03 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Dragonfly 1.1B. He always has great models with special details. The main feature with this one is the dragonfly’s banded tail. Having the tail along with four wings, six legs, and a detailed face (his is much better detailed than mine, by the way) is a little ridiculous.

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No.04 has two models by Takashi Hojyo: Un objet d’un poisson 5 (Pterois lunulata) and Un objet d’un poisson 11 (Jellyfish). These are pretty special, because he tends to do animals in a more traditional way than his human models. These two incorporate the methods he uses for humans to make an artistic lionfish and jellyfish. They kind of feel minimal but are very detailed. Unfortunately, I may have again missed a polarity switch on the lionfish (I tend to do with his models).

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No.05 is a set of little houses, listed as Japanese Roofs, by Tomohiro Tachi. These really aren’t the kind of models I like much, so I just Xeroxed them and folded them from those. They are neat having slopes with direction changes. Also, I have a red filter that I never get to use.

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The last model, No.06, is a Domino Cube by Ushio Ikegami. There are several crease patterns here, but I’m only doing the first one. He tends to come up with interesting methods to fold seemingly impossible models that are aesthetically fairly boring (to me at least). He previously made a Koch’s Snowflake Curve in Challenge #13. These are pretty neat (if I had colour change paper, the upper and lower cubes would be different colours), but they’re not really my thing.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 022

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

This is another crease pattern by Satoshi Kamiya, and it’s easy to see why they use his models so much. #22 is simply called “Vespid”, which is a wasp but not a specific wasp (such as a German Yellowjacket).

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This is the kind of crease pattern I like. The less straightforward parts don’t feel like they’re there just to mess with you. The details aren’t too far extrapolated from the pattern and even invite you to interpret them how you like. Wasps creep me out a bit, but I still enjoyed folding this and love the outcome.

On the flip side, since I knew I was working toward a model that looks so interesting, I probably glossed over any problems I would complain about in other crease patterns.

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Crease Pattern Challenge 019

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

This is the first of several Crease Pattern Challenges in one day (see Challenge 27 here for more info). I didn’t fold them on the same day, just put them here. I think. I’m pretty sure.

This is Challenge 19: A Regular Tetrahedron with a Hyperbolic Paraboloid by Satoshi Kamiya. You may ask, “What is a tetrahedron?” Well, “tetra” means four, and “hedron” means bases or something. “Regular” implies that all the faces are the same and have the same angles when making the polygon. So it’s a pyramid.

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That should be boring, but it was made by Satoshi Kamiya. The “hyperbolic paraboloid” is the interesting part. This is essentially a saddle-shaped surface, and he put it in the center of the square to cause it to fold in to the tetrahedron. Here it is pulled out and collapsing back.

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While it initially looks boring, it’s pretty interesting and a little trippy.