Origami Bears

I Could Bearly Wait to Show You these Oso Ursome Origami Bears

There are a ton of absolutely fantastic origami bears out there so in this post we're going to take a look at some of our favourites. I hope you're pre-beared!

First up is very life-like looking bear. The paper used here is really awesome and looks quite like fur.

Bear by Nicolas Terry
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/30541341180/

Bear, Designed by Nicolas Terry and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Passion Origami

 

Seth Friedman designed another excellent quite life-like looking bear. Here it is photographed at a convention back in 2014. The face in this design looks awesome and kind of dopey, like it just woke up from hibernation.

Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/15222770862/

Grizzly Bear, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman (Photo by Willie G. Crespo)

Diagrams available in the 19th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Here is a much less complex design that uses wet folding to make those excellent, organic looking curves.

Curved Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31632261@N03/34808366941/

Curved Bear, Designed by Joao Charrua and Folded by Juanfran Carrillo

Instructions not available

 

This is something very different from most of the other bears in this post. This model is on display at the Chimei Museum in Taiwan and I really like the individually folded claws on the hands and feet.

Standing Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/32029392235/

Bear, Designed and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Instructions not available

 

Pandas are technically not bears but this one looks just so great that I needed to include it. It changes things up a bit too which is always good.

Panda
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/21494135302/

Panda, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by J.W Park

Diagrams available in Origami Pro

 

I like how this bear looks both ferocious and kind of goofy at the same time.

Bear by Choi Ju Young
https://www.flickr.com/photos/yesutis1/43336049925/

Bear, Designed and Folded by Choi Ju Young

Instructions not available

 

Here's something very different. It's quite impressive how the colour change is used here to make that arrow line.

Heart Line Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/14376850240/

Heart Line Bear, Designed and Folded by Bernie Peyton (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

Beth Johnson designed one of the most unique looking bears out there which uses a tessellation pattern like many of her models.

Beth Johnson's Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/9150523720/

Bear, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

Changing things up a little bit again we have a teddy bear which technically fits into the category of bears. This model also uses some fantastic colour changes for the details.

Teddy Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/39495633124/

Teddy Bear, Designed by Marc Kirschenbaum and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

Here's another fantastic bear design and I like the heaviness you can sort of feel in this design.

Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/5973207861/

Bear, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Fold Line

 

This next model is very impressive because it's folded from an uncut square of copper metal! The metal must have been heated up to make it soft enough to fold.

Copper Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/5932773293/

Bear 1997, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper and Form

 

I really like this next model. This is a Jucumari or Spectacled Bear. It's apparently the last species of short-faced bear in the world. I really like how that front paw is lifted up like it's walking but it's still folded from paper so it's completely thin and flat.

Jucumari
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/12048068285/

Jucumari, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Here's an adorable whole family of bears!

Bear Family
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/6435138709/

Bear Family, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

Here's another very excellent little bear cub.

Bear Cub
https://www.flickr.com/photos/164246676@N06/43634212784/

Bear Cub, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Jan Groot

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

This is the first bear Tetsuya Gotani ever designed. It looks quite fantastic for a first attempt!

First Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tgotani/7826873974/

Bear, Designed and Folded by Tetsuya Gotani

Instructions not available

 

Here are more fantastic wet folded bears. I love how expressive these simple looking models are.

Curve Bears
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/25325243634/

Curve Bears, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

Quentin Trollip designed this ferocious looking bear and there are lots of different options for how you want to pose it.

Ferocious Bear
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8713013605/

Bear, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Sequence

 

Koalas again technically aren't bears but this is the best origami koala I've ever seen so I had to include it here.

Koala
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/8091896353/

Koala, Designed by David Llanque and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in Mini Neo #10

 

Here's a newer version of József Zsebe's posed on top of a paper rock.

Bear On Rock
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/12590627003/

Bear on Rock, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper and Form

 

This is another really unique and great idea for this design.

Bear and Crane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/27269054495/

Erkner Bear, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Crease pattern available in the photo

 

Pandas again technically aren't bears but this is also one of the best origami pandas I've seen out there so I had to include it too.

Giant Panda
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/6002774273/

Giant Panda, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Eyal

Instructions not available

 

Here's Quentin Trollip's excellent bear again with some really fantastic claws.

Don't Feed the Bears
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/1254527426/

Bear, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Diagrams available in Origami Sequence

 

Sebastien Limet has some of the best ideas for origami designs. This particular model is designed to send an anti-fur message.

Fur You
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/33250366472/

Fur You, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here's a really great grizzly bear and cub in a series of great poses.

Grizzly Mother and Cub
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/5209024099/

Grizzly Bear designed by Quentin Trollip and Cub Designed by Joshua Goutam, Both Folded by Eyal

Grizzly diagrams available in Origami Sequence - Cub diagrams available in Works of Joshua Goutam vol. 1

 

Daniel Chang works with children and teenagers and he designed this incredible model which makes a pretty powerful statement. This model is a fantastic example of how you can use this art form to create a powerful message.

Childhood
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitanei/38751376051/

Childhood, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

This awesome bear uses two coloured paper and a colour change so you get a different colour for the fish that it's eating. This is a variation of Quentin Trollip's more famous bear and salmon design.

Bear and Fish
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/5284759650/

Lunch Time, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

Here's one more panda that I just had to include since it's so adorable.

Baby Panda
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lihaha/6887852592/

Panda, Designed by Red Paper and Folded by lichangzhenba

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is this adorable rolling bear cub and parent. The sense of movement here is fantastic. A lot of the images in this particular post show how origami can be used to create something a bit deeper or more artistic than just folding a representation of some kind of animal or something.

If that makes sense.

Rolling Bear Cub
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/6435139181/

Tumbling Little Bear, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

What did you think about these origami bears? Let us know in the comments!


Origami Cats

I’m Feline Good about Showing You these Fantastic Origami Cats

For the longest time I wasn't really able to find any really great origami cat designs. I could find the occasional lion or tiger that looked really awesome but there were only a few of those and I only really knew of one or two great house cat designs.

Over the last little year or so though I started to encounter more and more excellent origami cats so I figured it was time to take another look at them. In this post we'll be looking at cats of all kinds, pet cats, lions, tigers and more!

First up is this really awesome tiger. I'm always super impressed with tiger designs that use a colour change to make the stripes. I also really like how heavy the paws look, just like they do in real life.

Quentin Trollip's Tiger
https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/27019847815/

Tiger, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Diagrams available in Works of Quentin Trollip

 

Terry Nicolas has one of the best lion designs out there. This one he folded for a wedding and that would definitely be an awesome present to receive.

Lion by Terry Nicolas
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/20029054706/

Lion, Designed and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Passion Origami

 

This cat design by Katsuta Kyohei is probably the most popular pet cat design I've seen. This one is especially well folded.

Katsuta Kyohei's Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/24458029130/

Cat, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by J.W Park

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #124

 

This is a really awesome cat design that's very different from any other designs I've seen out there. It perfectly captures the essence of an actual cat.

Cat by Mathieu Gueros
https://www.flickr.com/photos/138956285@N03/25992802975/

Cat, Designed and Folded by Mathieu Gueros

Instructions not available

 

Here's another awesome tiger design that also makes use of two sided paper to make the stripes. If you're wondering where everyone gets orange and black paper I think most people just buy orange paper and paint one side black.

Tiger by Hideo Komatsu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/5642298451/

Tiger, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Works of Hideo Komatsu

 

This is another fantastic and quite majestic looking lion.

Lion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/33193772085/

Lion, Designed and Folded by Maeng Heung Gue

Instructions not available

 

Here's another incredible house cat design. It's not super complex but it again perfectly captures the essence of a cat. I'm always amazed with how Roman Diaz's designs are able to do this.

Cat by Roman Diaz
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/20607642760/

Cat, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Instructions not avaialble

 

Satoshi Kamiya also has one of the more famous lion designs. I quite like the pose this one is folded in. It almost looks like it's tensing up and about to pounce.

Lion by Satoshi Kamiya
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125100933@N05/29261685925/

Lion, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Maxi Purewal

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

This is a tiger design but it looks pretty cool folded with black paper, almost like a black panther. The way this particular one is folded looks quite playful which I like.

Black Tiger
https://www.flickr.com/photos/133455908@N03/28586075561/

Tiger, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Lê Huỳnh Đức

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

These two tigers are the exact same model as the previous one but you can totally see how different the same model can look when folded by a different artist.

2 Tigers
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/19582546336/

Tiger, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

Seth Friedman designed another one of my favourite cat designs. This again perfectly captures what a cat looks like walking along. This model was photographed at a convention.

Cat by Seth Friedman
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/15036603167/

Cat, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman (Photo by Willie G. Crespo)

Crease pattern available from Seth Friedman's website

 

Here we have an absolutely gorgeous resting lion folded by Gonzalo. I love how those back lags are kicked off to the side.

Lion by Gonzalo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/32007821823/

Lion, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Works of Hideo Komatsu

 

A caracal isn't the first type of cat you'd normally think of but Hiroaki Kobayashi designed one and it's awesome. The colour changes on the ears, nose and eyes are really awesome. This one is folded by 7 sheets of paper.

Caracal by Hiroaki Kobayashi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/32690053363/

Caracal, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really excellent house cat model.

Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126764164@N04/32743158762/

Cat, Designed by Tanaka Masashi and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #95

 

This is a very cool lion design. I really like how expressive the face is and how the mane looks. I'm not sure who the folder here is though, the sign there is kind of blurred so if you know let me know and I'll update the post.

Lion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/14831070598/

Lion King, Designed by Horiguchi Naoto (Photo by Maeng Heung Gue)

Instructions not available

 

Here's an adorable and slightly sad homeless kitty.

Homeless Kitty
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/33658528102/

Homeless Kitty, Designed and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Diagrams available here

 

A Smilodon is a type of prehistoric sabre tooth tiger. Satoshi Kamiya designed what's easily the most famous origami Smilodon but he's not the only one. Richard Galindo Flores also designed this quite excellent one. I love how eager this particular one looks.

Smilodon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/33770878692/

Smilodon, Designed by Richard Galindo Flores and Folded by J.W Park

Diagrams available in Bogota Origami Convention 2014

 

Here's a slightly updated caracal design from Hiroaki Kobayashi. This time this one is folded from 8 squares of paper.

Caracal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/33129428453/

Caracal, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This is a much simpler lion design than the previous ones here but they still managed to pack a ton of feeling into that face.

Lion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/34715984902/

Lion, Designed by Shunichi Ashimura and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #138

 

Here's Gen Hagiwara's tiger again and this time I really like that little tongue.

Tiger
https://www.flickr.com/photos/guillermo_rodriguez/26904427756/

Tiger, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Guillermo R. Parrondo

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

This little sleeping cat is pretty adorable. The paper used here makes it look really furry and soft too.

Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hare_ru/7321339368/

Cat, Designed by Giang Dinh and Folded by Hare

Diagrams available in Licence to Fold

 

Here's another really awesome lion. This was originally Satoshi Kamiya's lion design but it's been modified by Soma Cruz. I really love the expression on the face and what's been done with the mane. The pose is really awesome and life-like. Apparently Soma studied lions for a long time before creating this masterpiece.

Lion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chris1155665/16600232372/

Lion, Originally Designed by Satoshi Kamiya, Modified and Folded by Soma Cruz

Instructions not available - Original diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

This Siamese cat by Rokuya is another one of the absolute best origami cats I've ever seen. It looks just like it would in real life and has the exact same character as a real Siamese cat. The colour changes in the design are excellent too.

Siamese Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/14260476536/

Siamese Cat, Designed and Folded by Rokuya

Instructions not available

 

Here's Katsuta Kyohei's design again this time looking pretty cute.

Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/13683160084/

Cat, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Rokuya

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #124

 

Here are two excellent cats both with the same design and an excellent colour change. No matter which side of the paper you start with facing up the final model looks great.

2 Black and White Cats
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kess/26441349339/

Cats, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Assaf Kessler

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2017 Round #1

 

This is another really excellent cat design and the paper used here is absolutely perfect. The stretching pose it's folded in is also fantastic.

Cat
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31632261@N03/36585214010/

Cat, Designed and Folded by Juanfran Carrillo

Instructions not available

 

Here's one last lion design with probably the most complicated mane I've ever seen.

Lion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/140597444@N03/25528283813/

Lion, Designed and Folded by Tkak Sakai

Instructions not available

 

Our final image for this post is these two fantastic cats by Gen Hagiwara. Both cats are folded from the same base but if you look carefully they're a bit different, it's not just the legs that are folded differently.

2 Cats by Gen Hagiwara
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/36232233583/

Cats, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

What did you think about this selection of origami cats? If you thought they were purr-fect then let us know in the comments!


Birds

Wren You See these Origami Birds You’ll Agree they’re Absolutely Im-peck-able

In this post we're going to take a look at an impeccable collection of origami birds of all kinds. Excited? Let's dive in!

We'll start things off with an adorable little owl sitting in a tree. This little owl has a ton of personality and expression and I really like the lighting in this photo too.

Owl in a Tree
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/31193993696/

Owl, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

 

Here's an excellent and unique flamingo design from Mathieu Gueros that really catches the essence of a real-life flamingo. The two of them together here are super cute too.

Pink Love, 2 Flamingos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/138956285@N03/29116646930/

Flamingos, Designed and Folded by Mathieu Gueros

Instructions not available

 

Sebastien Limet designed this excellent flock of birds hanging out together on a branch. Each bird is folded from a single square of paper and the branch is folded from a regular old Kite Base.

Birds on a Branch
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/8277982458/

Vieille Branche (Old Branch), Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here are two absolutely gorgeous looking pelicans photographed at the 2015 OrigamiUSA Convention.

2 Pelicans
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/19428382498/

Pelicans, Designed and Folded by Hoang Tien Quyet (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Next is a similar sort of bird designed by the animal origami master Roman Diaz.

White Heron
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/6193522592/

White Heron, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Instructions not available

 

Here we have an example of something pretty cool. This Atlantic Puffin is folded from two squares of paper that are superimposed on top of each other. You then fold them together as a single sheet of paper but since there are two layers of paper there you have more options for folds and you can get additional colours worked into the design.

The concept is a little hard to grasp but if you check out these diagrams for another model Nicolas Terry designed then you can get a feel for how this technique works.

As far as I know I've only ever seen this technique used by Nicolas Terry, no one else which is too bad because it's a genius idea.

Multilayer Atlantic Puffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/31802659046/

Multilayer Atlantic Puffin, Designed and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

This is an incredible Indian Vulture with tons of detail packed in all folded from a single square of paper.

Indian Vulture
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/14376919169/

Indian Vulture, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Crease pattern available from Seth Friedman's website

 

Here's another really fantastic flamingo design this time with just a hint of colour change to make the beak.

Flamingo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/31843025002/

Flamingo, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

This peacock design makes fantastic use of a tessellation pattern to form a big beautiful open tail.

Peacock
https://www.flickr.com/photos/137460274@N07/30226691995/

Peacock, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Kevin Hutson

Diagrams available in Genuine Origami

 

These two parrots are absolutely gorgeous. Both of these are really well folded with some beautiful curves.

Baby Parrots
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/30663774320/

Baby Parrots, Designed by Riccardo Foschi and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Instructions not available

 

Chickens are birds too even if they're not what you immediately think of. Here's an excellent one folded from a single square of paper with a fantastic colour change for the head.

Chicken
https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/31704772204/

Silky Fowl, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

This next model is a lot less complex than the previous ones but it has tons of character and looks really great.

Long Tailed Tit
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/32578535595/

Long Tailed Tit, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's a really great little toucan.

Toucan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/12271249543/

Toucan, Designed by Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in the 18th Tanteidan Convention book

 

When people fold kingfishers there's two designs that I pretty much always see. That's why it was exciting to find this new design from Yoshimasa Tsuruta. Diagrams are freely available online so I'm kind of surprised that I haven't seen anyone else fold this model.

Kingfisher
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/32415359220/

Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Diagrams available from Origamity

 

This is a pretty popular and famous owl design and this is one of the best folds I've ever seen of it. The claws are looking especially awesome.

Fish Owl
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/32873845002/

Blakiston's Fish Owl, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

Here's an absolutely gorgeous parent and child bird folded by Kei Watanabe.

Okinawa Rails
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34778216842/

Okinawa Rails, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

A while ago Satoshi Kamiya designed this Japanese White Eye and it became a super popular model and tons of people have folded it. This is one of the best folds I've seen.

Japanese White Eye
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/21561168910/

Japanese White Eye, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Rokuya

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #153

 

This is another much less complex model but the shapes and colour changes are awesome and this little bird has a ton of character.

Cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/33804436403/

Cardinal, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Diagrams available in the 23rd Tanteidan Convention book

 

Here's another fantastic model from Satoshi Kamiya. The whole thing is folded from a single square of paper and as Rui Roda pointed out it's one of the few designs from Satoshi Kamiya with less than 200 steps.

Splash!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/34398492792/

Splash! Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Rui Roda

Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This is another design that has a really great colour change in the design to make it look a lot more like the real life version.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/32825310973/

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available in Works of Quentin Trollip

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi designed this excellent Shoebill and it almost reminds me of a Chocobo.

Shoebill
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/39626441072/

Shoebill, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This model almost looks like a less complex Japanese White Eye. The colour changes here on the eye, underside and feet are awesome.

Flycatcher
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/24855863587/

Flycatcher, Designed by Noboru Miyajima and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in the 23rd Tanteidan Convention book

 

Here's another absolutely incredible design by Kei Watanabe. I have no words to describe how awesome this model is.

Osprey
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34098897724/

Osprey, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

This baby duck is probably the cutest baby duck (made out of paper) that I've ever seen.

Baby Duck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/32343392923/

Baby Duck, Designed and Folded by Nakamura Kaede (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

Here's another beautiful parrot design that would definitely not be the same without the colour changes.

Macaw
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131815212@N05/34256886471/

Macaw, Designed and Folded by Yuta Katsuzaki

Crease pattern available from Yuta Katsuzaki's Flickr

 

Our final model for this post is a rooster but it's certainly an impressive one. This is all folded from a single sheet of paper and when you use two coloured paper you get those awesome colour changes on the head and feet.

Chicken
https://www.flickr.com/photos/148164093@N07/40850570615/

Rooster, Designed by Mineo Shotaro and Folded by Giang Nam

Crease pattern available in Tanteidan Magazine #161

 

What did you think of all these impeccable origami birds? Let us know in the comments!


Origami Pigs

I Hope there are No Re-Pork-Ussions for Showing You these Origami Pigs

I recently saw a couple of adorable and fantastic origami pigs and boars from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr and it gave me the idea to do a pig-themed post. In this post we'll be showcasing an excellent collection of pigs of both the domesticated and wild varieties.

You're seriously going to squeal with delight when you see some of these. And you will see those models that I mentioned earlier too.

First up is this simple yet very elegant pig that József Zsebe designed way back in 1997.

Simple Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/5932869185/

Pig, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Instructions not available

 

This little boar has a ton of personality as well as that trademarked curved style from Vietnamese origami. I really like that little curled tail too.

Little Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/7575201942/

Wild Boar, Designed by Đỗ Trí Khải and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Instructions not available

 

Here's another amazing pig from a very famous Vietnamese designer who always has beautiful looking designs.

Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/19241629951/

Pig, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết (Photo by Giang Dinh)

Instructions not available

 

This is another really excellent wild boar design. I especially like how it looks like it's very interested in the camera in this photo.

Warthog
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/29910034386/

Wild Boar, Designed and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Instructions not available

 

This fantastic pig was photographed at the International Collegiate Origami Association Convention in 2017.

Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35814974233/

Pig, Designed and Folded by Hayato Sasanuma (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

Here we have the model that give me the idea to do this post. This little boar piglet is absolutely adorable. It's folded from 8 squares of paper and the colour changes in the design here to make the stripes, nose, hooves and eyes are awesome!

Uribou
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/30126415878/

Uribou, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really excellent wild boar photographed out in the wild. There's some really great folding and photography on display here.

Wild Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/foldedwilderness/43327606724/

Wild Boar, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

Here's something a little big more traditional. It's folded really well and of course you have to use pink paper like you see here.

Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/32629425356/

Pig, Designed by Jeong Jaeil and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available from Jaeil Jeong's Flickr

 

Satoshi Kamiya designed an incredible paper version of Inoshishigami, a divine boar from Japanese mythology. You may recognize it from the Studio Ghibli movie Princess Mononoke.

Inoshishigami
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phillipcurl/9807292584/

Divine Boar, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Phillip Curl

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Quentin Trollip designed another one of the more famous origami pigs. This one looks fantastic especially the snout.

Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8073545886/

Pig, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Quentin Trollip

 

Here's a more simple design that's quite cute and still has a lot of personality. This is Dô Trí Khai's design again but it looks quite different being folded by a different artist.

Simple Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/13600486344/

Wild Boar, Designed by Đỗ Trí Khải and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

This is Satoshi Kamiya's Divine Boar again and reaper did an amazing job folding here. The details on the face like the eye and tusks look absolutely incredible!

Divine Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146541849@N08/43178814932/

Divine Boar, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by . reaper

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Roman Diaz is a a master animal designer and he came up with his own fantastic wild boar design. This one looks pretty interested in that persimmon.

Wild Boar and Persimmon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/11304402983/

Wild Boar, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Joseph Wu also designed an incredible looking pig. The shape, face and especially that little curled tail are all really awesome.

Ground Pork Take 3
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/3516581986/

Ground Pork (Take 3), Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

I quite like how different and unique this next boar looks. It has a lot of sharp shapes but still looks really boar-like.

Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/29138656292/

Wild Boar, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by J.W Park

Diagrams available in Origami Pro

 

This next model is a really awesome idea and the whole thing is folded from a single square of paper. The face looks quite happy and full of personality.

Happy Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/15617804767/

Happy as a Pig in S#!t, Designed and Folded by Edgar

Crease pattern available from Edgar's Flickr

 

Here's another excellent wild boar design from Fernando Castellanos. I really like the the colour change on the tusks.

Wild Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/17243432635/

Wild Boar, Designed and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Instructions not available

 

This is Satoshi Kamiya's Divine Boar again but folded by another talented artist.

Divine Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/3534000871/

Divine Boar, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Sebastian Arellano (Photo by Finward)

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This is the other fantastic model from Hiroaki Kobayashi that inspired me to put together this post. This excellent little pig is folded from 7 squares of paper. Like the wild boar design from earlier it has some really excellent colour changes, especially on the little hooves.

Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/43159610935/

Pig, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi later posted this image with two more of these adorable pigs after I finished this post but I had to go back and include it.

2 Adorable Pigs
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/43284770705/

Pig, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Here's something a bit different and quite awesome. Each of these flying pigs is folded from a single square of paper and they really look great.

Flying Pigs
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/3492157281/

Flying Pigs, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Keeping things a little more interesting here's a very cool model designed after the pigs in the book Animal Farm. This guy is folded from three squares of paper.

Napoleon the Pig
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/28357224960/

Napoleon, Designed and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

These little boar piglets are pretty adorable. They're folded from an uncut square of paper and the colour change for the stripes is really great.

Wild Boar Piglet
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/11948089584/

Wild Boar Piglets, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper and Form

 

Here are two pigs from Gen Hagiwara folded so each one looks a tiny bit different.

Two Pigs
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/4057432283/

Pigs, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

This is another really excellent boar design.

Wild Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8155262392/

Boar Designed by Nishikawa Seiji and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in the 18th Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Here's another absolutely beautiful fold of Satoshi Kamiya's Divine Boar.

Divine Boar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/25795171042/

Divine Boar, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's Roman Diaz's boar design again but folded by a different artist.

Boar by Roman Diaz
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/15279389095/

Boar, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Our final image for this post is this amazing little boar family by Kei Watanabe who's probably my favourite origami artist. I really like the striped paper used on the piglets.

Boar Family
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34778221502/

Boars, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

What did you think about all these origami pigs? Hopefully they didn't bore you. Let us know what you thought in the comments!


Desert Origami

This Desert Themed Origami Is Looking Quite Sharp… and Hot

A little while ago someone suggested that I make a post all about origami jerboas. I've seen a few jerboas out there but not enough for an entire post. It did however give me the idea to make a desert themed post since jerboas are found in desert environments.

There are a lot of different types of animals and insects found in deserts and there are good origami versions of many of them. So in this post we're going to take a look at some amazing animals, insects, lizards and plants found in desert environments.

Starting off we of course have a fantastic jerboa design by Tran Trung Hieu. I really love how it looks like it's in mid jump.

Jerboa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/24009297857/

Jerboa, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn - Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

Shuki Kato designed this Bactrian Camel and it's probably the most popular camel design that I've seen. Here Xu Daniel has probably folded the smallest version of this model I've seen too.

Tiny Bactrian Camel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/38882557772/

Bactrian Camel, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Xu Daniel

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

A desert themed post is the perfect opportunity to include some cacti and here are two very beautiful looking ones.

Cacti
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/17368330919/

Cactus, Designed by Andrea Borsa and Everlasting, Designed by Riccardo Colletto, both Folded by Andrea Borsa

Cactus instructions not available, Everlasting instructions available in Pajarita Magazine #100

 

Camel spiders are quite similar to both scorpions and spiders but they're technically not either. They are found in desert environments though and this one looks absolutely incredible! It's folded from a single uncut piece of paper too.

Camel Spider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/24166116654/

Camel Spider, Designed and Folded by Maeng Heung Gue

Crease pattern available from Maeng Heung Gue's Flickr

 

Lizards are definitely found in deserts and this one looks fantastic. Chris Heynen's lizard is a pretty popular design and this one is folded very well. With the choice of paper used here too it looks like it would be right at home in a desert environment.

Lizard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/22234007510/

Lizard, Designed by Chris Heynen and Folded by J.W Park

Diagrams available in COS 2015

 

This incredible cobra is folded from a single rectangle shaped piece of paper and must take forever to fold.

Devil Cobra
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chris1155665/16201522279/

Devil Cobra, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan (Photo by Chris Hui)

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Dung Beetles are another insect commonly found in deserts and here's a fantastic one. These insects always impress me with how realistic they look and the little ball here is a nice addition although it is a second piece of paper.

Dung Beetle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126754280@N06/25394805288/

Dung Beetle, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Thanh

Crease pattern available from Nguyen Ngoc Thanh's Flickr

 

Here's Shuki Kato's Bactrian Camel design again folded by a different designer. You can really see all the details here and the metallic finish on the paper looks amazing.

Bactrian Camel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126754280@N06/25322345048/

Bactrian Camel, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Jaran Darra

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

This is another fantastic looking insect found in deserts called a Whip Scorpion. The whole thing is folded from a single uncut square of paper.

Whip Scorpion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/derekmcgann/5318236588/

Whip Scorpion, Designed and Folded by Derek McGann

Instructions not available

 

Rattlesnakes are found in desert environments so this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase this incredible model. This is a rattlesnake and an AR-15 rifle all folded from the same square of paper with no cuts! It uses paper with a different colour on each side and you get those different coloured diamonds, tail and gun. This is an absolutely amazing design and it took 10-12 hours to fold!

Rattlesnake and AR-15
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oriholic/32114063096/

Diamondback Rattlesnake and AR-15, Designed and Folded by Jared Needle

Instructions not available

 

Here's a different Jerboa design photographed out in an actual desert. Adriano Davanzo always has such fantastic photos.

Jerboa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/33123364225/

Jerboa, Designed by Yery J. Astrona and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in the 22nd Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Next is easily one of the best origami scorpions I've ever seen and it's even better photographed in this whole desert scene.

Scorpion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/30264071781/

Scorpion, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by P. Colman

Crease pattern available in Young Origami Creators Seminar Research Note Vol. 2

 

Here's another very awesome snake design. It's folded from a single square of paper and if you look closely you'll see it loops back through itself which is really cool.

Snake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65884349@N03/8731879028/

Snake, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by loganorigami

Instructions not available

 

Gen Hagiwara's Frilled Neck lizard is one of my all-time favourite origami models. One day I hope to fold this myself but I've seen the instructions and they still look a bit intimidating for my current skill level. This one looks really fantastic.

Frilled Neck Lizard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/23555094199/

Frilled Neck Lizard, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami

 

This incredible looking cactus was photographed at a convention in 2015. Believe it or not this is folded from a single square of paper and it must take a ton of time to fold all those individual spikes.

Cactus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/19429433049/

Cactus Opus 680, Designed and Folded by Robert J. Lang (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Crease pattern available from Robert J. Lang's website

 

Here's another absolutely incredible scorpion. Unless you look really closely you can't really tell that it's made out of paper, it's that real looking! It's also folded from a single uncut square of paper.

Scorpion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/25354906112/

Scorpion, Designed and Folded by Maeng Heung Gue

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic take on that Bactrian Camel model. I kind of expected that there would be more camel designs out there. This one is certainly popular which makes sense since it's such an excellent design.

Bactrian Camel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiwind/39035411184/

Bactrian Camel, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Pan Hang

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

This is another incredible snake that's folded from a single piece of paper. This one was photographed at a convention.

Cobra
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/29136331037/

Cobra, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by Romain Pauchet

Instructions not available

 

Here we have a cute little road runner that's folded from a regular old Frog Base. This is an updated version of a design from 11 years earlier that you can see in the upper right of the image.

Road Runner
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/24053841429/

Road Runner, Designed and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Fernando Castellanos also folded Shuki Kato's camel and did a fantastic job. The paper used here is absolutely perfect.

Bactrian Camel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/39072276135/

Bactrian Camel, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

This next model is mind blowing and I've been waiting for a post to include it for a long time. This desert themed post is perfect since some quails are found in desert environments and also it wouldn't be uncommon to find a skeleton like this in a desert either.

Quail Skeleton
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30110538795/

Quail Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Here we have one of the very few other camel designs I've seen out there. It's an excellent design that uses one uncut square of paper.

Dromedary Camel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bodorigami/24736650082/

Dromedary Camel, Designed and Folded by bodorigami

Instructions not available

 

Here's another incredible origami scorpion that you could easily mistake for the real thing. This one is also folded from a single uncut piece of paper.

Scorpion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/36890565476/

Scorpion, Designed and Folded by Maeng Heung Gue

Instructions not available

 

When I saw this model I knew I had to include it in this post. These lizards run across the desert and alternate which feet touch the ground to try and cool them down. I love how that's incorporated into this design and it looks like it's running across the ground. The model is actually balanced so it stands up perfectly like this on its own.

Blue Desert Lizard
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/6153672798/

Blue Desert Lizard, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent little jerboa that looks quite cute.

Jerboa
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145808411@N05/30418228356/

Jerboa, Designed by Tran Trung Hieu and Folded by Vít Masopust

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Certain species of tortoises are found in desert areas so here's a beautiful looking one folded from a single 40cm x 40cm square of paper.

Tortoise
https://www.flickr.com/photos/guillermo_rodriguez/18533380681/

Tortoise, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Guillermo R. Parrondo

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

These are technically "magic balls" but uschi mitzkat turned them into a gorgeous little cactus garden.

Cactus Garden
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uschi-mitzkat/29784713628/

Magic Balls, Designed by Yuri Shumakov and Folded by uschi mitzkat

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Here's one more folders excellent take on that Bactrian Camel design.

Bactrian Camel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145808411@N05/42182777584/

Bactrian Camel, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Vít Masopust

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

This is another fantastic scorpion design that's folded out of a pretty small sheet of paper. The paper must get pretty thick and difficult to fold when folding so small.

Scorpion
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/29489780342/

Scorpion Version 2.0, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available in Young Origami Creators Seminar Research Note Vol. 2

 

Our final model for this post is P. Colman's incredible take on Ronald Koh's King Cobra. This is folded from a single 5" x 150" sized rectangle of paper. This really has to be incredibly time consuming to fold and the face looks especially awesome.

King Cobra
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/29478159900/

King Cobra, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by P. Colman

Instructions not available

 

What did you think about all these desert origami models? Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments!


Papercraft Sea Creatures

I’m a Really Big "Fin" of this Origami from Under the Sea

In this post we're going to take a look at another excellent round of papercrafts from under the sea. We're talking fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and more!

First up is an absolutely beautiful dolphinfish (mahi-mahi) folded from some of the most beautiful looking origami paper I've ever seen.

Dolphinfish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/21547157904/

Dolphinfish (Mahi-Mahi), Designed by Winston Lee and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in COS 2014

 

The Mantis Shrimp is a pretty crazy and amazing creature (pretty tasty too). This paper version is equally crazy and amazing. Just look at all those details along the bottom and believe it or not this is all folded from one sheet of paper!

Mantis Shrimp
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119910244@N05/23858202622/

Mantis Shrimp, Designed and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available in Tanteidan Magazine #156

 

Kei Watanabe somewhat recently designed a whole bunch of really awesome looking fish including this quite realistic looking Pacific Bluefin Tuna.

Pacific Blueskin Tuna
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/40718623622/

Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

The coolest part of these manta rays I think is all those individually folded gills on the bottom.

Manta Rays
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63433412@N05/8530792637/

Myliobatis Aquila, Designed by Manuel Sirgo Alvarez and Folded by ВЕРЕСТУН Игорь (Iver)

Instructions not avaialble

 

This is a very well-folded, nice and clean looking lobster. It's a really excellent design as well. This is folded from a single 30cm x 30cm square of paper!

Lobster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/damianmalickiorigami/28668862443/

Lobster, Designed by Artur Biernacki and Folded by Damian Malicki

Crease pattern available from Artur Biernacki's Flickr

 

Here's a fantastic little shore crab.

Shore Crab
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/30949050411/

Shore Crab, Designed by Pham Hoang Tuan and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2016

 

This is an excellent little seahorse model. It's not too complicated but looks great and nice and clean. There's a video tutorial available for it too.

Seahorse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/31066270635/

Seahorse, Designed by Ta Trung Dong and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Ta Trung Dong's YouTube channel

 

There are a few really great sea turtle designs out there and I especially like Satoshi Kamiya's design. The sort of plates down the back of the shell always look really cool.

Sea Turtle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125100933@N05/28973479040/

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Maxi Purewal

Diagrams available in the 16th Tanteidan Convention book

 

This next image is definitely the cutest little orca I've ever seen. It's folded from two squares of paper.

Cute Orca
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/32578533555/

Cube Orca, Designed by Yoshihisa Kimura and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami no Hakodoubutsu

 

This next model is definitely something amazing. That whole Anemone as well as the Clown Fish is folded from a single square of paper. In this case Kevin Hutson used a 23 inch x 23 inch square on Unryu which is definitely a beautiful looking paper.

Anemone and Clown Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137460274@N07/30791640096/

Sea Anemone and Clownfish, Designed by  J.C. Nolan and Folded by Kevin Hutson

Diagrams available in Creating Origami: An Exploration into the Process of Designing Paper Sculpture

 

Ynon Toledano designed these awesome butterfly fish. The one on the left is a newer design with a slightly different body and tail.

Butterfly Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/30727410552/

Butterfly Fish, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available

 

Here's another phenomenal design by Kei Watanabe. From a distance you could definitely mistake this for the real life eel.

Giant Mottled Eel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34098899394/

Giant Mottled Eel, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

This puffer fish is a really great design and uses almost a tessellation pattern for the part that puffs up.

Puffer Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/21013965625/

Puffer Fish, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Raison d'etre 2014

 

Winston is a master at designing origami fish as you can see with this next model. I especially like the little folds and curves on all the fins. It was apparently difficult to design with the colour changes and 3D-ness.

Clownfish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/20743582341/

Clownfish, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

These Pennant Coralfishes are really beautiful. There's technically no colour changes in this model but the folder cheated a bit and painted the paper. Each fish is folded from a single sheet of paper.

Pennant Coralfish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/25102995840/

Pennant Coralfish, Designed by Yoshimasa Tsuruta and Folded by P. Colman

Crease pattern available from Yoshimasa Tsuruta's Flickr

 

Here's another bunch of amazing and realistic looking fish by Kei Watanabe.

Giant Trevally
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34778218312/

Giant Trevally, Designed and Folded by Key Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Kota Imai also designed a regular shrimp that's just as detailed as that Mantis Shrimp. This model is also folded from a single square of paper.

Shrimp
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/26519398125/

Shrimp, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai's Flickr

 

This next model is definitely a really cool and unique idea, even if it technically isn't a real-life creature. This was folded for a French contest called "Under the Sea" so it definitely fits in with this post. This is folded from a single 50cm x 50cm square of paper starting with a Kite Base.

Dead Mans Chest
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/14624492167/

Dead Man's Chest, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya came up with this awesome octopus design.

Octopus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26711023478/

Octopus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Video instructions available from Mariano Zavala B.'s YouTube channel

 

Here are some more of Kei Watanabe's fantastic fish.

Largehead Hairtail
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/41275652201/

Largehead Hairtail, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

This is a great Swordfish with a very nice colour change on the underside.

Swordfish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/40955023542/

Swordfish, Designed by Takuro Kashiwamura and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #167

 

The details and individually folded scales on this Red Seabream are incredible.

Red Seabream
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/39811923801/

Red Seabream, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

This hermit crab is folded from a single square of paper and you end up with different colours on the shell and the crab itself which is awesome.

Hermit Crab
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126754280@N06/36439425401/

Hermit Crab, Designed By Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Jaran Darra

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Here's a couple of beautiful Chinese-style goldfish.

Goldfish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lihaha/6887858846/

Goldfish Ryukin, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by lichangzhenba

Instructions not available

 

This incredible shark was photographed at a display by the International Collegiate Origami Association.

Shark
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35814993903/

Designed and Folded by Masato Kikuchi (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available (unless you can make out the crease pattern in the photo there)

 

P. Colman always folds such beautiful models and takes such beautiful photos.

Orca
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/21004061932/

Orca, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely phenomenal octopus by Brian Chan. I don't know for sure but I strongly suspect this is folded from one sheet of paper.

The colour changes here and all the individual suction cups on the tentacles are incredible!

Octopus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/m_fung/19589949556/

Octopus, Designed and Folded by Brian Chan (Photo by Michelle Fung)

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Let us know which one of these sea creatures was your favourite in the comments!


Origami Birds, No Egret

I Don’t Egret Showing You these Amazing Origami Birds One Bit

I have some more time to work on the site again so I'm going to try to get some more regular posts going up again.

In this post we're going to take a look at a whole bunch of really great origami birds. All of these are really awesome but a few of these are definitely something exceptional.

First up is this beautiful cardinal designed by Roman Diaz. This is a pretty famous bird design and Roman Diaz is a master of origami animals.

This design looks especially great if you have paper that's red on one side and black on the other side.

Cardinal by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/25839043787/

Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's another beautiful bird with a really nice colour change in the design. Yuta Katsuzaki spent a whole month designing this model.

Japanese Crested Ibis
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131815212@N05/20078138972/

Japanese Crested Ibis, Designed and Folded by Yuta Katsuzaki

Instructions not available

 

Beth Johnson has an adorable owl design and here's one of them out in the wild.

Beth Johnson's Owl
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/praisepratajev/37121942303/

Hex Owl, Designed by Beth Johnson and Folded by Robin Scholz

Photo diagrams available from Robin Scholz's Flickr

 

Here's a great little paper cockatiel. I love how it can stand there balanced with the tail hanging down off the platform.

Cockatiel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/35651396305/

Cockatiel, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

This fantastic looking toucan is folded from two sheets of paper so you can get the extra colour in there.

Toucan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/35394111471/

Toucan, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya designed this really cute little bird.

Little Bird
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/13038117114/

Little Bird, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Rokuya

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002 – 2009

 

Here's an amazing looking mythological bird. I love the powerful looking pose this one is folded and photographed in.

Roc by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/guillermo_rodriguez/25513548524/

Roc, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Guillermo R. Parrondo

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's an excellent little bluejay, another design with a fantastic colour change that looks perfect with blue and white paper.

Bluejay
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/34164738453/

Bluejay, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

Kei Watanabe designed this beautiful Kingfisher and that wood in the background is quite nice as well. It goes really well with that paper used here.

Kingfisher
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/34778214582/

Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent design from Ynon Toledano that again uses two sheets of paper to get the extra colours in. One for the body and one for the beak.

Puffin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92471729@N03/33821478965/

Puffin, Designed and Folded by Ynon Toledano

Instructions not available

 

Here's an absolutely beautiful image of an origami pelican. The water is Photoshopped in and is a very nice touch.

Pelican
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/13250493593/

Pelican, Designed Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Sebastien Limet designed these adorable little birds. The incredible thing about this model is that both birds and the branch are folded from one sheet of paper starting with a Windmill Base.

Two Birds
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/15072309111/

Cuddly Evening, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

This beautiful looking bird is called a Crested Oropendola. I really like the colour change here too.

Crested Oropendola
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8149424475/

Crested Oropendola, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2012

 

Brian Chan designed a really great crow. I especially like how sharp its claws look in this photo.

Crow by Brian Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/5281012390/

Crow, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #113

 

Here's a really awesome chicken designed by a Korean artist. Eyal changed the tail a little bit to give it a nice little bit of colour and stuffed the model with cotton to give it a bit more volume.

Chicken
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/15783944012/

Rooster, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Eyal

Diagrams available in the Bogota 2015 Convention book

 

This next chicken is absolutely mind blowing! I'm pretty sure that's all folded from a single sheet of paper and it must have taken forever to make.

Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/39866093975/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Here's quite a cute little sparrow. I love how the beak and feet are different colours.

Java Sparrow
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57567842@N08/5536055061/

Java Sparrow, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Matthew Groves

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #114

 

Here's another beautiful and really elegant looking design from Roman Diaz. I really like how it's folded here and looks like it's walking.

Secretary Bird
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6926612609/

Secretary Bird, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Yoshimasa Tsuruta designed this cute little bird called a Japanese White Eye. If you use paper that's white on one side the model does indeed have a white eye.

Japanese White Eye
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/29353336063/

Japanese White Eye, Designed by Yoshimasa Tsuruta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available in ORCA Works

 

João Charrua has a really neat, unique and slightly creepy style with his designs that always looks really cool.

Dr. Crow
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/28892064976/

Dr. Crow, Designed and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

This eagle is one of my favourite origami bird designs and this one looks absolutely incredible in this photo. This of course is folded from a single square of paper.

Eagle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/29483744184/

Eagle, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Licence to Fold

 

I thought this next model was really cute so I had to include it. The nest itself is folded from a tessellation pattern and the eggs are simply regular origami water bombs.

Beth Johnson has a rather unique ability to incorporate tessellation patterns into all kinds of different designs.

Bird's Nest
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/6156578653/

Bird's Nest, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available

 

Here's another really awesome bird of prey. My favourite parts here are the face and definitely the feet.

Cooper's Hawk
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/4021754911/

Cooper's Hawk, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in the 13th Tanteidan Convention book

 

Seth Friedman also designed one of the best origami ducks I've seen. It looks absolutely perfect when you use white and yellow paper like you see here.

Duck by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/25120711782/

Pekin Duck, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #129

 

Here's another excellent chicken design, this time one that's native to Korea. This was designed for the New Year of the Chicken in 2017.

Korean Chicken
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/31631291600/

Korean Native Chicken, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

The design of these next two birds isn't super complex but I really love how elegant they look and the photo of them together is awesome.

Harmony Birds
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/25388099202/

Harmony Birds, Designed by Stephan Weber and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Video instructions available from Stephan Weber's YouTube channel

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely incredible Crested Serpent Eagle from Kei Watanabe. Words cannot describe how amazing this model is!

Crested Serpent Eagle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30076028096/

Crested Serpent Eagle, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

What did you think of these incredible origami birds? Let us know in the comments!


Dogs

Chinese New Year 2018 Origami Dog Extravaganza!

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! 2018 is the year of the dog so it's a great opportunity to take a look at a bunch of awesome origami dogs.

First up is this incredible doberman. The colour change in the design is fantastic and this looks really great with brown and black paper.

Doberman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/25654991768/

Doberman, Designed by J.W Park and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Here's a fantastic little chihuahua. I love the different colour of the eye and nose.

Chihuahua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/24253909787/

Chihuahua, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Eric Vigier designed this quite excellent dog and folded it specially for 2018. I especially like the little tongue.

Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/39425943981/

Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This Dalmatian makes fantastic use of colour change so you end up with black spots everywhere.

Dalmatian
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/28314386479/

Dalmatian, Designed by Mi Wu and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Chinese New Year Origami 2018

 

Here's a cute little Welsh Corgi and this design again makes fantastic use of a colour change.

Welsh Corgi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/38570597745/

Welsh Corgi, Designed and Folded by Lee Boyeon

Instructions not available

 

Katsuta Kyohei designed this fantastic Pomeranian. It's not a very complex model but it has lots of character and you can definitely tell what it is.

Pomeranian
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/37902198654/

Pomeranian, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya has one of the most famous dog designs. I especially like how soft this one looks with the choice of paper here.

Satoshi Kamiya's Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130282626@N03/38256032402/

Dog, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Sunny Tse

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #144

 

This is an absolutely incredible design that looks very life-like.

Boston Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/33932028404/

Boston Terrier, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi designed this excellent Shiba Inu again with a really nice colour change. Lost of these dogs have great colour changes incorporated in the design. To get the full effect you need to use two-coloured paper.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26422768109/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This husky isn't too complex but it's quite cute and has a lot of character.

Husky
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/38156183932/

Husky, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Next is this quite excellent looking poodle.

Poodle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/37068096946/

Poodle, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Yoo Tae Yong also designed this fantastic pug and it's probably the best origami pug design I've seen. Beautiful photo here as well.

Pug
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/36597780940/

Pug, Designed by Yoo Tae Yon and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Shiba Inus are pretty awesome so here's another one with a cute little scarf. The face on this one is very well done.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/36488036031/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

This next one isn't technically a dog but it looks so great and it's pretty close so I'm going to include it.

Fennec Fox
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/38225350715/

Fennec Fox, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi also designed this excellent Boston Terrier. This one is folded from 3 square sheets of paper.

Boston Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35708282724/

Boston Terrier, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here are two very excellent looking French Bulldogs. Hiroaki Kobayashi has designed a bunch of really great looking origami dogs. These ones are also folded from three squares of paper.

French Bulldogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35733997133/

French Bulldogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available fromHiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's Hiroaki Kobayashi's take on a Pug. It's folded from 2 squares of paper and the colour changes here are really great.

Pug
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35708282014/

Pug, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's two more dogs from this series of designs by Hiroaki Kobayashi. These are each folded from 3 squares of paper.

2 Bulldogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/36496625706/

Bulldogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

I had to include one more picture of all of Hiroaki Kobayashi's dogs together. The title of this image on Flickr is "Ugly Cute Dogs" which I think is very appropriate.

Ugly Cute Dogs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/35733997353/

Ugly Cute Dogs, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Links to instructions are above

 

J.W. Park designed this fantastic American Bully. The colour change with the white paper on the underside of the model looks really great.

American Bully
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/36311255702/

American Bully, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

Kim Ju Hyun designed this very cute little puppy.

Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126764164@N04/35506332756/

Puppy, Designed and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic dog design from J.W. Park.

Dogo Argentino
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/35300740812/

Dogo Argentino, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

This German Shepherd puppy might be the cutest origami puppy I've seen!

German Shepherd Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/35359403135/

German Shepherd Puppy, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Rui Roda

Instructions not available

 

Seth Friedman designed this really great sheep dog. This kind of looks like a precursor to his famous Finnish Lapphund design.

Sheep Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami66/25189781505/

Sheep Dog, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Rokuya

Video tutorial available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

I love the pose of this next dog.

Perro - Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/7821777198/

Perro, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Diagrams available in Origami School of Masters

 

Here's another really cute Siberian Husky design.

Siberian Husky
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/17038202515/

Siberian Husky, Designed by Lee Jae Gu and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Instructions not available

 

This next image is definitely one of my favourite origami photos. The street light is a really nice touch.

Aberdeen
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/5404259396/

Aberdeen, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in the 10th Origami Tanteidan Book

 

Here's another really cute origami dog. So many of these manage to look really cute even though they're just folded pieces of paper.

Mameshiba
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/31321570315/

Mameshiba, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Instructions not available

 

Next we have another absolutely fantastic German Shepherd. I love the pose and the face here.

German Shepherd
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/11287422325/

German Shepherd, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Diagrams available in Origami Chess, Cats vs. Dogs

 

Here's another really excellent dog design by Eric Vigier. I really like the reclining relaxed pose it's in.

Chien Au Repos
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/16370483374/

Chien Au Repos, Designed and Folded by Eric Vigier

Instructions not available

 

This is one happy looking dog walking along.

Dog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-shop/12102523064/

Dog, Designed by Nishikawa Seiji and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Works of Nishikawa Seiji

 

This dog in a doghouse is one of my favourite looking models. The whole thing is one sheet of paper and there's a really excellent colour change so the dog and the house are different colours with two-sided paper.

Dog in a Doghouse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6958093234/

Dog in a Doghouse, Designed by Stephen Weiss and Folded by Luc Marnat

Diagrams available in Origami Zoo: An Amazing Collection of Folded Paper Animals

 

Here's that German Shepherd puppy one more time since it's just so cute.

German Shepherd Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/39330329354/

German Shepherd Puppy, Designed by Oriol Esteve and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Hiroaki Kobayashi also designed an excellent Chihuahua that's different from the one earlier in this post.

Chihuahua
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26422766879/

Chihuahua, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available from Hiroaki Kobayashi's Flickr

 

Here's another really great Doberman design. This one definitely looks interesting with the red paper.

Doberman Pinscher
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/charles-dragon/8353117358/

Doberman Pinscher, Designed by Ares Alanya and Folded by Charles Smith

Diagrams available in the 17th Origami Tanteidan Convention book

 

This is another really excellent model of a Bull Terrier that's full of character.

Bull Terrier
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/30583224243/

Bull Terrier, Designed and Folded by J.W. Park

Instructions not available

 

This next dog is a bit different since it's very simple looking with a few simple shapes. Despite that you can tell exactly what it's supposed to be. I always like really simple models that still manage to communicate exactly what they're supposed to be.

Chow Chow
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126764164@N04/37003784110/

Chow Chow, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by Kim Ju Hyun

Instructions not available

 

There's quite an interesting pattern and colours on this next puppy. Again I'm loving the pose here, it's almost like a real puppy barking at something.

Puppy
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88586913@N00/31494638255/

Puppy Joy, Designed and Folded by Roman Diaz

Instructions not available

 

Lee Boyeon designed this excellent Papillion. This is folded from the same base as his mountain goat.

Papillion
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qhdus9530/39597766911/

Papillion, Designed and Folded by Lee Boyeon

Instructions not available

 

Here's another beautiful and rather elegant looking sheep dog.

Shetland Sheepdog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131815212@N05/16595048480/

Shetland Sheepdog, Designed and Folded by Yuta Katsuzaki

Instructions not available

 

This next model again strictly speaking isn't really a dog but I'm still including it because it looks great.

Grey Wolf
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/27896665419/

Grey Wolf, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Nature Study

 

Our final model for this Chinese New Year Origami Extravaganza is another Shiba Inu and it might be the best origami dog that I've ever seen! I love the face, features, body and how soft the paper used here makes it look.

This model was on display at the 23th Origami Tanteidan Convention in Japan.

Shiba Inu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/36224581380/

Shiba Inu, Designed and Folded by Takashi Toyomura (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Have a happy Chinese New Year everyone! If you fold any origami dogs to celebrate post the photo somewhere online and link to it in the comments.


Origami Penguins

Delightful Origami Penguins to Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

January 20th is officially Penguin Awareness Day, a day designed to raise awareness of penguins and the fact that their populations are decreasing around the world.

There are a lot of different species of penguins in real life and there are lots of different origami versions of them as well. In this post we're going to take a look at some of the best origami penguins I've seen out there.

Baby penguins are absolutely adorable as are their origami versions. Yoo Tae Yong has one of the best baby penguin designs with an excellent colour change that you can see here.

Baby Paper Penguin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/32578534735/

Baby Penguin, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #161

 

Here's a few more adorable baby penguins. The background here is a very nice touch.

2 Baby Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blunek/32134391404/

Baby Penguin, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Blanka P (blunek)

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #161

 

And here's a few more out in the wild since this design is just so cute.

4 Baby Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasil_nik/33468661842/

Baby Penguin, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Никита Васильев

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #161

 

This is a really awesome Emperor Penguin design. It uses 4 square sheets of paper so you can get those extra colours just like the real thing.

Emperor Penguin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/30472038832/

Emperor Penguin, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

I especially like the sort of hair on this penguin and how the head and face look.

Penguin with Hair
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/33777387816/

Penguin - Don't Freeze, Designed by Ogata Hiromi and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #62

 

Here's another couple of really great baby penguins. These ones are Emperor Penguin chicks.

Emperor Penguin Chicks
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/33758934264/

Emperor Penguin Chicks, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

These two penguins certainly have a lot of character. This design also has a really awesome colour change and looks great with black and white paper.

2 Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34452409@N07/4021755817/

Penguins, Designed by Michael Lafosse and Folded by rhplus

Diagrams available in Origami Art

 

Here's another different and still very cute baby penguin design. The colour change on the eye is really great too.

Baby Penguin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/15332950444/

Baby Penguin, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Video tutorial available from Ezuno Kennosaya's YouTube channel

 

This whole scene with this family of penguins is fantastic. The penguins are all the same design just folded into different postures.

Penguin Family
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/3821735324/

Emperor Penguins, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Diagrams available in The Beauty of Origami

 

This looks like a more minimal style of penguin but the shaping is not easy. You can tell the design is from a Vietnamese designer by the curved shapes.

Minimal Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/philogami/7668360838/

Penguin, Designed by Dinh Truong Giang and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Diagrams available from Giang Dinh's website

 

Here's another fantastic little penguin family standing on some ice made out of paper.

Penguin Family
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/8324801645/

Penguins, Designed by Michael Lafosse and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Art

 

Here's a whole bunch of excellent emperor penguins folded in a few various poses.

Emperor Penguin Group
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/21729230615/

My Little Emperors, Designed and Folded by Magali

Instructions not available

 

Hoàng Tiến Quyết is definitely one of my favourite artists with a very unique style. He designed this amazing penguin mother and baby.

Penguin Mother and Baby
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22885221232/

Penguins, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Eric Joisel also designed a really great penguin. Here's a bunch of them sitting in a box.

Penguins in a Box
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/16545592@N04/4604713772/

Penguin, Designed by Eric Joisel and Folded by Tine Blasek

Instructions not available

 

Beth Johnson is another really great artist. While "sketching" out some different designs she came up with these three great little penguins.

3 Penguins by Beth Johnson
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/4298423528/

Penguins, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great little group of baby penguins. The look great no matter which side of the paper you start with.

4 Baby Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluedandelion95/6037082944/

Four Little Penguins, Designed and Folded by Blue Dandelion the Creator

Instructions not available

 

Next is this really great "cartoon-ey" looking penguin. Believe it or not there's actually diagrams showing how to fold that iceberg too.

Cartoon Penguin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/27700893491/

Penguin, Designed by Sébastien Limet, Iceberg, Designed by Bernie Peyton and Both Folded by Rui Roda

Penguin diagrams available in the 2017 Origami USA Convention book

Iceberg diagrams available in Eco Origami

 

Sébastien Limet also folded a bunch more of these on top of a much taller iceberg.

Penguins on an Iceberg
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/23485267591/

Penguins, Designed and Folded by Sébastien Limet

Penguin diagrams available in the 2017 Origami USA Convention book

 

This cute little guy is apparently named Bingo the Penguin.

Bingo the Penguin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/15313341995/

Bingo the Penguin, Designed by Federico Scalambra and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in the 2014 OUSA Convention book

 

There's also a great traditional penguin design that's really easy to fold. You can find diagrams for it in my book Everyone Can Learn Origami.

Traditional Origami Penguin

Traditional Penguin, Folded by Me

Diagrams available in Everyone Can Learn Origami

 

Terry Nicolas folded these giant penguins for a Christmas storefront. Apparently it took one hour to fold each penguin and he doesn't like penguins so much any more...

Giant Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/8199379945/

Too Many Penguins... Designed and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

These are the four penguins from the movie Madagascar, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. They're all the same design but each one is folded and shaped slightly differently. Can you tell which one is which?

Madagascar Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/5649495663/

Penguins of Madagascar, Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Folded by Eyal

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's another excellent penguin design. When I started working on this post I didn't realize that there were so many different origami penguins out there.

6 Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/26438408145/

Penguins, Designed and Folded by Edgar Williams

Diagrams available from Edgar's DropBox

 

I really like origami designs that are folded from paper money. Every country has differently shaped bills that come in all kinds of different colours which leads to some pretty neat looking origami. Here's a great little penguin folded from an American dollar bill.

Dollar Penguin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/craig_folds_fives/13455065565/

Dollar Penguin v5, Designed and Folded by craigfoldsfives

Instructions not available

 

Here's another unique design by Lionel Pan. This is the first time he's designed something and it's a really good job!

5 Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiwind/4231363992/

Penguins, Designed and Folded by Lionel Pan

Instructions not available

 

Here's another adorable family of Emperor Penguins. Baby Emperor Penguins are usually a grey or brown colour and don't look like adult ones.

Emperor Penguin Family
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/25040175823/

Emperor Penguins, Designed and Folded by Magali

Instructions not available

 

Here are two more absolutely fantastic Emperor Penguin chicks.

Emperor Penguin Chicks
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/29971729661/

Emperor Penguin Chicks, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

These penguins and this whole photo is beautiful.

2 Beautiful Penguins
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lihaha/7033846965/

Penguins, Designed by Michael Lafosse and Folded by lichangzhenba

Diagrams available in Origami Art

 

Our final image for this post is this collection of different penguin designs from Hiroaki Kobayashi put together into a lovely little Emperor Penguin family. I really like those claws on the adult penguin's feet.

Emperor Penguin Family
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/29955169513/

Emperor Penguin Family, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Have a great Penguin Awareness Day everyone and let me know which of these penguins is your favourite in the comments!


Origami Sharks for Shark Awareness Day

Magnificent Origami Sharks to Celebrate Shark Awareness Day

Today, July 14th is Shark Awareness Day. Sharks can definitely be ferocious predators but they do get a bad reputation. Many people are scared of sharks but the truth is that they're way more threatened by people than we are of them.

Shark Awareness Day was started to bring awareness to the fact that sharks are persecuted and endangered. In fact millions of sharks are killed each year. Whether that's for shark fin soup, for their teeth or just so we can feel safe on the beach.

Sharks are a very important part of the ecosystem in the oceans so the least we can do is show them some respect.

In honour of Shark Awareness Day here's a fantastic collection of origami sharks. Many of which you can fold yourself.

Our first origami shark is this excellent design by Choi Ju-Young.

Shark by Choi Ju-Young
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yesutis1/16492175105/

Shark, Designed and Folded by Choi Ju-Young

Instructions not available

 

Next we have a fantastic paper saw shark. Saw sharks get their name from their long snouts that are edged with teeth. They use these snouts to slash and disable their prey.

Japanese Saw Shark by Alex Mironenko
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/16498741929/

Japanese Saw Shark, Designed by Se-Ik Kim and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Diagrams available in COS 2012 or Raison d'être 2014

 

Nguyen Ngoc Vu has designed an amazing Great White Shark and it's probably the most famous origami shark out there. A lot of different people have folded this model as you'll see in this post.

Most people are the most afraid of the Great White Shark but in reality they barely ever attach humans. It's even more rare that an attack from a Great White Shark would be fatal.

Great White Shark Folded by P. Colman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20720681998/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here's this model again but folded by a different artist. Great white sharks can be found along the coast of every continent in the world except for Antarctica where I guess it's just too cold for them.

Great White Shark Folded by Philippe Landrein
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/11895377014/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Hammerhead Sharks get their name from the flattened and extended shape of their heads that resembles a hammer. This shape is known as a cephalofoil.

Here's a really excellent Hammerhead Shark model that took about 4 hours to fold.

Hammerhead Shark by Michael Novio
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66587743@N04/28870464600/

Hammerhead Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by Michael Novio

Diagrams available in the 20th Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Winston is an expert at designing paper versions of all kinds of different fish and he designed this excellent Blue Shark. I really love the details on the gills.

Blue sharks prefer living in cooler water and can have litters of 25 to 100 baby sharks!

Blue Shark by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/14469045925/

Blue Shark, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here's Nguyen Ngoc Vu's fantastic Great White again but folded by another artist. Most of the world's Great White Shark population lives off the coast of Dyer Island in South Africa. There are so many sharks here that the area has been nicknamed "Shark Alley."

Great White Shark Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120745382@N02/16191173194/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by Tomasz Krawczyk

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here we have a more cartoonish looking shark. If you use two coloured paper like you see here you end up with an awesome colour change on the eyes and teeth.

Cartoon Shark by Fernando Gilgado
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/9234506840/

Shark, Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Papirolandia 3 by Fernando Gilgado Gomez

 

Tomasz Krawczyk designed this excellent origami shark during a meeting in Crocow.

Origami Shark by Tomasz Krawczyk
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120745382@N02/19157583546/

Shark, Designed and Folded by Tomasz Krawczyk

Instructions not available

 

Here's another one of those awesome Great White Sharks. There are 270 steps to fold this model and about half of them are just to fold the teeth! It took Shuki Kato 8 hours to fold this.

A Great White Shark can live up to 70 years!

Great White Shark Folded by Shuki Kato
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/11671926924/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by Shuki Kato

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Won Seon Seo designed this excellent shark and made this fun photo of it.

Shark by Won Seon Seo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/6785277008/

Shark, Designed and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available

 

This is a really great Frilled Shark. Frilled Sharks are very old and exhibit several primitive features that have earned them the nickname of "Living Fossil." With their very long and flexible jaws they can swallow their prey whole. They get their name from the frilly appearance of their six pairs of gill slits.

Frilled Shark by Petr Stuchlý
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/petr-stuchly/20252440200/

Frilled Shark, Designed and Folded by Petr Stuchlý

Instructions not available

 

Here we have an absolutely beautiful Great White folded by CaptainMoon. This whole model, including all those teeth, 16 on the top and 8 on the bottom of the mouth is folded from a single square of paper!

A Great White Shark usually weighs between 1,500 and 2,400 pounds and at full maturity they can weigh up to an ton!

Great White Shark Folded by CaptainMoon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96787913@N02/15771280394/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by CaptainMoon

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Next we have another awesome design from Winston. This time it's an Angel Shark. Angel Sharks look very similar to rays because of their flattened appearance. Angel Sharks are sometimes called Monk Fish and some species can grow up to 2 meters long!

Angel Shark by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/25990646841/

Angel Shark, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here's another more generic but nonetheless less great shark design from Oblisk. I especially like the symmetry of this design as you can see the fins on both sides of the model.

Paper Shark by Obelisk
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/14860221061/

Shark, Designed and Folded by Obelisk

Instructions not available

 

Here's a different Blue Shark Design by John Montroll. Blue Sharks are pretty laid back and often swim along quite slowly. When they see food however they quickly turns into one of the fastest fish in the ocean.

Blue Shark by John Montroll
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63433412@N05/14930529533/

Blue Shark, Designed by John Montroll and Folded by ВЕРЕСТУН Игорь (Iver)

Diagrams available in Origami Sea Life: Third Edition

 

Here's another Great White with an awesome close up of the details in the mouth. Great Whites can grow up to 21 feet long but most females are usually 15 to 16 feet long while most males are usually 11 to 13 feet long.

Great White Shark by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/11362298386/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here's another excellent Hammerhead design by Joseph Wu. The position of a Hammerhead Shark's eyes on the sides of its head gives it full 360° vision in the vertical plan. This means they can see above and below them at all times.

Hammerhead Shark by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/4278728985/

Hammerhead Shark, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

This is another Great White Shark designed by a different Vietnamese artist named Nguyễn Hùng Cường. The teeth and other details in this model are fantastic too.

Real Great White sharks have 5 rows of teeth in their mouths with 46 teeth in each row.

Great White Shark by Nguyễn Hùng Cường
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/12767962614/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in Crease Magazine #12

 

Here's another fantastic Blue Shark design by Winston. Blue Sharks aren't usually a victim of commercial fishing but is the target of many sport fishing activities around the world. The official status of this species of shark is "Near Threatened."

Blue Shark Papercraft by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/14465690901/

Blue Shark, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

This next model is a Bull Shark. The Bull Shark is also called the Zambezi Shark in Africa and the Lake Nicaragua  Shark in Nicaragua. These sharks can live in both salt and fresh water. They live along coasts and can travel very far up rivers. Once a Bull Shark travelled up the Mississippi River and made it as far as Illinois.

Bull Shark by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/8541476252/

Bull Shark, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

Here's John Montroll's excellent Blue Shark design again folded by another fantastic artist.

John Montroll's Shark Folded by Gonzalo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/7893775290/

Blue Shark, Designed by John Montroll and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Sea Life: Third Edition

 

Here's Nguyễn Hùng Cường's Great White Shark again and this time it's folded with a stylish wave. In just one year a Great White Shark can eat an average of 11 tons of food!

Great White Shark Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/34886391916/

Great White Shark, Designed by Nguyễn Hùng Cường and Folded by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn

Diagrams available in Crease Magazine #12

 

Next we have Ngueyn Ngoc Vu's excellent Hammerhead design folded by another fantastic artist. In these two photos you can really see all the details that go into this model.

Hammerhead sharks have been known to eat a wide array of prey including fish, squid, octopus, crustaceans and even other sharks. Their favourite food to eat though are stingrays.

Hamerhead Shark by Ngueyn Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/15914706971/

Hammerhead Shark, Designed by Ngueyn Ngoc Vu and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Diagrams available in the 20th Tanteidan Convention Book

 

Here we have Nguyen Ngoc Vu's amazing Great White Shark folded by the designer himself and photographed at a convention. Great White Sharks are classified as an Apex Predator but they are quite often attacked and eaten by Killer Whales.

Great White Shark Origami by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/8062531902/

Great White Shark, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Our final model for this post is one of my all-time favourite models and photos. Even though I've featured this photo on the site before I absolutely had to include it in this post.

Great White Sharks can jump up to 10 feet above the water to catch prey. This behaviour is known as "breaching." The average "breaching" speed is 25 miles per hour. In some cases these sharks have been known to breach right onto the deck of a boat.

As you can see below, Nguyen Ngoc Vu has folded an incredible Great White Shark breaching the water to catch a seal.

Shark Bites Seal by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/10761512915/

Shark Bite Seal, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Hopefully you've learned something and come away with a new-found respect for sharks. Which one of these origami sharks was your favourite? Let us know in the comments!


Papercraft Farm Animals

Fantastic Origami Farm Animals to Fold When You’re Cooped Up

In this post we're going to take a look at a group of excellent paper farm animals. These are the standard sorts of animals you'd expect to see on a farm such as cows, pigs, sheep, etc.

We'll start off with these two adorable sheep from Gen Hagiwara. He folded these for Chinese New Year in the year of the sheep. I love how the perfect parts are black and white when you use two-sided paper.

Gen Hagiwara's Sheep
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/16192133335/

Sheep, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available

 

There are lots of great origami horse designs out there but Hoang Tien Quyet's design is definitely the most elegant looking. If you use two-sided paper the mane and tail end up a different colour than the body.

Hoang Tien Quyet's Horse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/8461716780/

Horse, Designed by Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

If you have a farm you definitely need a cat to take care of the mice.  I really like the shape of this one.

Giang Dinh's Cat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/4913398988/

Cat, Designed by Giang Dinh and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Diagrams available in License to Fold

 

Every farm also needs a rooster and here's an excellent one designed by Jaeil Jeong. The colour changes with the white and red are perfect.

Papercraft Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/31622164240/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

Here's one of the coolest looking goats that I've seen.

Origami Goat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85992714@N07/31265526772/

Goat, Designed and Folded by Ta Trung Dong

Instructions not available

 

This is a really awesome bull. The photograph is great and you can really feel the strength of the bull even though it's just made out of paper.

Gonzalo's Bull
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/30858068804/

Bull, Designed by Dong Viet Thien and Folded by Gonzalo

Video instructions available from Breath of Paper's YouTube channel

 

Here's an excellent cow to go along with this bull. I love all the details on the head.

Paper Cattle by J.W. Park
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128874294@N04/31548943142/

Cattle, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by J.W Park

Diagrams available in Origami Works of Yoo Tae Yong

 

Here's an adorable family of paper ducks.

Paper Duck Family
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95620469@N02/25760353780/

Ducks, Designed by Hoàng Tiến Quyết and Folded by Andrea Borsa

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Jaeil Jeong designed this really excellent pig.

Pig by Jaeil Jeong
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/31886284196/

Pig, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Diagrams available from Jaeil Jeong's Flickr

 

Quentin Trollip has what's easily one of the best origami horse designs out there. If you use brown and white paper like you see here there are some excellent colour changes in the legs and on the head.

Clydesdale Horse by Quentin Trollip
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40889074@N07/12272475834/

Clydesdale Horse, Designed by Quentin Trollip and Folded by Willie G. Crespo

Diagrams available in Origami Sequence

 

This next model is Seth Friedman's Finnish Lapphund. Normally when people fold and photograph this model they always show it from the side. This is the first time I've seen it from this angle and there are a lot of really great details on the face.

Here Ju Hyeong Kim folded the model a little bit differently so it's sitting down instead of standing like it normally is.

Finnish Laphund by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145618899@N02/31473951940/

Finnish Lapphund, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Ju Hyeong Kim

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

Here are two more excellent paper chickens.

Paper Chicken and Rooster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yesutis1/31739597521/

Chicken and Rooster, Designed and Folded by Choi Ju Young

Instructions not available

 

Satoshi Kamiya has one of the most realistic looking sheep designs I've seen out there. This one is folded from one 35cm x 35cm square of paper and it took 2 and a half hours to fold!

If you try folding this model be sure to use very thin paper otherwise the horns get very hard to fold.

Satoshi Kamiya's Sheep
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/philogami/32794865804/

Sheep, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

 

Hoàng Tiến Quyết is still one of my all time favourite origami artists. He has a very unique curved style in all his designs and uses wet folding a lot. Here's one of his fantastic pig designs. This is a more "Grown-up" version of his famous pig.

Hoàng Tiến Quyết's Pig
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/24352657680/

Pig (October 2015), Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

Kei Watanabe has designed some incredible and complex models. Here he's designed a kuchinoshima-ushi or a Japanese cattle.

Japanese Cattle by Kei Watanabe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30110540235/

Japanese Cattle, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Lots of farms have rabbits and here are two adorable ones folded by Rainer Berg.

Rabbits by Ronald Koh
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92285150@N02/21942822150/

Rabbits, Designed by Ronald Koh and Folded by Rainer Berg

Diagrams available in the Bogota 2013 Origami Convention book

 

This isn't a super complex looking goat but it's still got a really fantastic design.

Goat by Nguyên Hùng Cu'ò'ng
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/25466329721/

Goat, Designed by Nguyên Hùng Cu'ò'ng and Folded by Andrés

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention Book

 

Here's another really excellent horse design. I especially like that prancing leg.

Horse by Hideo Komatsu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/14222321435/

Horse, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Works of Hideo Komatsu

 

Beth Johnson has a really cute sheep design that uses a tessellation pattern for the fur.

Sheep by Beth Johnson
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/16049304171/

Sheep, Designed by Beth Johnson and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #148

 

I really like the 3D square design of Fernando Castellanos's cow. It almost reminds me of a milk carton which is perfect since it's a cow.

Cow by Fernando Castellanos
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferorigami/29134946880/

Cow, Designed and Folded by Fernando Castellanos

Instructions not available

 

Here's one more excellent rooster for this post. It's folded from one 60cm x 60cm sheet of paper with some excellent colour changes on the head and legs.

Rooster by origami-M-H-G :)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_mhg/31749286021/

Rooster, Designed and Folded by origami-M-H-G

Instructions not available

 

This is another really unique looking pig design.

Pig by Cyrille Masseys
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/guillermo_rodriguez/13089078905/

Pig, Designed by Cyrille Masseys and Folded by Guillermo R. Parrondo

Diagrams available in the Bogota 2014 Origami Convention book

 

This might be the most realistic paper goat design I've ever seen. The details here are awesome and it's nice to see the model from multiple angles.

Goat by Taiga Yamamoto
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/140597444@N03/34590205421/

Goat, Designed by Taiga Yamamoto and Folded by Tkak Sakai

Instructions not available

 

Here's one last cow photographed from a really dynamic angle.

Cattle by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129124623@N05/27371777415/

Cattle, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Kyoung Su Kim

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #141

 

Our final model in this post is this great origami bull. I really like the lines, shapes and angles in the design. The pose of the bull is excellent too, it looks quite strong.

Bull by Jaeil Jeong
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143234267@N08/34384285414/

Bull, Designed and Folded by Jaeil Jeong

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post! If you end up folding any of these the next time you're cooped up share a photo in the comments so we can take a look!


You Bet Giraffe!

Are these Paper Animals Awesome? You Bet Giraffe they Are!

Animals are still probably the most popular thing to fold out of paper. In this post we're going to take a look at a pretty diverse collection of different animals from all over the world.

First up is this incredible warthog folded from a single sheet of 50cm x 50cm yellow washi paper.

Warthog
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/19809648558/

Warthog, Designed by Lionel Albertino and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Free diagrams available from Origami-Shop.com

 

Here's a beautiful looking wet-folded paper horse.

Horse
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/5128498447/

Horse, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's one of the best bull designs I've ever seen.

Bull
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/13914207354/

Bull, Designed by Richard Ojeda Soto and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

 

This next one is a much simpler design but it may just be the cutest little origami pig I've seen. It's folded from a simple fish base.

Small Pig
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92285150@N02/17199918282/

Small Pig, Designed and Folded by Rainer Berg

Diagrams available from Rainer Berg's Facebook page

 

Nguyen Hung Cuong's gorilla design is definitely the best gorilla out there, especially with all that detail in the face.

Gorilla
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/8960250321/

Gorilla, Designed by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Crease pattren available from NGUYỄN Hùng Cường's Flickr

 

Here's one of the best bison designs out there. This one crazily enough is folded from a thin sheet of copper, not paper!

Copper Bison
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/5933334804/

Bison, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper Conceptions

 

Here's an adorable little racoon family.

Racoons
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/24070865906/

Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

This is one of my all time favourite fox designs. The model can be found in the book Origami Omnibus but the instructions are very limited. So limited that I haven't managed to figure out how to fold it yet. One day...

Fox
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/13692433704/

Fox, Designed by Kunihiko Kasahara and Folded by Gonzalo

Very limited instructions available in Origami Omnibus

 

This hippo design isn't super complex but it's definitely expressive with a lot of character.

Hippo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/7178691797/

Hippo, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

This bear holding a paper crane is one of the most interesting origami designs I've seen. It's such a simple idea but the result is fantastic.

Erkner Bear
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tschobigami/27204670392/

Erkner Bear, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Stefan

Crease pattern available from Sebastien Limet's Flickr

 

Here's a pretty adorable looking chipmunk. It's folded from two squares of paper and the colour changes in the design really look great. I'm not entirely sure what "butter cake" is but I definitely like the sound of that.

Chipmunk
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/20490790743/

Chipmunk, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Beth Johnson's sheep design is awesome. It uses one sheet of paper for the body and then another sheet folded into a tessellation pattern for the wool.

Sheep
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/16053874848/

Sheep, Designed by Beth Johnson and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #148

 

Sebastien Limet certainly has his own style and this deer he designed is completely unlike any other origami deer out there.

Deer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/16132685966/

Deer, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here's an awesome monkey out in the wild. The banana is a really nice touch.

Monkey
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/foldedwilderness/14237680085/

Monkey, Designed by Lionel Albertino and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Diagrams available in Safari Origami

 

Here's another absolutely fantastic looking paper horse. Technically it's a pony.

Pony
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/104497452@N02/16753396570/

Pony, Designed by Kawahata Fumiaki and Folded by Jack Dreyil

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #142

 

Here are a couple more excellent pigs.

Pigs
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/4057432283/

Pigs, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Crease pattern available from Gen Hagiwara's Flickr

 

And of course with a giraffe pun in the title of this post we had to include at least one origami giraffe.

Giraffe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/16187455990/

Giraffe, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

Here's an adorable fox mother and cub. Two more absolutely fantastic fox designs.

Foxes
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/18582121379/

Mother and Cub, Designed by Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Cub Diagrams available in the 15th Tanteidan Convention Book, Mother Diagrams not available

 

This is a really great coyote design. The colour change on the eye is very nice.

Coyote
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/13765718043/

Coyote, Designed by Richard Ojeda Soto and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

 

Here's a really fantastic looking giant anteater. Not a very common animal to fold out of paper.

Giant Anteater
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12043525@N04/4592833533/

Giant Anteater, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available

 

These are some really great origami rhinos folded using Rhino Hide Paper of course.

Rhinos
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/14198471966/

Bogota Rhino, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Next we have probably the cutest little baby paper elephant I've ever seen!

Baby Elephant
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/110247861@N02/29342170341/

Elephant, Designed by Enrique Martinez and Folded by Mir Numan

Crease pattern available from Enrique Martinez's Flickr

 

Seth Friedman's Finnish Lapphund is definitely one of the best dog designs out there.

Finnish Lapphund
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_dreyil/29737940242/

Finnish Lapphund, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Jack Dreyil

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

Our final model is this fantastic looking Bactrian Camel.

Bactrian Camel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/6145034352/

Bactrian Camel, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in the BOS Convention 2013 Autumn book

 

That's it for this post. Let us know which one of these was your favourite in the comments!