Unicorn

Unbelievably Unforgettable and Unique Origami Unicorns

I was collecting origami unicorns for a sort of general mythological creature themed post but ended up with enough of them with enough different designs that  I figured they deserved their own entire post.

First up is an elegant unicorn design by Andrey Ermakov.

Unicorn by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112143367@N08/15803437735/

Unicorn, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by AbrahamMardini

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

This next model is an Alicorn which is apparently the name for a winged Pegasus-like unicorn.

Alicorn Folded by Alexander Kurth
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/12118272795/

Alicorn, Designed by Do Ba Huy and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

This next unicorn has a more realistic looking design.

Paper Unicorn Folded by Malleon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128237813@N06/25806407291/

Unicorn, Designed by Đồng Viết Thiện and Folded by Malleon

Instructions not available

 

Here's the previous unicorn design again photographed at an origami event.

Vietnamese Unicorn Papercraft at Convention
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/26692997125/

Unicorn, Designed by Đồng Viết Thiện (Photo by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn)

Instructions not available

 

Here's Andrey Ermakov's great unicorn design again.

Paper Unicorn Folded by Luc Marnat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/15249361454/

Unicorn, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

Roman Diaz has also designed an excellent origami unicorn.

Unicorn by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893206837/

Unicorn, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

This next unicorn designed by Satoshi Kamiya is one of the best origami unicorn's I've ever seen.

Unicorn by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emraya/2824190020/

Unicorn, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Emre Ayaroglu

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's Andrey Ermakov's great unicorn again.

Paper Unicorn by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre-andre/15643215340/

Unicorn, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Pierre-andré

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

Here's a different unicorn design from Andrey Ermakov with a really fantastic colour change.

Two-Colour Paper Unicorn
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/6136647682/

Unicorn, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Diagrams available in Origami School of Masters

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's excellent unicorn again.

Unicorn by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/5940385166/

Unicorn, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Hoàng Tiến Quyết designed a great unicorn head using that distinct curved Vietnamese origami style.

Papercraft Unicorn Head
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8533161@N07/15003708018/

Unicorn Head, Designed by Hoàng Tiến Quyết and Folded by Jackie Yang

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent rendition of Đồng Viết Thiện's more realistic looking origami unicorn.

White and Red Papercraft Unicorn
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134241172@N06/28545191146/

Unicorn, Designed by Đồng Viết Thiện and Folded by Nguyen TuanTai

Instructions not available

 

CahoonasOrigami has a very cute unicorn design.

Unicorn by Cahoonas
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cahoonasorigami/10263475295/

Unicorn, Designed and Folded by CahoonasOrigami

Instructions not available

 

Andrey Ermakov's unicorn is a very popular design, here it is again from a different folder.

Unicorn by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/15223912243/

Unicorn, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

Here's Andrey Ermakov's unicorn again but with a quite different feel.

Paper Unicorn by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiwind/15247469943/

Unicorn, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by 潘杭

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

We showed Roman Diaz's unicorn design earlier in this post but here it is again shaped very differently making it look almost like a completely different model.

Origami Unicorn by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8750818590/

Unicorn, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here Gonzalo folded the unicorn into it's standard design.

Paper Unicorn Folded by Gonzalo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8079575508/

Unicorn, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's another very excellent origami alicorn design.

Alicorn by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/20473857599/

Alicorn, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Gonzalo

Video instructions available from Cool Origami Tutorial by Yakomoga on YouTube

 

Here's Andrey Ermakov's popular unicorn again.

Unicorn Designed by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/15564371679/

Unicorn, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2014

 

And here's Roman Diaz's great unicorn again.

Papercraft Unicorn by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/6339014761/

Unicorn, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

This is another unicorn design by Andrey Ermakov and is one of the most interesting origami unicorn designs I've seen.

Unicorn Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/17054293385/

Unicorn, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is this incredibly detailed alicorn. I especially like the mini-wings on each of the legs and this is probably the best origami unicorn I've seen.

Amazing Alicorn by Leo Lai
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5377168393/

Alicorn, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Which one of these origami unicorns is your favourite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out all these artists and send them some likes and comments on their work.


Virgo

If You're Impressed with this Zodiac Origami then that's a Good Sign

During my origami related research I've come across some pretty cool designs for some Zodiac themed models. There are a lot of cool Capricorn designs as well as great designs for some of the other more uniquely designed signs like Aquarius, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini.

I decided to collect these together and put together a Zodiac themed post. We have to include all 12 signs though so I guess some of this origami technically isn't specifically horoscope themed since some signs are just things like animals. All of it is pretty awesome though so check it out!

 

Aries

Aries is represented by a ram and I found two excellent paper ram designs, one by Seth Friedman and another very popular design by Satoshi Kamiya.

Ram by Seth Friedman (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/inqorigami/16298569003/

Ram, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman

Crease pattern available from friedmanorigami.com

 

Ram by Satoshi Kamiya (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/21197554441/

Ram, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Eyal R.

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention book

 

Ram by Satoshi Kamiya (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/20408359994/

Ram, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention book

 

Paper Ram Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi (Aries)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/21277847609/

Ram, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 21st Convention book

 

Taurus

There are lots of great bull designs that can be used for an origami Taurus. Here are two of my favourite ones that look especially powerful and aggressive.

Bull by Stephan Weber (Taurus)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tschobigami/20448677108/

Bull, Designed by Stephan Weber and Folded by Stefan

Video instructions available from Cool Origami Tutorial by Yakomoga on YouTube

 

Papercraft Bull (Taurus)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/38015529@N06/10236881964/

Bull, Designed and Folded by Richard Ojeda Soto

Instructions not available

 

Gemini

I was only able to find one model for a paper Gemini but it's a very impressive one. The entire thing, both of the twins is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Gemini by Hubert Villaneuve
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5132074342/

Gemini, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Cancer

This sign is a bit of a cheat again since it's just represented by a crab. We've already done a post featuring tons of origami crabs but here are a few more excellent ones.

Crab by Jason Ku (Cancer)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/25118828206/

Crab, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #139

 

Crab by Jason Ku (Cancer)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jakeorigami/9007375061/

Crab, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by Jake Schenthal

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #139

 

Leo

This is another easy sign since it's a Lion so here are a couple of my favourite origami lions.

Lion by Hoang Tien Quyet (Leo)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/14409560497/

Lion, Designed and Folded by Hoang Tien Quyet (Photo by Evan Zodl)

Instructions not available

 

Origami Lion by Nicolas Terry (Leo)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/22397672603/

Lion, Designed by Nicolas Terry and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Passion Origami

 

Virgo

Virgo is where things start getting interesting again and Yoshimasa Tsuruta has designed two very beautiful origami Virgo models.

Origami Virgo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/21084370904/

Virgo, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #153

 

Papercraft Virgo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/20911760052/

Virgo, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

Libra

It was a little bit difficult to find an origami Libra. Sergey Yartsev has designed a great simple libra and as far as I know this is the only origami Libra model that exists.

Neelesh K. designed an incredible Lady Justice model and since she's holding a set of balances and the model is awesome I decided to include it here.

Also, here's a piece of trivia. In case you ever wondered why pounds is abbreviated as "lbs" it's because the "lb" is from Libra and the balance scale things.

Paper Libra Scales/Balances
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/7084588941/

Libra, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Diagrams available in Origami Signs of the Zodiac

 

Lady Justice by Neelesh Kumar (Libra)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/16557929540/

Lady Justice, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Scorpio

Scorpio is another sign that's a bit of a cheat since it's just a scorpion so here are two awesome origami scorpions.

Scorpion by Tadashi Mori (Scorpio)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6329204746/

Scorpion, Designed by Tadashi Mori and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Scorpion by Kota Imai (Scorpio)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/28600427715/

Scorpion, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai's Flickr

 

Sagittarius

As far as I know there's only one origami Sagittarius model designed by gabrixx_. I've seen lots of origami centaurs and lots of origami archers but only one centaur archer.

Paper Folded Sagittarius
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gabrieleorigami/4405886445/

Sagittarius, Designed and Folded by gabrixx_

Crease pattern available from gabrixx_'s Flickr

 

Capricorn

This is where the paper Zodiac starts getting very interesting because there are several great Capricorn designs. Several Vietnamese origami artists, Hoang Trung Thanh, Dong Viet Thien and Nguyen Nam Son designed their own quite complex Capricorn designs.

Kade Chan also designed a great papercraft Capricorn that's a bit less complex and always reminds me of the Mozilla Firefox logo when I see it.

Gold and Blue Paper Capricorn
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/22073924692/

Capricorn, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Capricorn from Convention
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124533099@N06/26599937162/

Capricorn, Designed and Folded by Dong Viet Thien (Photo by Phạm Hoàng Tuấn)

Instructions not available

 

Capricorn by Nguyen Nam Son
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/15967630174/

Capricorn, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Capricorn by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliusorigami/10157815476/

Capricorn, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Paulius Mielinis

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Capricorn Folded by Rui Roda
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/28728110425/

Capricorn, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Rui Roda

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Aquarius

Aquarius is another interesting sign. Hojyo Takashi has designed the only paper Aquarius that I know of and it's a fantastic design. The model uses a tessellation for the water being poured out and the entire thing is folded from one sheet of paper.

Aquarius by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4551931385/

Aquarius, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Eyal R.

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #90

 

Aquarius by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/144893765@N07/28680252504/

Aquarius, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by JoeOrigami10

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #90

 

Pisces

Pisces is another sign that can simply be made with two paper fish but I haven't seen too many people put together an origami pisces.

Dzmitry Lysiuk made a great Pisces photo with two origami koi and Sergey Yartsev designed a pretty neat Pisces model where both the fish are folded from the same sheet of paper.

Paper Folded Pisces Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/7084545023/

Pisces, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Diagrams available in Origami Signs of the Zodiac

 

Koi by Davor Vinko (Pisces)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/6820870254/

Koi, Designed by Davor Vinko and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

That covers all 12 signs of the Zodiac, let us know which model is your favourite in the comments and be sure to check out all of these amazing artists on their Flickr accounts as well.


Little Dragons

16 Cute Little Origami Dragons

Origami dragons are still some of my all time favourite origami models and I've already made several posts with big impressive paper dragons:

18 Incredible Eastern Style Origami Dragons

27 Spectacular Western-Style Origami Dragons

26 Non-Traditional but Still Awesome Origami Dragons

This time we're going to cover smaller, cuter and younger dragons that still need to grow up a bit before they become big and ferocious.

We're going to start with this little baby dragon.

Baby Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ynitami/9544000735/

Baby Dragon, Designed by Daniella Carboni and Folded by Yuki.N.

Diagrams available in Licence to Fold

 

Here's another very different looking baby dragon.

Baby Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125441466@N02/15437266788/

Baby Dragon, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

A detailed crease pattern is available from Riccardo Foschi's Flickr

 

This is a rare photo of a mother dragon and her child out in the wild.

Mother and Child Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/foldedwilderness/14088667565/

Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Diagrams are available through Shuki Kato's Flickr

 

As a big Game of Thrones fan I really like this next image which has the 3 dragons from earlier in the series when they're still smaller and haven't grown up yet.

Each dragon is folded from the same design and really demonstrates how you can alter models slightly to put them in different poses or give them a different look.

Game of Thrones Dragons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/aresorigami/14252865605/

Rhaegal / Drogon / Viserion, Designed by Luca Vitagliano and Folded by Ares Alanya

Instructions not available

 

Here's another cute little origami dragon.

Little Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/9599854959/

Little Dragon, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

This next model is probably my favourite baby dragon design.

Baby Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/10844417055/

Little Dragon, Designed by József Zsebe and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in Fold Line

 

Here's a whole family of dragons with some very cute baby ones.

Dragon Family
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/24455451036/

Dragon Heart Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Baby Dragons Designed by Daniela Carboni, All Folded by Lucas Honor

Dragon Heart diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 13th Convention Book

Baby Dragon diagrams available in Licence to Fold

 

Here's Alexander Kurth's Little Dragon again but this time with some different shaping and two-coloured paper which makes it look completely different from before.

Origami Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/27081176286/

Little Dragon, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Video instructions available from quietmarverick's YouTube channel

 

This is a "dragon whelp" and I quite like how its nose looks.

Dragon Whelp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/7928191686/

Dragon Whelp, Designed by Paul Frasco and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagram available in Creased Magazine #10

 

Here's József Zsebe's little dragon again, this time folded by himself.

Little Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/5932846689/

Little Dragon, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Fold Line

 

Here's what appears to be a slightly older version of Paul Frasco's Dragon Whelp that was on display at a convention.

Dragon Whelp
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/9133607061/

Dragon Whelp, Designed and Folded by Paul Frasco (Photo by Evan Zodl)

Diagram available in Creased Magazine #10

 

This next dragon looks to me like it's starting to get a little bit older. It's not as helpless and it's starting to explore its environment.

Yellow Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/13978201900/

Dragon, Designed by József Zsebe and Folded by João Charrua

Diagrams available in A Magyar Origami Kor Kiadvanya

 

This little origami dragon looks to me like it's just starting to walk.

Green Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronatka/11096722343/

Dragon, Designed by Sergey Yartsev and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Olympiad 2013

 

Here's another great little origami dragon that looks to me like it's just starting to get up and move around.

Fiery Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/praisepratajev/14255438407/

Fiery Dragon, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Robin Scholz

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

This next one looks like a bit simpler in design although I'm sure it's probably a lot of work to fold. It's also quite cute.

Simple Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92285150@N02/25739246882/

Dragon, Designed by Jo Nakashima and Folded by Rainer Berg

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Our last dragon looks to me like it's either having a hard time getting up and walking or it's sneaking around up to no good.

Naruga Kuruga
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_dreyil/27676662344/

Naruga Kuruga, Designed by Saku and Folded by Jack Dreyil

Instructions not available

 

If you're looking for some great origami dragons to fold yourself I recommend you check out the book Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac Origami. The dragons in that book are a little bit of work but they're not too difficult and they look great.

Remember to like and share this post if you enjoyed it because that helps us a lot and check out all these awesome origami artists to let them know what you think about their work.


Phoenix

Positively Phenomenal Paper Phoenixes

The phoenix is a mythological creature that you see appear in Egyptian, Greek and Chinese mythology. Rather than including some origami phoenixes in posts about those topics I decided to create a new post completely dedicated to the origami phoenix since there's surprisingly a lot of really awesome designs.

When it comes to origami phoenixes Satoshi Kamiya probably has the most famous design.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74390897@N02/8524518920/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Thamar van Dijk

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

 

Here's a much closer view of the model.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ynitami/9546551274/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Yuki.N.

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

 

Here's a great photo that really shows off the size of this amazing model. The entire phoenix is folded from one sheet of paper.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/17924902426/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Yery J. Astroña (yeryco)

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

 

Here's a different origami phoenix design by Vincent Achard that really has a lot of character.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincent-origami/5917510365/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Vincent Achard

Instructions not available

 

At the 22th Origami Tanteidan convention recently Fukuroi Kazuki showed off this spectacular phoenix.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/28974085452/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Fukuroi Kazuki (Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi)

Instructions not available

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix design again.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128237813@N06/16254552408/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Malleon

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

 

This is a completely different and incredibly complex looking origami phoenix designed by Nham Van Son. It looks very similar to a Ho-Oh from Pokemon which I guess makes sense since that Pokemon is designed after a phoenix.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/27632452281/

Phoenix, Designed by Nham Van Son and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great origami phoenix that looks like it's bursting out of a fire.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/27470620764/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Instructions not available

 

This is Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix again but it's folded into a bit of a different position then normal.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74390897@N02/6748605139/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Thamar van Dijk

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

 

This is a very simple design but it's still super cute.

Baby Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/2835991686/

Little Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Crease pattern available from Gen Hagiwara's Flickr

 

I'm not quite sure how P. Colman got this amazing looking phoenix to stand up like that but it certainly makes for an awesome photo.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20721886619/

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

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

 

This design started from a waterbomb base and ended in this awesome multiple tailed phoenix.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/9213055824/

Phoenix V.1, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K

Instructions not available

 

Here's another amazing rendition of Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix.

White Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/8925131599/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by nyanko sensei

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

 

This is a different more Asian style phoenix design and like everything Xu Daniel folds it's very tiny.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/15691896676/

Phoenix, Designed by Hongyi Wan and Folded by Xu Daniel

Video instructions are available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix again. The diagrams have 225 steps and it took Shuki Kato about 5 hours to fold this.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/10496809866/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Shuki Kato

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

 

Here's a completely different style of origami phoenix by Chad Killeen that's walking along the ground instead of being in mid-flight.

White and Gold Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluepaper/2408421112/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Chad Killeen

Crease pattern available from blue paper's Flickr

 

Even if it's folded using non-traditional phoenix colours this Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix still ends up looking great.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/13537334475/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

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

 

Now we're back to another different and also quite Asian looking origami phoenix that's designed by Andrei Ermakov.

Firebird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8569703222/

Origami Firebird, Designed by Andrei Ermakov and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

 

I'm trying to break these up a bit but like I mentioned at the start of the post, Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix design is easily the most popular and it's been folded by a ton of talented folders.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielbrown/8427964705/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Daniel Brown

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

 

This design is also by Satoshi Kamiya but it's very different from his more popular one.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/17807076576/

Phoenix 3.0, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Yery J. Astroña (yeryco)

Instructions not available

 

Here's a new phoenix design with a particularly excellent looking tail.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/26119842122/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

And we're back to another beautiful rendition of Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/9601056744/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Philippe Landrein

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

 

Here's Antoine S. (origoku)'s design again but this time it's folded slightly different on the bottom so it really does look like it's bursting out of the fire which is pretty cool.

Rising Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/9299007463/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Instructions not available

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix again. It usually needs to sit on top of a stick like this since the tail is so long if you fold the default version of it.

Satoshi Kamiya's Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/8719397844/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

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

 

This excellent phoenix was designed by Philipp-Marius Kost and is folded from a 40cm x 40cm sheet of paper which took 6 hours.

Yellow Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/philogami/24534959752/

Phoenix, Designed and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Instructions not available

 

This is Satoshi Kamiya's phoenix design again however you can tell it looks very different because Gonzalo improvised a lot while folding it. In the end it has a very unique and fantastic look.

Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8639307065/

Phoenix, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Gonzalo

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

 

Here's something quite different, a shield with a phoenix pattern on it photographed by Hiroaki Kobayashi at the 22nd Origami Tanteidan Convention.

Phoenix Shield
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/28793055430/

Firebird, Designed and Folded by Masato Kikuchi

Instructions not available

 

Our final origami phoenix is this incredible modified version of Satoshi Kamiya's design where Nguyen Nam Son somehow managed to turn the one tail into three amazing looking ones.

Red Phoenix
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/27071654994/

Phoenix (Modified), Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

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

 

That covers pretty much all of the excellent origami phoenixes I've found. If you know of any other great looking ones post a link in the comments.

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Dragon Rider

26 Non-Traditional but Still Awesome Origami Dragons

We've already covered a bunch of Eastern-style and Western-style origami dragons but there are a ton of other really awesome dragons out there.

This post covers origami dragons that are a bit less traditional in their design. What do we mean by that? The best way to understand what we mean is by looking at these dragons starting with this ferocious 3-headed one.

3-Headed Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/12802042315/

3-Headed Dragon, Designed by J. Aníbal Voyer and Folded by Eiyo Hikari

Diagrams available in Dragons, Witches, and Other Fantasy Creatures in Origami

 

Here's another 3 headed dragon except this time there's a knight riding on its back. Incredibly this entire model is made from one square sheet of paper!

Dragon Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/21279329405/

Dragon Knight, Designed by Obelisk and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Crease pattern available here, photo diagrams available here

 

This is a very different sort of origami dragon that lives underwater and has an underwater plant sort of feel to its design. This model is also folded from one square sheet of paper.

Leafy Sea Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/9123339346/

Leafy Sea Dragon, Designed by Kakami Hitoshi and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #125

 

Here's a different 3-headed dragon design that was photographed at an origami convention.

3-Headed Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/9133581311/

3-Headed Dragon, Designed and Folded by Jason Ku (Photo by Evan Zodl)

Instructions not available

 

Here's a bit of a different view of that incredible dragon knight model folded by a different artist.

Dragon Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/8473663084/

Dragon Knight, Designed by Obelisk and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Crease pattern available here, photo diagrams available here

 

This is another very different looking dragon design. It's modular which means it's made up of several different pieces of paper folded separately and then assembled together.

Tsuru Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamirizzo/4541904428/

Tsuru Dragon, Designed and Folded by Rodolfo Rizzo

Instructions not available

 

Here we have another incredible and different dragon design that's half a skeleton. One half of the model is a normal dragon and the other half is a dragon skeleton. And to make things even more impressive the entire model is folded from one square sheet of paper with no cuts!

Half Skeleton Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/16515631171/

Half Skeleton Dragon, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

Next is another great leafy sea dragon design this time by Petr Stuchlý.

Leafy Sea Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/66591224@N08/19710954423/

Leafy Sea Dragon, Designed by Petr Stuchlý and Folded by Matthew LaBoone

Crease pattern available from Petr Stuchlý's Flickr

 

Here is another person riding on a dragon although this time the dragon only has one head. It's folded very small which is quite impressive, especially the details on the head, feet and armour.

Dragon Rider
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/12441067635/

Dragon Rider, Designed by Obelisk and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

This is a great friendly and sort of playful looking origami dragon.

Serpentine Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/13938259076/

Serpentine Dragon, Designed by Joseph Wu and Folded by João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

Here's another incredible version of the 3-headed dragon knight.

Dragon Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/20309646184/

Dragon Knight, Designed by Obelisk and Folded by Bong Gu Han (Photo by Shuki Kato)

Crease pattern available here, photo diagrams available here

 

This is another very different and sort of humanoid looking dragon design.

Wyvernoid
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8196765330/

Wyvernoid 2.0, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

Here we have something that's not a 3-headed dragon but is instead an incredible looking 3-headed wyvern which as I learned previously is a dragon with two big hind legs and two smaller front arms.

3-Headed Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/philogami/26203464714/

3-Headed Wyvern, Designed and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Crease pattern available from Philipp-Marius Kost's Flickr

 

This is an entire dragon skeleton this time and it looks pretty awesome.

Dragon Skeleton
https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/11347642364/

Dragon Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Instructions not available

 

Here's another great folder's excellent interpretation of the 3-headed dragon knight.

Dragon Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/20517339518/

Dragon Knight, Designed by Obelisk and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Crease pattern available here, photo diagrams available here

 

This is another fantastic vaguely humanoid shaped dragon.

Dragonoid
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/6968620212/

Dragonoid, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's a very cute (and a little bit fat) serpentine dragon.

Serpentine Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/8398211098/

Serpentine Dragon, Designed by Joseph Wu and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

This is another great origami wyvern with a more ferocious and bird like design.

Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/6960656209/

Wyvern, Designed and Folded by Nguyễn Ngọc Vũ

Instructions not available

 

And here's another wyvern design that's very complex and looks like it's climbing up a wall. This whole model is one sheet of paper.

Complex Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/12540608044/

Wyvern, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

Satoshi Kamiya's origami Bahamut is still one of my all time favourite models. Bahamut is a dragon from the Final Fantasy videogame series that your characters can summon to help you in battle.

For this Bahamut Nguyen Nam Son tweaked the design a bit so there are 4 horns on the head instead of 2 as well as some extra spikes on the tail.

Bahamut
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/26536023700/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's an awesome little dragon with an especially great design on the head.

Black Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/137636003@N03/24000332545/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Wasun N.

Instructions not available

 

We've seen a lot of different 3-headed dragon models in this post and now here's a fantastic 2-headed dragon designed by Nham Van Son.

2-Headed Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/9560563546/

2-Headed Dragon, Designed by Nham Van Son and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

I really love the head of this luminous dragon by paper in dream. It's got a lot of character. This is folded from one sheet of paper that's 90cm x 90cm.

Luminous Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/23655020984/

Luminous Dragon, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

Here's the amazing 3-headed dragon knight again this time folded by its creator himself.

Dragon Knight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/9712415631/

Dragon Knight, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈 (Obelisk)

Crease pattern available here, photo diagrams available here

 

Here's Hitoshi Kakami's leafy sea dragon again and P. Colman did a fantastic job folding it and assembling this whole scene.

Leafy Sea Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/28444867471/

Leafy Sea Dragon, Designed by Kakami Hitoshi and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #125

 

Our final model for this post is this absolutely incredible 3-Headed dragon designed by Nham Van Son.

3-Headed Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/20367625178/

3-Headed Dragon, Designed by Nham Van Son and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

That's it for this post but if you're as big a fan of origami dragons as I am don't worry because there's still going to be a lot of great origami dragon posts in the future.

Be sure to check out all of these artists on Flicker to see more of their incredible origami!


Qilin

Incredible Origami Models from Chinese Culture and Mythology

In addition to origami models inspired by Greek mythology and Japanese mythology there's also some incredible origami inspired by Chinese mythology and culture.

The first model this time is this beautiful origami Luosheng, the Goddess of Luo River. Luo Sheng was the daughter of the mythical emperor Mi Xi. She drowned when crossing a river and was transformed into a beautiful river diety. This entire model is one sheet of paper!

Chinese Costume
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/7979088525/

Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Here's this amazing model again but folded into a dancing pose.

Dancing Woman
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/7979088817/

Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

This creature is a Qilin (sometime called a Kirin) and in Chinese mythology it's said that they bring good fortune and often appear when a sage arrives or passes away.

I love the running pose Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte folded this one into.

Jumping Kirin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/6679689439/

Kirin, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's the Luo Sheng model again folded very small by a different artist.

Luo Sheng
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/14502870057/

Luo Sheng, Designed by Oblisk (晓 陈) and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Here's a different origami Qilin design with some very beautifully coloured paper.

Qilin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/10905099144/

Qilin, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

The next three models are 3 different versions, each one a completely different design, of the historical Chinese general Guan Yu.

Guan Yu was a general serving under Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han Dynasty/Three Kingdoms period and had a significant role in the civil war which led to the collapse of the dynasty and the establishment of the state of Shu Han.

If you're familiar with the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story you should be familiar with this character.

Guan Yu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/4732970463/

Guan Yu 1.2, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Guan Yu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5793827691/

Guan Yu 1.5, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Guan Yu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/9396580215/

Guan Yu 3.0, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

This next model is the Chinese goddess Chang'e. Chang'e is the goddess of the moon. Chang'e was the wife of the archer Yi. At the time there were ten suns in the sky which was causing a lot of problems for the people on the earth. Yi shot down nine of the suns and as a reward he received an elixir of immortality. He didn't drink it right away because he didn't want immortality without his wife Chang'e.

One day when he was out hunting people broke into their house and demanded that Chang'e give them the elixir. She refused and drank the elixir herself. She then flew up to the heavens and took up residence on the moon becoming the Chinese moon goddess.

Yi discovered what had happened and was sad and decided to offer the fruits and cakes she liked in the first Mid Autumn Festival.

Chang'e
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/13877209744/

Chang'e, Designed by Oblisk (晓 陈) and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

I'm not 100% sure what this next model is but I think it's an origami kung fu master. Possibly a master of Drunken Kung Fu since he's holding that gourd.

Drunken Kung Fu Master
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/4578142620/

Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Here is a cute little mini version of the goddess Luosheng.

Mini Luosheng
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/15848227408/

Mini Luosheng, Designed by Mr. Tree and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Here's a version 2.0 of 晓 陈's moon goddess.

Moon Goddess
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/23219070660/

The Goddess of the Moon 2.0, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

This is another absolutely mind blowing version of an origami Qilin. There are various different ways that this mythological animal is represented which is why a lot of these origami Qilins look so different from each other.

Gold Qilin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/4838280218/

Qilin, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Here's another mind blowingly awesome similar style origami Qilin. This entire model is one sheet of paper!

Gold Qilin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/22778677981/

Qilin, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

This is a great little model Sebastien Limet designed for the Chinese year of the horse.

Go Forward
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/12270799543/

Go Forward, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

You often see creatures called Shishi or Lion Dogs guarding the front of Chinese buildings. Here's a fantastic Shishi designed by Joseph Wu with a great robotic pattern drawn onto the paper.

Shishi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/7920043220/

Robotic Shishi/Komainu, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Just like the Qilin there are many different sort of designs for the Shishi. Here's an incredible looking one by Kashiwamura Takuro.

Red Shishi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/7445074680/

Shishi, Designed and Folded by Kashiwamura Takuro (Photo by Evan Zodl)

Instructions not available

 

Finally we'll take one more look at 晓 陈's Moon Goddess. In this photo we have both versions 1 and 2 together so you can see the differences in the designs.

Moon Goddesses
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/14831552017/

Goddess of the Moon 1 and 2, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

That's pretty much all the Chinese mythology themed origami that I am aware of. If you know of any other great models from either Chinese culture, history or mythology post a link to them in the comments.

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Zoanoid Dragon

27 Spectacular Western-Style Origami Dragons

Dragons are some of my favourite things that people make out of paper and we recently did a post dedicated to Eastern-style origami dragons so it's time to do a round-up of some incredible looking Western-style dragons.

When we talk about Western-style dragons we're talking about the sorts of dragons that you see out of European myths and stories, the types of dragons that you usually think of when you think of medieval fantasy settings.

First up is this great traditional looking dragon designed by Tetsuya Gotani.

Dragon by Tetsuya Gotani
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tgotani/16670564062/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Tetsuya Gotani

Instructions not available

 

Here is another great traditional sort of fantasy dragon design by Sergey Yartsev.

Red and Yellow Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/11385766043/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Instructions not available

 

I really like the design of this next dragon, especially how it's posed so it's in mid flight which is something you don't normally see with paper dragons. This is the first dragon Gen Hagiwara designed.

Gen Hagiwara's Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/8485169708/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Crease pattern available from Gen Hagiwara's Flickr

 

This is an excellent photo of Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon flying away with a horse. Normally Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon is folded standing on the ground but here Eric Vigier tweaked it a bit to make it a bit more unique.

Ancient Dragon and Horse
https://www.flickr.com/photos/plieurfou/11714904726/

Ancient Dragon Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Horse Designed by John Montroll, Both Folded by Eric Vigier

Ancient Dragon diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

Horse diagrams available in Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac Origami

 

Here's how Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon normally looks.

Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/damianmalickiorigami/16064390024/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Damian Malicki Origami

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This next model is a wyvern which is a two legged dragon with a barbed tail. I actually didn't know that before doing this post. This Wyvern took 4 hours to fold.

Vietnamese Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/20204179848/

Wyvern, Designed by Nham Van San and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

This Darkness Dragon has a similar shape to Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon but with a different base and very different details. The photo looks fantastic too.

Tadashi Mori's Darkness Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tadashiorigami/7139475635/

Darkness Dragon, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's a great specifically Western dragon design by Shuki Kato. I also love how Mariano Zavala B. folded a tower for it to sit on.

Western Dragon on Tower
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/18981969074/

Western Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

The head of the dragon in this fantastic photo belongs to Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon. Here you can really see all of the details that go into the head of this model.

Ancient Dragon Close Up
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74390897@N02/8070313461/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Thamar van Dijk

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This is a unique hybrid-dragon designed by Rodolfo Rizzo. You can see a pretty awesome time-lapse video of him folding the dragon here.

Hybrid Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamirizzo/7188901786/

Hybrid Dragon, Designed and Folded by Rodolfo Rizzo

Instructions not available

 

Shuki Kato's Zoanoid Dragon is one of my favourite papercraft dragons. The scales and pretty much everything else about the model is fantastic.

Zoanoid Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/madabayka/8557221630/

Zoanoid Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Alexandr Pak

Crease pattern available from Shuki Kato's Flickr

 

Here's another great Ancient Dragon folded by Han-Sheng Yang.

Ancient Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/speedertw/4475007332/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Han-Sheng Yang

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's a quite tiny and very impressive version of Nham Van Son's paper wyvern.

Tiny Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/11714701004/

Wyvern, Designed by  Nham Van Son and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available in #7 VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here's Shuki Kato's awesome Western Dragon folded by Shuki Kato himself.

Western Red Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/19499446544/

Western Dragon, Designed and Folded by Shuki Kato

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

This is a different and slightly more evil looking wyvern design by Philipp-Marius Kost. It took him over 5 hours to fold this.

Black Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/philogami/19720816958/

Wyvern, Designed and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Crease pattern available from Philipp-Marius Kost's Flickr

 

This is another great and more "traditional" looking dragon design.

Traditional Looking Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/15301326405/

Dragon Joven, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

I really love the paper design on this dragon by Kade Chan.

Metallic Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/22327541346/

Fiery Dragon v2, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Kade Chan also has a fantastic Fiery Dragon design that's not ridiculously hard to fold.

Fiery Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62572859@N08/21878758881/

Fiery Dragon, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams and video instructions available from Kade Chan's Website

 

This is another incredible wyvern design by Ta Trung Dong. I absolutely love the spiky scales all over the model.

Scaled Wyvern
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85992714@N07/22560990367/

Wyvern Dragon Ver2, Designed and Folded by Ta Trung Dong

Instructions not available

 

Tran Trung Hieu folded this amazing Ash Wrym and unfortunately lost it after an exhibition.

Ash Wyrm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/9066804677/

Ash Wyrm, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

This little green dragon looks kind of cute I think.

Green Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/6763082935/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

Here is a fantastic desert drake by Tran Trung Hieu.

Desert Drake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/9090362396/

Desert Drake, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

This is another excellent traditional looking dragon with an excellent colour change if you use two coloured paper.

Red Winged Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65167262@N04/5933446412/

Red Winged Dragon, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available from www.papierfalten.de

 

I love the pose that Petr Stuchlý designed for this rearing dragon.

Rearing Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/petr-stuchly/27983785292/

Rearing Dragon, Designed and Folded by Petr Stuchlý

Instructions not available

 

This Lustre Dragon is another one of the best dragon designs I've ever seen!

Lustre Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/26157836401/

Lustre Dragon, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

This is one of the coolest versions of Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon I've seen. Somehow Ji Woo Han used two coloured paper to somehow perfectly cut the model in half so each side is a different colour.

Two Colour Ancient Dragon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/10903288504/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Ji Woo Han

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Our final dragon this time comes from 驰 张 who designed an absolutely mind blowing papercraft version of the Hungarian Horntail dragon from Harry Potter.

Hungarian Horntail
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7341550612/

Hungarian Horntail, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this round of dragons and there's still going to be lots more dragon posts in the future since there are way too many awesome paper dragons out there.

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Which one of these dragons is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.


Shibaraku

Amazing Origami Models from Japanese Culture and Mythology

Origami might technically not have originally been invented in Japan but Japan definitely made a huge contribution to the art so much that most people think of Japan when it comes to origami.

It stands to reason that there would be some amazing looking origami designs based on Japanaese culture and mythology and that's what this post will explore starting with these origami Thunder God models.

Raijin is the god of thunder and lightening in Shintoism. He's usually depicted with a collection of drums that he uses to create thunder.

Hojyo Takashi has designed an amazing origami Raijin and the entire model is folded from one single sheet of paper!

Raijin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/12526848054/

God of Thunder, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 10th Convention book

 

Raijin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6329210210/

God of Thunder, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 10th Convention book

 

Raijin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/8740817528/

God of Thunder, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Tong Liu

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 10th Convention book

 

Here's another different and also awesome God of Thunder design.

God of Thunder
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7976318316/

Thunder God, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great very Japanese looking scene folded by Magali.

Folding Girl
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/16361368089/

Folding Girl, Designed by Setsuko Yamashina and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available in Origami Creator 3

 

When people think of Japanese culture one of the things that always comes to mind is the Japanese samurai and of course there are some great origami samurais.

Samurai
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kafarski/16011600693/

Samurai, Designed and Folded by Karol Kafarski

Crease pattern available from Karol Kafarski's Flickr

 

Japanese Samurai
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79742341@N02/15025495420/

Samurai, Designed by Karol Kafarski and Folded by NGUYỄN QUANG ANH

Crease pattern available from Karol Kafarski's Flickr

 

Tengu are a type of legendary creature in Japanese mythology that are usually depicted with a combination of human and bird-like features. The earliest depictions of Tengu had beaks but over time they started to be represented with really large noses which is the design most people think of today.

Naoki Takeda has designed an incredible origami Tengu and the whole model is folded from one sheet of paper.

Tengu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/4691000559/

Tengu, Designed by Naoki Takeda and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #121

 

The Nine-Tailed Fox is a very popular creature in Japanese mythology. It originally came out of Chinese mythology and was later introduced to both Japan and Korea. Nine-Tailed foxes appear in a lot of different Japanese myths and stories.

This amazing Nine-Tailed fox or Kyubi no Youko in Japanese is designed by Pham Ngoc Tuan and folded with just one sheet of paper!

Kyubi no Youko
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/27188564442/

Kyubi no Youko, Designed by Pham Ngoc Tuan and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Here's a different and equally awesome Nine-Tailed Fox model and it's also folded from just one sheet of paper.

Nine-Tailed Fox
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79742341@N02/8153425225/

Kyubi, Designed by Tuấn Phạm and Folded by NGUYỄN QUANG ANH

Instructions not available

 

This next model is a wild boar spirit called Inoshishigami. I've seen it represented before in Japanese mythology but I can't really find much information about it online.

This origami Inoshishigami was designed by Satoshi Kamiya and is folded from one sheet of paper.

Inoshishigami
https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/10953215003/

Inoshishigami, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Kei Morisue made an origami version of the White Hare of Inaba who tried to trick a group of crocodiles into making a bridge with their bodies so it could reach an island. Both this crocodile and the hare are folded from the same single sheet of paper.

White Hare of Inaba
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/14672334583/

White Hare of Inaba, Designed by Kei Morisue and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 2011 Special Issue

 

Here's another great Japanese looking scene by Magali.

Like in a Dream
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/16413253948/

Like in a Dream, Pagoda Designed by Setsuko Yamashina and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available in Works of Origami Four Seasons - Memories

 

Shibaraku is one of the most popular Kabuki plays in Japan. The plot of the play revolves around the main character Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa a famous historical warrior known for his bravery. The word Shibaraku means "stop a moment" and the play gets its name from a scene where a samurai is being attacked by several villains. Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa shouts "Shibaraku!" (stop a moment) from behind the curtain before coming out, defeating the villains and saving the samurai.

Hojyo Takashi designed an amazing origami model based on this character. Every part of this model including the sword is folded from one sheet of paper.

Shibaraku
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/7981933583/

Shibaraku, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Shibaraku
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/8321055965/

Shibaraku, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Tong Liu

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here are some excellent photos of the model from multiple angles.

Shibaraku
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/25409854795/

Shibaraku, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Shibaraku
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/12028552314/

Shibaraku, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

In Japanese mythology Yatagarasu is a three-legged crow or raven that is a symbol of the will of heaven or of divine intervention in human affairs. Satoshi Kamiya designed an excellent Yatagarasu model using one sheet of paper.

Yatagarasu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/27166103104/

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

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #157

 

Yatagarasu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/27236183065/

Yatagarasu, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #157

 

Yatagarasu
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/27796557961/

Yatagarasu, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Tanteidan Magazine #157

 

Here's a third Japanese scene by Magali.

Travelling with Paper
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/16384165838/

Dragonflies and Garden Lantern Designed by Setsuko Yamashina, Grass Designed by Shoko Aoyagi all Folded by Magali

Instructions not available

 

Here are two excellent origami sumo wrestlers with a great colour change in the design.

Sumo Wrestlers
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/16133144037/

Sumo Wrestler, Designed by Yoo Tae Yong and Folded by Eyal

Crease pattern available from Yoo Tae Yong's Flickr

 

Kendo is a Japanese martial art based on sword fighting. It uses bamboo swords and very distinctive looking protective armour.

Hojyo Takashi has designed an excellent origami model of a Kendo practitioner wearing the traditional armour and very distinctive helmet.

Kendo Warrior
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/10554120294/

Kendo Warrior, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Instructions not available

 

Noh is a major form of Japanese musical drama. This next model is of a Noh player wearing traditional clothes.

Noh Player
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/15370546897/

Noh Player, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Crease pattern available from Yoshimasa Tsuruta's Flickr

 

Our final model for this post is this incredible origami Sanada Yukimura. Sanada Yukimura was a Japanese samurai who is famous for being the general on the defending side of the Siege of Osaka.

Sanada Yukimura was called "a Hero who may appear once in a hundred years" and "Crimson Demon of War" which makes the red paper used in this model an excellent choice.

It's definitely worth noting that this entire model is folded from one sheet of paper!

Sanada Yukimura
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/26628824451/

Sanada Yukimura, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

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Be sure to check out all these amazing artists as well and leave them some great comments on their Flickr pages.


Cerberus

Greek Mythology Brought to Life Through some Incredible Origami

I've always been a fan of Greek mythology and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a lot of amazing origami that's right out of Greek myths and stories.

The basilisk is called the King of Serpents and is said to be able to kill you just with one look. Other stories say that it's so poisonous that it leaves a trail of venom in its wake.

Fortunately look at or folding this excellent origami Basilisk won't horribly poison or kill you.

Basilisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/6521201127/

Basilisk, Designed by Katsuta Kyohei and Folded by Eyal

Crease pattern available in JOAS special issue 2011

 

The griffin is one of the most famous creatures to come out of Greek mythology with the body, tail and back legs of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Some people believed the griffin was the king of all creatures and some people believed they guarded priceless treasures.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/14016368647/

Griffin 2.0, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

The minotaur is another famous creature from Greek myth with the body of a man and the head of a bull. The minotaur lived in the center of a labryinth that was designed by Daedalus and Icarus for King Minos of Crete. The minotaur was eventually defeated and killed by the hero Theseus.

Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj0kyz/5075197537/

Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Paul

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

 

Pegasus, the winged horse is probably the most famous creature in Greek mythology.

Pegasus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/12910679875/

Pegasus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in ORU Magazine 4

 

Icarus was the son of Daedalus and is famous for flying too close to the sun using wings his father created out of feathers and wax. Because of his hubris he flew too high and the sun melted his wings causing him to crash into the sea.

Icarus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rik74/16912880526/

Icarus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Ricardo Abdon

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

The Winged Victory of Samothrace is a marble statue of the goddess Nike who is the the Greek goddess of victory. If you can’t make a trip to see it in person at the Louvre in Paris you can try to fold this origami version.

Winged Victory of Samothrace
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/16394763251/

The Victory of Samothrace, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Instructions not available

 

The Hippocampus is a mythological creature with the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish.

Hippocampus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/5280409587/

Hippocampus, Designed by Román Díaz and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Harpies are female monsters with the body of a bird and the face of a woman. Their name means "snatchers" and they often steal food from their victims.

Harpy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/10193524014/

Harpie gen.2, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Centaurs are another famous mythological creature with the upper body of a human and lower body of a horse. This centaur is folded from a single sheet of paper except for the bow and arrow.

Centaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5214998224/

Centaur, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Cerberus is the famous three headed dog that guards the gates of the underworld preventing the dead for escaping.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/26660493812/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

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

 

Daedalus was the father of Icarus and was also a skilled craftsman and artist who built the labyrinth where the minotaur lived.

Daedalus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7352629410/

Daedalus, Designed by Gabriel Alvarez and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami Monsters and Mythical Beings

 

Here's another excellent photo of Hojyo Takashi's origami Icarus.

Icarus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22959605@N08/9239686521/

Icarus, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Antoine S. (origoku)

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Sirens were beautiful sea creatures that lured sailors with beautiful music causing them to crash their ships into the rocks.

Siren
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vitzkap-s_art/14074941139/

Siren + Rose, Designed by Davor Vinko and Folded by Victor J. Quintero

Instructions not available

 

Here's a cute baby griffin design by Riccardo Foschi.

Baby Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125441466@N02/15609114496/

Baby Gryphon, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

Crease pattern available from Riccardo Foschi's Flickr

 

Poseidon is one of the 12 main Greek gods and was the god of the sea. He is also known for causing earthquakes.

Poseidon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyankoorigami/5921888920/

Poseidon, Designed by Hojyo Takashi, Trident Designed by Kijjakarn Praditukrit both Folded by nyanko sensei

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent origami Cerberus, this model is folded from on sheet of paper.

Cerberus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/speedertw/5470424385/

Cerberus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Han-Sheng Yang

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

 

Here's another different and beautiful Pegasus design by Hoang Trung Thanh.

Golden Pegasus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/16372128749/

Golden Pegasus, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

Mariano also folded Román Díaz's excellent origami Hippocampus.

Hippocampus
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62652453@N08/13174122694/

Hippocampus, Designed by Román Díaz and Folded by Mariano

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Here's another amazing Griffin design, this time by Kade Chan.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/12023141495/

Gryphon, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube

 

Here's a great "good" variation on Satoshi Kamiya's Minotaur although it has the same kind of creepy feel that a lot of João Charrua's models have.

Good Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/12918784314/

"Good" Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by João Charrua

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

 

Here's a different and slightly cuter origami basilisk designed by Yery J. Astroña.

Basilisk
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/17362079385/

Basilisk, Designed and Folded by Yery J. Astroña

Instructions not available

 

A Sphinx is a deadly creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion and the wings of a bird. It asks riddles and if one cannot answer correctly they are killed and eaten. The Sphinx is famous from appearing in the story of Oedipus.

Sphinx
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/5026329429/

Sphinx, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Our final model this post is this incredible griffin by Kade Chan.

Griffin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/22340495702/

Griffin, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Instructions not available

Visit Kade Chan's website at www.kadechan.com

 

There's still a ton of awesome origami from Greek mythology that I'll be sure to post in the future. In the mean time be sure to check out all these great artists on Flickr and if you enjoyed this post please comment and share on your social media.


Fallen Angel

Fearsome Origami Devils and Demons

Keeping with the Halloween theme here are 13 great evil looking origami devils and demons from a wide array of designers and folders.

First up is this incredible demon, daemon or fiend designed by Tong Liu.

Winged Demon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/12770494553/

Demon, Daemon or Fiend, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here it is again from a different angle and closer up, it's a really great design.

Demon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/12770683063/

Demon, Daemon or Fiend, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here's an awesome looking "Little Demon" designed by João Charrua.

Little Demon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joao_charrua/15501851814/

Little Demon, Designed and Folded João Charrua

Instructions not available

 

This is a very cute and unique little design.  A little devil heart with horns and a tail.

Demon Heart
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/6257894405/

Demon Heart, Designed by Tung Duong and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Video instructions available via Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

This isn't really a mythological or supernatural kind of devil but it's still technically a devil and it certainly looks pretty evil.  The colour of the paper definitely helps with that but it's really an excellent design.

Blackdevil Angler Fish-min
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj0kyz/4490434744/

Blackdevil Angler Fish, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Paul

Diagrams available in Origami Sea Life

 

Here's a more traditional sort of demonic looking Devil Queen.  You can't really see it in this photo but it's got a very long thick tail.

Devil Queen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/4222375858/

Devil Queen, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Artur Biernacki

Instructions not available

 

Minotaurs are kind of demon-like and Satoshi Kamiya has designed an awesome looking origami minotaur.

Greek Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturori/8408665666/

Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Artur Biernacki

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

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's minotaur again this time holding a giant club which is actually a seashell but still looks pretty cool.

Minotaur with a Seashell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/5248071691/

Minotaur Designed by Satoshi Kamiya, Murex Designed by Robert J. Lang, Both Folded by Eyal

Minotaur diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2, 2002-2009, Murex diagrams available in Origami Sea Life

 

Here's another very angry looking version of the minotaur.  It's very interesting to see how multiple people can fold the same model but have it have such a different look or pose.

Angry Minotaur
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/8691479429/

Minotaur, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

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

 

This is technically the Divine Dragon Bahamut from the video game series Final Fantasy but this one looks especially evil and Dark Bahamut like because of the paper used although I think those red eyes are technically tiny triangles from another sheet of paper...  It still looks awesome though.

Red Eyed Bahamut
https://www.flickr.com/photos/53248898@N07/10328025733/

Divine Dragon Bahamut, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Bong Gu Han

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya, 1995-2003

 

I love how evil this owl looks solely based on the colours of the paper used.

Evil Owl
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/7841660816/

Owl, Designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in #5 VOG: 50 hours of Origami +

 

This fallen angel model is incredible.  I don't really have much else to say about it other than I can't imagine how much work went into designing and folding it.

Fallen Angel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128711470@N02/15354952893/

Fallen Angel, Designed and Folded by Yoshimasa Tsuruta

Instructions not available

 

Hubert Villeneuve has designed a ton of awesome Halloween themed origami.  Here's his fantastic demon design.

Demon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/14787364762/

Demon, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

This is the Balrog from the Lord of the Rings.  Not only does it look awesome but I love the paper.  潘杭 folded this with orange paper and the coloured it with black ink to make it look like stone with fire inside.  The effect certainly looks amazing.

Balrog
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiwind/12765724053/

Balrog, Designed by Jason Ku and Folded by 潘杭

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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


Grim Reaper

3 Chillingly Awesome Origami Grim Reaper Models

There are tons of great Halloween themed origami models out there and we're going to be highlighting some of them this month.

This post is all about the Grim Reaper which is the personification of death and is often seen in a black hooded cloak carrying a large scythe.  The way these origami designers have captured this character with paper is nothing short of amazing.

Probably the most famous origami Grim Reaper model is the one that's designed by Miyamoto Chuya.  The diagrams to fold this model are available in the 22th Year Annual Special Issue for JOAS (the Japanese Origami Academic Society) Members and unfortunately I'm not sure where you can buy this now, especially if you're not a member of JOAS.

If you do have a copy of the diagrams for this model and you're having trouble be aware that there's a mistake for steps 82, 83 and 84.  Miyamoto Chuya has posted a correction for these 3 steps on his Flickr page.

This model is folded from one square sheet of paper.  If you use paper that has different colours on each side you can get a really cool effect as the cloak and the face, hands and scythe blade will be different colours.  This looks especially awesome if you use black and white paper.

If you are going to attempt to fold this, make sure you use really large paper.  People usually use paper that's at least 50cm x 50cm big and it could take you around 10 hours to finish folding it.

Let's take a look at some of these folded by different origami artists.  Firstly, here's the Grim Reaper folded by Flicker user Tong Liu.  This was folded from a 180 cm x 180 cm sheet of paper and the final model is 80 cm high.

Origami Grim Reaper by Tong Liu

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's the model again from a different angle.

Origami Grim Reaper by Tong Liu

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a close up of the head of the model showing off the detail of the skull.

Origami Grim Reaper by Tong Liu

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's the model folded by Mariano Zavala B.  This one uses paper with different colours on each side and you can definitely see it makes a pretty cool effect.  You can see more photos of this model on his blog here.  This Grim Reaper was folded from a 114 cm x 114 cm square of paper.

Origami Grim Reaper by Mariano Zavala B.

Original image on Flickr

 

Artur Biernacki also did a fantastic job folding this model with double coloured paper.  It's also very interesting to see how the skull face has a slightly different personality depending on who's folding it.  This is a smaller one folded from a square of paper that was 60 cm x 60 cm.

Origami Grim Reaper by Artur Biernacki

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's a close up on the face of Artur Biernacki's Grim Reaper.

Origami Grim Reaper by Artur Biernacki

Original image on Flickr

 

When Dzmitry Lysiuk folded this Grim Reaper he put it in more of an action pose.  This one was folded from a square of paper that's 70 cm x 70 cm.

Origami Grim Reaper by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Original image on Flickr

 

Lucas Honor also used two coloured paper and his version has a great looking face full of personality.  This was the fourth time he folded this model and it's folded from a 60cm x 60cm square of paper.

Origami Grim Reaper by Lucas Honor

Original image on Flickr

 

Here's Lucas Honor's model again but from a bit of a different angle where you can really see details on the bottom back of the cloak.

Origami Grim Reaper by Lucas Honor

Original image on Flickr

 

A couple of other people have designed their own Grim Reaper models too.  Here's one designed and folded by Hubert Villeneuve.

This model uses two sheets of paper, one for the Grim Reaper itself and one for the scythe.  In this photo the Grim Reaper is folded from a sheet of paper that's 48cm x 48cm and the scythe is folded from a sheet of paper that's 24cm x 24cm.

As of right now there are not instructions available for folding this model.

Origami Grim Reaper by Hubert Villeneuve

Original image on Flickr

 

Our final origami Grim Reaper is designed by Neelesh Kumar and is absolutely incredible.  This model is folded from one single square sheet of paper.  That includes all the details including the scythe, wings and the crow!  I can't even begin to understand how someone designs something like this and folds it from one sheet of paper.

Origami Grim Reaper by Neelesh Kumar

Original image on Flickr

 

If these models blew your mind like they did mine be sure to check out these artists and take a look and some of the other incredible things they've folded!