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18 Incredible Eastern Style Origami Dragons

We’re back after somewhat of a break with a brand new website design! I was trying to get the old design to do some things which I couldn’t figure out how to do and in the end I just gave up and redid the site again. I’m loosing track of how many times I’ve redesigned this site but this time I’m really pleased with the results.

To celebrate the new design this post will be all about origami dragons, specifically eastern Chinese or Japanese style dragons.

Dragons might just be my favourite type of origami and there are more incredible origami dragons out there than I can count.

First up is this great little dragon design by Jun Maekawa.

Eastern Dragon, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available in Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-Based Models, From Simple to Complex

Original image on Flickr

 

This next dragon looks incredibly life-like. I absolutely love the pose it’s in and you can tell Eiyo Hikari put a ton of work into folding it. It apparently took 1 week to finish and is folded from multiple sheets of paper. The head was from a set of diagrams with an unknown Japanese designer and the rest of the body was improvised by Eiyo Hikari.

Eastern Dragon, Designed and Folded by Eiyo Hikari

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin model is probably the most famous eastern style origami dragon. Here’s version 3.5 of the Ryujin expertly folded by Sergey Yartsev. The entire model is folded from one giant sheet of paper and that includes all the scales.

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Dragon number 4 comes to us from Riccardo Foschi who designed and folded this very unique river dragon.

River Dragon, Designed and Folded by Riccardo Foschi

Crease Pattern available from Riccardo Foschi’s Flickr Here

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s a different and very unique dragon design by Rodolfo Rizzo.

Eastern Dragon, Designed and Folded by Rodolfo Rizzo

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here we have another rendition of the Ryujin 3.5 expertly folded by Nguyen Quang Anh.

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Quang Anh

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Dragon number 7 is this great snake-like dragon designed by Sebastien Limet.

Dragon v1, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This next origami dragon isn’t one sheet, it’s instead a modular design with the head, body, leg and tail folded separately. Nevertheless it’s still an incredible design.

Modular Chinese Dragon 4.0, Designed by mikiller觅晨 and folded by Pan Hang

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This is an earlier version of Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin. Version 3.1 is still folded from just one sheet of paper.

Ryujin 3.1, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Daniel Brown

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

This next cute little dragon is a simpler design but it still looks great. Folding one this small couldn’t have been easy.

Eastern Dragon, Designed by Joseph Wu and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available from Joseph Wu’s website

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another fantastic Chinese style dragon design. It’s kind of similar to Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin but it’s a unique design and this particular dragon was folded from one sheet of paper 30cm x 300cm.

Chinese Dragon, Designed and Folded by Xudong Guan

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another fantastically folded Ryujin model.

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Paper in Dream

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Dragon number 13 is another different Chinese dragon design that’s also kind of similar to the Ryujin.

Chinese Dragon, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s mikiller觅晨’s awesome modular origami dragon again, this time folded by Nguyen Nam Son.

Modular Chinese Dragon 4.0, Designed by mikiller觅晨 and folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Also by Nguyen Nam Son are these two incredible Ryujins. Each one took a full week to fold from a sheet of paper that was 1m x 1m.

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s Jun Maekawa’s excellent dragon design again, this time folded by Ekaterina Lukasheva.

Eastern Dragon, Designed by Jun Maekawa and Folded by Ekaterina Lukasheva

Diagrams available in Genuine Origami: 43 Mathematically-Based Models, From Simple to Complex

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s another different style design of a water dragon that’s folded from one sheet of paper.

Water Dragon, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Bogota 2013

Original image on Flickr

 

Our final model is this incredible Ryujin folded by Nguyen Nam Son. This dragon was folded from one single sheet of paper that was 96cm x 96cm and the final model is 45cm in length.

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Diagrams available in World of Super Complex Origami

Original image on Flickr

 

That’s it for this post but there are tons of awesome origami dragons that will be featured in posts in the future!

If you really like origami dragons then I highly recommend you check out the book Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac Origami which has instructions for a few great dragon models and they aren’t too difficult to fold.

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