Dragon

Get Fired Up for these Incredible Origami Dragons

Origami dragons are still probably my favourite thing and there's no shortage of incredible origami dragons out there.

Here's another post featuring another round of some of my favourite origami dragons.

First up is one of the most famous and coolest looking origami dragons by Satoshi Kamiya.

Ancient Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62957965@N04/6568714733/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This incredible Asian style dragon is probably the second most famous origami dragon out there. It's also designed by Satoshi Kamiya.

Satoshi Kamiya's Ryujin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128825744@N07/20887918373/

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by smorig44

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here's a beautiful, less complex dragon out in the wild.

Flame Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/foldedwilderness/13930685593/

Flame Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Diagrams available from Shuki Kato's Flickr

 

Shuki Kato has also designed another incredible Western style dragon.

Papercraft Western Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/16798621167/

Western Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

This is another quite simple looking dragon but it's also one of the cutest dragons I've seen.

Cute Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/31632261@N03/7851447552/

Dragon, Designed by Luca Vitagliano and Folded by Juanfran Carrillo

Instructions not available

 

Here's a pretty fantastic and intimidating looking Darkness Dragon.

Darkness Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamirizzo/7164864644/

Darkness Dragon, Designed by Tadashi Mori and Folded by Rodolfo Rizzo

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

Here's another incredible fold of Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon and the photo shows off a very different view and details that you don't normally see.

Satoshi Kamiya's Ancient Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20908624885/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This is another excellent rendition of Shuki Kato's Western dragon.

Paper Western Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/8290981696/

Western Dragon, Designed by Shuki Kato and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori's YouTube channel

 

This is an earlier 2.1 version of Satoshi Kamiya's Ryujin and I can't imagine how difficult it must be to fold one of these so small. Xu Daniel said it took him 5 hours.

Very Tiny Yellow Ryujin
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/20212970872/

Ryujin 2.1, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available from the Origami Forum

 

Shuki Kato's Zoanoid Dragon is another one of the most impressive origami dragons that I've seen. This whole model is folded from one sheet of paper and Shuki Kato estimates it took 30 hours to fold!

Zoanoid Dragon Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/15527542198/

Zoanoid Dragon, Designed and Folded by Shuki Kato

Crease pattern available from Shuki Kato's Flickr

 

This next dragon is probably my all time favourite origami dragon. I love how it's walking around like it thinks it's better than everyone.

Ash Wyrm
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/3962019906/

Larval Wyrm, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

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Here's another amazing Ryujin this time folded by Yery J. Astroña (yeryco).

Ryujin 3.0
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/91419009@N04/22929901666/

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

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Bahamut is a creature from Arabic mythology that was popularized as a dragon in the Final Fantasy video game series and Dungeons and Dragons. Satoshi Kamiya designed an amazing origami Bahamut but I think this one is even more impressive.

Bahamut
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/6543735469/

Bahamut, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

No matter how you photograph this Ancient Dragon it always looks awesome.

Paper Folded Ancient Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/23718186989/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's another fantastic traditional Western style dragon design.

Dragon Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7294297888/

Dragon Heart, Designed by Fernando Gilgado and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in the 14th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

 

This is another not too difficult dragon that still looks quite excellent.

Paper Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_dreyil/27255050754/

Dragon, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Jack Dreyil

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #83

 

Next is another Eastern style dragon that's not too complicated but still has a lot of character.

Eastern Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paper_paradise/28142536830/

Eastern Dragon, Designed by Kim Jin Woo and Folded by Yoo Tae Yong

Instructions not available

 

Here's an incredible origami wyvern (a dragon with 2 legs).

Finward's Wyvern II
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/5111701557/

Wyvern II, Designed and Folded by Finward

Crease pattern available from Fiinward's blog

 

Here's one more Ancient Dragon for this post coming up to say hello. This one seems a lot more friendly.

Ancient Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mauricioflorezorigami/8555516741/

Ancient Dragon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mauricio Flórez

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

And here's one more Ryujin as well.

Ryujin 3.5
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/11400966153/

Ryujin 3.5, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

This is just the head of a dragon but as far as dragon heads go it's a pretty fantastic looking one.

Dragon Head
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/14310256944/

Dragon Head, Designed by Kawahata Fumiaki and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #59

 

Here's another incredible looking unique dragon design by Finward.

Green Dragon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/5765124965/

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is this incredible origami version of the dragon Deathwing from World of Warcraft. Believe it or not this entire model with all of its little details is folded from one sheet of paper.

Deathwing Folded Out of Paper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56997154@N06/28724257226/

Deathwing, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Nam Son

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. Let us know which one of these dragons was your favourite and be sure to check out each of these artist and send them some likes and comments as well.


Smilodon

Fantastic Non-Dinosaur Prehistoric Origami Creatures

We've done several posts featuring origami dinosaurs but this time we're going to feature different prehistoric animals.

I'm not entirely sure how an Archaeopteryx is classified anymore but I think it counts for this post and Satoshi Kamiya has designed a fantastic origami version.

Archaeopteryx by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/never-die/9143128489/

Archaeopteryx, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by 簡單的度過-2

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

Tom Defoirdt has designed an excellent and kind of cute saber-tooth cat.

Paper Saber Tooth Cat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/20863590824/

Saber Tooth Cat, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

With all the incredible origami insects out there its no surprise that there are some quite impressive origami trilobites.

Trilobite folded by Shuki Kato
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/7805542886/

Trilobite, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Shuki Kato

Crease pattern available in Origami: School of Masters

 

You can't have a post about prehistoric animals with out a mammoth!

Mammoth by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/4875518460/

Mammuthus Primigenius, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's an awesome giant prehistoric sea monster.

Mosasaur by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/5954500393/

Giant Mosasaur, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Satoshi Kamiya's Smilodon is one of my favourite origami models but unfortunately I haven't managed to finish folding it yet. I think I need to use much bigger paper than those little packages of paper you get at the craft store.

Smilodon by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/12197509453/

Smilodon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This is an extinct sea creature called a Pterygotus hunting a jawless fish.

Pterygotus by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/6654005123/

Pterygotus, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here's another artist's take on Satoshi Kamiya's Archaeopteryx.

Archaeopteryx by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauliusorigami/4365502214/

Archaeopteryx, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Paulius Mielinis

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

Here's another excellent prehistoric origami sea creature called an Anomalocaris.

Anomalocaris by Fumiaki Kawahata
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/114503772@N02/14312421152/

Anomalocaris, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Baptiste Daumen

Diagrams available in the 2nd Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

 

This is Satoshi Kamiya's mammoth again by a different folder

Mammoth by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25604109@N05/5752150436/

Mammuthus Primigenius, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

This is a Brontotherium which is a type of extinct prehistoric mammal.

Brontotherium Folded by Terry Nicolas
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/9708377913/

Brontotherium, Designed by Dang Viet Tan and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's awesome Smilodon again by a different folder.

Smilodon by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/5942865757/

Smilodon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Origami skeleton models always impress me, even if they're folded from multiple sheets of paper.

Fossil Fish by Seo Won Seon
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/3462623198/

Fossil-Fish Skeleton, Designed and Folded by Seo Won Seon

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent interpretation of Satoshi Kamiya's Archaeopteryx.

Archaeopteryx by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/7746444296/

Archaeopteryx, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Crease pattern available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

Here's another incredible trilobite design.

Origami Trilobite
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63347986@N02/8570220339/

Trilobite, Designed and Folded by 戴璐

Crease pattern available from 戴璐's Flickr

 

This is another one of my favourite origami "not-dinosaurs". I really like the design of the body, neck and face.

Papercraft Plesiosaurus by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/4934608070/

Plesiosaurus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by paper in dream

Crease pattern available from Phillip Curl's Flickr

 

This is a similar species of non-dinosuar and I absolutely love the mouth with all the teeth.

Elasmosaurus by Kei Watanabe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30076030946/

Elasmosaurus, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

Here's one more Smilodon because it's such an awesome model.

Smilodon by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8450551519/

Smilodon, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

 

Here's one more origami Archaeopteryx with a much more complex design.

Paper Folded Archaeopteryx
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/14978852349/

Archaeopteryx, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Our final model for this post is an paper Glyptodon, a large armoured mammal that lived during the Pleistocene era.

Glyptodon by Nguyen Ngoc Vu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caubetho/7609547438/

Glyptodon, Designed and Folded by Nguyen Ngoc Vu

Instructions not available

 

That's it for another post. Let us know which one of these origami prehistoric creatures was your favourite in the comments.

If you're interested in folding some prehistoric or dinosaur origami then definitely check out the book Dinosaur Origami by John Montroll for a fantastic collection of diagrams.


Angel

Amazing Origami Angels to Harp on About

Angels probably aren't the first thing you think of when it comes to origami unless it's maybe Christmas related. Surprisingly enough though, there are a ton of really amazing origami angels out there.

Many of them are incredibly complex as you'll see and most of them are folded from single sheets of paper!

To start things off we have Raphael Mausolf's Angel 1.0. This angel is folded from one sheet of paper and the wings are based off of the body design for Satoshi Kamiya's Ryujin.

According to Catholic tradition there's an archangel named Raphael too which is an interesting coincidence.

Papercraft Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/morpheusorigami/6822674165/

Angel 1.0, Designed and Folded by Raphael Mausolf

Crease pattern available from Raphael Mausolf's Flickr

 

Gabriel is probably the most famous angel and Hojyo Takashi has designed an excellent origami version of him. This is another angel design that is made using one square sheet of paper.

Gabriel by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/14411955744/

Gabriel, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

Here's one of the most amazing origami designs I've ever seen of some kind of evil angel. I would not be surprised to find out the entire model is one sheet of paper but I don't know that for sure.

It's a shame that this photo doesn't have way more favourites and comments.

Evil Angel Folded from Paper
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7351716156/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

The shaping for this next angel is inspired by those terrifying Weeping Angel statue creatures from the TV series Doctor Who.

Weeping Angel folded by Lucas Honor
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiyo_hikari/20051404938/

Weeping Angel, Designed by Mario Adrados Netto and Folded by Lucas Honor

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #53

 

This is a cute idea giving the white angel a red origami heart. The wings are based on a design for the wings of an origami crane.

Love Angel with a Red Heart
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/6184330562/

Love Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

Here are a couple of musical angels. Each one is folded from a single sheet of paper.

Angels in Concert
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/10115863496/

Angels in Concert, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Angel playing the lute diagrams available in the 7th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

Angel playing the harp diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

This is a really cool idea doing a half regular, half fallen angel. Both halves of the body and wings are all folded from one sheet of paper!

Light and Dark Angel by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/4316359628/

Light and Dark, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's an origami angel that definitely looks ready to go into battle.

Winged Warrior Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/14645915299/

Winged Warrior, Designed and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

Here's another fantastic angel that's also ready to fight. The entire model is apparently one sheet of paper! I have no idea how Kade Chan managed that, especially on that cross it's holding.

The Disciple by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kadechan/14905899280/

The Disciple, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Instructions not available

Kade Chan’s Website

 

Here's another incredible origami angel folded from a single sheet of paper. I love the wing design in this one, it's very different from a lot of the other origami angels.

Paper Angel Sitting on Cardboard Box
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunburst2001/10732766834/

Angel, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here's another mind blowing origami angel and I'm 99% sure it's folded from one sheet of paper.

Incredible Warrior Angel Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/7970087128/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Next is another more evil looking angel of death which again, I'm pretty sure it's folded from one sheet of paper.

Origami Angel of Death
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/8647784313/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

This is another excellent somewhat complex angel design.

Angel by Hans Romano
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76470970@N06/30395151235/

Angel, Designed by Hans Romano and Folded by mark origami (2)

Instructions not available

 

Here's another take on Hojyo Takashi's Gabriel

Gabriel by Hojyo Takashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/13240903025/

Gabriel, Designed by Hojyo Takashi and Folded by paper in dream

Crease pattern available in World of Super Complex Origami

 

This is a much simpler origami angel but it's still a fantastic and elegant design.

Esperanza by Fabian Correa
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fabiancorrea/8117531110/

Esperanza, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

 

This angel is definitely folded from multiple sheets of paper but it's still very impressive looking.

Hawk Eyes by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/16569300277/

Hawk Eyes, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Here's another absolutely mind-blowing evil-looking origami angel that needs a lot more attention than the picture's received so far.

Evil Paper Angel with Sword and Hood
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/6537801057/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Here are both of Fumiaki Kawahata's musical angels again by a different folder which a very different look.

Musical Angels by Fumiaki Kawahata
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/4552736108/

Angels, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Eyal

Angel playing the lute diagrams available in the 7th Origami Tanteidan Convention Book

Angel playing the harp diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #69

 

This is a more feminine and quite beautiful looking angel. The model is folded from one sheet of paper (not including the stone).

Elegant Female Angel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34652734@N04/5522936012/

Angel, Designed and Folded by 晓 陈

Instructions not available

 

I believe that this next angel is the same design as the weeping angel from earlier in this post however it's folded very differently to give it a much more evil look.

Evil Angel Folded by Mariano Zavala B.
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/6328442279/

Angel, Designed by Mario Adrados Netto and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #53

 

Here's another fantastic angel design and I especially like how it seems to be wearing feathery sort of clothing.

Paper Angel Folded by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/14793004134/

Angel 3.0, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Crease pattern available from Passion Origami

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Here's another incredible and very complex origami angel. The entire model including that cross is folded from the same single sheet of paper.

Angel by Jordan Langerak
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/langko/8245938693/

Angel, Designed and Folded by Jordan Langerak

Instructions not available

 

This is a very different angel design with more than two wings. The whole model is folded from one sheet of paper and the colour change used in the design looks fantastic.

Archangel by Paper in Dream
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/7984691990/

Archangel, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

Here's a very impressive scene with two figures playing music. There are apparently 11 sheets of paper used here to fold everything.

Sounds of Angel by Leo Lai
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeatuel/5179231378/

Sounds of Angel, Designed and Folded by Leo Lai

Instructions not available

 

Our last image for this post is this incredible origami version of the angel Michael. There are five sheets of paper used here to fold everything.

Archangel St. Michael by Tran Trung Hieu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84138735@N00/8654417901/

Archangel St Michael 2013, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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That's it for this post, let us know in the comments which one of these origami angels was your favourite. Be sure to visit each of these origami artists on Flickr and let them know you liked their work too. A lof of these models didn't get nearly as much attention as they deserve.


Scary Bat

30 Frighteningly Fantastic Halloween Origami Models

Happy Halloween everyone! To celebrate here are some awesome Halloween themed models that I saw during the past year and saved up for now (even though some of theme technically weren't uploaded this year).

Our first model this Halloween is this great origami witch.

Witch by Anibal Voyer
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/7346232490/

Witch, Designed by Anibal Voyer and Folded by Luc MARNAT

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

 

This next model is one of the most impressive origami Grim Reaper designs I've seen. I'm pretty sure this entire model is folded from one sheet of paper.

Grim Reaper on Horse Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/6172447558/

Grim Reaper, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

During October 2016 Joseph Wu designed several excellent "snail skull" models that combined different styles of snail shells with skulls.

Snail Skull by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30069008520/

Snail Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Snail Skull 2 by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30197679102/

Snail Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Snail Skull 3 by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/30137165311/

Snail Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's a pretty creepy looking origami black widow.

Black Widow by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamiru/11348808893/

Black Widow, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Instructions not available

 

Sebastien Limet designed a pretty clever model that he calls "Rest in Peas" which is an origami pea pod with skulls for the peas.

Rest in Peas by Sebastien Limet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dimon_c1/30194489576/

Rest in Peas, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Dzmitry Lysiuk

Instructions not available

 

Origami werewolves are another type of model that's perfect for Halloween.

Werewolf by Kade Chan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/26286203321/

Werewolf, Designed by Kade Chan and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Video instructions available from Kade Chan's YouTube channel

 

Miyamoto Chuya probably has the most famous grim reaper design.

Origami Grim Reaper by Miyamoto Chuya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/satsukawa/6988071852/

Grim Reaper, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Alex Satsukawa

Video instructions available from MarianoZavalaOrigami on YouTube

 

I'm not entirely sure what this but it's certainly creepy looking. Finward designed this model based on a casual drawing.

Arrogance by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/9697368608/

Arrogance, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

Here's another excellent creepy looking origami spider.

Tarantula by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/14587855454/

Mexican Red Knee Tarantula, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Dao Cuong Quyet is definitely one of the most impressive origami bat designs I've ever seen.

Vampire Bat Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-shop/10647810245/

Vampire, Designed and Folded by Dao Cuong Quyet

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn

 

Here's another creepy looking origami critter made by Finward.

Paper Critter by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/5765682552/

Critter, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is another fantastic werewolf design.

Werewolf by Le Tuan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/6425558415/

 

Werewolf, Designed by Le Tuan and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

 

Here's another excellent origami skull designed by Joseph Wu back in 2003.

Skull by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/29801072241/

Skull, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

Here's another quite creepy spider design.

Black Widow by Andrey Ermakov
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/23639649369/

Black Widow, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Instructions not available

 

This is definitely the cutest origami grim reaper that I've ever seen. This model is made out of two sheets of paper, one for the reaper itself and one for the scythe.

Grim Reaper by Hiroaki Kobayashi
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/26755226501/

Grim Reaper, Designed and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available

 

Here's Le Tuan's great origami werewolf again folded by a different artist.

Werewolf by Le Tuan
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lemattchh/11885077455/

Werewolf, Designed by Le Tuan and Folded by Matthieu Georger

Diagrams available in VOG: 50 Hours of Origami+

Follow Matthieu Georger on Flickr

 

This is a very cool and creepy "box of horror".

Box of Horror Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/7598553042/

Box of Horror, Designed by Eugeny Fridrikh and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Instructions not available

 

Bart Davids designed a pretty fantastic scary looking paper demon.

Demon by Bart Davids
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133041586@N06/25183215026/

Demon, Designed and Folded by Bart Davids

Crease pattern available from Bart Davids' Flickr

 

Here's another great origami werewolf with some excellent colour changes in the design.

Werewolf by Finward
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/4482365534/

Werewolf, Designed and Folded by Finward

Instructions not available

 

This is another spooky Halloween bat with an excellent face.

Bat by Yoo Tae Yong
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63433412@N05/17072025117/

Bat, Designed by Yoo Tea Yong and Folded by ВЕРЕСТУН Игорь (Iver)

Crease pattern available from Yoo Tea Yong's Flickr

 

Here's another great creepy looking origami spider.

Spider Designed and Folded by Winston
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/8683500355/

Spider, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

Here are more awesome looking papercraft skulls from Joseph Wu.

Mottled Copper Skulls by Joseph Wu
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/29991079865/

Mottled Copper Skulls, Designed and Folded by Joseph Wu

Instructions not available

 

This is a fantastic and very realistic looking origami spider designed by Robert J. Lang.

Brown Widow by Robert J. Lang
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66591224@N08/16475920621/

Brown Widow, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Matthew LaBoone

Crease pattern available from Robert J. Lang's website

 

This is a jumping spider and for some reason it looks a little bit cute to me.

Jumping Spider Papercraft
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lvsk/18550810409/

Jumping Spider, Designed by Takeda Naoki and Folded by sakuryu(╯3╰)

Instructions not available

 

Here's another different and quite awesome origami werewolf.

Werewolf by Tuan Pham
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79742341@N02/9514062898/

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

Instructions not available

 

Miyamoto Chuya has also designed quite a fantastic origami succubus.

Succubus by Miyamoto Chuya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119910244@N05/13947989216/

Succubus, Designed by Miyamoto Chuya and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai's Flickr (in the comments)

 

Here's a very awesome paper Balrog. I love how the two coloured paper is used to make the flames.

Balrog Designed and Folded by Edgar
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/29266297183/

Balrog, Designed and Folded by Edgar

Instructions not available

 

Our final model this Halloween is this absolutely incredible origami Grim Reaper by Neelesh K.

Little Reaper Designed and Folded by Neelesh Kumar
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/92763514@N05/28157452421/

Little Reaper, Designed and Folded by Neelesh K.

Instructions not available

 

Did you fold anything spooky this Halloween? If so share a photo in the comments!


Dancing Crane

24 Beautiful Migratory Origami Birds for the #OrigamiMigration

The World Wildlife Fund in Spain is currently running an origami challenge in order to help protect migratory birds in Spain.

Doñana National Park in Spain is one of the most important sites for migratory birds in all of Europe. Every year six million birds visit this park and they rely on its wetland to survive on their yearly journey across of Europe.

The Spanish government currently has river dredging plans that threaten Doñana National Park and its wetlands. The WWF has until December 1, 2016 to convince the Spanish government to cancel their plans.

Just like the Elephant Origami Challenge the WWF is asking as many people as possible to fold origami birds and share a photo on social media with the hashtag #OrigamiMigration.

They're also putting together a large piece of artwork in the streets of Madrid using the origami birds that people mail in. If you'd like your bird to be part of this artwork you can mail it to:

Freepost RTGL-XRZU-HHEZ
WWF-UK
The Living Planet Centre
Brewery Road
WOKING
GU21 4LL

You can learn more about the origami migration here:

http://assets.wwf.org.uk/custom/stories/origamimigration/

In the spirit of the #OrigamiMigration here are 24 beautiful migratory origami birds from some of my favourite origami artists.

I'm pretty certain most of these are technically migratory birds although it's possible one or two non-migratory birds might have also slipped into this post as well.

Starting out here are two great origami cranes.

2 Beautiful Standing Paper Cranes
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/8101032471/

Cranes, Designed by James Minoru Sakoda and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in Modern Origami

 

Here's a beautiful group of origami birds taking off for their own migration.

Flock of Colourful Birds by Edgar
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/15226135369/

Birds, Designed and Folded by Edgar

Instructions not available

 

Seth Friedman designed a fantastic origami duck.

Duck by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72702384@N08/22255276405/

Duck, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Sérgio Queiroz

Diagrams available in the 2015 Origami USA Convention book

 

Here's a very complex looking paper crane. I'm pretty sure the entire model is one sheet of paper.

Incredible Papercraft Crane
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/16083240229/

Crane, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

This dancing crane design is definitely one of my favourite origami bird designs.

Dancing Crane by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128237813@N06/27098433062/

Dancing Crane, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Malleon

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

Here's a really awesome paper loon with some fantastic colour changes.

Common Loon Folded by Gonzalo
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/11148271604/

Loon, Designed by Artur Biernacki and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Polish Your Origami

 

Here's an excellent origami heron.

Heron by Sebastien Limet (sebl)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893208879/

Heron, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #118

 

Wild pigeons are apparently a type of migratory bird. I'm not sure how wild this pigeon is but it is a fantastic design.

Blue Bar Pigeon by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/inqorigami/2221259707/

Blue Bar Pigeon, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman

Crease pattern available from Pajarita.org

 

Seth Friedman has also designed a cute little origami duckling.

Paper Duckling Folded by Seth Friedman
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/inqorigami/29262404312/

Duckling, Designed and Folded by Seth Friedman

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

Here's another great dancing crane.

Dancing Crane by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/8473268988/

Crane, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Edgar

Video instructions available from Jo Nakashima's YouTube channel

 

I really like the colouring on the paper used for this origami woodpecker.

Okinawa Woodpecker by Kei Watanabe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30076028536/

Okinawa Woodpecker, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available

 

This cute little bird might technically not be a migratory bird but it probably is.

Little Bird by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edg82/13898819914/

Little Bird, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Edgar

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

 

Here's a great little origami goose out in the wild.

Paper Goose Folded by Daniel Chang
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28744631@N06/7628307706/

Goose, Designed and Folded by Daniel Chang

Instructions not available

 

Here's a beautiful singing paper cardinal.

Singing Cardinal by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/8707986074/

Singing Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's Satoshi Kamiya's cute little bird again.

Little Bird by Satoshi Kamiya
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126871950@N04/29083991081/

Little Bird, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Ivan Svatko

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

 

Here's Seth Friedman's great little duckling design again.

Seth Friedman's Duckling
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/29848619510/

Duckling, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman's YouTube channel

 

This next image is a very impressive model as the entire thing including the chimney and the bird is all folded from the same sheet of paper!

Chimney Sweep Bird by Sebastien Limet
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/14071940001/

Chimney Sweep, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here's another beautiful paper crane.

Standing Crane by Terry Nicolas
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/24433288575/

Crane, Designed and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1

 

I'm not entirely sure what species of bird this is but it's probably migratory and definitely looks fantastic.

Yellow Flying Bird by Terry Nicolas
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/24844232033/

Yellow Flying Bird, Designed and Folded by Terry Nicolas

Instructions not available

 

Sparrow's are apparently a type of migratory bird according to my research and this is a very cute sparrow. This design could also easily double as an origami Pidgey.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow by Jhon Doe
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126863951@N02/26218759154/

Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Designed and Folded by Jhon Doe

Crease pattern available from Jhon Doe's Flickr

 

Here's Roman Diaz's excellent paper cardinal again.

Papercraft Cardinal Folded by Luc Marnat
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6077583822/

Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami Essence

 

Here's a different sparrow design that's also quite cute.

Paper Sparrow by Roman Diaz
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6077095819/

Sparrow, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Origami for Interpreters

 

Sipho Mabona has designed a really excellent swallow that's not too difficult to fold.

Swallow Designed by Sipho Mabona
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8166857898/

Swallow, Designed by Sipho Mabona and Folded by Gonzalo

Photo diagrams available from the Origami Forum

 

Our final model for this post is this beautiful and incredible paper crane. I'm fairly certain that the entire model is folded from just one sheet of paper.

Incredibly Realistic Paper Crane
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/9847401683/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

That's it for this post. If you decide to participate in the Origami Migration please also post your photos in our comments so we can take a look and remember that the official hashtag to use if you upload your photos to social media is #OrigamiMigration.


Hummingbird

I’m Talon You that all these Origami Birds are Fantastic

Just like in real life there's a huge and diverse amount of origami birds from all kinds of different species. This post has an assortment of different origami birds from all kinds of species and designers.

Satoshi Kamiya's rooster is probably the most famous paper rooster out there and it looks excellent.

White Rooster
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ynitami/9546518218/

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

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan 19th Convention Book

 

Here's a really awesome pelican with a great colour change in the design.

Pelican
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/15179038805/

Pelican, Designed by Julio Eduardo and Folded by Eyal R

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #121

 

This next bird is called a Curlew. It's got a fantastic design especially the legs and feet and looks kind of cute.

Curlew
https://www.flickr.com/photos/verduiveld/4601382236/

Curlew, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

There are a lot of really great paper eagles such as this one designed by Hoang Trung Thanh.

Eagle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/8087801165/

Eagle, Designed by Hoang Trung Thanh and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Video instructions available from Tuan Dao's YouTube channel

 

This is a really awesome photograph of a cute little origami mocking bird in the wild.

Mocking Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/-sebl-/16981872308/

Merle Moqueur, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available

 

Here is a beautiful and simple papercraft duck.

Duck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/14271231743/

Duck, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available

 

Everyone knows about the traditional origami crane but there are also much more realistic looking origami cranes like this amazing design from Robert J. Lang.

Crane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/20894100274/

Dancing Crane, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Gonzalo

Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets: Second Edition

 

This is a pretty awesome origami kingfisher although I believe the fish is a second sheet of paper. Nevertheless it still looks fantastic.

Kingfisher
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paperdream/14785699613/

Kingfisher, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

 

Vietnamese origami designers tend to have a very unique style with their designs often using a lot of curved lines and shapes like you see with these origami doves.

Vietnamese Doves
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackscorpion/16555731655/

Doves, Designed and Folded by Nguyễn Hùng Cường

Instructions not available

 

Here's a great peacock that uses a sort of tessellation pattern for all the feathers.

Peacock
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sergio_guarachi/18150675026/

Peacock, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

 

This is another much more complex origami eagle. I especially love those claws.

Eagle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/9511246882/

Eagle, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

Here's a beautiful little origami hummingbird.

Hummingbird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiet-marverick/26365971531/

Hummingbird, Designed and Folded by Alexander Kurth

Instructions not available

 

This is probably the fanciest looking origami duck I've ever seen.

Mandarin Duck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackterror/9764110963/

Mandarin Duck, Designed and Folded by Winston

Instructions not available

 

If you use the proper toucan coloured paper this origami toucan looks amazing.

Toucan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/23294209552/

Toucan, Designed by Angel Morollón and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #124

 

This is a great looking origami heron designed by Sebastien Limet.

Heron
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893208879/

Heron, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Pajarita Magazine #118

 

Here's another beautiful Vietnamese style design for an origami swan.

Swan
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ori_q/22755448430/

Swan, Designed and Folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết

Instructions not available

 

This is a great and cute looking paper sparrow designed by Alfredo Giunta.

Sparrow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79001419@N06/8049920318/

Sparrow, Designed by Alfredo Giunta and Folded by Gonzalo

Instructions not available

 

Here's a fantastic mocking bird design that makes excellent use of two-coloured paper for a different coloured beak and feet.

Mocking Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/papygami/6893203697/

Mocking Bird, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence

 

Satoshi Kamiya designed a great looking Japanese white eye bird and published the diagrams in the Origami Tanteidan magazine. The design was super popular and tons of people took a shot at folding it. Here's the model expertly folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Japanese White Eye
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marianozavala-origami/27724197976/

Japanese White Eye, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Mariano Zavala B.

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #153

 

Roman Diaz has designed a really awesome looking paper cardinal. It's especially awesome looking if you use red and black paper like Pierre-andré did here.

Cardinal
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre-andre/5491854366/

Cardinal, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by Pierre-andré

Diagrams available in #3 Origami Essence

 

This next model blows my mind. It's a full skeleton of a bird which I believe is folded from one sheet of paper. Not only is the model itself so impressive but so is the fact that Xu Daniel managed to fold one so small.

Bone of Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/27798536773/

Bone of Bird, Designed by Kei Watanabe and Folded by Xu Daniel

Instructions not available

 

Here's an extinct bird which is just plain awesome.

Extinct Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/79606072@N00/27294411842/

Extinct Bird, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Diagrams available free from origami-shop.com

 

I couldn't make a post about origami birds without including Brian Chan's amazing origami crow. My favourite part of this model is the claws on the toes.

Crow
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42618819@N03/5781478544/

Crow, Designed by Brian Chan and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #113

 

I'm not completely sure what species of bird this is but it is absolutely amazing. I love how you can see so many individual feathers.

Bird
https://www.flickr.com/photos/64192382@N02/8699333768/

Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

 

This final image is one of my all time favourite images from Flickr. Not only is this paper crane folded so well but the photograph is absolutely fantastic too.

Dancing Crane
https://www.flickr.com/photos/emraya/3043088482/

Crane, Designed by Roman Diaz and Daniel Naranjo and Folded by Emre Ayaroglu

Diagrams available in #1 Origami for Interpreters

 

We've barely scratched the service when it comes to origami birds so you can definitely count on many more bird themed posts in the future.

Some of these birds aren't too difficult to fold so if you give them a try post a photo in the comments so we can take a look.

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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

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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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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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