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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