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27 Spectacular Western-Style Origami Dragons

Origami dragons are some of my favourite things that people make with origami 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, Designed and Folded by Tetsuya Gotani

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Sergey Yartsev

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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 origami dragons. This is the first dragon Gen Hagiwara designed.

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Crease pattern available from Gen Hagiwara’s Flickr

Original image on 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 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

Original image on Flickr

 

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

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

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

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

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

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

Darkness Dragon, Designed and Folded by Tadashi Mori

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori’s YouTube channel

Original image on Flickr

 

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

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

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori’s YouTube channel

Original image on Flickr

 

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, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Thamar van Dijk

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

Original image on Flickr

 

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, Designed and Folded by Rodolfo Rizzo

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

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

Crease pattern available from Shuki Kato’s Flickr

Original image on Flickr

 

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

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

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

Original image on Flickr

 

Here’s a quite tiny and very impressive version of Nham Van Son’s origami wyvern.

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

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

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Western Dragon, Designed and Folded by Shuki Kato

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori’s YouTube channel

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Wyvern, Designed and Folded by Philipp-Marius Kost

Crease pattern available from Philipp-Marius Kost’s Flickr

Original image on Flickr

 

This is another great and more “traditional” looking dragon design.

Dragon Joven, Designed and Folded by Sergio Guarachi

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Fiery Dragon v2, Designed and Folded by Kade Chan

Video instructions available from Tadashi Mori’s YouTube channel

Original image on Flickr

Kade Chan’s Website

 

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

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

Diagrams and video instructions available from Kade Chan’s Website

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Wyvern Dragon Ver2, Designed and Folded by Ta Trung Dong

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Ash Wyrm, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

Follow Tran Trung Hieu on Flickr or Facebook

 

This origami dragon looks kind of cute I think.

Dragon, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

Here is a fantastic desert drake by Tran Trung Hieu.

Desert Drake, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

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, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available from www.papierfalten.de

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Rearing Dragon, Designed and Folded by Petr Stuchlý

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

This Lustre Dragon is another one of the best origami dragons I’ve ever seen.

Lustre Dragon, Designed and Folded by paper in dream

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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.

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

Diagrams available in Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003

Original image on Flickr

 

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

Hungarian Horntail, Designed and Folded by 驰 张

Instructions not available

Original image on Flickr

 

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

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