Saturday, July 01, 2006

Duck Diagrams

Sorry I haven't posted in a long time, but things have been really busy. However, I did find some time to sketch up some diagrams for the Prison Break Duck (well, "Crane" as later declared in the series). For the original post, click here.

This is my backwards engineering of the model from screen captures from the tv show.

You can find the diagrams here (thanks to a friend for hosting it).

The diagrams are done as line art, so the PDF file size is really small, but it prints really well. If the PDF pages look rough to you on the screen, enable "Smooth line art" in your Adobe Reader (or Acrobat) preferences under the "Page Display" or category. The PDF will print out with clean lines even if you don't enable the setting.

Keep in mind, the PDF is my first try at drawing diagrams for something that isn't a super simple model.

Let me know if you have any questions or corrections by posting comments to this entry. Even let me know how successful you are at folding from the diagrams.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Coyote - Montroll

This is Coyote from John Montroll's North American Animals In Origami (1995).

The model holds together well, and stands nicely. I'm not quite sure about the proportions of it though, as the front legs are far heavier than the rear ones. Are coyotes really that front heavy?

Still, in spite of the undesirable proportions, the model stands rather dignified and its head has a perky appearance provided by the tall ears.

The model is folded from a standard 15cm square sheet of Origami paper.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bird of Peace - Shafer

This is a Bird of Peace Pop-Up card by Jeremy Shafer. The model is published in Origami to Astonish and Amuse (2001), but you can also find a PDF of the instructions on his barf site here.

The model is folded from a custom base, with the bird body made from a kind of mini Bird base. The model definitely makes nice use of the colour difference between sides of a sheet of Origami paper. I folded the model from a standard 15cm sheet of Origami paper.

The card makes a nice little add-on to a gift for someone, and looks great when left open for display.

The instructions also include a variation of the card, whereby instead of a bird inside the card there is a heart.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Frog - Yoshizawa

This is Frog by Akira Yoshizawa from his work, Creative Origami (year unknown). I don't have the words to describe the greatness that is Akira Yoshizawa, and thanks to the New York Times, I don't have to. You can read Yoshizawa's two-page obituary here.

I picked up the book this model came from because after Yoshizawa passed away, I realized that I wanted to try again to make models by him. Freefolding models has never been a strong suit for me, but I'm getting better at it and I think that you'll see more of them folded by me in the future. It was this book that made me want to try Momotani's Rabbit that has some freefolding.

Sadly, I don't do this model justice. But that's the difficulty with models designed by Yoshizawa. They're deceptively simple, and yet they require such a creative touch that you have to add something of yourself to them to get them to come out right. It's not at all just a matter of angle bisecting folds. You can view models actually folded by him displayed at Yurindo Bookstore here.

If I remember correctly, I folded the model from something that resembled a Waterbomb base. You're supposed to shape the head so it's a frog face, but it just didn't work for me. Some day I'll get it right! The model was folded from a standard 15cm sheet of Origami paper.

I've had a hard time finding books by Akira Yoshizawa, so this is my only one. If you do find one somewhere, be sure to treasure it.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Eagle - Lang

This is Eagle from Robert Lang's The Complete Book of Origami: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 1000 Diagrams (1988).

The model is folded from an isosceles triangle that is really just half a square cut from corner to corner. Its base is sort of like half a frog base, but then stretched similar to a stretched bird base.

The triangle was cut from a standard 15cm square sheet of Origami paper, drawn from corner to corner.

The model ends up very small, and because of its proportions I think it ends up looking a little hawk-like.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Rabbit - Nishikawa

This is Rabbit by Seiji Nishikawa from the book Works of Seiji Nishikawa (2003). This is a Gallery OrigamiHouse publication and they are always great quality manufactured books.

The model is very cute. Nishikawa has a nice way of creating cartoon like animals out of paper that just scream adorable. Like his Panda, this model was folded out of two 15cm square sheets of Origami paper; one for the head and one for the body.

The head of the model is a little difficult to perch correctly on the body, but it's possible to do it without any adhesive substance. The model stands very well and has such a cute pose.

Diagrams for this model were also published in Origami Tanteidan Magazine issue 50.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Horse - Montroll (Myth)

This is the Horse from John Montroll's Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami (1996). The model is very different from my favourite horse, but I still like it.

The model was folded from a custom base, which was unusual for Montroll at the time and shows an interesting departure for him. Montroll has mentioned in his books that he doesn't (or at least didn't back then) design models, but instead modifies and grafts on folds from various ideas and other models. That is a totally valid technique for creating new models, and perhaps requires even more innovation and creativity. It makes me wonder how he came up with this horse design.

This horse is a little heavy on the layers in the front chest/legs of the of model, and a little light on the back. But the model holds together well, and stands nicely. The model was folded from a 15cm square of Aqua Blue Origami paper.