Continue from the last post, the next 10 odds steps is just as easy. But the intermediate figure looks more like a seal than anything else.
Completion of the Base
I’m so excited when it comes to step 95 as this is going to the start of folding the fierce looking dog head. The open sink to form the various layer for the ears, eyes, nose and teeth are still manageable. You will find it very satisfying by the time you completed the upper jaw and nose.
Semi-completed dog head
By the time you finished the lower jaw at step 119, a highly detail dog head appears right before your eyes. Then you realized that you will have to fold the same tedious steps two times over again!!
Close up on the first finished dog head
Finally with much determination, I complete the other 2 dog heads.
Completion of the 3 dog heads
That it leave me with only the 4 legs to deal with. : )
This model was published in Tanteidan Convention 15. This is a annual publication by the Origami House, which show case original origami models by Japanese and design all over the world.
The Cerberus is a mythical creature described in the Greek and Roman literature as a multi-headed hound which guards the gate of the underworld. The most popular version of the Cerberus is a 3 headed dog, but there are others sources claiming to have more.
The Cerberus model designed by Satoshi depicts the 3 headed version. Therefore compared to other models, it is 3 times more difficult as every details on the head design would have to repeat folding 3 times!
I am using brown paper to fold this model. Do not be folded by the boring outlook of this humble papyrus use mostly for packing parcels in local post office. It turns out to be more resilience to the folding torture which this complex model have to offer. As usual, the 31 steps are basically ‘precision creasing’.
Creasing on the brown paper…
Model collapsing in the next 6 steps is not much of a challenge to many by now.
The simple ones…
By the next 40 steps, the paper has reduced to only about 1/8 of the paper size with all of them folded nicely in between the layers.
Side view of Step 72
Well, that just how Japanese pronounce Spinosaurus, which ends with a ‘su’. Another elegant model from Yoshino. (Diagram found in his book ‘ISSEI SUPER COMPLEX ORIGAMI‘ published by Origami House)
You don’t need a very big sheet of paper for this model, even though there are quite a bit of fine complex fold for the feet and the head. I have used a 20cm square paper and it yield a 17cm (head to tail) model nicely.
As the model is small, it is best to use a slightly stiffer paper for folding. Thicker paper may still be possible as there are few stack up layers nor tricky sink maneuver. I have used the Kraft paper for folding this model and the result turned out to be very satisfactory
The highlight of this model is on the ‘sail’ at the back of the model and the feet. This ‘sail’ is a signature design of Yoshino’s model. you can find it again in his Horse model.
The Yoshino’s ‘Sail’ design
The feet design has 3 toes, folded only with a smaller little portion of triangular shape paper, yet nicely formed to proportion.
The feet of the Spinosaurus
Yoshino cleverly uses the tail to support the model and has enabled this small dinosaur to stand on its own.
Spinosaurus – designed by Issei Yoshino
The rear view …
Issei Yoshino, another great origami master from Japan. It’s a pity that he passed away at a age of only 32. Otherwise we will be enjoying folding many more of his design.
For folding this Wild Boar model, you can use a slightly smaller paper. about 30cm square will work just fine. I so happen to have a 55cm square Pearl Paper on hand. What the hack, it wouldn’t be wasted by folding an Issei’s model.
Pleating Issei’s model is rather effortless. At least he don’t introduce ultra impossible fold and sinks!
The simple pleats
Sometimes it is very satisfying while folding the model half way. By itself is already looks like an art piece.
The Unfinished Art
As the model takes shape, I then start to realise that the pearl paper is too heavy and may have problem making the model to stand on its own.
The ‘overweight’ wild boar
After the the shaping, my fear has been proven. Upon analysing the whole model, I concluded folding with CMC will definately able to hold the model up. But for this pearl paper, it will not be able to soak in the CMC. So the alternative is to apply double sided tape instead. (This is not consider cheating as the model is still folded with one uncut square paper)
The Wild Boar – designed by Issei Yoshino
I have done some fine tuning to the folding of the tusk and the hind legs. Not to mention the coil on the tail too….
A close up on the head details
A view from the rear
Continue to where I left it, another 33 steps later, the model still looks very far from finish…
After all the sinks and collapse…
Not until a 100 steps later, you finally see the body, wings and feet….
Ancient Dragon…. starts to take shape
By step 264, the model is almost complete, just need to be shaped properly. But the paper I used is way too thin and soft, such that the shaping does not stay in position. I have to bring in the pegs to hold it is shape….
Ancient Dragon…. almost there
Now the last step will be the shaping… and I know this is not gonna to be easy and will take some time….
If you look closely, there are many fine detail in folding the Minotaur. For intance, the simple reverse folding of a patel fold forms a pretty neat hoof of the Minotaur.
Nice little hoof on the Minotaur
After folding down the arms, it looks more like a bird with a pair of horns.
Minotaur – before shaping
Now come the shaping. Using Kraft paper does give you the solid structure for the model, but it is hell when come to shaping. Need to hold it in position with cloth pegs over night. The whole model look like an injured bird under operation.
Minotaur under ‘operation’
Finally completed the shaping of the bull head. Really have to take my hat off for the details designed into the folding of the head.
Close up on the detailed head
This model was designed to have a pair of very strong arm, but the legs are pretty soft and weak. It took me quite some time to ‘stand’ the model up for this proper photo shot.
Minotaur – Standing Position
Finally I give up. As the model keeps toppling forward, I found that putting it in a push-up position is more convenient.
Minotaur – Pushup Position
Satoshi has created numerous models of Greek Mythological creature, and the Minotaur is one of them. The original Minotaur suppose to spot a human body with a bull head, but many artist has humanized it except for the legs, which still ends with a hoof. This the same as the Minotaur model created by Satoshi.
I have use a thicker Kraft paper to fold this model, thinking that the model need a strong paper to hold up the final structure. After the first 80 steps of creasing and folding and collapsing, this is what you should get…
The unadventurous first 80 steps…
If you did not see the final diagram, by step 114, you might think you are folding a bird….
Front view of step 114
Rear view of Step 114