For those who have actively plough the web for origami design, you will not fail to notice some very good design from the Vietnam origami groups. Many of them do come with diagrams and you will be lucky if you can get hold on the crease pattern (CP) to fold some of their models.
Not a master folding from CP myself, I got started with a ‘simple’ design by Nguyen Hung Cuong, the Skull. What I meant by simple is that it has lesser crease line to fold (good excuse for being lazy… :p). I wish I could produce a copy of the CP here but You can find it easily on the web. (one good source would be from the <Passion Origami> website).
But lesser crease does not necessarily mean easy to fold. For a test fold, I simply printed the CP onto a A3 size paper and folded along the lines. The challenge is how these fold collapsed onto each others. It took me a few trial before I finally got it right.
Last but not least, the model need a good deal of shaping to give a softer look, but I’m too lazy to do it for a test fold, so it ended up like this:
Skull – designed by Nguyen Hung Cuong
Now…. where to get a nice ‘bone’ texture paper to fold it again?
This book is jointly authored by Jose Anibal Ineista and Mario Adrados Netto. It was published in Spanish in year 2000, and later translated to English in year 2005, under the title as “Dragons, Witches, and Other Fantasy Creatures in Origami“.
The Spanish version of Dragon, Witches, and the other fantasy creatures in Origami
Don’t think there’s any more book shop carries this title any more.
Strangely as the name of this model may seems, it would be more appropriate to call it an ‘Angel’ since it has pair of wings. But Mario christianed it as ‘Dama’, meaning ‘Lady’ in Spanish. Nevertheless, this is a simple model for beginners to practice folding box-pleat design, before engaging the more challenging models like ‘Geistkämpfer‘.
The diagram of this model can be found in Mario’s co-authored origami book “SERES DE FICCÍON – EL LADO OSCURO DE LA PAPIROFLEXIA” (Fictional Beings – the dark side of origami) with Anibal Voyer. This book was first published in Spanish in yer 2000, and later translated into English in 2005, under the title ” Dragons, Witches, and Other Fantasy Creatures in Origami“. If just want to fold this model, you may want to try the open diagram souce here.
Here I have done a test folding using a plotter paper measured out to 32cm x 32cm, just nice to fold the grid of the 32×32 box grid. But the overall result confirm that a thinner paper is needed for this model, alternatively using a 64cm x 64cm plotter paper would give better shaping to the final model.
Initial collapsing of the box pleat
Allocating paper to the wings, arms and head
Basic fold of model is complete, next will be shaping
Semi finished model of the test folding…. now to get a nicer and large sheet of paper….
Semi Finished Test Folding Model – Dama
This book is jointly authored by Jose Anibal Ineista and Mario Adrados Netto. As the title has suggested, its all about mystical creatures and characters.
You can find this book at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/858495.Dragons_Witches_and_Other_Fantasy_Creatures_in_Origami.
How can the Wizard do without a Witch. Especially a playful one who flies around on the magic broom.
This Flying Witch model was designed by Jose Anibal Voyer Iniesta, a long time Spanish origami designer. But surprisingly very little information can be found on the web (at least from the English Language sites) on his background. If you can find a Spanish website with information on Anibal Voyer, do drop me note, and thanks.
He has jointly published a origami book ( Dragons, Witches, and Other Fantasy Creatures in Origami ) with Mario Andrado Netto, where you can find the folding instruction. But if you just want to fold this model alone, you can also get the folding instruction from this website: http://www.pajarita.org/diagramas/diagramas.php
This is an intermediate level model model, so using a slightly bigger piece of paper will makes it easier to fold. I have used a 35cm x 35cm brown paper to fold this model and the final size is about 15cm for the length of the broom.
Brown paper use for folding
The folding instructions is clear and easy to follow. In no time, the base model is formed.
Basic form of the flying witch model.
The final shaping takes a bit of pitching and squeezing as the brown paper does not stay in shape very well. Arranging it for photo taking is also a challenge. But with a few ‘cheats’ here and there, the model is finally done.
The left view of the Flying Witch
The Right Front view
Close up on the Head and hand
Shibaraku – a simple Japanese phrase which literally means “wait for a moment”. But it’s a daily use phrase in Japan when you just want everyone to sudden stop and have all attention focus on you or something. It has a similar effect like the English language “just hold on for a moment” or “waitha’ minute”.
But this phrase has crept its way to the famous Japanese theater show (or Kabuki, something like Shakespeare’s play write) and now is a must see for every Kabuki performance. It didn’t originate from any of the Kabuki main program, but from the interlude between the main show. These interlude is mainly on stories of a samurai named Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa. This theatrics character is often dressed in elaborate samurai outfit, strong highlight makeup with red-and-white stripes, and move on stage with high energy. And When he make his entrance to the stage, he will release out a loud cry “… Shibaraku!!”. (full details of Shibaraku can be found in these 2 links. Link1 , Link2)
“Shibaraku!”, cried Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa
Takashi has designed an origami model just to capture the exact spirit of this character. He first release the CP of the full Shibaraku model in Origami Tanteidan Magaxine (issue #59 in 2000).
Pg 34 of Origami Tanteidan Magazine issue#59 – CP challenge of Shibaraku
After a good 10 years, Takashi finally release the full folding instruction of the head of this famous samurai in Origami Tanteidan Magazine (issue #119 in 2010).
Head of Shibaraku full folding instructions in Origami Tanteidan Magazine
Folding the head design is pretty straight forward. Not much tips I can provide here but do drop me a note if you still find it difficult to get through some of the steps.
Here is my presentation of the iconic model of Takashi….
Shibaraku Head – designed by Hojyo Takashi
The base model of the Geistkämpfer is already a piece of art by itself even before the shaping. But it does not seems to be alive. Shaping really does wonder to the origami model. It breathes life into the model.
There are already many folded models of Geistkampfer can be found in the web. Therefore you can take reference on how to shape them tastefully. I particularly like the detail for the hand holding the bow, where the thumb and 4 fingers can be clearly shaped out.
Details on the hand holding the bow
I did something different for the ‘pull over’ on the right shoulder. I opened up the pleat and formed a broad sleeves over the right arm with arrow.
Broad sleeve over the right arm with arrow
Shaping the Geistkämpfer figure is really no easy task. I have tried a few possible pose but the arms just do not stay in shape. Finally, I have to reinforce the structure with metal wire in order to keep the model in shape for the photo shoot.
Geistkampfer – In flight (outdoor)
Geistkampfer – in flight (indoor)
Geistkampfer – Standing pose