Monday, July 30, 2007

Grasshopper

This summer when I was in France, I saw a tiny little grasshopper. It's body seemed shorter than it's hind legs. I decided that it would probably be nice to try and fold it, so I started trying out CPs the other day. For some reason, I decided on using a 24:24 grid. With plenty of trial and error, here's what I ended up with:
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I think I might just try this same idea with a 32:32 grid sometime.

Anyway, the CP should eventually fold into this little insect. Be sure to include the face (that is if you can figure out how I made it):
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Eating Spiders

What eats spiders? Why a spider eater, of course. This is my fourth and final design for the english forum's d20 challenge. It turned out quite strange, but that must be a good thing because the monster itself looks strange. Once again, the CP is based on the Arrowhawk. I have no idea why, but it seems that all (but one) of my decisions for what to design have the same number of points. Maybe it's just a strange coincidence. Anyway, here is the remarkably similar CP from a 32:16 grid:
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I don't have much to say about this model. I guess the only really important things about this model are to color change the wings and be sure to not make the abdomen too small.
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Also, this model won the d20 challenge.

The Butterfly Tree?

Yes. Thats the name of my latest design, the butterfly tree. It was designed for this month's challenge on the french forum, which has to do with a haiku. A certain haiku, written by Arakida Moritake:

Tombée de la branche
Une fleur y est retournée:
C'était un papillon !

Which translates into:

Fallen from the tree
A flower has returned to there:
It was a butterfly!

And that is why I chose a butterfly tree. Here is the CP that I randomly came up with from a 20:20 grid:
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That CP folds into this tall tree. Be sure to color change the ends of the branches so that they look like butterflies:
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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Four arms, one foot, and a head.

Heres a riddle for you: What has four arms, one leg and a head? Why, and Ethereal Filcher, of course! Yes, once again I'm folding something for the english forum's monthly challenge, which is the d20 challenge this month. This was suggested by Joseph Wu, along with the Behir. I didn't like the Behir, so I went with this (because it looked starnge). The Ethereal Filcher is CP is based on the Arrowhawk CP. It is out of a 32:16 grid
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As you can see, all I did was add hands to what were formerly wings (but now are arms)

Anyway, this model requires a bit of shaping, but it shouldn't be too hard once you get the CP collapsed. The hardest part is probably getting it to stand on its one foot
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Chuul

Another model for the english forum's d20 challenge. I don't think that this model is quite as good as the arrowhawk. In the original CP, there were more points on the face (instead of just two), but I had to take those out because the front arms were too short. In fact, quite a lot of thinghad to be changed because of that. Here's what I ended up with, out of a 32:32 grid:
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And heres what the model should end up looking like. Be sure to widen the end of the tail, like that of a lobster. Thats pretty much what a Chuul is, after all
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Arrowhawk

This month's challenge on the english forum is the d20 challenge. In other words, it's folding things from dungeons and dragons. At first, not liking "D&D", I didn't really like the idea. However, after seeing all the different types of things I could choose, I decided that it might actually be a fun challenge. I decided to start with the arrowhawk, which I folded out of a 2:1 rectangle with a 32:16 grid
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At first, I actually tried to make this out a square. But that way it ended up with a really long body.
Anyway, heres what you should get when you collapse the base and add the proper details:
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One Year

As of today, I have now been folding for one year. On July 3rd, 2006, I randomly folded an abstract shape which actually turned out quite nicely. Sadly, I still don't know how to fold it again, for fear of not being able to re-fold it if a try reverse engineering it.
Anyway, here is the picture of that memorable first design. Click here to see the post where I talked about it one year ago.




In one year I have:
-Joined the origami forum (2 days before my first model)
-Designed 33 models
-Taken over 500 pictures for my photobucket album
-Started my own blog
-Started a flickr album
-Sent my models to the annual Origami USA convention
-Taken part in over 9 origami challenges

And, of course, I will continue to do these things!