Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Moth

After folding Penrod using Jun Maekawa's devil base, I wanted to try and make my own base using the same method of 22.5° angles. I decided to fold a moth, seeing as I recently saw a Common Clearwing Hummingbird Moth which was at my house. However, I didn't quite get the same proportions or color changes, so my model is just a moth. The CP turned out very well, better than I had expected it would. At first, it only had 4 legs and I couldn't figure out how to get two more. Eventually, I ended up using the unused paper in the top corners to add a flap to each back leg. Here is my CP:
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As far as I know, this CP is unique which makes me all the more proud of it. Hopefully I'll be able to use this again for future models. The bottom corners are the wings, and the legs are on the middle and the top of either side. The antennae are located close to the middle. The model is fairly hard to collapse, however with the right folds it should end up something like the following pictures. I hope to make diagrams as soon as I figure out a better way of folding it.
Moth, Ryan MacDonell
Moth, Ryan MacDonell

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Penrod the Pirate

Seeing as this month's challenge on the english origami forum is Pirates of the Caribbean, I decided to fold something (someone, in a way) that not many people know by name. One of the crew of the Flying Dutchman is Penrod, half man half lobster. At first, I worried about the CP and had no idea what to do, but eventually I decided to use the CP for Jun Maekawa's devil with a few minor changes to the hands and tail. Here is my CP:
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The CP may take a while to fold, but it does have the same reference point as the devil: fold a 22.5 degree angle from the corner where the 22.5° angles touch on a fish base to the center diagonal, and where that line and the diagonal cross is the point above the tail.
Penrod, Ryan MacDonell
Penrod, Ryan MacDonell

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pelican Swallows Pigeon...

I recently read this article, which I guess made me think a bit about pelicans. Yesterday, I started to doodle, and lo and behold, I folded a pelican. Perhaps later on this month I'll try out a pigeon in a pelican's mouth... This model is actually fairly unique, because it is based on 11.25° angles, which I think I've only done on my squid before. Here is the CP:
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There are quite a few details, but most important is wrapping around layers to get the right colors. Sadly, I wasn't able to color change the lower part of the mouth because of where it is located on the paper. That'll be something to improve on my pelican eating pigeon.
Pelican, Ryan MacDonell
Pelican, Ryan MacDonell

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Year 2

Well, it comes the time to announce what I have achieved over the past year, mainly because two years on this date I started designing. Its kind of like a birthday, except without the presents. My list may not be nearly as impressive as last year, seeing as I didn't attend the OUSA convention. Lets see...

This year I have:
-Taken part in over 23 challenges, that I know of
-Changed my design style and started using 22.5° angles instead of boxpleating
-Designed 78 more models, totaling 111
-Drawn diagrams for five of my models using Inkscape
-Won an monthly design challenge on the english forum (11 months ago)

Hopefully I'll have plenty more next year, as I am planning to attend the OUSA convention and whatever else.

In real life, I managed to raise my grades by 2% to a 93, went to France but ended up not meeting Eric Joisel, and am hopefully going to see Quentin Trollip and Joseph Wu while in British Columbia this month.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Spider

Once again, I'm working my way up to another good design by making lesser designs to test things out. This time, I'm working on a certain species of spider that lives in my house. I started off with the design by folding a simple spider using 22.5° angles, and I'm quite happy with the result. I divided the paper into 3rds one way, and folded the two inside 8ths for the pedipalps. Here is the CP that I used for the model:
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I'm quite happy with how the model ended up, although at first it didn't look like a spider at all to me. All the details to finish the model involve the legs and pedipalps, and are fairly easy. However, this model isn't very good for very thick paper because there are a lot of layers around the legs towards the end.
Spider, Ryan MacDonell
Spider, Ryan MacDonell