Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Just a Snake

I mentioned in my last post that I made it to the OUSA convention this year in New York. It's hard to say that any model in the exhibition was my favourite, but I really enjoyed Jared Needle's Beer. I've always loved designing models with a unique representation of a common subject, and I love to see unique models from other designers as well.

The trip to New York took around ~10-12 hours by bus, and unfortunately I found myself unable to sleep for the majority of the trip. I mention this because it was during the trip home that Hubert and I started talking about the bizarre bear with antlers. Seeing as antlers are thin and have several points, they aren't an easy addition to any origami model. Naturally, this lead to the challenge of adding antlers to anything and everything possible. I had yet to fold a snake for the year of the snake, so once I was back from the convention it didn't take my long to come up with this crease pattern:


My goal with this design was to efficiently make simple colour changed antlers from the corners of the paper. There is a lot of extra paper on the body, so I made colour change spots with a 22.5 degree stretch. With lots of 22.5 degree sinks on each of the antler points, I ended up with the following model:

Antlered Snake, Ryan MacDonell

Antlered Snake, Ryan MacDonell

As I mentioned earlier, the idea behind this model is to fold any subject with antlers added. With any luck I'll come up with a couple more models with antlers in the next few months (although I'm headed back to university tomorrow). I'm also hoping to see other bizarre models with antlers as a sort of informal challenge, but I can only wait and see what other people fold.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device

Ever since I folded my creeper last summer I've been meaning to try out a few more models based on creatures/objects from video games. Oddly, I have a surprising amount of knowledge about popular PC and console games despite the fact that I've played almost none of them. I've never owned a console of any type, and (other than a brief attempt at StarCraft: Brood War when I was younger) I haven't bought or downloaded any PC games either. Even though I haven't player it, I've been particularly interested in Portal since the release of Portal 2, so I thought it would be fun to fold a portal gun. My first few attempts at the portal gun were during this year's OUSA convention in New York. At first I was designing without any reference image, and as a result I missed a lot of important details and colour changes. After getting home and starting fresh with the right image in mind, I ended up with this crease pattern:


Note that I'm trying out a new style in the CP, with different line thickness for folds in the opposite direction. Unwrapping some paper in the front and back gives the white body and handle, while thinning the 3 corner flaps makes the grabby antenna things. Here is my result:

Ack!-ademia, Ryan MacDonell

On a side note, many thanks to everyone I met at the OUSA convention for making it such a great first experience. I would love to return next year, although it depends entirely on where I find a job. Special thanks to Hubert (Sunburst) and Alexis for keeping me company on the ~10 hour bus trip. If you're trying to spot us in photos, just look for the big yellow submarine!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Piled Higher and Deeper

The title may or may not be stolen from a comic that I read regularly, although it is related to my latest model. That's right, after almost a year of designing nothing I finally sat down and started folding on a break between university and my summer job. I've had the idea for quite some time, but (as the model reflects) I've had little free time to go through with the idea and for the most part I prefer to just relax on that free time. The model is an arm reaching out from pages of a book as though someone (i.e. me) has been sucked into the textbook, and I figure the title "Ack!-ademia" works well. When originally getting a coming up with the book on its own, I managed to "re-design" David Brill's simple little book. The final design uses the same pattern with a bit of extra box pleating on the side. Here is the CP:


The layers get a bit thick in the arm, so I added the diamond in the middle to distribute them a bit better. Moving the diamond left makes a thicker arm but thinner cover (seeing as the extra flap can be hidden under the cover). Unfortunately, I didn't design the model quickly enough so for now I have to post a copy-paper rendition of the model. In my next break between work and school I plan to refold it along with any other design I come up with for the summer.

Ack!-ademia, Ryan MacDonell

Also, for anyone who is going to the OUSA convention this year, I just recently registered and hope to see you there! I've also signed up to teach my Facebook logo at the convention, which I hope that people will enjoy.