Friday, April 29, 2016

Origami Creations - Heard of the Kangaroo Court?

"Shut up, shut up, shut up, sit-up, sit-up, sit-up, it's a kangaroo court.  A kangaroo court."  Have you heard of the song Kangaroo court by Capital Cities which actually has 32 million views in youtube.  

Here it is:

As defined by Mr. Webster, a Kangaroo Court is a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted.  And as I was watching this, Jo Nakashima's kangaroo tutorial appears alongside.

Hmmmm ... I think you can guess what happens next.

For those who want to make it, here is the tutorial (and maybe listening along to the song :-)).

Hop to a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Origami Creations - Old yet Beautiful Origami Sheep Designs

I chance upon the flickr page of my friend Thomas Krapf and was so attracted with his paperfolded Nativity scene.   All of the designs are found in the origami book of Luigi Leonardi titled "Presepe Babbo Natale Origami".

From this art piece, my attention was immediately drawn to the sheeps.

Here they are:

So cute and expressive movements
They are simply exquisitely beautiful and expressive in spite of not having any color change.  This is one of the technique I would want to achieve in my own work.

Still got a long way to go ... but I know it will be an interesting and challenging one.

Enjoy your day!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Origami Creations - The King of the Jungle

As I rummage my plastic shopping bag of origami folds, I saw a sitting lion which I intensely enjoy but forgot who the designer was.

It's a simple looking model but shows a lot of promise with further rounding and shaping.  But as always, I prefer a more unrealistic looking model yet includes the salient feature of the animal.

Wishing one and all a great and productive week!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Origami Creations - The Wise Old Owl

I was reminded of the quote "A wise old owl sat on an oak.  The more he saw, the less he spoke.  The less he spoke, the more he heard.  Why can't we all be like that bird?"

A food for thought of the day ... I reflected on this when I saw an old fold I made with an owl sitting on a cottage house. 

The Wise Old Owl
Ah ... there is so much to learn from the Wise Old Owl.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Origami Design - My Flying Baby Owl

I'm back and more inspired to create a new design.

And this time, I finally decided to finish my first owl ... I made one a few months back but was quite unhappy with the result.  Then, lo and behold I have a bigger and better surprise.

My Simple Owl with Baby Wings :-)
Thoroughly enjoyed the color change effect and shaping for this model.  Quite excited to draw the diagram and share with my friends and family!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and productive week!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Origami Creations - The Second Largest Living Bird

Yes, it is the Emu.  The second largest next to the biggest of them all, the Ostrich!  Good to know that both of these birds are endemic to Australia.

Amazing shape and details
Again,  this model is designed by the origamist Gen Hagiwara.  Quite a talented and impressive designer and you may find the diagram of this piece in his first book - Spirits of Origami.

Hope everyone will have a good week!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Origami Creations - Amazing 3D Sheep

I was so impressed by the 3D sheep by the origamist Gen Hagiwara for he was able to apply some volume shaping to its body.  I designed one for the 2015 Chinese New Year but wasn't able to incorporate this technique.

One meaty Sheep :-) 
The head design is also perfect with the eyes and color change effect.  I enjoyed folding this piece especially for its attention to details on measurements (angles) to achieve the desired shaping.

Wishing one and all a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Origami Creations - The Perfect Cardinal

Just the perfect simple color change bird, the Cardinal by the master origamist Roman Diaz.

Perfect profile for this small seed eating bird
From its head to its tail, its superb shaping is outstanding!  This is one of my favorite simple models to fold.

I wasn't able to find a similar tutorial for this piece but you may try this one by Leyla Torres of Origami Spirit.

Enjoy your week!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Origami Creations - What's an Ass (Equus Africanus Asinus)?

An Ass is another word for a Donkey which was derived from the acronym of the latin phrase Equus Africanus Asinus.  Tried to do some google checking and noted that their is no such link from the word "Ass/Donkey" to the "buttocks".

Now for the more important masterpiece at hand, here is my Ass or better still Donkey fold designed by the master origamist Roman Diaz.

Looking sad ... could be the ugly "A" word :-)

Here is the video tutorial (not sure if permission was given) to make this amazing model.


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