Category Archives: Dinosaurs & Dragons

Chocobo, the Yellow bird (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Chocobo, the Yellow bird (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Chocobo, the Yellow bird (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

It all started when I couldn’t make up my mind as to which origami model I should fold this weekend…this ignorance made me ask my fiance to choose. Needless to say, he ended up choosing this particular model from none other than Satoshi Kamiya! 😯 So, I decided to give it a shot.

This is a high-intermediate model and from the book Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995-2003, by the master himself – Satoshi Kamiya. Yes, I finally managed to fold something from his book and which didn’t end up as a crumpled ball of paper in the wastebasket. 😀

I was going through the steps in the book quite earnestly to understand each of them and the folds to watch out for. I then came across 2 videos on youtube.com, which made it easier to follow / visualize the tricky steps. Let me remind you at this stage, that these videos on YouTube do not depict details all of the 80 steps in the book but demonstrate the main folds, only. So, you basically need the book in order to fold the intricate folds and to enhance the look of your very own Chocobo. ❗

Now, this model is also known as the ‘Yellow bird’ and the book says that Kamiya’s inspiration for this model is actually the Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series (of video games).

Kind of paper to use & size:

I used a large origami paper, which was singe-side colored, square and 9” in size. The book has a recommended paper size of 15x15cms. You should also be aware that the final model is about 60% of the size of the paper used. If you are using a single side colored paper, then you need to start off with the white or blank side facing you.

Folds to watch out for:
The part I found to be very tricky was the feet of the bird. There are open sinks to be incorporated along with numerous reverse folds. The paper used for this model also plays an important role. The thicker the paper you choose, the more difficult it is going to be to fold. The rest of the steps are reasonably easy to follow, knowing that Satoshi Kamiya has a penchant for over complex and intricate models.

Origami One-Horned Dragon

Origami One-Horned Dragon

Origami One-Horned Dragon

I have been looking out for a slightly complex dragon for quite sometime, now. I didn’t want something which is highly complex and tricky either. I have found a perfect one horned dragon design (perfect for me that is) YouTube.com. It is an intermediate model and incorporates, sinks, rabbit ears and crimps in the folds. It looks pretty neat once completed and I found it quite easy to fold, too.

I have used Origami Paper by Tuttle Publishing – Origami Paper Animal Prints 8 1/4 – for this model; which comes in Animal prints, printed on both sides, of 8 1/4″ in size.

This model took me around 20 minutes to half an hour to fold and this includes putting the finishing touches on it, like seeing that the feet and wings are aligned, etc. One can make a bigger dragon (of the same design) by using a larger sized paper. Even if you have A4 size paper, you can cut it down into a square and use it.

How to Fold a One-Horned Dragon:
YouTube.com is again the source for this design. There are 5 really short videos (not longer than 3 mins each) which you would need to follow in order to fold this dragon. The contributor has explained the steps clearly and has even provided folding tips on the trickier parts in the video! I am sure you will find these really easy to follow….

How to fold a One-Horned DragonPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Origami Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus (Design by John Montroll)

Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus (Design by John Montroll)

Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus (Design by John Montroll)

I had bought John Montroll’s – Prehistoric Origami: Dinosaurs and Other Creatures
– a couple of weeks ago and spent a lot of time trying to decide which of the models to start off with! I finally decided on the Apatosaurus or what is popularly known as the Brontosaurus or the “thunder lizard”. This is an intermediate origami model and takes a little more than 2 hours to fold (approx).

For the Brontosaurus, I used – Origami Paper Animal Prints 8 1/4
– which I bought online from Amazon.com; it measures up as 8 ¼” square sized paper. This paper pack contains 49 sheets of double – side printed-paper and a gold foil included. I agree that the end result was not all that great as expected, and that I should’ve used plain or solid colored origami paper instead. I will keep this in mind for the next model I fold.

The paper you choose would have to be some craft paper or foil paper, if not actual origami paper. Wrapping paper, which is not flimsy, will also work for this. You would need a type of paper, which will fold easily without tearing and without coming apart, as there are many intricate folds involved in this model. The size of the paper, too, should be reasonably large; with an 8 ¼” sized paper, I got approx a 3” (height) by 6” (length) sized dinosaur.

One thing really good about John Montroll’s book is that he lists out all the types of folds at the end of the book and only refers to the “types” in the actual folding steps. This makes it easier to understand and follow too.

Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex)(Design by John Montroll)

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Design by John Montroll)

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Design by John Montroll)

This is a Miniature T Rex I folded 2 days ago. I used a 6″ single-side colored origami paper in this case, though. Again, you need a ‘thin’ origami paper to fold this model due to the intricate multiple creases involved.

Another point worth noting in folding this model is that, it is best to use a paper which is colored on both sides.

The size of the folded dinosaur can be adjusted by using a larger or smaller sized paper. It must be square shaped though.

What I think though, is that if one can get an appropriately printed paper, such as a wrapping paper or even if you can get your hands on a specially printed origami paper, one can make a realistic looking T Rex. The ‘claws’ and the ‘snub nose’ which you see in this folded model are optional creases and can be done without. But, adding them, of course, gives a nice ‘look’ to the dinosaur.

This model is from the book – Animal Origami for the Enthusiast: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 900 Diagrams/25 Original Models
– By John Montroll.

One can also follow the instructions to fold this TRex, by following this video on YouTube.com – “Tyrannosaurus by John Montroll“.

Google Book Preview: Animal Origami for the Enthusiast: Step-By-Step Instructions in over 900 Diagrams

Fantasy Creatures – Dragon

Dragon

Dragon

I folded this out of a 6″ single-side colored Origami paper and have created a couple of extra folds on the wings to add to the ‘dragon look’. For this model, it is not important to have origami paper colored both sides. However, a larger sized paper would be more convenient and will look better too, is what I thought.

Also, another point to be noted here is to not use thick paper to fold this model. If you do so, the intricate folds at certain points will become really hard to fold and keep in place. One idea, which I have come across for folding models in Origami, is wrapping paper, which is more readily available than actual Origami paper. These come in all kinds of designs and colors, and should do perfectly fine, too.

To fold this Dragon, I have used “Origami Paper Bright by Tuttle Publishing”
, which is a pack of 49 sheets of 6 different colors.

I have also prepared a step-by-step guide, to fold this dragon, and I hope you find it easy to follow.

Happy Folding!