Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ribbit Ribbit

"Cartoon Frog" by Nicholas Terry
You can say this model reminds you of some famous frogs out there like Kermit the Frog or Michigan J. Frog., both of which are pretty cool in there own right. Speaking of Muppets, Have everyone seem the latest  Muppets Movie? ITS FREAKING AWESOME! Do yourself a favor and watch it. If you need it, I'll lend it to you.

"Life's like a movie. Write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending" -Kermit the Frog

Ever meet Jack? He's my one eyed, always smiling, limp arm, stitch leg frog friend.
Too much green? That's never the case

Diagram can be found in "Passion Origami" by Nicolas Terry. I had the chance to see him at one of the Origami Conferences I went to in the past, but at the time I had no idea who he was or the works he did. Haha. Step for step, this model isn't so bad. Though y'all do see that I couldn't finish the back of this model where it's exposed. The hands are not the way the diagram wants me to make them, as well as the mouth. Again, a bit of extra folds here and there. The eyes just so happened to turn out the way they did, which I think is pretty cool.

More Pics of Jack and Cartoon Frog in my Google+ Album

Monday, September 24, 2012

Just one more game.....

"Card Players " Designed by: Vishwas Deval
Combining two of the things that I enjoy during my free time, Origami and Playing Board game/Card games. You want to play a game of Thirteen, Kings, Go Fish, Catan, or Arkham Horror, or any other tabletop game for that matter? I'M IN! When was the last time you sat down and played a game with someone for FUN, or bet something that had no monetary value? When was the last time you played a game and didn't mind it if you loss? Haha(I usually don't win...) I have GREAT memories where board games are involved ranging from Board Game Night with my parents and sister when I was a kid, playing Monopoly in an aircondition-less house with cousins as we wait for the electricity to turn back on during a tropical storm, playing card games with friends for free meals or personal favors.When I rediscovered this model while flipping through some really old issues of "The Paper," a monthly magazine by OrigamiUSA, I knew I had to fold it. This model really isn't something that I could say that I'm proud of, but I didn't fold it because I wanted a challenge or because I thought it looked cool (It does by the way). It touches a part of my life that I want to share with others.

The Model
Ad-Lib. The key word to describe how I worked on this model. A majority of the steps are described perfectly in the diagram, but for some strange reason, I missed counted a few lines near the end and miss folded a few things. The table is a bit lop sided, the guy's legs and arms are way out of proportion, the woman's dress isn't round, etc....Boy I could list the things that don't look right. I took some time to fold some things around till things look a bit decent. I just need to take a step back from being a folder and just appreciating what's in front of me. I am happy with what I see =).

More pics of "Card Players" in my Google+ Album
Most of the paper I use start off as aluminum foil sandwiched by tissue paper
The "Duo-ness" of the paper and a back-up sheet in case I mess up.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My First Origami Blog Post... SPIRALS!!!! =D

Helices From Trapezium
I finally got a hold of Tomoko Fuse's latest book Spiral: Origami | Art | Design and got a little out of hand in terms of trying new folding techniques. I'm still kind of on my "fold anything that doesn't really have a concrete form" (like a  bear, car, person, flowers, etc) binge, and starting to really enjoy it. I usually get the "I have no idea what I'm suppose to looking at face" when I hand someone any model to look at, but with abstract models, like the one above and below, that's the kind of expression I'm hoping for. =) Haha.  Anyone can fold these types of models because all they take are two different kind of folds and no special "spacial-finger-motion-hand-eye-coordination-thingy." Just PATIENTS. The above model is a double layer spiral made from one sheet of trapezoidal shaped paper.

This model right here is what caught my eye and got my to try out some geometric origami/abstract/modular origami. I accidently messed up the spiral near the center when I placed the model in my homemade light box, but really enjoy looking at it with the light differentiating the layers. Looking at it now, it sort of have this ying-yang/light-darkness contrast thing going on. None of which are visible unless i use the light box. I just cut out two sides of a triangle from a sheet of tracing paper and started folding, so the model is still connected to everything.

Here is a different photo of the previous model with the lights on in the room. If you look close enough, you can see the reflection from my light box.