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Origami Markhor

More detailed crease pattern to show where to pleat the neck. Markhor is a type of mountain goat found in Central Asia. They have curly horns which can vary from simple twist to a tight corkscrew. The male has long and shaggy mane, similar to lion. I had idea to design a markhor after finishing my ibex and folded Kaito Nagayama's chameleon, whose eyes are made by wedged pleats to form spiral. So what if I use the same technique on goat's horn? It worked in theory and my test fold on foil (shown later in this post), but not on the final fold. In the end I just curl the horn.
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Origami Bowhead Whale

Bowhead whale is a filter feeding whale which uses its baleen to feed. Some of its subpopulation was nearly decimated during commercial whaling from the 17th to 20th century. They were critically endangered but the population has been slowly recovering. The crease pattern asymmetry arises from the realization that just one flap is needed to make the lower jaw.

Origami Volant Penguin

Imaginary creature featuring penguin with cormorant wings. Designed for Origami Dan design contest, whose theme was "animal mashup". Design & Fold I saw a winged penguin in someone's instagram profile picture, and suddenly got this idea. When washing dish after dinner I thought of making a penguin with long wings. So what do I need? Two long flaps for wings, a short flap for head, and three short flaps for legs. Sounds like a job for bird base with point split, again. In fact the layout is similar with my frigatebird . On frigatebird, the remaining longer flap is used for color changed air sac. I can repurpose that for this penguin for color changed belly. There's not much to say about the design process. I just do point splitting on two opposite long flaps. Then bisect and sink all 4 edges near the smaller bird base flap. Picture below shows the sequence. Last step is bisect and sink. Closed sink or open sink doesn't matter. Repeat on all 4 sides. To make wi

Origami Babirusa

Babirusa is a species of swine endemic to island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, and its surrounding islands. They have two pairs of tusks, a pair emerging from lower jaw like common boar, and another pair from upper jaw that penetrate out from the top of its snout. Those tusks are curved backward, with the upper one to a greater extent. Poaching and habitat loss are the cause of their status as endangered animal. Apart from long and color changed tusks, I want to express babirusa's torpedo-like body and deer-like legs. 

Origami Secretarybird

Head part with more detailed creases. Secretarybird is a large bird of prey adapted for terrestrial lifestyle in Sub-Saharan Africa. It's like eagle but with long legs, used for stomping its prey. This bird is endangered due to loss of grassland caused by road development and livestock's overgrazing. I gave it accurate color change and beefy legs to help the model not being recognized as crane. To express the long wings neatly folded behind, I pleated them so it is distinguishable from the tail feather.

Origami Ibex

Ibex is a type of wild goat found on Eurasia and North/East Africa. Easily identifiable by its long curved horn full of ridges, which is what I'm trying to express here. Nubian ibex is vulnerable to extinction due to competition with livestock and habitat loss. Ibex has been nearly extinct multiple times in the past because of hunting and unable to compete against livestock. The most recent extinction was Pyrenean ibex, in the year of 2000. Image source:  https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/nubian-ibex I want to make my model to be instantly recognizable as an ibex, not a goat. Horn ridges are rather specific for ibex, so I tried to represent that with spike structure commonly used on insect legs.

Origami Helmeted Hornbill

Helmeted hornbill is a huge hornbill with round casque, featherless throat, spiky hair, and two very long tail feathers.  Unlike other hornbills, its casque is solid and for some reason some people like it. It is sought as valuable item just like elephant's tusk. Overhunting has driven them to be critically endangered. This is the most challenging subject that I've attempted so far.