Ryujin 3.5 (continued)

Posted by wonko on August 16, 2014 in animal, fantasy, paper, wtf |

After much care and attention, diligently following expert lessons (courtesy of MrOrigami’s Daniel Brown), I have managed to successfully navigate lessons 1-11 in what promises to be an ever intensifying journey towards understanding the whole model. This is PART 2 of a previous post. Part 3 also exists.

Along the way I have learned a LOT about myself – patience is it’s own reward. If at first you do not succeed, try, try and try again (something I needed to do for lesson 11 – which I folded 4 times until I got it right, each attempt taking me 12ish hours)


I can see why Satoshi Kamiya (the astonishingly talented designer) has not folded lots of these – the detail (and there is LOTS of details here, most you cannot see) needed to let the paper sit correctly whilst transitioning between elements is breaking my brain.

So far, I have learned elements of the design in isolation:PatternLessons1-11

The lessons after this appear to tackle larger and more complex chunks – the aim to get all pieces to co-exist on the same sheet.

Interestingly, although it is time consuming, I am finding the process fascinating, each piece gains a sort of momentum that propels me on to finish it and get it right, and I look forward to the next part with a sort of morbid curiosity.

I bought some WIDE Kraft online (90cmx30m) and, depending how it behaves, intend to laminate 2 strips together to make a square nearly 2m x 2m as my first attempt of the whole model – no idea if that will be big enough, we shall see.

The Lessons continue.

Lesson 12: The lower half (wip)
12A = Pre-creasing the Rear End
I am using a 90×180 sheet of newly purchased kraft – it is 65gsm, not sure if it is too thick to achieve the model- we shall seeLesson12AComplete1

12B = The Collapse of the Rear End
Folded over a period of over 5 weeks, this has taken an age – the detail here is terrifying and I am pleased to say it was folded without error, no paper fatigue and only a tiny bit of inaccuracy due to paper thickness. scaleshapingbeginsQuite chuffed I got this far as I resolved to keep folding until I could not fold moreLesson12bv2Completesml12C = Shaping the Rear End

…to come

Lesson 13: Upper half transitions
no idea where these fit in yetLesson13Complete

Lesson 14: Final Scale Pleats
fairly sure these are the transition towards the neck where the body finishes, we shall seeLesson14Complete

Lesson 15 – Neck Twist
Apparently according to the crease pattern, the head is upside down, necessitating a complicated twistLesson15Complete-NeckTwist

Lesson 16 – Early Head Base
The head is a defining feature – this is the first stage collapse, a base from which great complexity will arise (I folded it thrice to remove the “it seems to happen by magic” collapse confusion)Lesson16Complete-EarlyHeadBasex3

Lesson 17 – Neck Connection

Lesson17NeckConnectionCompletesmlLesson 18a – Early Head Base

Lesson18aCompleteEarlyHeadBaseSmlAfter a whole bunch of wrangling (separated in time by an ugly period of marking and reporting) we shape the base into a “late” head base so:

Lesson 18b – Late Head Base

…the folding continues, carefully



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