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598: (48/360) Neal Elias’ “Rocking Horse”

Posted by wonko on February 17, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid, mammal |

This model is testament to the design genius of Neal Elias: Taking the bird base, and a colour change, we fashion a jockey (with the cutest little cap) atop a rocking horse. I love the detail here and will probably fold this again, only with a slightly bigger bit of paper. 

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593: (43/360) Neal Elias’ “Andres Segovia”

Posted by wonko on February 12, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid |

When a member of the British Origami Society, I purchased “Selected works of Neal Elias” and continue to find gems within it – this is one such treasure: Modeled after a classical guitarist in 1970, this model starts with a 3×1 rectangle (8×23 to be exact) and, via miracles of box pleating (a pioneering technique […]

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581: (31/365) Brian

Posted by wonko on January 31, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid |

“He’s not a messiah, he is just a very naughty boy”. “Crucifixion? Good. Line on the left, one cross each”: In my opinion, “Life of Brian” by the Monty Python team is close to perfect, such a beautiful play in an otherwise familiar ancient world, full to the brim with some of their cleverest work. […]

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448: Cutting a Rug

Posted by wonko on August 4, 2013 in humanoid |

I am old enough to remember the “good old days” when partners dance WITH each other as opposed to the modern trend of dancing AT each other: Flicking through a yellowed and falling apart copy of “Origami 4” by Robert Harbin, I came across a Neal Elias figure I had not remembered nor tried. Using […]

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381: Rodin’s Reader

Posted by wonko on March 5, 2012 in humanoid |

It is little known (partially because it is blatantly not true) that Rodin, prior to sculpting his masterpiece “The Thinker” had an altogether different idea: Our school library is celebrating the National Year of reading by exploring a different theme each month – March is “think” so I put 2 and 2 together and got […]

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347: Tree Topper

Posted by wonko on December 13, 2011 in humanoid, seasonal |

So I was putting up the tree again this year and remembered we had nothing to put atop it: I remembered an “angel” designed originally by Neal Elias, reworked by gabriel Vong that I had put in the “must try this sometime” pile, so set about folding it. A nice figurative angel, hands clasped in […]

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303: Llopio’s Moment of Truth

Posted by wonko on October 30, 2011 in humanoid, mammal |

The croud erupts spontaneously with “Olé!” as Llopio narrowly dodges the bull calf’s first charge. His grandfather’s matador cap, too loose for him, slips and obscures his vision, there is an amateur swish of a cape as the bull’s developing horns pass too close for comfort, quick step out of the way and Llopio is finally a […]

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298: Violinist

Posted by wonko on October 25, 2011 in humanoid |

When I saw this design I knew I had to try it: Made, oddly, from a “T”-shaped box pleat, designed by Neal Elias in 1971 to celebrate the then popular violinist Yehudi Menuhin, this is a masterpiece of miniature modelling. We have a violin perched on a shoulder, being held by that hand, a bow […]

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297: Taxi!

Posted by wonko on October 24, 2011 in humanoid, vehicle |

In old Chinatown, when someone wanted to travel in style, they hailed a “coolie” pulling a rickshaw: This picture was common in days gone by, these days the hustle and bustle of bicycles, motorbikes and tuk-tuks has replaced the hard work. This is Neal Elias’ “Coolie and Rickshaw”, designed in1967. An ingenious box pleat using a square and […]

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296: Pas de Deux

Posted by wonko on October 23, 2011 in humanoid |

In ballet, a pas de deux (French, steps of two) is a duet in which ballet dancers perform the dance together. It usually consists of an entrée, adagio, two variations (one for each dancer), and a coda: In origami, few designers have mastered multiple figure folding like Neal Elias – this is his “Nureyev and […]

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