Plants vs. Zombies Snapdragon

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The model was inspired by the new Plants vs. Zombies heroes game which featured the snapdragon as a playable card. The snapdragon was one of my favorite plants in Plants vs Zombies 2 because he always seemed so calm and “chill”.

The model underwent several revisions and this is the fourth version I am most happy with. I initially attempted to make teeth for the bottom jaw but those were lost in the second revision in favor or larger wings and an easier to shape head. The snapdragon’s head looks different from other origami dragons and I came to the conclusion that it was because of his vertical head featuring eyes on the front rather than sides. I attempted to recreate this by shaping the many layers in the front and then pulling layers to form eyes. I am not the best at shaping so the head looks more like an oriental dragon than the one depicted in the game but I think the overall shape is evident and most of the anatomical features are present. My favorite feature is the wings. In Plants vs. Zombies 2 the wings are not present until it is boosted with plant food but in Plants vs. Zombies heroes they are there when it is planted. The original version had must smaller wings but the ones in subsequent versions have much larger wings, fulfilling the snapdragon’s wish in the description in PvZ2.

Better pictures and a colored version will hopefully come upon my return home.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.

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Duck

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I was given a post-it note after class which I, being the impeccable scholar I am, decided to fold a unicorn with.  Upon presenting it to my classmates, several commented that it looked more like a duck and when rotated it is quite easy to see so.

I built on this idea for the rest of the day and made feet so it could stand. I like the angles of the head as it makes it look like a cartoony duck or seagull. I was also impressed with the feet which are made from the corners (typically a weak part of the paper) yet could support the weight of the rest of the model. Overall it looks much more “full” that it actually is. Just as in the unicorn that formed it, the main anatomical flaw is the lack of a tail. Even though a duck’s tail is much shorter there was no real good way to made it stick out from the back so I left it as is.

One thing I enjoy about simple models is that they can easily manipulated to form new models. I did this quite often when I was younger to suit the tastes I had at the time, often transforming ordinary models into warriors so they could do battle (I based their significance based on the number of steps they took so the more complex ones were kings and generals while simple ones were merely peasants). However performing a simple turn to arrive at a new model is impossible with more complex models which feature toes and horns and hands and other intended appendages. This is one reason it is nice to take a break from such models and enjoy the simplicity and joy “easy” models can bring. Simpler models are also great for a limited time budget as the accomplishment of designing a new model can still be experienced without spending months on a single design.

Folded originally from a square, uncut sticky note and later with uncut, squares of printer paper.

Unicorn

I made this model over the summer and I guess I didn’t get a chance to post it despite how proud of it I was. I fabricated the entire model in my head and it worked perfectly the first time I tried to fold it. It’s only merit is being extraordinarily easy to fold as there is almost no definition of the body and no tail at all. It looks more like a giraffe but it has a horn so it is obviously a unicorn. The horn could easily be modified to be ears or ossicones (those horn like appendages on their heads) but I think the simplicity of the model is better than a more complex graft with a very simple body.

Folded from a single sheet of uncut, square printer paper.

Hearthstone Hex Frog

Hex, in Hearthstone, is a spell for the shaman class which transforms a minion into a 0/1 frog with taunt for 3 mana. It is one of the best removal spells as it permanently changes a potentially powerful minion into a nonthreatening amphibian.

I wanted to make this model for a while as there are not very many easy subjects to capture in Hearthstone and a frog seemed pretty basic. This differs from most other origami frogs as it sits upright just as it is portrayed in the card art.

The design revolves around the eyes. Sometimes when I design models sometimes there is one specific aspect I want to capture and then I design the rest of the model around it with the remaining paper and in this case it was the surprised eyes. If I were to change anything I would try to make the legs slightly longer but overall I am happy with how it turned out.

Finally I couldn’t find the usual camera I use so I tried a different camera and different techniques so hopefully the pictures look slightly better.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.

 

Gorilla (Harambe)

I managed to design and fold this in one school day. This is the second iteration of the model as the first got crumpled in my pocket while I was walking around school. Luckily this one survived the rest of the school day so I could post it.

I think I am most proud of the face. I don’t usually include details in the same caliber as a face but I thought it turned out alright and was a good challenge as a designer. The larger forehead makes it look younger and the eyes look slightly malignant; perhaps it is a wild gorilla rather than one in a zoo.

This model was inspired by Harambe, the gorilla which was shot and killed in the Cincinnati zoo. I am ashamed to say it was more inspired by the memes than the gorilla itself but I am trying to create more natural animals and a gorilla seemed appropriate given recent events. Consider it a tribute of sorts.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.