Edit 4-9-2013: I'm sending an updated photo through. Not only was it taken with my new fancy camera, a Canon T3i, but I did the HDR treatment to it. As much as I hate fads and their overuse, it's almost necessary with this many wide ranging colors. Looking at the old photo and the new is like night and day difference. I was also smart enough to not photograph it behind glass, so no reflections!
The story behind this begins last year or so. I had made an art trade with *Tired-Al. Being the superior, more experienced procrastinator he got his part of the trade sent MUCH sooner than I had. He had sent a few extras, a deck of Trigun cards and a couple boxes of TINY little origami dragons. I decided to return the favor and sent him a few extras, one of which was a set of origami paper. This particular set had 100 sheets and no two were the same color.
He proceeded to make a small army of origami figures. [link] After seeing the variety of things he did I wondered what I would have used that set for. The answer came soon thereafter; a Hydrangea quilt like these [link] Well, like 7 of them at least. Out of those 7, you know how many I have? ZERO. I've given them all away. As you may guess I enjoy making them but haven't made one truly for myself. This one was going to be big and bad and all mine.
That was the end of last year. I had all the paper sorted out, it was in a random order, and ready to be folded but for the longest time it sat on the back burner. A few weeks ago I FINALLY decided to put forth the effort and this is the result. I've not uploaded it yet because... well... you see the colors out of order. It's not as smooth of a gradient as I'd like. You work with what you have but I made some less than stellar choices. Fuchsia IS purple! Just not dark enough to match the other colors. And that brown is too high, and I could take out one of the greens. People say it's "personality". I say it's just wrong. Then again it does reflect correctly who I am as an artist. That is to say I am wrong more often than I care to admit. Please, I'm more than open for critique too, mainly should I alter it or not?
Oh, it's big too. The frame is 24" * 36" and each sheet of paper started off 6" square.
Okay, this thing first of all took far more longer than I ever intended it to take so I hope you all like it. Secondly this, as stated above, IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS! I didn't mean to exclude out "lay-folders" but you kinda need to have some basic know-how to start this thing. This piece does look best with different colors but I really don't want to waste the paper so there you go! Again, like always, comment or message me if you don't understand a step, I will be happy to answer questions. HAPPY FOLDING!!!
Little Bird, Designed by Kamiya Satoshi, folded by me from a single uncut 9.75" sheet of Paper Circle's Ogami paper. This is my third fold through, but the first time I was able to collapse the belly to my liking.