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Fire Wyvern

Designed and folded from a single uncut sheet of 23.75" square red Unryu

When I first began folding super-complex origami of other artist's designs, I was under the impression that most origami designers usually designed a signature dragon model sometime in their life. Of course this isn't necessarily true, but I thought this because there are a bunch of very impressive origami dragons and wyverns (both single sheet and multipiece) out there. If you haven't, check out those made by Joseph Wu, Kade Chan, Satoshi Kamiya(this guy has at least 3 very well known ones), Daniel Brown, and Sebastian Arellano just to name a few. At the time, I thought it would be pretty cool to be able to design an original dragon or wyvern, but since I didn't have the technical skill to actually do it, this remained wishful thinking. Here we are, a few years and a few attempts later I've finally managed to create the fire wyvern seen above. As a fan of the Monster hunter video game series, I have always liked the creature design of the Rathalos, a fire wyvern with a impressive wingspan, plated body, and large claws. Though I initially started out to recreate these features, somewhere along the way the details just sort of took on a life of their own and I just went with it. I was pleasantly surprised by the end result: a distinct, bird-like wyvern (as opposed to a more serpentine one).

Structurally, this design started as a boxpleat pattern built on a 32x32 grid. The base is pretty much built around the pleats that make up the scaled plates that run along the back of the wyvern. As there was plenty of paper allocated the tail, legs and wings, this base was a joy to work with. This wyvern is almost an enclosed model, with only the neck and parts of the wings exposing the opposite side of paper. Surprisingly enough, it's also pretty well-balanced; with some careful work, it's possible to get the wyvern standing only on it's two legs. I think this is probably my first serious work using unryu paper for an original design, for which the cardinal red paper turned out incredibly nice. Methyl cellulose was used to stiffen up key stress points in the paper such as the wing base, legs, and tail. A roughly 24" square gives a model 10" head to tail and a 12" wingspan

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Hannibal19's avatar
ey baus sory for gravedigging but are the CP accurate? i mean which are the valley and mountain folds?
gerico96's avatar
Grate job! I was hoping to find a good wyvern origami *.* this is my first time successfully solving a cp and I don't know how to make the wings dettail, any tips? T.T
Cahoonas's avatar
I don't check deviantart too often these days and just saw your comment. Did you manage to figure out the wings?
siphanophore's avatar
love your original designs,i want to get into designing more...time to study Origami Design Secrets
neofly1's avatar
did you get the idea from a game
Cahoonas's avatar
I kinda started with a vague idea that I wanted to make a winged wyvern from the Monster Hunter games and went with that.
neofly1's avatar
ya i know it great job tho
SkyThing's avatar
This is incredible! If you don't mind my asking, how did you get so good at origami? I find myself getting confused by complex origami instructions, am I just not using well written books? Or should I not even be using instructions at all?
Cahoonas's avatar
I'd say it's a matter of experience. Instructions are certainly a good place to start as I'd recommend started out folding all sorts of models, progressing from simple to complex as your skill improves. If you find a book to be to challenging, perhaps find another that is a step down in difficulty, before coming back and trying again. I find doing this with a wide variety of models helps teach you what you can and cannot do with the paper as well as giving you some reference in terms of how some artists detail their models. 

However if you plan on designing original models, I find it involves a different skill set. The easiest way to learn is to just try it, starting with altering simple bases. Figure out how many flaps are available and think about what subjects fit. Instead of relying on existing reference points, you start to find your own. It takes a while to become comfortable doing this, but be persistent!
SkyThing's avatar
Wow, thanks for all the good advice! I will look into getting a slightly easier book to try my hand at some origami again. Are there any that you would recommend in particular?
bananalanana87's avatar
man... that's the coolest origami piece Ive ever seen ... how can you do this ?!!!
raffypaeng's avatar
Is the tail detachable?

Cahoonas's avatar
It is if it takes enough slashing damage.
raffypaeng's avatar
Now now let's not be hasty! Your work would be wasted if we do anything of the sort! We can always wait till it flies and just flash bomb it then so it drops a shiny!
PrelateZ's avatar
Sometimes I think I've gotten pretty good at origami.
Then this shows up on my dashboard and burns that thought to a crisp.
Cahoonas's avatar
That was me a few years ago. I occasionally still get these feelings whenever I see some of the crazy things other origamists have made. Keep practicing and learning. You'll eventually get there!
synconi's avatar
I think you're right, most origami artists eventually design their own dragon (or variation)...and elephant, too. So awesome that you've finally created your own, a few years on! Hopefully I'll be in this place one day :faint:

Loving the bold scales that run from head to tail, the way you've added claw details to the feet. Super impressive :heart:
Cahoonas's avatar
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I've noticed that I indeed have a tendency to put large bold details in my designs. I was pretty much playing around with a pre-folded grid, and tried pulling out details for the appendages. Everything was too short, so I simply made the grid finer. More recently, I've actually been trying to study other ways of folding and not become too dependent only on boxpleating!

For designing your own dragon, keep at it and you'll get there! It helps to have a list of well defined goals for the final model you want to make. From there, start simple(I usually begin focusing on the most prominent details) and work up.
Owlfeathers0117's avatar
Very unique, and well done on making this!

On another note, it looks like the same base might be good if you were to try making a Mutalisk.
Cahoonas's avatar
Hmm maybe it does! Adjust a couple of flaps and it might just work out decently.
PeteriDish's avatar
fantastic design! it has a lot of character and looks unique!
Cahoonas's avatar
I'm glad you like it! =D
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Cyberglass's avatar
Congratulations! It's hard these days to make a dragon or similar that is different enough to be unique, but your wyvern interpretation definitely fits the bill. It also looks great, especially the legs and tail.
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