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Origami Winged Koi by yuumei Origami Winged Koi by yuumei

This origami winged koi is an original design by yours truly (folded from an uncut piece of 8.5 by 14 inch printing paper) Here's a vague process if you're interested Origami Winged Koi Process by yuumei Not to be confused with Wong Park's dollar koi.

As you may know, I haven't been able to draw lately… because of family issues. I wasn't physically prevented from drawing or anything like that, but one of the family problems had to do with my drawings. It made me so depressed that drawing and being on dA reminded me of all the problems and stressed me out to the point that I just couldn't bring myself to draw.

As a stress relief, I folded origami obsessively. I never folded origami before (other than the most typical crane and lucky star) but I began folding all sorts of flowers, kusudama, and animals (seen here Origami over 9000 XD by yuumei ) from Youtube tutorials. The simple act of folding paper allowed me to concentrate on something other than my problems. Unlike drawing, I didn't have to think about the subject or meaning, all I had to do was follow directions and fold paper. I folded so much that the skin came off of my fingers but it helped me calmed down.

As I got better, my creativity returned a little so I designed a winged koi from one of my stories, Curse of the Winged Koi Curse of the Winged Koi by yuumei After folding about 10 of these (along with 20 other regular koi and hundreds of other random things) I think I'm able to draw again. I'm also going through therapy with my mom so I think things are going to be looking up from now.

tl;dr: family problems -> me too emo to draw -> folded origami instead + therapy -> all better now. Commissioners, don't kill me, I'll be working on everything now.
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Given 2010-10-29
Origami Winged Koi by `yuumei is an impressive display of origami art. ( Suggested by toffeecream and Featured by MyntKat )
TanyaHedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and I'm glad you found origami as a support.
Have you considered creating a crease pattern for this? Or have someone make the crease pattern for you?
AoArchangel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Beautiful! I love making origami~ It really does relieve stress! :D
behzadpainter Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
wooooooowww what a beautiful origami . didn't see like that before. thanks for sharing
shaunlergracie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice folds and photograph ☺️
Brickgenius27 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very elegant and graceful, nice work!
LoveMangaStyleArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
You designed this yourself!!! That's amazing! Can't imagine how long it takes to fold those scales I never like thoes 1000x creases business (if you know what I mean) that's why I love Michael G. LaFosse's Koi fish, but the end result always looks so good! Is there anyway we could get diagrams or anything???? I do buy origami books so If you release anything give me a shoutout! :)
MarcGo26 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Whaa I only you know as a Digital Artist! :iconholycrapwrightplz:

You're actually good at origami! :oops:
tornadoz01 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
She's good at everything 0-0
ImperialPotato Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
That is amazing! I would love to make one of those! :)
deidara1444 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's amazing! :)
glassdollphine Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Simply Beautiful!
xxice-maidenxx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
you designed that yourself?! that's amazing! do you possibly have a tutorial? :D
biscia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful :)
theYTmassacre Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I find this image absolutely fascinating.  The Koi are very simply done, yet quite elegant.  :)
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome result!
Blyostochka Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist
wonderful :D
ChestNutScoop Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Does 'Koi' mean love? As in 'Koi wa Sensou' meaning 'Love is War'?
origami-roses Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not always. In Japanese, as in Chinese, the written character has meaning. Many characters (or combinations of characters) are pronounced very similarly, and when put into English letters are spelled the same. So one Japanese character pronounced "koi" does mean love - it usually implies a physical love - and an entirely different character, also pronounced "koi" means the large carp-type fish you see in Japanese/ "Oriental" garden ponds. In Japanese, "koi" is also a command form of "come here" - sometimes used as "follow me".
xxRisunaxx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
RobynTrower Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
JBarr4 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this, it's so awesome
Nestelique-san Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist
it's beautiful and captivating =)
manilafolder Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Great fold and excellent photo!
RazielT Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Now this is damn impressive, you have more skill than anyone person should lol. Amazing.
north-star66 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's an incredible fold you've got there! and the wrapping paper is a good idea; i never thought of that (and here i thought i knew a thing or two about origami ;] ) and i'm glad origami became something useful and purposeful for you, and not just a hobby.
bender7889 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Damn, This is pretty cool :D
Tousu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow this is super good, :D ha lol evey time I even try to do origami I come out with papercuts.
this koi really looks like a butterfly koi fish
copperandsparks Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
good lord, this is PAPER????? this is FLIPPIN AWESOME!
isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing. Arrrrgh, you're so talented, darn it!
Sensakura Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! ^-^
Disciple77 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
HOLY MERCIFUL GOD! YOU MADE THAT OUT OF PAPER?!!!!!!!!!! You are totally AWESOME!!!!!!!!!:iconinuawesomeplz:
Nafanua123 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOA! this is intense!!!!!
herofan135 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :wow:
hetaliallover101 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
minnowpool109 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have an origami army at home, but it's mostly simple stuff like frogs and snails and such. I even have tanks! But anyway, this goes beyond anything I've even tried.
You should make an origami army(or town and such.) I think it would be super awesome from a talented folder like you. :clap: :headbang:
aznmushi019 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
how beautiful ;o
SailorSun1998 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
That is a beautiful design. origami has touched my life in so many ways. i've even folded over 500 paper cranes for my very best friend who has leukemia. Could you do something with a paper crane? it would mean the word to me AND my friend, who's name is alex. I can't pay you immidiately exept in gratitude.
8flames8claws Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
amazing! so...great! and it's an original design too!! aww i love it! :woohoo:
tylar330 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
i smoke a bunch of dope when im depressed.
BreathFlux Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing *W*
LienChiu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing! Its sooo beautiful! I would like to learn that! :)
Gracerain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are SO NEAT! I wish I had the talent to fold paper into beautiful works of art...
Base-SG Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I keep thinking this is amazing :)
gashaponmama14 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Simply beautiful-I am intrigued by this style of origami. I can see how it might induce a meditative state. I love it.
pascalscribbles Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
You're an amazing artist and I love your work and I hope to get the chance to work with you some day!! :)
Emrym Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww I didn't know you had art block D: oh well good to know yer doing well XD awesome koi my friend
Poseidonsky Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
omigawsh UR CRAZY......I LOVE IT! XDD
LifesnotFehr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are my favorite. always. :P
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