Amabie v1

(A mythical Japanese spirit believed to help ward off plagues)

DesignedApr 2020
Crease PatternYes
DiagramsNo
InspirationReference - Amabie v1

This is my contribution to the large collection of amabie artwork created during the 2020 pandemic. "If disease spreads, show a picture of me to those who fall ill and they will be cured."

I tried other tessellation methods for the scales, but in the end the simplest method was the easiest to fold and looked the best. After deciding the scale design, allocating enough paper to depict the 3 legs, long hair, and face with diamond eyes and pointy mouth was simple. I am the happiest with the design of the mouth - it is three-dimensional, is formed from a simple waterbomb base shape, and collapses easily for flat storage. The eye design could be improved, as the shaping process is improvised. The crease pattern is based on dividing the paper into 26ths diagonally.