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Origami Beetles by origami-artist-galen Origami Beetles by origami-artist-galen
A collection of origami beetles!
Clockwise from upper left corner: My Giant Root Borer, Lang's latest Stag Beetle, Lang's Hercules Beetle, Lang's Longhorn Beetle and Kawahata's Jambar Giant Scarab. All folded out of 1 square sheet of tracing paper.
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SaaraSou Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
PictureGuide07791 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
I LOVE MAKING ORIGAMI this is brutal and super
JohnnyChin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm making my first origami book, can you help me to buy the apps I needed to make my book?
neubauten Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
so impressive Shuki
Kakhi-dot-dot-dot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow ! How nice-looking insects :) Great !
SparrowOwl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that is amazing! 
structure-of-chaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

It’s beautiful! :) If you are interested in application of origami in science in technology (yes, it’s possible!), you must visit Origami BioBandage fanpage!…

jonathanlee214 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Artist
no cp or diagram for your giant root borer?
bloodyart13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
that is...amazing!!!!
Pinkiepievorefan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tuftedduck Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Bloody Impressive, well done, you should have a look at my origami although your much better than me :)
Barth-Dunkan Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
nice collection :)
idrawforraven Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Those are amazing! How'd you do it?
SkiesNeon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   General Artist



Did you make each one with 1 piece of paper or more?

jacklinTH Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow that is 3d beetles I only know 2d I find it here try it Paper Origami Blog
TimeaTerenyei Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
It's pretty awesome. Congrat :)
Tippytippy1001 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Howd you make it :D
Lucy-of-the-wolves Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
clown1993 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
WOW! so amazing!
WolfLover1909 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude that's amazing! Love it. You got a talent use it wisely.
Tahmido Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
The tracing paper makes them look really cool, and they were folded perfectly.
DaniRouge Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy sheee, how did you make those?? Cookie for you!
vadimcream Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
These seriously blow my mind. I bow to your Origami skills :)
RedEarthStables Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
CPs look scary!! where should the beginner start if they want to get into making origami like this? I LOVE these bugs and the Cicada he designed, i just have no clue how to fold them. :wow:
michael1337 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a tutorial on solving crease patterns:…
Lightpourer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
origamifreack Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
aawwssoommee!!!!!! that would definitely be hard i wonder how many steps there are in the Hercules beetle?
You're obsessed with how many steps there are aren't you. There are 123 steps.:)
kickingchildren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I love the way the tracing paper looks with this.
AmyKollarAnderson Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Those are so much fun!
GlassLaugter Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Tutorial plz?!? These are amazing!!
PaperPhantasm Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome, I like your borer beetle. What kind of base did you make it out of? Is it a completely improvised base, box pleated, or folded from a basic base? I suck at creating my own insects; I can never find a nice suitable base that can contain all the points including feet and jaws/antennae, most usually I just find a base and see what I can make out of it :\
thai-binturong Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Something unbelievable 0_0 Really great!
tallion Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
oh pleaaaaaaaaaaaase give me the advice how to did it or give me the link to the page you got the plan how to make them from!

greetings and adoration from berlin, germany!
pahein Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Quite sublime. These are wonderful models.
gnommi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
these are really unbelievable! wonderful, wonderful things
Silveryounglink Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Simply incredible, Robert Langs models have always been hard for me, probably because I only have typing paper to work with, you said those were all made with tracing paper? Seeing that origami paper is kind of hard to find maybe I would have better luck with that.
dongeul Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
Thank you!
Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Excellent bug collection :clap:
Yaquob Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
beautiful work
origami-artist-galen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
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mistro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I think the others are by Robert Lang, but who is the author of the stag beetle? Nice work.
origami-artist-galen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
The stag beetle is lang's as well, the crease pattern's on his website, but be warned, my first attempt took around 12 hours! I designed the longhorn beetle with shorter "horns" using a similar box pleating technique.
mistro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I see, it seems different compared to his older pieces. I still have problems with CPs, so it will probably take me longer XD.
origami-artist-galen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
Yeah, I thought he preferred circle packing after I read Design Secrets. CP's are incredibly difficult, If you have time, try folding a difficult model then unfold it completely and look observe the structure and fold it back again (maybe not).
mistro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
Yeah, this one is very much square packing. He gave a lecture on square packing and pythagorean stretches in 2007, I don't really remember much of it and my notes don't make sense to me now XD. The most complex thing I've folded from a CP is his dragonfly from the class he taught in 2004. For some reason his circle packing bases are easier for me to fold. Perhaps something in insects II has a similar base, I'll have to check it out.
origami-artist-galen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
Awesome! you attended one of his conferences, I haven't been to any conventions or things like that. I tried to fold the same dragonfly CP from his site a few years ago, but I had trouble shaping it once the base was finished. I'll try again someday.
mistro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I'm sure you'd enjoy it, I believe you've seen the convention photos in my scrapbook section, most of the contemporary designers sit at one table and they're often there to talk business. I'm not the mathematical type like most of the designers these days, so its hard to understand what they're talking about sometimes.

The dragonfly is a bit of a story if you care to read it.

2004 was my first convention, sort of my high school graduation present. I had the menacing yellow "first timer" tag even though I had checked that they leave it off... When it came time to choose classes one of my top picks was the Dragonfly Varileg. It was a limited class, with the special requirement of being able to fold all the insects from origami insects II and the like to be able to get in (you didn't have to prove it, more as a precaution). I strolled up to the ticketing area and chose it, which I recieved a few odd looks in doing so, many first timers aren't super complex folders I guess, I thought it was pretty normal since I was always a lone folder.

The class was broken up into two hour sessions over two days. The first day was for folding the base. We had about 8 in our class, in addition to a man from The New Yorker (who thanks to him Robert later got that article that lead to his recent burst of fame). I goofed up on folding the reference points, it was quite confusing. I urged Robert to continue anyway. I watched through to find the final steps to get the model ready for the next day. At the end he gave us the CP for the model as homework to finish the base.

I returned to the hospitality room, a bit worried. I decided to cut out the CP and fold it to the base, finding my own reference points that I could understand, and then applying my notes to them. After two tries and a few hours I was satisfied with my base and headed off to bed.

The next afternoon I showed up to class, which was now down to 6 including myself. Robert seemed surprised that I showed up with a completed base, which I take delight in remembering =p. I was able to complete the model and afterwards Robert gave me his model and I asked him to autograph it.(It still sits proudly on my shelf)

The class taught me more than to fold a dragonfly, it also taught me alot about teaching origami, as well as knowing my weaknesses (and having a little humility). Not to mention that you shouldn't say your dragonfly has a belly button (stress rip), or your instructor may mention they've never seen one with a navel before. Have to remember to use the correct language around laser physicists ;).
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