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Emperor Penguin


Origami Emperor Penguin

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue foil.

Design date:  July, 2008

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Emperor Penguin Base

Design Reference:

Real Emperor Penguin


While in New York for the 2007 Origami USA Convention, one of my class choices was Marc Kirschenbaum's Penguin.  My son, Seth, loved it (he has recently been into Webkinz, and his first virtual pet was a penguin, which he ironically named "Fireball") and asked me if I could fold him one that was black and white since the first one was folded from one of the pieces of foil paper provided at the convention (not black).  I later decided to design one of my own with a more realistic body shape, complete with three stubby toes on the short, flat feet.  This is the first time I have used grafting in order to add features to a design (the toes) - after a little experimentation, I decided that the feet and toes could come from the center of the paper since they should be thick and stubby anyway.  This design started out as an afterthought, but I am extremely satisfied with the efficiency of the crease pattern and the realism of the end product.