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
Not to be confused with Wong Park's dollar koi.
As you may know, I haven't been able to draw lately [link]
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
) 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
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.