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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 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.
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Origami Winged Koi by `yuumei is an impressive display of origami art. ( Suggested by toffeecream and Featured by MyntKat )
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 General Artist
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
Beautiful :)
theYTmassacre Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I find this image absolutely fascinating.  The Koi are very simply done, yet quite elegant.  :)
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