Brian Chan's Origami Gallery

Brian Chan's Origami Gallery

Brian Chan with his MIT Seal Origami
courtesy of Joseph Lee

Brian Chan [Facebook] [Twitter] is an artist and craftsman with more than 10 years of experience at MIT and Mass Art.

Some of the specialties he has had over the years are Japanese swords, replica props, and musical instruments. Brian also enjoys designing complex origami and painting. Now we appreciate his great works...

1Mens et Manus II Origami

Mens et Manus II Origami by Brian Chan 2 The MIT Logo, this origami is the "Best MIT-Themed Model", 2006-7 MIT Origami Contest, and the "Best Original Design", 2006-7 MIT Origami Contest.

2Rozen Maiden - Suigintou (Mercury Lamp) Origami

From "Rozen Maiden" anime & manga. Inspired by Naoto Horiguchi, Tomohiro Tachi. Suigintou (Mercury Lamp) is one of the most complex origami I have made, based not from the number of folds, but from the number of different design features expressed in one work. ~ via Brian Chan

3Neon Genesis Evangelion - Rei Ayanami Origami

origami from the anime / manga "Neon Genesis Evangelion". This work is the Winner of the JOAS challenge 2008.

The Impact of this clone comes from the color changes. The CP and design of this is more complex than one might expect at first. Because of the color changes and additional features, four times as much paper is used compared to the basic human "dummy figure" in the center of the CP.

I found a way to accomplish the color changes by considering the border of light and dark that traces around the colored regions of her figure. The border is the perimeter of the square from which she is folded, and segments of the perimeter become features on the final model. This idea was Instrumental in creating Rei 3. What remained was to combine the color change with circle packing theory. ~ via Brian Chan

4Wall-E Origami

This origami is folded from an uncut square paper, it is designed by Brian Chan, June 2008. The following is a folding video of Wall-E origami:

5Iron Man Origami

This  origami is folded from an uncut square paper (Mask / Full Armor each), it is designed by Brian Chan, June 2008. "That doesn't look like a crane. What are you folding, Mr. Stark?" Origami can be used to create 'low-budget action figures'. ~ via Brian Chan

6Flying Carp Origami

The mythical carp origami is from Chinese mythology, and this form was inspired by one of my favorite tsuba (Japanese sword guard) in the Museum of Fine Arts. Folded from an uncut square of kozo (Japanese mulberry paper).

7Origami Hermit Crabs

Folded from uncut squares. The old hermit crab I considered to be poorly designed, well folded. the box pleated base itself had a decent body, but the shell was formed without any clear method at all. Here I looked at several ways to fold the shell. maybe you recognize one of them, Folded from squares of laminated unryu, Origamido paper, and marbled thai paper.

8Origami Lizards

9Vash's Revolver Origami

0.45 Long Colt - double action - inverted cylinder custom revolver folded from an uncut square. I always liked the aesthetic appeal of Vash's revolver in Trigun. I designed this model for the convention Anime Boston 2007. The one you see here, as well as his glasses and empty cases, are folded roughly life-size. The base is mostly box pleated, and generally created by experimentation.

10My Neighbor Totoro - Catbus (Nekobasu) Origami

My Neighbor Totoro - Nekobus Origami by Brian Chan 2These two origami Catbus (Nekobasu) papercrafts are from the animated fantasy film My Neighbor Totoro. It was folded from an uncut square paper.

11Origami Horse

Origami Horse by Brian Chan 2I had envisioned folding a horse with color changes for the face, main, tail, saddle and feet for a while. This base is not uniaxial, but is easy to find references; it uses a 22.5 degree layout. ~ via Brian Chan

12Origami Pig

Designed for Chinese New Year- it's the year of the pig!

13Origami House Centipede "Centipede Varileg"

House Centipede "Centipede Varileg" Ver.2, designed by Brian Chan, December 2006. This and "mens et manus 2" are the most time-consuming models I have created. Since creating my first Scutigera model, I've wanted to redo it. The challenge is not creating a workable cp, but creating one that is foldable, and having the patience to fold it well. This final one is a good solution, as its main structure is based on dividing the corner into 7ths (Referencefinder is useful for this). Afterwards, every other reference is easily found without a ruler. The 'rivers' can be made by using just the thickness of the paper, or can be "inserted" between concentric sets of legs.

Overall, the foldability, proportions, and execution of this version are a lot better. I would delete my old models from the list, but on second thought, they are good for learning. If you want to try folding this from CP, I recommend spending only a few hours every day for about two or three weeks, so that you don't get impatient and fold sloppy. ~ via Brian Chan

14Origami Hissing Roach

Origami Hissing Roach by Brian Chan 2An answer to a challenge by Origami-wolf on the "origami workshop" group on These insects make pretty good pets, if you ignore for a moment that they are indeed roaches (They don't smell, run, fly, or (most importantly) infest houses, and are pretty docile. If you go to an insect zoo, they're a standard demonstration insect that guides like to let kids pet.

Here I tried to use the tapered molecules from bisecting the corner of a square to generate the varileg structure of the roach. With luck, I found that the proportions for the legs, and point split of the head resulted in lifelike proportions, while leaving enough paper to create the right number of segments on the wingless back. Crease Patterns ~ via Brian Chan

15Other Origami Insects

There are Acrocinus Longimanus Origami, Atlas Beetle Origami, Brass Rat Origami, Bush Cricket Origami, Chirping Cricket Origami, Cicada Nymph Origami, Cicada Origami, Cyclommatus Metalifer Origami, Dobsonfly Origami, Dorcus Curvidens Origami, Dragonfly Origami, Dragonfly Origami, Earwig Origami, Fisher Spider Origami, Flying Grasshopper Origami, Flying Katydid Origami, Goliath Beetle Origami, Hercules Beetle Origami, Kabuto Mushi Origami, Leaf Katydid Origami, Locust Nymph Origami, Locust Origami, Lucanus Cervus Origami, Mayfly Origami, Newt Origami, Orb Weaver Origami, Praying Mantis Origami, Samurai Helmet Beetle Origami, Scorpion Origami, Skimmer Dragonfly Origami, Stomatopod Origami, Theodosia Viridiaurata Origami, Tiger Beetle Origami and Water Strider Origami, total 40.

16Shrimp Origami

Shrimp Origami by Brian Chan 2A challenge proposed by Jason Ku. The body is a combination of box pleating, Lang-centipede type parallelogram molecules, and point splitting. The eyes can be folded by puffing out middle points (as in Lang's treefrog) or color-changed using edge points.

17Origami Spaceship One

Origami Spaceship One by Brian Chan 2On Oct. 4, 2004, Spaceship One made history by being the first private manned spacecraft to fly into space (and thus winning the Ansari X-prize. The graceful craft (and launch ship, White Knight) were designed by the famed Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites. A design challenge between Brian Chan and Jason Ku.

196 Origami Crabs

A symmetrical crab, with a base that can be adapted to many different species. Shown are Cancer magister (Dungeness crab) and Pachygrapsus sp.

20Origami Brain

"The Long-Term Effect of an MIT Education". Folded from an uncut square.

22Origami C Sail

Folded for the MIT Origami Contest. I wanted to portray one of the large modern art sculptures here at MIT. The Calder Sail (designed by Alexander Calder) is perhaps the largest and (in my opinion) most graceful sculpture here at MIT.

24Origami Amber

Inspired by the work of Bernie Peyton.

25Origami Frog

Origami FrogThis frog's just better. maybe not so apparent in the final frog, but the folding sequence and design is more natural. Take a look at the CP, and compare it to the frog version 1, there used to be an awkward "lump" of paper in the back, but not anymore.

26Origami Fiddler Crab

Fiddler Crab Origami by Brian ChanFiddler crabs are getting to be quite abundant in origami (Lang unpublished, Lang/Montroll Origami Sea Life, Kirschenbaum Tanteidan 11, as far as I know), so I need to do my part. A challenge from Dr. Lang, these crabs are a good subject because of their asymmetrical claws. In nature, the claws are used for courtship displays. Folded from a square of Japanese foil.

27Origami Rose

Do you LOVE origami? I had been wanting to fold a 'one-square rose' for quite some time, but only recently thought of an approachable way. Unlike most origami roses out there (Kawasaki, Tran), the blossom comes from the edge of the paper rather than radially from the center. ~ via Brian Chan

28Trigun - Vash the Stampede (The Humanoid Typhoon) Origa...

Vash the Stampede is the main protagonist of the anime and manga series of Trigun. Vash is also known as The Humanoid Typhoon due to the destruction and chaos that often surrounds him. Wielding a huge silver revolver, he travels from town to town to learn more and protect what his adopted mother,Rem. He is initially discovered by Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, two Bernardelli Insurance Society representatives investigating claims made due to damages caused by the mysterious Humanoid Typhoon.

In the anime, the pair find Vash while he is being chased by bandits who want to collect the bounty on "The $$60,000,000,000 Man". He escapes while Milly and Meryl eventually learn that Vash is actually the person they are assigned to track.

In the manga, they discover Vash facing off against The Nebraska Father and Son duo after he was avoiding a conflict with the somewhat innocent townsfolk who aimed to use the sixty billon double dollar bounty on his head to correct the financial problems vexing their town. [Source: wikia]

29Trigun - Nicholas D. Wolfwood Origami

Nicholas D. Wolfwood (aka Nicholas the Punisher) is a major character in both the Trigun anime, and the Trigun manga. The background and development of his character are different in the anime and manga.

30Turkey Origami

Happy Thanksgiving!

31Final Fantasy - Sephiroth Origami

is one of the villains fighting for the side of Chaos, opposing Cloud, in Dissidia Final Fantasy and  Final Fantasy (also appears in game series).