Origami Instructions: Fawn (Stephen Weiss)

Origami Instructions: Fawn (Stephen Weiss)


in this video I’m going to show you how to fold an origami fawn designed by Steven vise diagrams are published in origami USA’s annual collection from the year 2000 which you can buy a pdf version of on origami USA org for a completely colored bottle you should start with a square sheet of paper that has the same color on both sides now for demonstration purposes I’ll actually be using paper that is white on one side and colored on the other and then the body will be colored and the head and the neck will be white I’ll be using a square sheet of paper with a side length of 24 centimeters or about nine and a half inches and then the the fawn will have a length of about ten point five centimeters or four and a quarter of an inch it will be about ten centimeters or four inches high and it will be about four and a half centimeters or one and seven eighths of an inch deep now this model I actually folded from slightly smaller paper from a square with a side length of just 20 centimeters or seven and seven eighths of an inch and I also have one which I folded from a 15 centimeter square or a square with a side length of six inches but I do recommend because this is an advanced model that you start with paper that is larger especially for your first try and even for your first fold you might also want to use paper that has a different color on each side because it will be easier to follow the video that way now if you are using paper that is white on one side and colored on the other and you want a model that is predominantly colored so the body will be the color then start with the color side up now we’re going to start off by folding the paper in half diagonally and do fold precisely because it just gives a nice remodel and especially the first creases are quite important to get precision later on unfold rotate and again crease the diagonal now we’re going to take this edge and bring it to the central crease line and same thing on the other side next we’re going to make a horizontal crease that goes exactly through the intersection of these three crease lines so I’m first going to pinch to get that precision and then align edge with edge to get a nice horizontal crease unfold rotate and do the same thing on the other side now we can bring both of these sides inside like that and then squash this corner down and we’re going to create new creases here and there we want them to be precise so I’m just going to rotate this over so I’m going to align this crease line with that crease line and ensure that the paper lies completely flat and then going to make creases now we’re going to take this crease line right here and which I just going to push it up and then these two layers together we’re going to align with that edge to make a diagonal crease here then we’re going to take this edge and bring it over to that edge to make an angle bisector only up to that central crease line on that triangle and same on this side it’s slightly fixed here but you should manage okay so I’m just aligning this and then kind of going inside to make that crease there we go and now we can push this up and push it over to the side now we’re going to bring this flap out of the way so that we can work here more nicely and we already have the angle bisector on this section we need it on here and for that we’re going to make a crease line from that intersection up to this point right here where that crease line meets the edge so I’m just pinching to get that precision and then making that crease and then you can again push this up and over to kind of open this up and check that this is nicely aligned and now we’re going to take this flap like here and push it up and we’re going to push this crease back into its folded shape and push that one to the back can you see that it’s kind of a mountain fold and then you push flat we are preparing the front legs here when we have that we can fold this over making a small crease here and because we need that out of the way in a second in any case just fold this over and then repeat the steps on this side so we started with taking that existing fold aligning it with the edge to make a diagonal crease then we creased both of the angle bisectors first on one side just going to the center of that triangle and the other one pushing it over and then adding a third angle bisector to again push this up and over to ensure that we’re okay here and then pushing this up to the back and up to create a new crease there there we go now we’re just going to make this symmetrical again and then we’re going to flip the model over going to take this edge and bring it basically to the center and you already have an existing crease and you can just follow that it might not meet the central crease line exactly and that’s okay then we’re going to concentrate on shaping the front legs further so I’m just going to zoom in a little now if you look closely you can see that you have a crease line right here we’re going to start a crease in this point right here so that it goes down and meets the edge in a 90 degree angle so what I’m going to do is I’m going to first kind of just pinch so that I get that aligned and then I want to align edge with edge and because this is slightly Hin once I’ve pinched this in place I’m just going to turn it over and then check that I am you see in here a lining edge with edge like that and once I have the angle right I can just flatten that paper right there next we’re going to start narrowing the legs by bringing this edge over to that edge and we’re going to start from the bottom and bring it up and inside and then you can see you also want to fold over this paper right here to flatten the model completely make nice strong creases there you go once that’s done we can fold this back down making a crease that goes through this point at that point there we go and then we’re going to bring it back up starting a crease in this point so that this edge is parallel to that edge right there just about like that and again make a strong crease there are several layers here now we’re going to further narrow the legs by bringing the top edge down to the bottom again kind of going inside there to make a squash fold that enables narrowing that leg and making a nice strong crease and then the first section is done and we repeat all the steps on the other side so first we fold it along an existing crease line to bring in some paper then we started a crease right there in a 90 degree angle to this edge first pinching and then aligning and then to narrow the legs going to bring in this paper in an angle bisector like that going all the way to the inside and then of course also flattening that section also narrowing this section right here then we’re again going to fold this back making a crease line between this point and that point making a sharp crease and starting from this point bring the leg out to have it parallel to this edge and finally we can narrow the leg further by bringing that paper down which is enabled by a squash out here and make a sharp crease and maybe clean that up a little because now the front legs are pretty much done already next we’re going to work on the head for this we’re going to flip the model over and concentrate on here we’re first going to take these two edges and bring them to the central crease to precrease a petal fold so unfold and then open the paper and go along the creases you just made there you go then we’re going to take this tip and fold it down and then we’re going to take this edge bring it to that horizontal crease and crease only up to that long vertical crease line so once on this side just up to that point once on that side there you go and then we can push both sections inside and straighten out the tip and fold it to one side and then you take this paper pull it out like that flip over to repeat the same step on the other side just taking a single layer here can you see that and pulling it out releasing it from below then we’re going to take this flap right here and squash-fold it symmetrically so I’m just going side with my finger to get a nice tip here and then I can check in the back that this gets signed metrical by aligning the crease lines with each other so that we get nice precision then we’re going to make a crease between these two points just like that and then fold over and bring to the back in a mountain fold so before it was lying on top and now it’s on the inside same thing here just bringing it to the back like that now we’re going to finish the head later and first we’re going to shape the body and specifically the tail so for this we’re going to make a crease between these two points that and then we’re going to make mountain folds along that edge I’m just going to flip this over and then take that edge as a reference to make a mountain pose on one side just to the center and the other side and now we can start folding this in half here and here we have these mountain folds in place and we want to really have them pop up and then we’re going to push this over this paper and now what we want to do is we want to have this this edge here parallel to that edge so you just kind of check so this wouldn’t be parallel right so we have to move this further to the back so you can just try and bend it further back so that the paper doesn’t resist as much and then check that this is pretty much diagonal and then press flat so you’re creating some new creases here now we’re going to work on the hind legs and the tail and first we have to make a hidden crease right inside the model on the section right here so let’s look at that we’re going to take this edge and bring it to that edge similar to the procedure we did for the front legs for narrowing and I’m just going to push that push that up push that up push that up and then in the top you make that small squash fold let me quickly zoom in so you’ve narrowed it up to here and then you just push that paper up to flatten completely and let’s look at that on the other side here you’ve got that hind leg started and we’re going to take the edge bring it to the other edge push it up and hang at it from this angle then push this to the top like that now we can close this again and we’re going to work on the tail so for the tail we’re first going to make this a bit smaller by bringing the section inside so I’m just going to open this up again and bring the edge to that edge and I’m just going to the central crease same thing on this side so that the sphere is hidden inside now we can take that top layer of paper you see that and bring it to the outside for a nice color change and now we’re going to push this open again like that and then start forming the tail the crease that you create should stop a bit underneath where you can see that belly meeting the hind leg this leads to a right angle between the tail and the hind leg and crease on one side and the other side always making nice sharp creases and of course we have to continue narrowing so again we’re going to take the top layer and bring it to the other edge and as before you always have this procedure of pushing the paper to make that crease also go up here and because that’s white we’re just going to push that inside on the existing crease same thing on the other side first taking the edge bringing it to the other edge extending it to the other section and then doing that color change and if you want to kind of clean this up so that you don’t have as much white showing just go ahead and do that now next we’re going to bring this edge over to that edge in outside reverse-fold so we have to push this flat and over and then we’re going to align this edge with that edge I’m sure this is relatively neat also on the other side there we go pushing it flat then we’re going to pre crease we want to have this edge aligned with that edge like that and then we can make an inside reverse fold out of it so open it and push the paper inside there we go and then we’re going to fold this tip over and hide it inside on one side doesn’t matter which one and then we’re also going to hide away this area just pre crease and then push inside this pocket right here again it doesn’t matter on which side so that we have this nice tail area now to finish things off we’re going to hide the section of paper inside this pocket like that and same thing on the other side and then the final shaping of the hind legs we’re going to do a little layer so next let’s do a bit of shaping on the head first we’re going to take this flap right here and fold it over so we’re kind of starting a crease right down there and you will want to have this edge meet the edge up there there you go there’s an existing crease there so it should be easy to kind of fold this over and just ensure this is nice and precise then we’re going to squash fold the sector right here to get a nice point in the top and then have that point meet the edge make creases on each side and then bring this small edge over to that edge just opening this up so that it’s a bit easier kind of half the petal fold all the way to the top then fold down make a strong crease and then we’re going to bring this over in an angle this is the ear so that it kind of goes in the right direction and again we’re opening the paper right here and we’re going to bring that edge inside so you can see here opening that bringing the paper inside to narrow the ear and then check that the ear has an angle that you think is quite nice and then finally we’re just going to indicate the eye for bringing this section of paper inside and you might want to have that a like parallel to that small edge here to get a symmetrical finish from both sides there you go just pushing that flat and repeat on the other side so first bring over the paper and make a new crease here there we go and then open for the squash fold then make half a petal fold bring the paper back down make the creases stronger bring the paper over and now perhaps try to get a similar angle to the other side and you know you have the other ear as a reference there we go and then bring in this tip to indicate the eye now we’re going to start forming the head and also the neck for this we’re just going to open this model and we’re going to fold this edge to the center and we’re going to go all the way up to that color change or if you have same color on both sides there’s this extra layer of paper and same thing on the other side there we go and then you’re just going to check right here you have that crease and now you’re going to make a crease from that point up there up to there on both sides this is kind of easier to do in the ear I find so just pinching that in place on one side and maybe clean up the paper a little in the inside if it’s a little 3d and you don’t want that to be the case right now so you can make a nice strong crease and in the bottom we’re again going to make a mountain fold starting in this point going all the way to where these front legs need the body that again this is a crease I think that is easier to make aliyah there we go and once we have that in place you can see this line that line and the one on the bottom this kind of goes together like that can you see that but we want the head to be in the top so we’re going to take this paper and push it up all the way and then push the paper together again see that so now we have the the body half way shaped as well as the neck and we obviously have to work on the head so I’m first going to work here on making just a mountain fold on an existing crease there’s many layers so you know you might have to push the paper a little so you have that mountain fold and then you’re going to push that over so that these points here lie on that edge so I’m going to push this together and then push this out kind of maybe bending it a little to help it along see that we’re forming the head here and you really want to go all the way to that point basically there you go but I prefer to not completely flatten this because we want a 3d head in in any case so what I do is when I have this position pretty much where I want it I just push the creases by going inside here rather than chillie flattening they had the only thing we do have to pay attention to is that you know these ears and the eyes also kind of point downwards see that we want those to be quite flat and that’s the only thing we do want to enforce a little so we can fix that a little more in a second because we’re doing more shaping on the head of course so first we have these sections here and we’re going to fold them inside so I’m just going to show you from the back you can see this crease taking this edge bringing it to the crease line and pushing it back again so that this already has a nicer shape I’m going to zoom in actually so again on this side you have the crease line and you’re just going to fold that angle bisector there there you go and here the tip we can already fold to indicate the nose and then we can narrow the neck by kind of folding from from this point down here as far as it goes essentially you know it’s a form that’s usually a very slender very elegant animal there we go so then you have this now let’s just ensure that these ears and the eyes are pretty much the position we want not entirely happy so I’m just changing the angle a little here there we go pushing that back and also here this point really doesn’t suit me so you know we’re going to fold that to the back to quite thick paper but we can work with it so you just have that disappear in the back push hard and same thing on the other side there we go he’s pushing because there is a lot of layers of paper we can bring these ears up a bit more depending on what we want there we go have this slightly 3d and now let’s see this kind of unfold a little just stick it back inside here the back you need to flatten it so I’m just going to pre-crease push and then make a sink fold open or close doesn’t really matter I think a closed sink is slightly and more fixed just if this pops out just pop it back in can happen it’s not a big thing and then go along the creases you’ve prepared straightening out the paper and pushing it flat to give the fun a more slender shape they are too now we need to work on the hind legs obviously first we’re going to take this leg and bringing it out so that you have a 90 degree angle right here that then we can make an inside reverse fold out of it so go inside between the layers and then push the paper through just checking that this is halfway precise here – there we go straightening out the paper if you want there you go and now we’re going to bring this back so that you have an angle that you like here and now we’re going to narrow this still but kind of want it to be relatively straight you want the do to be able to stand and then let’s see first repeat this on the other side so that you get a nice similar look so first 90 degrees then you make an inside reverse fold straightening out the paper so that it looks nice and clean and then bring the paper back out again and now you can ensure that you get the same angle right there now you want to make this small edge here go up to that other edge and while doing that you’re pushing the some paper here inside to shape the hind leg a little more same thing on the other side pushing that paper to the other edge and then shaping a little more like that and you can also do that on the inside so that you have that small notch here also appear with the tail section here so I’m just opening this up and again bringing in the paper and pushing it inside see that right there pushing the paper over to the inside and on this side pushing the paper over and to the inside can you see that now you have that much on all layers finally we’re going to narrow the legs and we again going to do that from the inside so we’re going to take the edge on the inside and bring it to that outer edge let’s just quickly check that maybe we can bring this paper to the front so you can see it a bit more nicely so I’m just folding this and then making a small squash fold right there to flatten the model again and then you can push it together I’m sorry hope it’s sufficiently visible because it is in the inside of the model as you can see here the hind leg is narrower than it was before and that’s all we want to do again we’re bringing that paper inside and then on that inside layer we’re making a squash fold to enable us to completely flatten that paper again like that there we go and then way to push that flat and then we just want to do some final shaping we already have a pretty much 3d head the body can use some more shaping so I’m just going to open this up a little and try and get a mountain fold along here doesn’t have to be straight or super strong but kind of an indication of you know making it 3d and also the neck you may want to have like a mountain fold along here to make it a bit 3d and a bit slender because you know a faun is really such a graceful animal now before we call this model done let’s shape the ears I’m just going to pull out some paper here to change the angle of the deers ears a little you see that just pulling that and pushing that to the back make them stand up a little more and in the front I think I’ll keep it quite flat and for the back just open these layers will to kind of get this 3d finish of the ear and same thing on the other side just first going to pull out some paper here to push that other paper to the back to have the ears stand up a little more and then open that one section and here perhaps change the angle a little to match more closely with the other side and then open it up again there you go so that you have a nice finish there and then believe it or not your faul designed by Steven vise is all done if you like this model you might also enjoy folding an origami bear designed by Steve advice or check out my playlist on instructions for different origami animals or for more advanced origami models in general you can also subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss out on my next videos and finally do check out my website happyfolding.com for more origami content I hope to see you around and happy folding

42 thoughts on “Origami Instructions: Fawn (Stephen Weiss)

  1. It's the first Saturday of July – time for another tutorial! This time around I'll show you how to fold an origami fawn / bambi / baby deer designed by Stephen Weiss. Enjoy!

  2. Aww mine looks so cute!!!!! Do you plan on making a tutorial for making a origami hedgehog? If you are I know how to make one and it is super cool and very detailed but it is a medium level from easy to hard. If you would like my instructions please let me know and I will make a vid on my channel on how to make it. 🙂 let me know!!

  3. thank U sara i love it and only took 2 & 1/4 hours to make my first Fawn LOL 😉
    your Instructions are very clear

  4. I started with lot of energy and ended up exhausted to the point of frustration. The reason is that the extensive thinning of the legs required very thin paper, not printed paper. Also the detail of the ears is microscopic for paper of 21.5 cm. (8” to yield a model of 3.5” tall.)

    My model has the front leg placed a bit towards the back end. Have to figure how to adjust the proportion of placement, so as other minor details. The ears folding will benefit from slower close-up demo.

    Precision is hyper critical for this model. The design is far out and intricate. The demo, as all of your other videos are well done, esp. with your lovely voice over. (I do not see how else this instruction can get the learners through the maze of these folding puzzles.)

    Thank you for taking the trouble of teaching this superb model. Love and gratitude.

  5. I tried this model today and got it completely..Stephen weiss: great designer & narration is quite nice and neat in the video.. You can make this model with A4 printer paper. Plz give some adv. Models like Tadashi mori and jo nakashima do. Thnks

  6. this stuff is too fast and not explained well! All I came here for was some fun and I ended up smashing every peice of paper I had in frustration! go slower and explain better.

  7. Thank you, I made two. It was fun but in the end had to improvise. On one the paper was too thin on another too thick. /Users/robzeer/Desktop/oragami.jpg

  8. tutor: And…squash this tiny angle…
    me: Oh…kay…..
    tutor: Now we're gonna narrow it
    me: What!? I can barely see the spot
    me: [Manage to done it]
    tutor: Now narrow it again
    me: What!? How can anyone do that?
    tutor: Now fold the angle in half…
    me: [use a hammer to keep the model flat]
    tutor: Now let's 3D the model
    me: Shit.

  9. Fawntastic! I love it. I did have to start over near the beginning because I slightly skewed the fold at 4:15. The second time, I did a mountain fold pinch at the bottom edge so I could better align that crease. From there, it was pretty much smooth sailing. I also slightly modified the fold at 25:28 to completely pull out the adjacent flap, make the diagonal ear crease, and then reverse folded in the piece that was left. I'm 6'4", so sometimes my hands get in the way of tiny creases like that. Great job! I'm very happy with my new little creature. 🙂

  10. This was the first of your origami videos that I watched. I also managed to make it – it's a beautiful model. #myfirst http://imgur.com/a/shoBj

  11. One of my first origami models and it has turned out perfectly. Very well explained video, I don't understand all the frustrated comments, all you need is a bit of patience and attention to detail.

  12. Great video and model. Mine looks a bit like a young alpaca. The shape of the head could also be adapted to make a ver reasonable Dobermann dog

  13. I love your tutorials. Explain each step, get close-ups, very clear instructions. I appreciate these more complex models, too. So glad I found Sara Adams tutorials. Please do more of the advanced models, like this one.

  14. And to you who feel it's too fast, theres' a 3-dot button at the top of screen, poke it poke “playback speed”, and select a slower speed. It's very helpful. You can also back up and replay by double-tapping the left of the screen.

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