Origami, from the Japanese words ori and kami which literally translate to “folding paper,” is an art often underestimated by many. Sure, it involves paper folding, but it’s also so much more than that. Today’s featured artist Tim Rickman uses this ancient art form to create modern fun items, way beyond the typical paper cranes we all know from our childhoods.

While many artists keep their techniques all to themselves, what makes Tim different is that he loves to share what he does with everyone else. He’s done things like the Xenomorph (from the Alien franchise) and Smaug (from The Hobbit) from scratch, but he doesn’t mind other people learning how to do them too. In fact, he often posts how-to videos and diagrams on social media so others can join in the fun as well.

For example, here’s a tutorial of the pentagon star, one of his most famous creations. He even goes into as much detail as to the dimensions and type of paper to use that gives the best possible results. Check it out and give it a whirl to see if you can follow along:

It may seem easy, but it takes a lot of patience and craftsmanship. Whether it’s simple folded stars, or Ridley the dragon, or one of the many creatures that walk the planet, Tim’s paper folding clearly shows his passion for what he does. Here are a few of his finest finished products and some images of the crease patterns he uses:












You can visit Tim’s Facebook page to keep yourself updated, or check out his Youtube for demos and tutorial videos.