Guy Fawkes Mask in Origami

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About: Designer in origami, hand crafts, and rapid prototyping!

Here I show you how to fold a Guy Fawkes mask, like the one worn by V in "V for Vendetta". You will need 2 things:

1) A square of paper, black on one side, white on the other
2) Intermediate origami skill. I won't be covering that here. I recommend Stephen O'Hanlon's online primer: http://www.fishgoth.com/origami/basics1.html

I apologize for the crude hand-drawn figures. Since I vowed to submit the design while it was still in vogue, I needed to work at such a velocity that the validity of the proportions of this handmade "vector art" and the veracity of its virtual scale are vague.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwyIDogYaqI (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK_gQW5r73s (Part 2)

larger pics of the diagrams can be found at
http://chosetec.darkclan.net/origami/diagrams/vendetta
more of my origami can be found at
http://chosetec.darkclan.net/origami/

With that said, let's begin!

Step 1: "Step 1" - Getting Started.

a) Starting with the black side up, make two rabbit ears.
b) This is called the "fish base". Squash fold.
c) Reverse fold out the hidden corner.
d) Repeat b,c, on the left.
e) Valley fold the bottom point up to the tops of the squares.
f) Undo.

Step 2: Tip: Look at the Next Step to Figure Out What You're Supposed to Do in the Current Step.

a. Squash fold the bottom flap so that the resultant flap has one vertical edge, one horizontal edge, and one edge aligned with the edge behind.
b. Swivel-fold the flap to the left
c. Pull out the hidden edge
d. Like this.
e. Squash fold the triangular flap.
f. Petal fold the corner down
g. Like this.

Step 3: Nose

a. Fold the top point down to the widest part of the kite-shaped flap.
b. Fold back up along the tops of the square flaps.
c. Ctrl+Z. I mean Undo.
d. Crimp fold the tip inside.
e. Like this.
f. Partially undo the tip and form a rabit ear...
g. Like this. The triangular nose bottom should coincide with the bottoms of the square flaps.

Step 4: Eye

a. Valley-fold down the two corners.
b. Fold the eyes down, this will pull some of the edge from the flap above it.
c. Partial unsink - the nested layer...
d. ... so that the bottom eyelid mirrors the upper eyelid. This will require indenting the corner at the right. Also, swivel fold the small inner corner.
e. Like this. Repeat on the left side.

Step 5: "A Lot of People Think the Eyes Are What It's All About, I Find It's the Forehead." --- Derek Zoolander.

a. Valley-fold the inner corners of the brow to outward.
b. Fold the shallow point down.
c. Like this.
d. Crimp the nostril areas and fold the corner inward
e. Like this.

Step 6: Beard

a. (Focus on the lower part) Fold the top two corners outward, exposing the black.
b. Fold the bottom two edges inward, exposing some more black in the shape of a necktie.
c. Pleat the two flaps slightly, so that you form an upturned shallow V.
d.This will be a smile. Like this. *smile*
e. Yes, like this. You see what I've done here?

Step 7: "Such a Handsome... Moustache..." ---Uma Thurman (Adventures of Baron Munchausen)

a. Crimp the sides of the moustache so that the moustache bends outward horizontally.
b. Fold the top edges in slightly, exposing the black.
c. Like this. Almost done!

Step 8: Voila!

a. fold the sides and "cheeks" in to the proper shape.
b. Fold the forehead and chin behind a little bit, tuck in the eyebrows to expose some black paper, and slightly open the eyes in a sly expression. Give him some wrinkles by his eyes.
c. Continue to shape the face until it looks like V's mask. Feel free to make changes, modify and improvise this to your own delight. As long as you don't cut, you're cool. Google Image search is your friend. So am I, but I won't be able to answer individual "how did you get past step 'n' "-type questions.

Thanks for watching, and I look forward to seeing your origami V faces everywhere!
For larger images:
http://chosetec.darkclan.net/origami/diagrams/vendetta

Brian Chan
http://chosetec.darkclan.net/origami

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143 Discussions

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cosmicknight782

1 year ago

This thing is so cool I'm too lazy to make it though xD

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KatrinF

2 years ago

Hi, which size paper did you work with? Want to buy the pacon fadeless, but at the price want to make sure I buy the right one :). Thanks so much!

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angryrobot17

3 years ago

Good diagrams to explain a wonderful model.

Nice and simple!

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TheCornerofCraft

3 years ago

This is incredible! You're so talented.

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RobertW2

4 years ago on Introduction

Gurudon, you need to get different paper. Try Pacon Fadeless. Order it off the internet. Get a utility knife and cut it down to the size you want.

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gurudon

5 years ago on Introduction

After all this pain , I cried. I took my square out of A3 size sheet, and now this mask can only fit my palm. I didnt had a paper with black side (and I was too lazy to paint)....maybe that's why god made my mask like someone sat on a paper crumble. Great tutorial, tutorial maker, you are definitely a mutant with superpower. Have a look at mine :(

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gurudon

5 years ago on Introduction

After all this pain , I cried. I took my square out of A3 size sheet, and now this mask can only fit my palm. I didnt had a paper with black side (and I was too lazy to paint)....maybe that's why god made my mask like someone sat on a paper crumble. Great tutorial, tutorial maker, you are definitely a mutant with superpower. Have a look at mine :(

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thelonelymoon

6 years ago on Step 3

i.... am so confused. how exactly do you do the rabbit ear thing? @___@

You sir, must be a mathematical genius to figure out how to fold that. Good work!

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cocteauuk

7 years ago on Introduction

Ok, first attempt at origami so I used a pretty large piece of paper 70cmx 70cm unfortunately it was the wrong kind of paper, too thin.

Most difficult part overall was getting the nose right. End result quite far from the one shown in the intro picture.

Anyway, fantastic tutorial thank you!!

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zachtorchmg0930mg

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

you pull out the corner that is under the flap, you'll have to bend it a little bit to see the flap.

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Kokkan

9 years ago on Introduction

How big should the paper square be so I could wear it?