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Illustration, Paper Craft

Simon Arizpe Reimagines the Way You Look at a Picture Book

THE WILD by Simon Arizpe

Paper engi­neer­ing fas­ci­nates me. I’ve tried it before, and my brain… it just doesn’t design/illustrate in three dimen­sions. Instead, I’ll just admire the work of others—like illus­tra­tor Simon Arizpe! He used paper fold­ing to cre­ate THE WILD, a “pop-up object that reveals a sto­ry as you play with it.” As you inter­act with the piece, its illus­tra­tions change and tell fan­tas­ti­cal tale.

Simon is cur­rent­ly rais­ing funds for THE WILD via Kick­starter, which will help him bring his unique form of sto­ry­telling to a wide audi­ence. Watch the video below to see the book in action!

THE WILD by Simon Arizpe

THE WILD by Simon Arizpe

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THE WILD by Simon Arizpe
Illustration, Paper Craft, Sculpture

Charming Paper Cacti to Hold in the Palm of your Hand

Kim Sielbeck

If you fol­low me on Pin­ter­est, you’ve prob­a­bly noticed that I pin a lot of paper flow­er DIYs. I’m attract­ed to their bright col­ors and the sheer nov­el­ty of recre­at­ing liv­ing things out of inan­i­mate objects. Illus­tra­tor Kim Siel­beck does just this with her charm­ing series of tiny cac­ti. Using papier-mache, card­board, poly­mer clay, paper, sty­ro­foam, and clay pots, she’s con­struct­ed liv­ing-ish sculp­tures you can hold in the palm of your hand. All I can say is: do want!

Kim will be sell­ing the­se small plants at the NYC MoC­CA fes­ti­val on April 2 and April 3.

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Kim’s tiny plants are inspired by a spec­tac­u­lar win­dow dis­play she cre­at­ed at Desert Island in Brook­lyn:

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Paper Craft

Diana Beltran Herrera Constructs Lifelike Birds Out of (Only) Paper

Diana Beltran Herrera

No, those birds in flight aren’t a photograph—they’re paper sculp­tures by Diana Bel­tran Her­rera. For years, the Colom­bian artist has craft­ed life­like, grace­ful crea­tures using metic­u­lous con­struc­tion and fine tex­tures. It’s the­se intri­cate details that make Diana’s sculp­tures so impres­sive; look close­ly, and you’ll notice all of the small cuts that per­fect­ly mim­ic a bird’s plumage.

Diana’s for­mal edu­ca­tion is in indus­tri­al design, but after grad­u­at­ing, she real­ized she didn’t want to pur­sue it as a career. “I am real­ly inter­est­ed in the sim­ple process­es of trans­for­ma­tion that don’t need com­pli­cat­ed tools or indus­tri­al process­es,” she told Frankie Mag­a­zine. Hence the paper.

In Diana’s eyes, there’s a dis­con­nect between humans and nature; through her art­work, she wants to repair this rela­tion­ship. As a result, pieces are “pre­sent­ed as a resis­tance where those sculp­tures remain in an ide­al state and act like a mod­el of rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a real­i­ty that doesn’t suf­fer any change.” They’re beau­ti­ful now and will remain so for a lifetime—that way, we can always admire them. (via My Mod­ern Met)

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Diana has recent­ly branched out and cre­at­ed but­ter­flies:

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Paper Craft

Elaborate Baroque-Era Wigs Constructed Entirely Out of Paper

Asya Kozina

His­tor­i­cal wigs—especially those from the Baro­que era—have always fas­ci­nat­ed paper artist Asya Koz­i­na. “This is art for art’s sake aes­thet­ics for aes­thet­ics,” she writes, “no prac­ti­cal sense. But they are beau­ti­ful.” To cel­e­brate this, she con­struct­ed a series of wigs made entire­ly from paper.

Asya used white paper to high­light the wig’s forms and their elab­o­rate details. Tall bouf­fants, flo­ral bou­quets, and even nau­ti­cal ships make up the­se crazy hair pieces. And to think—people actu­al­ly wore the­se!

There’s more paper masks and cos­tumes to see on Asya’s Behance page.

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Paper Craft

Morgana Wallace Crafts Fantastical Female Heroines in Cut Paper

Morgana Wallace

Mor­gana Wal­lace crafts fan­tas­ti­cal female hero­ines with cut-paper col­lage. Her col­or­ful cre­ations fea­ture capes, crowns, crows, and more, excit­ing the imag­i­na­tion with intri­cate details—each piece has mul­ti­ple lay­ers and tex­tures that pro­duce a three-dimen­sion­al effect.

To cre­ate the­se gor­geous illus­tra­tions, Mor­gana works with mul­ti­ple types of paper. She will often use Japan­ese linen paper, com­bin­ing it with thin card stock to cre­ate ele­ments such as flow­ing hair. Not all of her work is cut paper, how­ev­er, and she’ll also use water­col­or, gouache, and pen­cil crayons to add the illu­sion of shad­ing and depth.

Mor­gana now sells her work as prints via Deviant Art.

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Morgana Wallace

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Artist, Paper Craft

Silhouettes by Eugenia Zoloto Transform Oridinary Portraits into Splendorous Nature Scenes

Eugenia Zoloto

Using an X-Acto knife and some care­ful cut­ting, Ukraine-based artist Euge­nia Zolo­to cre­ates intri­cate sil­hou­ettes out of twist­ing vines, beau­ti­ful blooms, and winged insects. The large, lacy portraits—around 15 inch­es by 11 inches—look stun­ning again­st a range of back­drops (check out the vibrant green grass, below). Some of them are now avail­able in Eugenia’s Etsy shop, where you can frame them how­ev­er you like.

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Illustrated products, Paper Craft

Mlle Hipolyte Now Sells Her Meticulous Cut Paper Creations on Etsy (Yay!)

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Mlle Hipoly­te is one of my favorite cut-paper artists work­ing today. I love the metic­u­lous­ness of her sculp­tures and the mask-like appear­ance that they all have. Their exag­ger­at­ed col­ors and fea­tures give Mlle’s pieces a car­toon­ish qual­i­ty, inject­ing some whim­sy into her ani­mal char­ac­ters.

Mlle has recent­ly opened an Etsy shop where she sells her hand­made cre­ations. There, you can pur­chase hang able busts of pan­das, bears, fox­es,  and more. In addi­tion, she also fea­tures DIY kits to make your own low-poly owls. Fun!

Check out Mlle’s gigan­tic cut-paper mural that she made last sum­mer.

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Illustration, Paper Craft

Yelena Bryksenkova’s Delightful Paper House for FLOW Magazine

Yelena Bryksenkova

Did you ever play with paper dolls when you were younger? I did, which is one rea­son I love Yele­na Bryksenkova’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with FLOW Mag­a­zine. The third install­ment of their Book for Paper Lovers is now for sale, and it includes this pull­out of a fold­ed paper house. Yele­na even added some fun extras for you to cut out and play with!

Yele­na works on a lot of inter­est­ing projects. Check out this hand-cut win­dow dis­play she cre­at­ed in Mon­tre­al!

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Illustration, Paper Craft

Melissa McFeeters Created 100+ Delightful Cut Paper Illustrations in 4 Months

Melissa McFeeters

Illus­tra­tor Melis­sa McFeeters par­tic­i­pat­ed in The Great Discontent’s 100 Day Project with her own, called #100­daysof­pa­per­cutz. The Insta­gram-based series fea­tures a myr­i­ad of sub­ject mat­ters, includ­ing plants, ani­mals, land­scapes, and of course, piz­za. Her cut outs, with their sub­tle tex­ture and three-dimen­sion­al­i­ty, are total­ly delight­ful. Viewed togeth­er, they show­case the poten­tial the­se projects have—not only can won­der­ful art­work be pro­duced, but valu­able cre­ative lessons can come from work­ing on some­thing every day for 3+ months.

After com­plet­ing her 100 Day Project, Melis­sa has con­tin­ued to cre­ate paper illus­tra­tions. For Octo­ber, she cre­at­ed some awe­some spooky com­po­si­tions in #31daysof­pa­per­creepz. I’ve includ­ed a few of them here, too. (H/T Lau­rent Hry­byk)

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Illustration, Paper Craft, Sculpture

Isobelle Ouzman Transforms Discarded Books into Sculptural Illustrations

Isobelle Ouzman
Dis­card­ed books have found a new life with the work of Iso­belle Ouz­man. Her intri­cate, sculp­tural illus­tra­tion carve into the pub­li­ca­tions’ pages, cre­at­ing mys­ti­cal land­scapes that tell a whole new story—separate from the book’s orig­i­nal tale. Many of her com­po­si­tions fea­ture pen and ink draw­ings, but some­times she’ll accent areas with water­col­or paints.

Ouz­man sells her altered books through her Etsy shop. She occa­sion­al­ly takes com­mis­sions, too. Wouldn’t this be per­fect for the book lover in your life?
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