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2 Intricate Cut Paper Illustrations to Admire

If you’ve read this blog for even a lit­tle while, you know that I’m a big fan of cut paper illus­tra­tions. These are two projects—by dif­fer­ent illustrators—that I’ve enjoyed, and I thought you would too!

If you fol­low me on Tum­blr or Insta­gram, then you’ve seen part of these before. Fol­low me to see daily illus­tra­tions that don’t always make it on here!

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Illustrator, Paper Craft

Cut Paper Portraits Transform Pets into 17th Century Aristocrats

People Too

Peo­ple love their pets, so nat­u­rally, they have art­works made in their honor. Russian-based illus­tra­tors Alexey Lya­punov and Lena Erlich— aka Peo­ple Too—cre­ated a delight­ful series that imag­ines their clients’ ani­mals as dec­o­rated war heroes, dainty ladies, and learned fel­lows.  They’re totally imag­i­na­tive and con­structed entirely out of paper. The cre­ative pair lay­ered col­ors and cutouts, pro­duc­ing 3D por­traits rem­i­nis­cent of his­tor­i­cal paint­ings from the 17th or 18th cen­tury.  Check out their work in progress below!

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Sweet Sentiments in Cut Paper Illustrations by Jotaká


Ya’ll know I love cut paper illus­tra­tions. So, imag­ine my delight when I dis­cov­ered the work of Jotaká, an illus­tra­tor from Valen­cia, Spain. His project called La siesta is a per­sonal project “about hugs, the impor­tance and the ideal time to receive them.” The bright por­traits are a tan­gle of limbs as peo­ple wrap their arms around each other in a lov­ing embrace. Not only humans, though, but other things, too—cats, dogs, books, and records.

There are cou­ple of things I really enjoy about Jotaká’s series: one is the sweet sen­ti­ment that the images con­vey; another is the styl­is­tic choice of lay­er­ing the paper shapes to cre­ate some depth and three dimensionality.

FYI — I first posted La siesta on my Tum­blr last Thurs­day night. Fol­low it for some fun illus­tra­tion extras!



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Elsa Mora’s Exquisite Cut Paper “Winter Wonderland”

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With Christ­mas only a week away, it feels very appro­pri­ate to share this mag­nif­i­cent cut-paper cre­ation by Elsa Mora. I somewhat-recently shared her amaz­ing Gar­den of Books, and she’s back with another intricately-detailed piece. This one is titled Win­ter Won­der­land which fea­tures the cross sec­tion of a house that’s all decked out for the hol­i­days. There are so many lovely things in this work, and I’m always in awe that Elsa over­looks noth­ing. Even the lamp­shade has a tiny pat­tern on it!

Win­ter Won­der­land is cur­rently on dis­play at the MoMA Design Store until the end of the year. So, if you’re local to NYC, stop by and check it out (and tell me how it looks in person!).

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Illustrator, Sculpture

Katrin Rodegast’s Detailed Paper-Sculpted Illustrations

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Katrin Rode­gast is a Ger­man illus­tra­tor who cre­ates cut-paper sculp­tures that are later pho­tographed to cre­ate a 2D image. Using bright, solid col­ors she builds inti­mate scenes, delec­table edi­bles, and reveal­ing portraits.

When done well, I’m a big fan of paper-sculpted illus­tra­tions. They’re tac­tile and neat to look at, often with a lot of inter­est­ing details pep­pered through­out. Just take a look at the tiny apps on the iPhone or taped papers to the wall. Delightful.

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Elsa Mora’s Incredible Cut Paper “Garden of Books”

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Ya’ll, I am so impressed with this cut paper sculp­ture by artist Elsa Mora; the details within it are incred­i­ble! Using just acid-free paper and glue, she cre­ates depth and tex­ture through well-placed cuts and minus­cule, hand-punched holes. Close-up shots reveal won­der­ful things like the tini­est dec­o­rated books on a shelf. Get lost in this piece titled Gar­den of Books.

You might be famil­iar with Mora via her excel­lent blog, Art is a Way. If you don’t read it, I highly rec­om­mend that you start. It’s one of my go-to blogs, and it fea­tures ceram­ics, artists, crafts, and more.

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Jared Andrew Schorr



I fea­tured the work of Jared Andrew Schorr many years ago, when I first started this blog. I’ve been fol­low­ing him on Twit­ter and keep­ing up with his work ever since. Jared works with cut paper, using a lot of flat col­ors and a lit­tle bit of tex­ture.  The empha­sis is on shape design and shadow.  Because he lay­ers his papers, won­der­ful drop shad­ows appear behind the dif­fer­ent ele­ments of his work giv­ing it a slight sculp­tural effect.

Jared’s work is very smi­ley, and recently he’s taken on clients in the edu­ca­tional sphere. He’s also illus­trated a lot of car­toon char­ac­ters, includ­ing Adven­ture Time, one of my favorites!

All images via his blog.



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