Category Archives: illustration

Intricately Detailed Hand-Cut Anatomical Organs Out Of Paper by Ali Harrison

Intricately Detailed Hand-Cut Anatomical Organs Out Of Paper by Ali Harrison - Heart Hand

Toronto based studio Light + Paper run by Ali Harrison, has a focus on incredibly detailed reimagined cut paper designs of human organs. Each piece is first hand drawn and then hand-cut on white paper by freehand. Once complete, they hold organic patterns true to their origin. Her pieces take anywhere from 20-60 hours to complete... WOW! You can purchase any of her incredibly detailed works through her shop on Light + Paper, where she offers original hand-cut art pieces, as well as laser cut reproductions in both paper and wood. For a limited time get our Female Reproductive System Tee with all proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood!

Vibrant Mythical Scenes in Cut Paper Collage by Morgana Wallace

Vibrant Mythical Scenes in Cut Paper Collage by Morgana Wallace

Morgana Wallace is an artist based in Victoria, Canada whose mixed media compositions are created through a fine treatment of collage. She takes several pieces of painted cut paper and layers them, making each scene truly unique and beautiful. Additionally, she applies gouache to many of her works for the finer details like the geometric symbols or the stars in the twinkling night sky. Each piece brings together references of various mythologies with fantastical and dream like elements, creating engaging and complex works of art.

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Meticulously handcrafted using small pieces of U.S. one dollar bills, New York based artist Mark Wagner’s currency collages reconfigure the familiar green-and-black-printed paper into fantastical garden scenes, strange creatures and US politicians past and present. In addition to showcasing the uncanny precision for which Wagner is known, the collaged illustrations express poignant criticism of our addiction to money.

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner seen first on on Strictlypaper

Amy Genser Creates Gorgeous Underwater Reefs From Hundreds of Tiny Rolled Papers

Amy Genser Creates Gorgeous Underwater Reefs From Hundreds of Tiny Rolled Papers

Having a fondness for exploring her obsession with texture, pattern, and color, Connecticut based artist Amy Genser plays with paper and acrylic paints, bringing to life these beautiful organic forms through her process. Her nature inspired works transport you to the ocean, showing undulating motion along with beautiful hues of blues and greens. She uses paper as a pigment and constructs her three dimensional wall-based artworks by meticulously layering, cutting, and rolling hundreds of tiny colored of paper. These grouping then begin to emulate the beauty of coral reefs or an aerial landscape view of biological cellular processes.

‘Lethe’ Mixed Media Collages by Sylwia Kowalczyk

‘Lethe’ Mixed Media Collages by Sylwia Kowalczyk

Sylwia Kowalczyk is a Polish artist currently based in Edinburg, Scotland who has created a collection of collages and portraits from her own archival images entitled ‘Lethe’. Each print within these compositions has been carefully juxtaposed, revealing new and surreal forms touching on the theme of memories.

The Many Faces of Michael Jackson, a Tribute in Paper by Belinda Rodriguez

The Many Faces of Michael Jackson, a Tribute in Paper by Belinda Rodriguez - Billie Jean

I still can't believe that Michael Jackson, one of my all time favorite musicians and dancers no less, has left this world. I remember trying to learn all of his dance moves in my mirror back in the day or even watching Moonwalker over and over again to the point of knowing all of the words, classic! He will always be timeless to many people across the world and continue to inspire us within our hearts. There were many tributes since then, but of course it wouldn't be right not to do a small tribute to Michael Jackson on here as well, and of course in paper.

That brings me to the stunning work of Belinda Rodriguez, a freelance designer, illustrator, and paper artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I particularly love her style and how she is able to capture the features of her subjects in her paper portraits using specifically cut pieces to accentuate the facial features like cheekbones or hair and then layering them to add depth and cast certain shadows. She has done a set of four paper relief portraits of Michael Jackson in very familiar outfits, like Michael in his papercraft glitter outfit and wearing the infamous sparkling glove for Billie Jean, or his outfit for the Super Bowl, adorned in metallic gold and matte black paper.

New Intricate Miniature Worlds in Cut Paper by Bovey Lee

New Intricate Miniature Worlds in Cut Paper by Bovey Lee - Flower Knot Windmill Glider
Flower Knot – The Windmill Glider

We have been memorized by the intricate hand-cut compositions from Los Angeles based paper artist Bovey Lee in the past, here and here. In the years that have past since we last wrote, her work has gradually become more and more intricate! Bovey has dived deeper into her craft, making the viewer look just a little bit closer at all of the immense details and believe me you will want to pay attention. This particular set of cut paper illustrations showcase varying themes, where the repetition of certain elements sprinkled throughout make for an exciting visual experience!

Patrick Cabral Explores The Animal Form Through Delicate Layered Papercuts

Patrick Cabral Explores The Animal Form Through Delicate Layered Papercuts - Lion

Patrick Cabral is a multi-disciplinary designer based in the Manila, Philippines, whose latest works are comprised of various animals created from multiple layers of paper. Each are delicately cut with unique patterns, accentuating the finer details such as the fur, to explore the natural characteristics of the animal form. This has been an ongoing series on his Instagram account where he states, "I want to provide a contrast of soft materials to a predator." He has since then added to his series with more endangered species like the lion featured above, and hopes to eventually show how fragile some species are and how close they are to extinction.

Artist Jacob Intilé Creates Psychedelic Collaged Animal Portraits from Another Dimension

Artist Jacob Intilé Creates Psychedelic Collaged Animal Portraits from Another Dimension

The animal kingdom takes new shape in these psychedelic collages by Vancouver based artist Jacob Intilé. I stumbled across his Instagram sometime ago and was wowed by how he is able to capture the seriousness of each creature as we realize them in nature, yet give them new depth in their collaged transformations, as if they are kings or emperors from another dimension. These ornate and otherworldly costumes all use of symmetry as an underlying theme throughout, using parts other creatures from the animal kingdom and nature, such as butterflies, or bouquets of flowers in the final construct of the these galaxy derived creatures.

Artist Jacob Intilé Creates Psychedelic Collaged Animal Portraits from Another Dimension seen first on on Strictlypaper

Assassin’s Creed Paper Parkour by Serene Teh

Assassin’s Creed Paper Parkour by Serene Teh

If you are a video game enthusiast like myself, you're familiar with the popular video game, now turned movie Assassin's Creed, now out in theaters. Well Singapore-based designer Serene Teh has taken her hand-drawn black and white illustrations and transformed them into an action packed frame-by-frame animation, featuring the stunts, building leaping, and parkour movements seen throughout the film. The stop motion animation was created through the flipping of paper, while recording the with a handheld camera. The animation was later sped up in Adobe Premiere to provide more fluidity and syncing with the song. Amazing job!