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Artist Creates Quirky Illustrations Using An iPhone and Some Paper

Anshuman Ghosh Creates Quirky Illustrations Using An iPhone and Some Paper

Anshuman Ghosh is a visual artist based in South Africa who creates quirky illustrations that revolve around his iPhone. He finds suitable inspiration from everyday occurrences, common observations and more importantly, things that he loves. Each cut paper illustration casts the illusion that his phone is something that it is not, using brightly colored drawings that have been cut up and layered into these fun and newly transformed scenarios. His vibrant ideas are both simple and clever, like two classics such as the Rubix Cube being sliced and transformed into a Tetris game or a paper being shredded into the iPhone only leaving the strips on screen. All in all his talents definitely will leave a smile on your face.

Cubist-Inspired Paper Cutouts Are Effortlessly Cut From a Single Sheet of Paper

Cubist-Inspired Paper Cutouts Are Effortlessly Cut From a Single Sheet of Paper by Jose Antonio Roda

Barcelona based illustrator José Antonio Roda transforms paper into cutouts that look like Cubist inspired line drawings. His hand cut portraits have a Picasso-esque familiarity like one of his famous sketches, with wonderful use of positive and negative shapes. Each illustration is produced from a single sheet of paper, where his careful incisions have an effortless feel to them. Some have even been juxtaposed against bright circles or rectangles in the background, making for a seamless color block. Shape and design are a huge part of cut paper illustration, and a rather evident appeal throughout José’s work where he shows clear dedication to detail and his craft.

Artist Creates Detailed Illustrations From Thousands of Tiny Holes In Paper

Fu Xiaotong Creates Detailed Illustrations From Thousands of Tiny Holes In Paper April 22, 2017 – June 17, 2017

Born in Shanxi, Fu Xiaotong has achieved wide acclaim for her remarkable works on thick sheets of hand-made Xuan that has been paper perforated with a needle until images of subjects such as mountain ranges and powerful waves emerge from the accumulation of holes. Her latest paper works feature cellular structures and even a skull emerges from hundreds of thousands of pinpricks. Her works can be found on display at Chambers Fine Art through June 17, 2017.

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Shape & Shadow Animates Paper Cutouts Into Hypnotizing Music Video

Shape & Shadow Animates Paper Cutouts Into Hypnotizing Music Video

Hayley Morris of Shape & Shadow has created a mesmerizing music video for Austin based band Explosions in the Sky using her trademark stop-motion animation style incorporated with thousands of paper shapes and geometric sculptures. To create these hypnotizing patterns and folds along side the single ‘The Ecstatics,’ Morris uses delicate cut-outs made of paper, moving each unique piece by hand. The latticed shapes and origami sculptures are then brought to life through projection mapping and marine colors.

Energetic Papercraft Cartoon Mashup Amazingness by Shotopop

Energetic Papercraft Cartoon Mashup Amazingness by Shotopop

It's been a while since we have posted about our friends over at Shotopop, and since I'm a huge cartoon fan I couldn't resist adding this layered gem to the site. The London and New York based crew was invited by their friends over at WIZZ Design to create a plagiarized artwork for their exhibition, PLAGIAT.

They decided to go with a medium they have used previously, paper. Since they also shared the same affinity for cartoons, they created an amazing mashup of all of their favorites as a layered paper relief. They've got the Power Puff Girls, Fin and Jake from Adventure Time, and Aku from Samurai Jack just to name a few. And of course this colorful masterpiece is bursting to the brim with energy.

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Gorgeous Endangered Species Series In Cut Paper Brings Awareness To Great Cause

Patrick Cabral Endangered Species Series In Cut Paper - Lynx

Patrick Cabral wowed us previously with his initial exploration of the animal form. He was able to accentuate the gorgeous details such as fur and unique markings using several sheets of paper, meticulously cut into beautiful and unique patterns, which were then layered to provide depth. This time each paper relief shows even more detail and has the delicate nature of lace found through each pattern to further show how fragile they are as a result of their endangerment. He has not only continued this incredible series with several more animals, but he has followed up on his promise to donate to WWF to save these animals from extinction!

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Ethereal Cut Paper Illustrations of Women in Water by Sonia Alins

Into the Water II: Cut Paper Illustrations by Sonia Alins

We have seen the beautiful works of Spanish artist Sonia Alins previously, featuring several women with exaggerated proportions floating and even dancing under the transparent sheets of water. This They stay afloat in this aquatic environment, with only some parts shown above the water level. Dones d'aigua II showcases the subtle, delicate and ethereal idea of mysterious aquatic environment where the figures emerge or not.

Top 20 Amazing Examples of Paper Quilling

Top 20 Amazing Examples of Paper Quilling

There are many beautiful artworks made of paper that we have seen throughout this site and many others, whether monumental sculptures or unique carvings out of books. However, there is one technique I feel hasn't gotten as much love it deserves, the art of paper quilling. There are so many talented artists out there and I feel that it is absolutely necessary to share them with you all, even if this is just the beginning. The featured artists share a common goal in breaking the boundaries of traditional quilling, leaving the viewer mesmerized, with circling questions of "how did they do that?!" and "Wow, that's incredible!" I hope you enjoy this selection!

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Poetic Paper Cut-Outs Give Greek Tragedy New Wings [Video]

Poetic Paper Cut-Outs Give Greek Tragedy New Wings

Animated paper cutouts come together to form a visual representation of a poem influenced by the Greek mythological character Orpheus. In Transmission, illustrator and animator Afroditi Bitzouni interprets Chris Sakellaridis’s poem of the same name through a form of cut out collage animation. This experimental performance combines poetry, music, animation, dance and opera. There is a seamless fluidity through Bitzouni’s animation of fragmented landscapes and abstract humanoids from scraps of colored paper. The majority of the cut outs are grain layer construction paper while others look like they were taken from a magazine or book.

Technicolor Fragments Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction

Technicolor Fragements Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction by Derrick Adams February 24th - April 1st, 2017

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose work destabilizes the cultural understanding of urban and identity politics through performance, collage, sculpture and installation. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. His ongoing collage series, "Deconstruction Worker," is motivated by architectural vocabulary. Influenced by the exploration of the urban dweller, Adams implements geometric constructions of human figures in an ambiguous state between construction and deconstruction. This series will be on display at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery through April 1st, 2017 in Chicago.

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