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Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

Realistic Birds Made from Paper and Watercolor Paint by Johan Scherft watercolor sculpture realism paper birds

At the age of 14 Johan Scherft made his first papercraft bird which he colored with a pencil, modeled after the flying paper models of english artist of Malcolm Topp. His self-created models along with his drawings gained him admittance to the royal academy of arts in The Hague where he perfected his painting and sculptural techniques. Nearly 30 years later the Dutch artist has become a master of the medium creating a wide variety of objects including dinosaurs, animals, boats, and especially birds. Scherft uses a computer to aid in the initial steps of creating the paper blueprints but everything else is done by hand, a painstaking process that can take several days and occasionally up to a full month to complete.

If you want to explore a bit more head over to his Facebook page and read a bit more about his process on My Modern Met. Scherft also keeps an active YouTube channel where he’s filmed numerous tutorials; don’t miss his solar-powered hummingbird.

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

A Suspended Boat of 8,000 Sheets of Rice Paper Draped on Bamboo by Zhu Jinshi sculpture paper multiples installation boats bamboo

Constructed from 8,000 sheets of rice paper, 800 bamboo shafts, and suspended by untold lengths of cotton thread, this beautiful installation by Chinese abstract artist Zhu Jinshi was recently on display at ART13 London. Titled Boat, the piece is meant as a sort of metaphor regarding the artist’s journey from east to west, while simultaneously honoring the dead’s passage from living into the afterlife. You can read more about its significance over at this website by Pearl Lam Galleries. (via collabcubed)

New Quilled Paper Portrait from Yulia Brodskaya

New Quilled Paper Portrait from Yulia Brodskaya quilling portraits paper illustration

New Quilled Paper Portrait from Yulia Brodskaya quilling portraits paper illustration

New Quilled Paper Portrait from Yulia Brodskaya quilling portraits paper illustration

Russian paper artist Yulia Brodskaya (previously) just finished her latest artwork, an intricate portrait of an older woman smoking a pipe using a colorfully explosive palette of quilled paper. Brodskaya lives and works in the UK where she illustrates with paper for dozens of the world’s largest brands and publications. See much more here.

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures sculpture paper

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures sculpture paper

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures sculpture paper

Remember those wild flexible paper sculptures from last month by artist Li Hongbo? This new video from Crane.tv shows the artist in his Beijing studio where we learn much more about how he makes each artwork. (via booooooom)

Irving Harper: Works in Paper

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works In Paper is a new book from Skira Rizzoli that collects the paper works of industrial designer Irving Harper. Harper worked as the director of design at George Nelson Associates during the 1960s and is known for designing the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller (as well as the firms’ iconic logo) and the ball and sunburst clocks for Howard Miller. Privately the designer was also an artist and created numerous paper sculptures depicting animals, masks, and other figures. Via Rizzoli:

Encompassing influences as diverse as Picasso, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the art of Oceana and Africa, the architecture of Paris, and the American beech tree that shades the Rye, New York home he has lived in for over 50 years, the artist’s private meditations reveal an informed aesthetic consciousness expressing itself as pure joy. Harper’s private work delivers on the promise of modernism: humble materials elevated by brilliant design and craftsmanship, and integrating the natural world to create objects in a universally understood language.

You can pick up the book on Amazon or directly from Rizzoli. All images courtesy Skira Rizzoli. (via grain edit)

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

Connecticut-based artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser (previously) recently completed a new series of coral reefs that she painstakingly recreates using rolled bits of paper and acrylic paint. Ahead of her upcoming exhibition at the Architectural Digest Home Show, Genser sat down with All Things Paper for a brief interview. An excerpt on her process:

These days I usually work with Thai Unryu [mulberry paper], but I have hundreds of papers in my studio from all around the world. I treat the paper almost as a pigment, layering colors one on top of the other to create different colors. My pieces are about a foot wide. Then I roll one layer on top of the other in all different thicknesses. I seal the roll with acid-free, archival glue stick, and then cut the long piece into sections with scissors or pruning shears. I have pruning shears of all different sizes to accommodate different widths.

See and learn more over on All Things Paper.

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

It’s hard to visit an art or design blog these days without spotting the illustration work of Estonian artist Eiko Ojala, his Naked series is a great place to get started. The artist works digitally without the aid of 3D software where he draws everything by hand to create landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper. Most critical are the placement of shadows which Ojala also draws by hand, though via email he admits the complexity occasionally requires the use of photographed shadows which he then incorporates into the illustrations. His latest work is this beautiful Vertical Landscape which is easily one of his most accomplished pieces and I think bodes well for this young illustrator’s career. Wouldn’t you love to see this in motion? (via behance)

It’s Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Bergère / 2012 / Various papers / 26 x 26 x 36 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Shirt & Tie / 2010 / Mulberry and various other papers / 23 x 30 x 4 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Wallet / 2011 / Paper, nylon thread / 4 x 3 x 0.5 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Paper Museum Bench / 2013

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Paper Eames Chair LCW / 2012 / Various papers, hand painted / 22 x 23 x 28 in.

A dusty old chair, a wrinkled pair of jean shorts, or the classic shape of a wooden Eames chair, common items you might encounter every day without giving them a second thought. But try to sit on that worn Corbusier bench or wear that pressed white shirt and you might be shocked as they tear or disintegrate before your very eyes because, amazingly, they are made almost completely with paper by Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Tomczyk. Via his artist statement:

My art centers on objects to stimulate visceral connections. These compositions represent biographies of people, experiences and interpretations of intangible ideas. Although my work can be categorized as realism, my intention is to distill the emotion of an object, then through expression, reconstruct it into my view of its essential self – free of function. [...] As an artist working primarily with paper, my art requires me to be part craftsman and part engineer. I learned a lot about how to construct things by working at my father’s side, in his workshop. I’m compelled to produce work that is visually poetic by using a medium that defies perceived limitations.

Tomczyk tells me that he doesn’t do much sketching before he embarks on each artwork, but spends his time formulating ideas in his head and developing a list of needed materials and measurements. The objects are carefully crafted by hand, all of the colors you see are hand-painted and he never relies on any sort of digital printing. Translation: these take a lot of time. The jean shorts alone with functional pockets and realistic textures took over 100 hours.

If you want to see more, Tomczyk has a solo show opening May 4th, 2013 at Gallery 825 in LA and you can also see many more of his paper works on his website. If you enjoy this kind of realism, also check out Randall Rosenthall’s wood carvings. (via colossal submissions, thnx shane)

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