Unbelievable Paper Animals

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From: Ralph & BA
Date: 18 June 2016 at 03:54
Subject: Fw: Fwd: Unbelievable Paper Animals

These are gorgeous! W

Calvin has worked for 25 years to perfect his medium of choice:paper.

But he doesn’t just draw on it. He shapes it to create intricate works of staggering detail and beauty.

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This particular series is appropriately titled, “Paper Zoo.”

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To make the art, he starts by observing real-life animals and their movements.

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He takes numerous sketches that he will later use as reference for his paper art.

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He then cuts up thousands of tiny pieces of paper and pastes them together to form each animal.

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The texture he is able to achieve with this technique is astounding.

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Given that he’s only working with white paper, the details must be exactly right in order to create the appropriate depth and shadowing.

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It’s incredibly delicate work.

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Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.

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While the bigger ones can take months, or even years.

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His work has been featured in National Geographic, as well as numerous galleries and art shows all over the world.

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He uses X-ACTO knives, scalpels, and scissors in the construction of his critters.

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Fur is an especially difficult texture to create, so animals make for a distinct challenge.

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Feathers are also very hard to replicate.

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Just look at the texture on the hummingbird’s belly.

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They almost look like they could be alive!

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Calvin’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Calvin-Nicholls-Paper-Sculpture-105056349661882/ and websitehttp://www.calvinnicholls.com/ feature a whole lot more of his amazing works and they’re really worth your time.

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Amazing.

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The commitment these amazing pieces of art require is just mind-blowing. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be if you messed up a little detail on those pieces? Talent like this just doesn’t come around that often.

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