Nikolai Tolstyh, the Russian artist, cuts out intricate paper silhouettes of animals and then take photos in a natural setting. The artist uses appropriate textures for each image and the combination is surprisingly perfect. For example, a giraffe’s spots are mimicked by blossoming yellow buds, while thin brown leaves serve as a tiger’s stripes. Dewdrop-covered grass, tree trunks worn with rustic lines, colorfully bold flower petals, and freshly fallen autumn leaves, there are so many options for artist to choose to color his two-dimensional zoo. See more of Tolstyh’s work on his instagram page and find out how he capture the many shapes and forms of beauty that unceasingly occupies the world around us.
This ingenious series of crafted illustrations was created by Jordan-based illustrator Shamekh Al-Bluwi. Shamekh sketches his fashion illustrations on paper then meticulously cut out the form of the outfits. This simple process turns the silhouette of each illustrated garment into a window, allowing things like buildings, trees and clouds to serve as color and pattern of clothing. Working with scenery he sees day to day, Shamekh is able to share not only beautiful drawings but a new way of appreciating the beauty of everyday life. I have to say, it is quite interesting to see the effect of wearing all kinds of buildings on body.
Chinese artist Bovey Lee continues to amaze us by her incredible detailed paper cutting art. She meticulously cuts intricate scenes of plants, roads, people, and architecture on those arge thin sheets of Chinese rice paper. It is quite impressive to look at the detailed photos of Lee’s paper cut and make you wonder how she can create that intricate scenes on the easily broken paper. Bovey Lee’s work is rooted in her traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy training combined with modern computer technology and her own innovations. As Lee says “When I cut paper, it is a visceral reaction and natural response to my affection for precision, detail, and subtlety.”
We all know birds have feather, but how to have birds out of feather? Of course, it will not happen in real life, but come from artist’s hand. Olympia, Washington-based artist Chris Maynard uses individual feathers to create images of large flocks of birds. Using tools like surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels, and magnifiers, the artist carves intricate feather birds that grow and emerge, and flap their wings as they fly away. The feather retains its natural patterns, colors, and shapes, which makes each one of Maynard’s pieces is an original that cannot be duplicated. Find more feather work on Maynard’s featherfolio site. [source]