Hyper-realistic Hand-Built Paper Birds by Niharika Rajput
When I first saw the image below, I thought it was a great shot of the hummingbird. But when I started to look a bit closer, I found something seem not right. The bird eyes are bit dull and the features don’t seem that soft. Then after read the story, I figured out the reason was because the bird is not real. No matter how realistic it looks like.
Using a detailed structural plan, hundreds of hand-fringed feathers, a custom-built wire armature, and other tools and supplies, artist Niharika Rajput creates her life-like paper birds. Besides the super complicated building process, to create her intricate sculptures, Rajput studies the anatomy of each bird, from its wing and tail structures to different types of feathers and facial features. After creating a sketch of all the component body parts, Rajput begins the labor-intensive assembly process. After completion, Rajput will add a layer of acrylic paint to protect the bird.
I have no idea how long it took Rajput to finish a bird. Just imagine it makes me crazy. But I have to admit, the work is really impressive. If you like it, you can follow Rajput on Instagram.