Things I Wish I Made: 3-D Papercuts

It’s been another frustrating photography week.  I made a 3-D papercut of sorts and I’ve been trying to photograph it under even light, but to no avail.  One side of the paper ends up being much darker than the other, or there’s a halo of brightness within four dark corners — it’s bad.  This afternoon A. will help me photograph it outdoors.  It’s been pretty windy lately, so we’ll see if he can hold a reflector steady….

Anyway, since I can’t show you what I made, I wanted to share a few (well-photographed) 3-D papercuts other folks have made.  I’m seriously jealous of the talent and patience of some of these artists:

Peter Callesen

I first saw his work in the book Illustration Play by Victionary.  I love the way many of his pieces are both two- and three-dimensional.  This one is called “Alive but Dead.”

 

Helen Musselwhite

I like the way Helen is equally adept at both monochromatic and vibrantly colored scenes.  She does great layering.

Michael Veliquette

His work reminds me of a fun house or an evil clown — unending menace in neon colors.

LollyChops

She’s not strictly a paper artist, but I thought her tutorial for these paper butterflies was great.  I flinched at her suggestion to embellish this project with text or glitter, though.  Please don’t gild the lily!

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