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29 February 2012 @ 03:16 pm
Papercutting (aka: My new obsession)  
Papercutting basically involves cutting intricate designs out of paper, usually with a craft knife ('X-acto' knife to any Yankees out there). Basically:

The Japanese call their version Kirigami; the Germans have Scherenshnitte (bless-you!); the Mexicans have papel picado... there's a tonne of amazing paper artists out there - and a few hanging around LJ, too!

I've really started to get into the craft, ever since I did that Christmas Wreath two months back. It's a lot more fun and less tedious than I thought it would be - the most frustrating part for me is actually designing the image rather than cutting it...


Please click through for bigger versions!

Christmas Wreath
Merry Christmas

See [This Post].
White Paper, A2 (big!), 100 gsm (?)


Assassin's Creed
Morti di Vivo!

The first 'serious' papercut I did, and it took a ridiculous amount of time to finish. It's based on the Wanted poster seen in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
White Paper, A4, 80 gsm. ~6 hrs.


Experiment, Imagine, Discover, Err, Learn...

This one is dear to my heart. I'm a chemist and currently out of a job, so this is kind of a motivational piece for me. I took the main image from a Russian Textbook (thanks Tumblr!) and put a few of my own twists on it (the text, mainly).
Black Paper, A4, 120 gsm. ~6 hrs.


Stargate Atlantis
"Ladies and gentlemen... welcome to Atlantis."
(aka: "How do you get your hair to go like that?")

Progress shots [here].
First fandom papercut! I put together the image from various screencaps (thanks Gateworld!), converted it to grayscale, and went from there. Love the way the Daedulus turned out, and also the Sheppard panel at the top of the wheel. Cut the S's on 'Stargate Atlantis' back to front and had to stickytape a fix in, though hopefully it's not too noticeable. Never cutting small faces again - luckily most of the characters have pretty distinctive hair. The triangles on the Stargate just about killed me. Oh... and don't look at the Gate symbols too closely either...
Black Paper, 23.5x18.5 cm, 120 gsm.


The plan is to do a whole series based on my favourite fandoms - Dr Who, Sherlock, Merlin, etc... I have a lot of time on my hands while I wait for a job offer (fingers crossed, wish me luck!) and practice makes perfect - so I'm all up for suggestions and requests!
Comments are love!
Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: Prince of Egypt OST - All I Ever Wanted
tavabeantavabean on February 29th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Wow! Your art is beautiful! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the job offer. :)
hovercarracerhovercarracer on February 29th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! This is basically what I do while I'm waiting anxiously by the phone... lol.
syble4: SGA -Coffee Breaksyble4 on February 29th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Wow that looks awesome! Using pens, it would have been really cool, but a knife?! Wow!
popkin16: ☂ asghfk;plpopkin16 on February 29th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
Oh my god, that Stargate: Atlantis one is epic and amazing and a;sjdf;as
Nico: rodneyvilakins on February 29th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
The science and SGA ones are just stunning! Amazing work!
cousinmarycousinmary on February 29th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
I -love- the science one!
mashimero: Stargate Atlantis > Puddlejumper > to homashimero on February 29th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
Wow, that is some super awesome papercutting.
Gaffsie: Bustin' makes you feel goodgaffsie on February 29th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Wow! That is really impressive. It looks like real fiddly work.
busaikkobusaikko on February 29th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
These are all gorgeous! My mother-in-law used to do kirigami, and I have some idea of how much time and concentration it took to make these. I came here for the Stargate one, which is fantastically intricate with all the characters there (I love the design!) but your science one is also awesome. (the assassin scares me *shivers*). Brava!
No True. Such Permit. Very Assassins. Wow.: Assassin's Creednaamah_darling on February 29th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)

The Stargate: Atlantis one is EPIC. I am in awe of your kickassery. I'd say I can't imagine doing anything that tiny and fiddly, but, well, I can. >_<

I love the chemistry one. The chemist in our gaming group would love it.

I LOVE the Assassin's Creed poster! I want one sooo bad! I have my own AC-themed piece going in the studio right now, and am going to have a lot of AC-themed art in my bedroom when I redo it this summer.
Mific: shep grinningmific on February 29th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
OMG this is amazing - I love the overall design and the details, and how it looks like a sci-fi woodcut. And I really love how you bracketed the central gate-piece with the 4 different spaceships - seriously cool!
springwoofspringwoof on February 29th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)

The SGA one is awesome! The puddlejumper was especially cool and I liked all the recognizable characters--Teyla fighting with her sticks!

rusty_armour: canadarmrusty_armour on February 29th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
These are all beautiful, but the the SGA one is especially impressive! EXCELLENT work! :-)
Buggy: SGA Jumper Johntoomuchfandom on February 29th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
Wow, this certainly is something different. Oh I admire your patience!
zzanthalinnzzanthalinn on February 29th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
The SGA one is a nice bit of fandom art, but SCIENCE IS AWESOME! Terrific that you included 'err' as something to celebrate.

Have you thought of selling your work? I would certainly be happy to buy a copy of Science.
melaganmelagan on February 29th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
I am blown away by the design gorgeous detail in your Atlantis piece. All of these are fantastic!
danceswithgarydanceswithgary on February 29th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'm here for the Atlantis piece, but they're all incredible.
jeyla4everjeyla4ever on February 29th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Amazing!!! Amazing, Amazing. I'm dying to learn this skill but I don't think I have the fine motor skills nor the patience for it. LOOOOVE IT! The Atlantis one is of course my favorite, but I maybe a bit bias on this! :)

My husband is a chemist and lost his job too and he went to teaching. He now teaches AP Chemistry and loves it!
Lots of possibilities there in the high school level. He has never looked back since.

Good luck and keep up that gorgeous talent of yours!

schneefinkschneefink on February 29th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Wow! All of these are great, and the SGA one is particularly impressive.
scarym1: Rodneyscarym1 on February 29th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
WOW that is too cool. Love the detail. Good Luck with your job offer. : )
crysothemis: puddlejumper in a fixcrysothemis on February 29th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Here via sga_noticeboard -- these are stunning. Awesomely intricate work. I think my favorite bit is the puddlejumper in the Atlantis one, but I may change my mind, because there's so much in all of these.
All I wanted was a pony....: I believe in science by fuzzyintheheadwanted_a_pony on February 29th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
Here via sga_noticeboard so of course I love & am fascinated by the SGA composition. But my favorite of all is Science—it's really wonderful! I wish you the best of luck in your job search, but it sounds like you could easily sell quite a few profession-type papercuts in the meantime if you need to pay some bills. Thank you very much for sharing these with us!

I think other papercuts for favorite fandoms is a fantastic idea; this is a very rarely seen form of fan art, at least in SGA fandom. Personally I'd like to see anything in Star Trek TOS, Eureka, early Torchwood, SG-1, Hawai'i 5-0 Reboot, Criminal Minds or Person of Interest....
Cooper West: Sheppardmikes_grrl on February 29th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
I simply love paper arts of all kinds, and yours is fantastic! The SGA piece is great, but I have to admit my fave was the science one. I think your passion really shows through! Thanks for sharing!
aki_the_winglyaki_the_wingly on March 1st, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Omg! I love Stargate Atlantis!
pdelaepdelae on March 1st, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Um, wow!!! These are fantastic! If you don't find a job as a chemist, you should look for one as an artist. You have talent!
Dex Websterdexwebster on March 1st, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
These are lovely. 'Don't look too close' or not, the level of detail on the Stargate is just--really impressive technically, aside from being amazing art. I also love the swirl on the chemistry one, in particular.
Sarapanisdead on March 1st, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
These are really awesome, and now I want to look into the art form itself. Thanks for sharing!
Tarlan: SGA - Atlantistarlanx on March 1st, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
It's excellent!!
miso_no_tsuki: City at nightmiso_no_tsuki on March 2nd, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
those are amazing! I'm astonished by the detail and sense of perspective you have achieved with so unusual a medium. i've never seen portraiture done in cut-work before. Wow!
And best of luck for the job *fingies xxxx'd*