This Canadian artist creates truly jaw-dropping sculptures out of paper
Back in our childhood days, many of us will have played with paper boats and airplanes, carefully folding the paper and trying to invent new designs. Paper artist Calvin Nicholls, who currently lives in Toronto, Canada, probably used to play the same game that we all did, but nowadays he’s raised it to a whole new level. This guy doesn’t just fold bits of paper, but instead produces serious pieces of art using only this basic material. He captures aspects of the natural world and creates incredible masterpieces using little more than a piece of paper, some scissors, a knife and some glue. His work is so impressive that we guarantee you will never look at the same basic material with the same eyes again.
Calvin proves that there is a very fine line between 2D and 3D: using the interaction of light and shadow, he brings his paper sculptures to life; they seem to almost be capable of breaking free from the board they’re attached to. Take a look!
It takes Calvin between a month and two years to create each paper sculpture.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that this dog is looking right back at someone.
It seems like you can almost touch every single strand of wool on this ox. You can feel its emotions!
First, Calvin prepares a rigid form of the sculpture from heavy-weight paper to establish the basic shape and to provide a high degree of overall strength. Small, separate pieces are then attached and positioned on the form.
All of his sculptures are examples of pure craftsmanship. They are cut separately from a variety of different kinds of paper selected by weight and texture.
Wings and feathers are the most difficult parts to make.
To ensure his sculptures get that 3D effect, he cuts each piece of paper with a scalpel and a knife, and then pieces the multi-layered components together.
He enjoys white on white paper sculptures the most due to the emphasis on texture and form this achieves. Ultimately, it’s all about the shadow each layer produces on the next.
His ’Birds of Paradise’ won both an Award of Excellence and the ’Artists’ Choice’ award.
The Lion King.
’’I’ve developed my art to the point where I’m now able to blend many of my passions — wildlife, the natural world, photography, design, model making, sculpture, light and shadow, and have managed to indulge all of them...When I started out in the early 1980s, I didn’t see this being my job nearly thirty years later.’’