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PAPER ART

Calvin Nichols has worked for 25 years to perfect his medium of choice: paper. 
 But he doesn’t just draw on it. He shapes it to create intricate works of staggering detail and beauty.
 
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This particular series is appropriately titled, “Paper Zoo.”03-3d-paper-art.jpg
To make the art, he starts by observing real-life animals and their movements.
 
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He takes numerous sketches that he will later use as reference for his paper art.
 
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He then cuts up thousands of tiny pieces of paper and pastes them together to form each animal.
 
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The texture he is able to achieve with this technique is astounding.
 
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Given that he’s only working with white paper, the details must be exactly right in order to create the appropriate depth and shadowing.
 
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 It’s incredibly delicate work.
 
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 Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.
 
While the bigger ones can take months, or even years.
 
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His work has been featured in National Geographic, as well as numerous galleries and art shows all over the world.
 
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He uses X-ACTO knives, scalpels, and scissors in the construction of his critters.
 
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Fur is an especially difficult texture to create, so animals make for a distinct challenge.
 
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Feathers are also very hard to replicate.
 
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Just look at the texture on the hummingbird’s belly.
 
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They almost look like they could be alive!
 
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Calvin’s Facebook page and website feature a whole lot more of his amazing works and they’re really worth your time.
 
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Amazing.
 
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The commitment these amazing pieces of art require is just mind-blowing. Talent like this is not solely inherited; results like this come from dedicated deliberate practice which takes hours (10,000+) of hard focused work over many, many years.
 
 
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