FAQ Category: Papercrafts

How much do you think you’ve improved at doing papercrafts? And what would you like to work on more?

Ooh that’s an interesting thought! I definitely have noticed an evolution of how I design certain things, specifically with faces. Early on I would have exposed eyes pasted over the face, and shape the nose with two separate facial pieces. Now I’ve found that cutting out the eye sockets and cutting a ‘flap’ for the nose creates natural shadows and is much more appealing to my vision in concept. I’ve …

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I notice you’ve been doing commercial commissions for book boxes, do you ever plan to do private commissions?

Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow me to have open private commissions at the moment. I can at most build 1 – 2 papercrafts a month depending on the complexity, so it’s very limiting if I open private commissions. Commercial commissions allow these box subscriptions to distribute my artwork on a larger scale to you all than one-on-one commissions would. But I’m not against it in the future if my schedule …

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What’s your favourite paper craft you’ve made/art you’ve drawn?

The Ace of Shades “The Lovers, Reversed” papercraft is still my favorite piece. The mish-mash of symbolisms for the Lovers / Fool tarot cards and story elements fit together so well. The trifecta imagery of the golden God’s Robe / City Skyline / Spade was especially fun.

How do you come up with such brilliant ideas for patterns? Your papercuts seem very complicated!

I use the patterns (or filigree) as a form of highlighting / shading. Similar to how an illustrator would use pointillism or cross-hatching to create different values with only two colors. Filigree is a more decorative form of those techniques for my papercrafts. I first draw major line forms to get the flow of the pattern, then fill in the gaps with random swirls or linework to create varied shapes …

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Can you explain the entire process of your papercrafting?

Pre-planning: I start by re-listening to the book for details and symbolisms. I take a lot of liberties with the art, but I don’t want to stray from the spirit of source material. I love adding in as much symbolism and hidden details as possible so avid readers can spot them Concept: I try to decide what dimension and size of frame I’ll use to house the papercraft. The depth …

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How long does it take you to make papercrafts?

It depends on the complexity and size of the piece, as well as if I’m running into artistic blocks during the concept phase. An average breakdown of hours for each step for a few different pieces:

Do you have any tips on how to start papercrafting?

My absolute best tip for 2D papercrafting is practice drawing basic shapes for form. Many artists begin illustrations with simple shapes to build their subjects before adding detail. Papercrafting is devolving your concept back into simple shapes and contours. It’s important to simplify your shapes to be “clusters” if something becomes too detailed. Don Bluth utilized this technique in a lot of his films, especially with hair!