Calvin has worked for 25 years to perfect his medium of choice: paper.
Calvin Nicholls has been working with paper as his primary medium for 25 years and in that time, he managed to create something expectable. Prepare yourself, because you'll be amazed and shocked at the same time.
The following photos of his artwork will help you understand the way he works. And it's really beautiful.
However, he doesn’t just draw on it. He shapes it to create intricate works of staggering detail and beauty.
He wisely named this particular series as “Paper Zoo.”
Before he begins, he observes real-life animals and their movements.
He takes lots of sketches that he will later use as reference for his paper art.
He then cuts up thousands of tiny pieces of paper and pastes them together to form each animal.
The texture he is able to achieve with this technique is astounding.
Since he’s only working with white paper, the details must be exactly right in order to create the appropriate depth and shadowing.
It’s incredibly delicate work.
Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.
While the bigger ones can take months, or even years.
His work has been featured in National Geographic, as well as numerous galleries and art shows all over the world.
He uses X-ACTO knives, scalpels, and scissors in the construction of his critters.
Fur is an especially difficult texture to create, so animals make for a distinct challenge.
Feathers are also very hard to replicate.
Just look at the texture on the hummingbird’s belly.
They almost look like they could be alive!
Calvin’s Facebook page and website feature a whole lot more of his amazing works and they’re really worth your time.
The commitment these amazing pieces of art require is just mind-blowing. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be if you messed up a little detail on those pieces? Talent like this just doesn’t come around that often.