Paper cutting

My preferred form of art, besides comics about insects, is paper cutting. I use card paper that I buy in the scrap-booking section of Michael’s and an exacto knife with replaceable blades (the blades are much cheaper online). Normally I sketch out the images before I cut them. When I am done with a piece, I turn all the pages over so that any pencil marks that are left are not visible and the cuts look cleaner.

Slide show of sea creatures in various situations:

My designs are both single layer (only one layer is cut, although there is always another layer of background) and multi-layer. The advantage of the single layer pieces is that the background layer can be swapped out, making the pieces really mutable. When I am making a multilayered piece, I usually make the top layer first and then work down from there. I don’t glue the pieces together, so everything has to be cut so it is attached to the border of the layer, which can become a challenge.

Slideshow of flying animals, mostly birds:

One of the things I love about working with the paper is the focus it takes to cut the more intricate patterns, and how everything I work with has to be abstracted to some degree. I like to think about how to reduce a thing so it’s reasonably possible to cut, but still resembles the object I am trying to portray. I also like doing more abstract pieces, especially the geometric ones.

Slideshow of abstract pieces:

I draw my much of my inspiration from Japanese woodprints, Chinese brush painting and Persian mosaics.

Various plants and landscapes, with a spider: