Calvin Nicholls’ haut-relief animal sculptures are incredibly realistic

Calvin Nicholls’ haut-relief animal sculptures are incredibly realistic

A while back we talked about how Calvin Nicholls is basically the master of paper sculptures (here) and now he’s back with more insanely detailed bird portraits.

The Canadian artist’s material of choice is, of course, paper and his favorite tool is the scalpel. An unlikely match that Nicholls has mastered over the years. His latest series of portraits feature birds, bears, and foxes rendered in haut-relief fashion. The majority of his pieces boast monochromatic shades yet they feel extraordinarily alive and realistic. Literally hundreds of small bits of paper scores ever so slightly to give that feathery look to each piece.

The artist has posted a video showcasing his process here. He also takes commericial commissions and some of the artwork posted below is from a window display he made for jeweler David Yurman. Find more of the artist’s works on his website and Facebook.

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