Paper cutting or Drawings?

I love looking at illustrations.  It is a big part of my job when it comes to selecting picture books for the library collection. Illustration plays a major role in this type of book and can often make or break a story.  And a trend we’ve been seeing more of in the last few years is paper-cut illustrations. The artist uses paper and cuts in intricate ways to make gorgeous pictures that seem to jump off the page. That’s what I thought when I saw the work of Eiko Ojala.



Ojala uses his computer to digitally render these illustrations….no paper involved at all! Of course, paper art is his inspiration, and you’ll love looking through the various examples on his website. While the digital world has dramatically moved forward in making realistic images (CGI, anyone?), does this take away from the “real” art of paper cutting?  I don’t think so. It has merit on its own, I strongly believe.

Take a few minutes to wander through the site. You won’t be disappointed!


3 thoughts on “Paper cutting or Drawings?

  1. technicality wise, both the traditional paper cutting and digital work has their own difficulty to be worked out. Though, it is easier for digital because there will always be a ctrl+z. There was this paper cut artist that i’m following, she was halfway through her work when she cut out a part that is not supposed to be cut, she just screamed out of frustration. That’s the only great difference that i could think of bet. trad and digital, because more than the technicalities, it will always come down to the concept/idea/emotion.

    • Ahhh…very interesting. Oh boy, that would be so frustrating to be almost finished a project and make a problem cut. Thanks for letting us know how this all works.

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