Presently, I am finishing illustrations for a new picture book (click pics to enlarge):
I love working with cut paper—because of how it looks when finished, of course—but also because of the hurricane of paper scraps that fills my studio. I love a good mess.
This book is set in a city, and has a lot of humans playing musical instruments and dancing and whatnot. It has been particularly complex to construct. I must have gone through about a hundred x-acto blades and a ton of paper in the last two months. I don’t always get my shapes right the first time, so there are a lot of leftovers.
Its a good thing I’m not a hoarder, because each time I do a clean-up, I can’t help but get attached to the scraps. Sometimes when the negatives get stacked over one another they make world class abstract art.
Today I snapped a few digital pics before tossing out the trash:
And now that my studio is “clean”, it’s time to get back to work.