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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A common influence... maybe: Diana Beltran Herreras

Cardinal by Diana Beltran Herrera 
Happy new year for all! Let us kick 2014 with a brand new installment of 'A common influence... maybe'. Recently, while roaming the Smithsonian Magazine's Arts & Culture category for some news and something interesting, I stumbled across an article that caught my attention. Written by Megan Gambino, there was an article in the Collage of Arts and Sciences category titled Diana Beltran Herrera's Flock of PaperBirds. The article highlights some of Columbian artist Diana's accomplishments and describes part of the process of how she creates her paper birds. All of her creations are to scale of birds in nature and take several days to complete.

Knowing that there were several paper artists on deviantART, I sought out 4 of them and asked:
“After seeing your wonderful paper birds, I was curious if artist Diana Beltran Herreras was your inspiration. If not, who was your inspiration?”
Of the 4, I did receive a response from one of them but have yet to hear from the others (probably due to the holidays) so as soon as I do get word from them, I will update this post to share their insights.

A young paper artist located in Australia, Richard shares with his viewers a variety of paper works including origami but his most captivating images in his gallery are the paper sculptures.
Golden Phoenix by Richi89
One of his most eyecatching pieces is his Golden Chinese Dragon which he states in the description is made of gold card stock, a wire skeleton in order for it to maintain its shape and LEDs for the eyes.


Actually a friend told me about her only at the start of this year and before that I'd never heard of her. She does do some beautiful bird sculptures. I have only made one bird which is the phoenix.

I'm not really sure what inspired me, I guess I just wanted to make a phoenix and looked at some pictures here on deviantart to get some ideas. Then just use my own imagination to create it :)"

Illustrated Paper Owl by hazelb

hazelb.deviantart.com (South Africa)
A graphic designer/illustrator and paper sculptor from South Africa, Hazel Buchan doesn't have very many images in her gallery but what she does have are lovely examples of her skill and eye for detail. One amazing example is her Illustrated Paper Owl. In the description, she states that it is a paper sculpture of an owl where each feather was illustrated on before construction. Unfortunately she doesn't say how long it took her to complete this amazing piece but the amount of dedication she put into it is rather note-worthy.

Paper Raven by IgorSan

With his gallery filled with colorful graphic illustrations and little mythical creature sculptures, Brazilian artist I Ching San has a whimsical collection of imagery. One little creature that has become rather popular in his gallery is his creation of the mushroom faery Shiitake, which he has several pictures of including progress shots. Amongst the various 2D and 3D works is a black Paper Raven.

Paper Bird by NaylaSmith

An illustrator and student located in Canada, Nayla Smith is currently working on her Fine Arts Diploma while attending the Ottawa School of Art. Many of her pieces almost have a sense of influence in them reminiscent of artist Amy Brown, with soft muted colors, heavy grey tones and the feel of raw emotion behind them. Hidden in the collection of works she had on displace was Paper Bird which she states is made of a wire skeleton to hold its form and the pages of an old book. 

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