Artist Calvin Nicholls creates these incredibly detailed paper sculptures that have been inspired by creatures he's spotted while immersed in nature. Nicholls regularly enjoys leaving his small Toronto studio for long hikes and kayaking excursions, and it is in the forest and on the water where he spots the subjects of his work. Click ahead to see more pieces, which range from hedgehogs to foxes to owls!
Calvin Nicholls has been creating his paper sculptures since 1986 and is now a master of the art. Working with just sheets of paper and a scalpel, he creates the most wonderful 3D pictures inspired by the plants and animals of the Canadian woodland.
Using a large format camera, he first captures the image and prints it as a model for his design. The artist then employs archival paper to sculpt his work — the paper is acid-free and is able to stand the test of time.
Dubbed everything from “Subordinate approach” (fox), “Boreal owl” or “Abundance” (hummingbird), Nicholls’ creations are the exploration and sculpting of ideas.
Photos © Calvin Nicholls