- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: F&W Pubns (November 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156496034X
- ISBN-13: 978-1564960344
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paper Sculpture: A Step-By-Step Guide Hardcover – November, 1993
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An accomplished lecturer, Kathleen Ziegler has participated in numerous seminars on 3-Dimensional illustration including the Association of Medical Illustrators, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Grapfix'90 in New York and the Royal College of Art in London, England. She has been featured in Step-By-Step Graphics and her work has appeared on the covers of the industry's leading magazines.
Nick Greco is Vice President and principal partner of Dimensional Illustrators, Inc. He concentrates on the marketing aspects of the 3-Dimensional design industry. Nick negotiates contracts, evaluates projects and establishes sale and buyout rights. He has lectured in the United States and abroad on copyright laws, resale rights and contracts for 3-Dimensional illustrators. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Techniques: Paper is a natural illustrative medium. Wood pulp, vegetable or cotton fibers are beaten down, mixed with water and pressed into paper. This organic composition provides the tensile strength yet the flexibility needed for delicate manipulation. A flat piece of paper can be very deceiving. Those who recognize its versatility and limitations are gifted with a boundless palette from which to create. Paper can be curled, rolled, folded or scored without tearing. A knowledge of flexibility, weight and texture, through hands-on application, will result in your ability to create paper sculpture images. With few cuts and gentle curves, paper is transformed from a flat surface into a 3-Dimensional network of light and shadow. Crush a piece of paper in your hand and gently flatten it out. Notice how the folds and creases enhance the overall dimension of the paper. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I actually have had to study the picture in detail to do this and I've learned a tremendous amount by doing so. Now I can see why the artist did things in certain ways, because I have questioned whether I should do things differently at each step in the process. It has been a great learning process, and I can now see several reasons why the original work is so much better than the copy that is produced by the second artist in the book. And I have changed a few things from the original too. This has taken quite a while so far, but I have completed the swan and it is very impressive.
This piece is more like classical impressionist art. I could write an essay on it. There are a few others in the book that reach that level, but if I ever do another one it might be from my own original idea, if I can find the level of inspiration I see in this one.
The book starts out with a brief introduction to paper sculpture and overview of paper sculpture techniques. Nine projects, each directed by a different artist, follow. Though the instructions are arranged step-by-step with photos, there are some advanced techniques involved and some experience and talent would be needed to create some of the more elaborate projects. There are also no templates, so making a project that looks exactly like the one in the book it almost impossible.
I didn't try all the projects, but did enjoy making the sun. It is fairly simple and looks so great using marbled papers. I would have liked to try the goldfish and the swan shown on the cover, but I felt they were a bit to time-consuming and complex for me. Other projects, like the Liberty Bell and too cute chicken wreath, just didn't perk my interest.
All in all, I'm glad I bought the book. The artwork examples are great and have inspired me to try some things on my own such as butterflies, fish and landscapes. I like that they list all the artists with contact information, awards they've earned and clients they've served. A list of schools that offer professional instruction is also a nice bonus.