Paper cutout art work

Paper cutout (切り絵) is an old Japanese art style. Paper cutout artists express various things through a sheet of black paper. Haduki, who has just started paper cutout, is one of the people fascinated of the art. Today, I interviewed Haduki and I was shown her beautiful artworks.

Kenshin and Tomoe from Rurouni Kenshin.

Paper cutout of Rurouni Kenshin

Kenshin Himura

Paper cutout of Rurouni Kenshin

— When did you become interested in paper cutout?
One day, by chance I saw an amazing paper cutout art work of Hakuoki on Niconico Seiga (ニコニコ静画; A Japanese online community for artists by the company of Niconico Douga), and it got me interested in the art style. As I watched many kind of paper cut out, I began to think I want to create them.

— What do you usually use for the art work?
An art knife only. Sometimes tweezers.

— How long does it take for creating?
Depends on themes. Sometimes an hour, and sometimes it takes about five hours.

— Your art works are really beautiful. Please let us know how to create them.
First I prepare my favorite picture in color and black-and-white. Then tape black-and-white picture on a black paper, and run art knife along the line. At the same time, refer to color picture and I balance the dark part and light part. Everyone has their own personal style though, this is my style.


Goku from Saiyuki

Paper cutout of Saiyuki

Hajime Saito from Hakuoki

Paper cutout of Hajime Saito

Soji Okita from Hakuoki

Paper cutout of Soji Okita


★About Haduki
Twitter: @haduki3724 (Japanese Only)


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