Oooo, if we're sharing tips then may i suggest using a specialised glue bottle instead of a paintbrush? (on the middle right in post/45819538676). They look like tiny bottles with a pin and the end of a mechanical pencil stuck on them and they're amazing for precision gluing. Plus you don't have to clean glue out of any bristles! I found mine in among the scrapbooking supplies at the local art store :>
So that’s what those are! I’ve seen them numerous times when buying supplies, but never thought to take a closer look for some reason….probably because I assumed it was some sort of space-age contraption beyond my comprehension or something. In all seriousness though, I think it’s pretty obvious now that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Here’s me compared to you and all other remarkably talented artists:
You and Fiona Bearclaw……I can’t get over how amazingly nice you both are to share some tips with me!!!!!!!!! I can’t thank you enough Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going out today to find one!
Hi Cameron! I love your work!! Do you sell your pieces? I really love the Adventure Time ones you made. Also have you ever thought of trying to work in 3-D??
Hello and thank you! Yes, I do sell my pieces, but right now I’m just trying to prepare a full body of work so that I can have a good showing at ECCC next year (if it all works out), which is why the Adventure Time piece hasn’t been put in my store. I assume you’re talking about like a standalone 3D sculpture, which I have actually tried about 3 years ago:
It was a gift to my father about 3 years ago that was of the house I grew up in and was meant to mimic the house from Pixar’s UP (you can read more about it by clicking the pic or HERE. It was actually the second paper piece I ever did and it was absolutely brutal to make…….SOOOOOOOO MUCH MEASURING……………..who know’s though, I’ve really just started with this medium, so maybe someday my work will take me into that direction. Thanks for the question!
hey cameron! your stuff is fantastic. aside from gushing, i just was wondering if you knew about titanium coated blades. they're sharper and last a whole lot longer, unfortunately they're twice as expensive but it's possible to get a good deal on them. i can't go back to the plain steel blades anymore, i make lots of small papercuts too (post/35853112148/shadow-printmaking). a ph-neutral pva glue for bookmaking you might like too, elmers glue is the same thing except watered down + solvents.
Yeah, this is where being self taught and not knowing any other artists is a MAJOR disadvantage for me, because if you didn’t take time out of your day to contact me, I honestly would have never figured this out and most likely I’d be wasting lots and lots of money down the road on crappy steel blades that last me about 45 mins. I feel like and idiot now. YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ALREADY ORDERED SOME! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME OUT! And dear god your work is amazing…….
Hi Cameron, your art is amazing! As a practicing artist what tools do you use to make your art? It's unfathomable to me how you're able to create your pieces on such a small scale. I really loved seeing your Adventure Time collection, I'm a huge fan. Keep uploading more work!
Thank you bunches!!! I’ve answered this question a few times, but here is a picture of exactly what I use:
I use the paint brush to apply glue when the pieces are tiny…..which is 99% of the time. Also most people assume I use some sort of magnification device like a loupe, but all I do is get my peepers in as close as I can while I’m cutting. I like to keep things pretty darn simple. Thanks again for your kind words and for the question!
Looking at your work makes me feel sweaty and panicked because I get SO EXCITED to try new things. I am freaking out right now. You are the reason I got into paper art. I MUST MAKE A TINY BOOK.
Hahaha yep, I was definitely going for sweaty and panicked when I made these pieces…..if you’re not feeling sweaty and panicked, then you’re obviously not looking at it right. In all seriousness though Miranda, I really do hope you keep on producing more paper art because you inspire me as well, mostly because the kind of paper art we both do is pretty darn similar in both style and subject! NOW GO, MAKE YOUR TINY BOOK.
Man, I am so amazed by your stuff. I'm relatively new to tumblr, but I saw magicfran's reblog of your latest Adventure Time stuff, and I'm blown away by your Enchiridion. Then I saw you're following loveandasandwich, so it's good to know that I'm on the right track as far as following great tumblr artists goes. I'm hope artistic ability can be absorbed through the internet...
Firstly, thank you! Secondly, she’s amazing isn’t she? I started following her work about 6-7 years ago when I joined Deviantart and her plush monsters were one of the first things I saw on there………though I’ve only been serious about creating artwork for 2 years now, she is a HUGE inspiration in what I’ve accomplished so far and the direction that I’m heading. I don’t think I’ll ever be as productive as her though, which is a sad truth I have to admit…..for example: as I type this, I’m supposed to be working on a couple of pieces for a fast approaching deadline, but instead I’m answering Tumblr questions and just sitting in my office like:
HOW DO YOU MAKE THOSE LITTLE BOOKS? Thats amazing i just kinda tumbled upon your blog and your art is awesome
Hey thanks! The Enchirdion and the Rainicornicopia required a lot measuring and a lot of straight edge cutting. I prefer to freehand everything, but I knew that if any of the measurements were slightly off, then most likely you’d be able to tell just by looking at it, which would have bugged the hell out of me. As for everything else the books entailed, well all I remember is blacking out and when I woke up the books were completed and someone had taken a bite of my hot pocket.
I am a new follower, one of bazillions, I am sure, who just saw your shadow boxes and fell in love with them. I noticed you don't have anything in your store, and selling/producing multiples of them would probably give you early arthritis, so I have decided to make my own imitation. (just to hang up in my room) How long did you spend on it, approximately, so I know how much to multiply by 100 for my attempt? p.s. are you planning on making more, maybe cross-genres/games?
Hello friend and thanks so much for following! Yeah, my store is very empty at the moment and most likely will be for a while as I gear up for my first comic con(s) next year, along with art shows that I will be contributing to as well. As for how long, maybe somewhere around 75-90 hours maybe??? I honestly don’t have a clue just because I’m not a full time artist anymore and I had to complete this piece through several several SEVERAL severaaaaaaaal sittings over the course of 4 months in my spare time after work….not to mention a large chunk of that time is spent waiting for glue to dry (which I didn’t factor in my 75-90 hour estimation) and also I usually cut out multiple pieces until I get the right fit/shape/etc……so good luck and I hope you don’t have any important plans coming up!
And yes, I’ve actually already started the third piece in the series which is going to remain a secret until I get a considerable amount of it done….so be on the lookout! If you haven’t seen it, the first piece in the series was the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess items, which you can find by clicking HERE. Have a wonderful day!
How often do you go through blades? Those things are 'spensive.
Uggghhh faster than I’m willing to admit…..I’m terrible when it comes to snapping off the tips, but I’m incapable of putting less pressure on them when I turn a corner or something just because I’m so tense when I work, it’s ridiculous. I also clench my jaw to the point my whole face is sore the next day and I unintentionally hold my breath for long periods of time to steady my arms/hands, making me feel out of breath throughout most of the day. Here’s a current picture of me:
So all the Adventure Time pieces are done! All that’s left now is to glue them in place, which I was thinking it might be fun to do a livestream of….give you wonderful people a chance to see a bit of my process and of course chat and ask as many questions as you like! Would anyone be interested in that?
Hello all! Whitney and I will be attending ECCC tomorrow and in the off chance someone out there recognizes one of us wandering around, don’t hesitate to say hello! I have some leftover "Friendship" and "It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take These." prints that I’ll have on me and would love to give away to any of you fine folks. Sadly, we’ll only be attending Friday, as shmengagement shmrings (in case Whitney is reading, hopefully she can’t decode that) aren’t cheap, so I’ll be all over the place trying to condense everything I want to get done into one day, which is going to be butt…..huge butt.
So keep your eyes peeled! I’ll be the one cosplaying as the falafel from the Orbit gum commercial:
Your paper cut work is great and very cool ideas too! Could you tell me about your process and tools/ materials used?
Thank you! The same goes to you as well! Your work is so intricate and clean, absolutely lovely! You can read here about some of the tools/materials that I use….as for process, I’m really all over the place and I don’t exactly have any sort of set methodology that I follow, which is terrible. If anything, I spend a whole lot of time visualizing and constructing the pieces in my head before I actually get anything physically done….considering each situation for individual pieces are going to be pretty unique, there’s a lot of problem solving that I need to sort through before I give anything a go (also working a mindless, crummy job during the day really helps with thinking about this stuff thoroughly), because if I don’t, I’m in for many frustrated hours of “WHY THE HELL IS THIS NOT WORKING?!?!?! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME!?!?!” followed by flipping my desk over and storming out of my office. One “step” I would say that I always try to keep in mind with my work that I think is worth mentioning, is that I’m always always ALWAYS asking myself “where can I add depth?” Depth, in my opinion, just adds so much more to MY work and initiates a completely different kind of interaction with the piece than I had experienced with any 2-D illustration; it occupies the viewer’s physical space and brings it into their reality…….their reality of…..uh….3……dimensions……uuuugh…..science, am I right???