I have always loved to cut things out of paper . When I was a kid, I always liked cutting out little paper people and I was constantly collecting pretty bits of wrapping paper and fabric. I still love to use cut up paper when I start a design..
I love to look at Nikki McClure portfolio! Her work is amazing!! Very inspirational.
I can’t always do an entire composition using just out of one piece of paper. I often end up cutting off someone’s head or hand I have to go back and reconnect it or cut it out again.
Later in the process I often digitally eliminate elements or add things. I do love the handmade quality I get from the cutting paper and I think that even after I scan it into the computer and add the colors and patterns it maintains a graphic, rough quality. I find it more difficult to get that quality if I do the whole piece on the computer.
The process for me always starts with drawing. First I draw out the composition or ideas with a pencil or pen on a piece of sketch paper. Then I set the drawing down on a piece of black paper and a cutting board. I alway start with a very new blade and I continue to replace them throughout the cutting process. Dull blades make it really hard to do any details.
I start by cutting out the obvious negative spaces. Then as I get further along I might start popping out the paper to see what I have left.
Then at some point I become more interested in the black paper. I peel back the white paper and start working on the black paper.
The advantage of this is that I can start moving the head around a little. You can play with the gestures of the people. This process is very similar to the way you can play with elements in the computer.
I was not feeling the love for the figure on the left. So I cut him out completely and added a few frying pans.