by Gian Bautista . May 13th, 2014
What is more awesome than a series of papercut illustrations that are paper-free? You heard that right! Illustrator and graphic designer Eiko Ojala blown us away with his digitally hand-drawn illustrations that seem to resemble real-life papercut crafts. Based in Tallinn, Estonia, Eiko creates pseudo-three-dimensional images that seem to pop out even when printed on paper.
The style of his work is achieved by mixing hand-drawn illustrations, paper textures, and combining real with artificial shadows. His subject matter is a variety of whimsical landscapes, human figures, and portraits. Probably the most amazing part of his illustrations is how he draws the shadows to make the images look as if they’ve been cut from several pieces of paper. Without the use of any 3D software, he achieved this look to his minimalist illustrations through an intensive study of forms and shadows.
When asked about how he was able to come up with this style, he answered
I lived in Australia and New Zealand. There were times when I had a lot of free time and I started experimenting with different styles. When I found my papercut style, I realised this is [the style for me], because the process itself gives me so much pleasure.
– via Digital Arts
As of now, some of Eiko’s works have been published on the New York Times, V&A Museum, Harvard Business Review, and several local newspapers and book publishers. Eiko has been nominated to “Young iIllustrators Award 2013” at www.illustrative.de, YCN professional Award 2013 and ADC Young Gun 2013. (via ploom.tv)
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Gian (@gpbbautista) is a 20 year-old multimedia designer from Manila, Philippines. He specializes in graphic design, illustration, photography and interactive authoring. See his works on Behance or Tumblr.