It was only a matter of time before Calvin Nicholls' life-long passion in art and wildlife combined! The Canadian has been a full-time paper sculpture artist since the mid-1980's. With such a variety of animals in his collection, he's essentially created his own paper zoo.
Many of the animal paper sculptures belong in Nicholls' most extensive collection, which includes over 75 pieces for Follett Library Resources in McHenry Illinois. The series began in the mid-1990's and continues to this day.
"Initially a rigid form is constructed which establishes the contours of the subject and provides a stable base upon which the detail pieces are attached," Nicholls' says, as he explains his process. "Each component is cut and textured through the use of a collection of wooden and metal tools. I monitor the interaction of light and shadow on the sculpture as I work. With its completion, I create a more elaborate set with sophisticated studio lights. Final enhancements are made at this stage prior to photography."