The Elaborate Paper Birds of Diana Beltran Herrera
Bristol artist Diana Beltran Herrera has made a name for herself with her unique and intricate paper sculptures. Her work is driven by the urge for a connection to the natural world. Her muses are primarily of the avian persuasion, although her collection is currently expanding to include butterflies and plant life, all with the same startling detail and grace that attracted viral attention and earned her shows around the world. The Bogota native fashions these impressive specimens from 120 gr of colored Canson paper with a rough finish. According to her interview with we-heart.com:
"I use photographs, as the first resource. I then draw these birds in illustrator and print the drawing in the real size of these animals, so I get the idea of their bodies and volume. This is pretty much all I need, and I keep the photograph during the process to follow colour scale and details."
Perusing the list of images on her website, it's safe to say she's been quite successful in that regard. Truly outstanding work.