Paper Cutting and Collage Meet the Digital World
Paper cutting illustrations has a really long history, but many paper artists nowadays enhance their hand cut creations with the aid of the computer. You can create intricate cuts with your X-ACTO knife and the layering of different papers, but many artists take it to another level without making it feel electronic.
Many paper artists photograph and scan in their paper cut already, and use the computer as a touch up tool to clone out any unwanted cuts or flaws. Although there is nothing quite like the delicate intricacy and layering of traditional paper cutting illustrations, the artful placement of shadows and patterns can add even more dimension and depth to your piece.
If you are trying a digital paper cutting illustration, break your illustration up using different color blocked layers. Then, play with the use of shadows and transparencies between each digital layer. You can add digital textures or patterns to further enhance each layer.
There is no replacing the art of paper collage and illustration, but pairing it with today's technology can take paper cutting collages to a whole new level.