After creating all these 3D paper objects, I was itching to go back to cut paper where I could 'draw' into the paper with an exacto knife. As if hearing my thoughts, I got an email from The Partners, a design firm in London as well as a few other major cities for an interesting project.
Client: The Partners for Investec Asset Management
The project: To create 9 cut paper illustrations that would act as the chapter pages for a book
Final format: A printed book with each illustration as a full page spread
Art direction: They wanted a more traditional Chinese look to tie in the Chinese theme. Each illustration would be cut out of red paper and with each chapter, the illustrations would be more red signifying more luck.
Timeline: 1 month
The project was exciting and the idea of each illustration gradually becoming more red through smaller areas of paper being cut out really interested me. The entire project was pretty time and labor intensive and though it's a hard toss up on which was the more time intensive, I would have to say that the sketches took the most time. The sketches turned out to look pretty final in itself as it showed exactly how the final design will turn out.
Once all of the sketches were finalized, it was on to the cut paper part! It was important to note that through the final act of cutting the paper, elements of the design could and would naturally change. If you look at the linework in the sketch, it's much finer but due to the strength of the paper, it was impossible to achieve that would ripping the paper.
All in all, I was really happy with the outcome and all the hard work paid off! Did I also mention that after the final photographs were emailed, I had to move apartments?? Fun times! Needless to say, after the project was done and the apartment move, I had a nice cold beer.