We have come across incredibly unique and detailed paper art from various artists. But, I’m sure you’ve never seen 3D portraits of animal species as intricate and breathtaking as these. Patrick Cabral, a self-taught artist, creates endlessly thoughtful details using layers of gold and white paper. These papers are perforated with various shapes including circles and rectangles which are cut with utmost care and attention. The extremely delicate nature of lace can be seen in his paper cutouts. Cabral’s paper sculptures are absolutely mesmerizing, and you might even think that they’re digital renderings.
Cabral has been honing his paper-cutting skills and techniques for years, constantly challenging himself with new and better ways to showcase a subject. He always pushes himself to refine his talent and enhance his creativity. Cabral states that he enjoys creating sculptures that involve engineering, and are hard to pull off. He finds joy in tackling the complications that he comes across along the way. This shows that his passion for his craft extends beyond creating pretty and attractive pictures. Thanks to his masterful skills, his striking sculptures truly leave a life-long impact on viewers.
In most of his works, animals such as lions, dragons, and hippos are featured. However, his method of transforming the real-life appearance into paper sculptures differs. For instance, he uses the lace effect to depict fur, and at other times, he uses it for scales. He states that anything can inspire him, and he loves to include clever and puzzling elements in his work. So, check out his wonderful creations below and share your thoughts with us in the comments.