I Make Pop-Culture-Inspired Origami, And Here Are My Best 30 Works
My name is Louise Cassidy and I love creating paper characters. I first started origami art 3 years ago and quickly discovered that I could combine this with my other love of all things pop culture.
Whenever I see a popular character in a film or TV show, instead of concentrating on the plotline, my mind wanders into how I could recreate it with paper folding. By using various paper art techniques such as origami, crumpling to create a tree bark texture for Baby Groot, or paper cutting tiny feather wings for Maleficent, I set about recreating these famous characters.
I also create mini-animations using a combination of origami and digital art backgrounds which I regularly post to my Instagram.
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The hardest part is making the character identifiable, each origami paper model is only an inch tall, so making sure they have the right detail is important. Details such as David Bowie's lightning bolt, the height of Egon Spengler's hair, or photographing the finished model in a way that would capture Deadpool's confident stance. Making unique artworks can take anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
I'm hugely influenced and inspired by pop culture. Origami has enabled me to combine a somewhat niche art style with that influence.
One piece of artwork usually takes a couple of hours to make. This is the part I enjoy the most - seeing a blank piece of paper being transformed into a recognizable figure in a few hours.
The Little Prince
Photographing the model can also take time and can be tricky. Dealing with models that are top-heavy and fall over at the slightest breeze can test your patience. The models are photographed on plain white or black backdrops. The backgrounds are then digitally painted on.
I come up with ideas for the models by watching films or TV shows. And then, instead of concentrating on the film, I imagine how I could re-create a character (or a whole scene) in paper. The characters I choose are usually quite unique and striking so they will be easily identifiable. Even if you've never seen, for example, Deadpool, you would still be able to recognize the character.
I do experience creative blocks. Sometimes I can go for a month or so without any new ideas for a model. I have learned not to force myself to make something and that creativity ebbs and flows. Taking a break and making other types of models helps fill any pop culture void. Recently, I've been making cat models and inserting cat puns into famous people's names, such as Freddie Purr-cury.
I've always had a really good reaction to my artwork. If it makes one person smile or laugh then it makes me happy. This is something that motivates me to create more. There are some amazing origami artists out there who create wonderfully complex pieces of art and although my work is much more simplistic, and incorporates other paper art methods such as papercutting, I have found my work to be well received and have built an engaged following on social media.
Barb And The Demogorgon
Dire Wolf And White Raven
"The Shining" Twins
The Night King
Ron The Robot
Jack And The Beanstalk
Note: this post originally had 37 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.