Thursday, January 21, 2016

3D Illustrations from Discarded Books by Isobelle Ouzman












Seattle based illustrator Isobelle Ouzman breathes new life into discarded books by turning them into sculptural works of art. She cuts away parts of the pages from the book and draws bind-blowing nature scenes framed with dense trees, tall grasses, intertwined branches and flowers. She calls her creations 'Altered Books'. Her work is primarily in black-and-white tones with some color that gives an impression of a glowing light at the end of the path creating a fairytale land drawing the viewer in.

Using an xacto knife, plenty of glue, pens, and watercolors Isobelle Ouzman creates stunning 3D sculptures. Each book can take anywhere from two to three months to complete.

“Every book that I alter was found by a dumpster in Seattle, a recycling bin, a thrift store, or was given to me by someone who no longer wants it,” she shared. “Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I’m striving to make good use of them. I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I just want to give them a new life and a second chance to mean something again.”

You can see more of Isobelle's amazing 3D book sculptures as well as illustrations on her website.

7 comments :

JCotton said...

Wow - aprox 3 months to make! It must take a great deal of patience to do this sort of wonderfully intricate work. The detail is incredible.

My Owl Barn said...

I know, it's a painstaking process. Amazing!

Joy Banks said...

Thank you for all the great artists you've introduced me to! Your sweet blog is always alive with cool things and happy projects that make me smile and keep me motivated.

My Owl Barn said...

I am glad you enjoy the features on the blog. Thank you for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment :)

Rockie said...

Your work is astounding!!! I wish I had the talent like you have! I collect old books to alter but this is a totally different type of art that just "wows"!! Thank you for posting these incredible beautiful books.

My Owl Barn said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving the comment. Her work is something else! Genius!

Janet Fleming said...

Oh wow, these are stunning, just recently got into making mini albums, and want to have a go at doing altered books, I love books and can never part with any, so going to be hard to cut into them. Will gave to buy some more. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent. Jan xx