Monday, March 23, 2020

Realistic 3D Paper Birds Hand-painted by Johan Scherft

Johan Scherft is a paper artist born in 1970 in Netherlands. Ever since he was a kid, he has been interested in drawing and nature, specifically animals. As a young boy, he used to observe birds and make them out of paper, and then colored them with pencil colors.  Scherft studied graphic design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, and later graduated in free painting and drawing in 1993.

He creates realistic paper models of various kinds of birds. "Paper is great material to work with in three dimensions, you can fold it, bend it, shape it, paint on it...In my art I combine all these techniques to come to a realistic result." from his profile on etsy.

Scherft paints birds with watercolors on paper before he cuts and assembles them. Each bird is painted in multi layers of thin paint which is very time consuming process and can take upto two weeks to finish a single piece. The artist paints feathers of his subject with small strokes, the attention to detail in his work makes his birds look almost real. His work is sold in several art galleries, and he has exhibited in Art-gallery Petit in Amsterdam, and the New Realism Stock-exchanges. He has also participated in exhibitions De Buitenplaats, Eelde, and museum The Lakenhal, Leiden.

He has made some of his birds available as template that you can download at home and make your own masterpieces. Find all his designs at his online store Paper Perch.


Barbara said...


My Owl Barn said...

@Barbara You are very kind! Thanks :D

Barbara said...

c'est toi qu'il faut remercier
je ne sais pas dans quel pays tu es mais surtout prends bien soin de toi