Do you remember when you finished your first paper airplane? Do you recall how difficult it was? Well, don’t pat yourself on the back just yet, because what this artist does with paper makes your creations look like child’s play.

Calvin Nicholls has been working with paper as his primary art form for 25 years. In that time, he’s taken it to places we never even thought possible. Prepare to have your mind blown!

Calvin has been working for 25 years to master his medium of choice…


But he doesn’t just draw on it. He shapes it to create detailed and complex works of staggering intricacy and beauty.

This series is called “Paper Zoo.”

To create the artwork, Calvin starts by observing real animals and the way they move.

He takes several sketches that he later uses as reference for his paper art.

He then cuts up thousands of minuscule paper pieces and pastes them together to create each animal.

He is able to achieve an incredible sense of texture with this technique.

Given that he’s only working with white paper, the details must be exactly right in order to create the appropriate depth.

The work requires painstaking delicacy.

Each tiny piece can take weeks to finish.

While the larger ones can take months or even years.

Calvin’s work has can be seen in National Geographic, as well as several galleries and art shows all over the globe.

He constructs the creatures with X-ACTO knives, scalpels, and scissors.

Fur is a particularly difficult texture to create, so mammals make for a distinct challenge.

Feathers are also quite difficult to depict.

Just look at these pigeons…

And the texture on this hummingbird’s torso.

And the whiskers on this tiger.

They look practically alive!

Calvin’s works of art are jaw-dropping.


The dedication that these wonderful works call for is absolutely stunning. Talent like this just doesn’t come around that often!