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A Study in Paper by ldhenson A Study in Paper by ldhenson
A Sherlock BBC papercutting featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in front of their flat.

It's a bit rough; if I were making a proper project of this I'd call this a draft and do another version with cleaner cuts. But for an experiment I think it came out pretty well.

Done with craft knife on regular letter-size paper.

Edit: Wow, a DD! Thank you to =xthumbtakx and ^FrockTarts, and to everyone for the lovely comments and favs! This paper experiment was the one that led to many more, so I'm thrilled that people like it so much.
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Given 2012-02-05
A Study in Paper by ~ldhenson ( Suggested by xthumbtakx and Featured by FrockTarts )
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yaldam Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
great!
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:iconexanimo51:
exanimo51 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done! Love this.
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Aravera Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Woow, amazing! :D
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:iconakanevsky:
akanevsky Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
When I first looked at this, I didn't understand what it was. I thought it was painted, or an optical illusion of some sort. And then I realized that what I see is actually cut out of paper. Masterfully done!
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:icontrinitysaraphine:
TrinitySaraphine Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Fancy use of positive and negative space
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:iconaurorarosealis:
AuroraRosealis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So nicely done. I think the rough cuts add a more gestural, handmade quality.
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:iconpony-licious101:
Pony-licious101 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Artist
XD! LOve this!
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:iconkelso-nicole:
kelso-nicole Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
What was the hardest part of creating this piece?
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
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:iconsevenxlives:
sevenxlives Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
truly brilliant work. ^^
really looks great. =3
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:iconflrmprtrix:
Flrmprtrix Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist
I love how recognizable they are just by their silhouettes, though the street number and scarf help
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:iconmarob0501:
marob0501 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have featured you in my jewelbox[link]
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:iconalovesickman:
alovesickman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Writer
damn!
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:iconjammywho21:
jammywho21 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Is paper best for this sort of thing? Because I've been using a stanley knife on cardboard and it comes out quite badly. Any tips?
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:iconldhenson:
ldhenson Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What problems have you been having with your cuttings?

My early paper cuttings (like this one) were done with regular printer paper, which worked well. Later I switched to cardstock, which I like even better because it's thick enough to be sturdy (especially with free-standing paper sculptures like this one: [link]) but not too thick to cut fairly easily.

It also helps to have a knife that's lightweight (so it's not too unwieldy to handle) and very sharp (so that it cuts the paper cleanly, without dragging/ripping it).
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InfamousWiltedRose Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! I've never seen anything quite like this~ :D
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:icontrajektoria:
trajektoria Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! :iconclapplz:
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:iconmikanmika:
mikanmika Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
coolcoolcool this is cool :iconamgplz:
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:iconharry-potter-addict:
Harry-Potter-Addict Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
That is so cool!
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:iconpklongori:
pklongori Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This is awesome! wonderful job...I wish I could stuff like that..
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:iconviolinremix:
ViolinRemix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow....................
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:iconhimitsutsubasa:
himitsutsubasa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an experiment. Sherlock would be proud.
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:iconmessydoodles:
MessyDoodles Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
The second I saw 221b I was like "OMG, HOLMES!!!"

Luv it ^_^
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:iconskoraya-olya:
Skoraya-olya Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! It's so cool!!!
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:icontheabsurdboy:
TheAbsurdBoy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!! *_____*
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:iconangel-courtesan:
Angel-courtesan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
awesome - love it
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:iconchocolate-kitten5:
Chocolate-kitten5 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I want to marry you.
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Awesome work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconzuhalovemusic:
ZuhaLoveMusic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
very likely!
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:iconlinglingbell:
linglingbell Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
GOODJOB!
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:iconhisnameisirene:
HisNameIsIrene Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, Sherlock! Nice work! (;
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:iconleonsnowy:
leonsnowy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
do you mind if i have a go and upload mine to my deviantart? (obviously it wont be anywhere near as good as yours but im really wanting to have a try)
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:iconldhenson:
ldhenson Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for asking, yes, do post yours!
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:iconleonsnowy:
leonsnowy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is my attempt: [link] i'd really appreciate it if you could give me some feedback on how i can improve :)
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earthgoddess11 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
oh wow that is amazing, I think I'm gonna try to that. you did a really good job
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Mute9 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Writer
YES! WE ARE TAKING OVER.

I believe in Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty was real. Fight John Watson's war.

This is the best fandom ever.
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BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very clever!
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:iconmarvelgirl246:
Marvelgirl246 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice job on the shading. I love this show! Wished Sherly and Watson had sideburns though... Oh well.~
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LaynaFeynreique Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
holy shit! i totally know who they are the first half of second xDDD
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:iconsarkule:
sarkule Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
That is amazing! Even by the thumbnail, I could tell it was Sherlock from the silhouette! Brilliant job!
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:iconehruhl:
ehruhl Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
that is amazing
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:iconlazy-the-king:
Lazy-the-King Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this show!
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:iconekasatya:
ekasatya Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.. It's Awesome.. Increase your talent.. :D
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:iconthecopperdragon2004:
TheCopperDragon2004 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
very cool. i like how you turned up their coat flaps for some depth.
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:iconldhenson:
ldhenson Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I was unsure whether to even start this project, but when the idea came to me to do that with their coat collars, I just had to give it a go. All of my paper art since then (except my paper snowflakes) have some 3D element to them.
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TheCopperDragon2004 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I've seen a lot of artists do this type of paper art (though never with the 3d twist), and i've been meaning to try my hand at it for ages.. some year!
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WongSinthing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
so cool... :D
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:iconpepperdarcy:
PepperDarcy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dang!! You're just... brilliant!! :faint: Sherlock would be just sooo proud!! :heart:
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PepperDarcy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: I LUV LUV LUV Sherlock!! THIS IS AWESOME!! :heart:
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
It's awesome that this popped up when I was looking at sherlock art from an artist I watched.
THIS IS COMPLETELY AWESOME.
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