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Donkeys, Day 8

Despite the simplicity of the design I came up with, my wrists weren't very happy with the papercutting. I wasn't thinking about my tendonitis but about my very dull cutter blade when I decided to keep my image simple, and I'm glad I didn't try for anything more delicate.

The logistics of where to cut and what to keep were quite entertaining, and I might like to try more of this technique.* However, I won't be doing so until I get the proper tools for it, including paper that lends itself to cleaner cutting that what I used.

8 Papercut Donkey

Paper-cut Donkey, blue construction paper
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* Note to self: Make sure to do really big images and keep tiny, painstaking cuts to a minimum.
I need to start thinking about editing my story (because that may change my illustration list). I would like to have a couple of beta readers to help me with that. I'll go into more detail with those who are interested. If you'd like to volunteer, you can email me or send me a private message.  Thanks in advance.

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asakiyume
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
You really never cease to amaze me. This is fabulous. May I reblog it? (I know you so far have always said yes, but I always want to ask.)

mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
:D Glad you like it. Feel free to reblog.
queenoftheskies
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing! I don't see how you papercut something so intricate. It's beautiful.
mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Oh man, if you think this is intricate, check out this guy's work: http://www.misterrob.co.uk/?page_id=1236

People are sooooooooooo talented! I love how creative our species is. :D
queenoftheskies
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
How the heck could anyone manage something with such tiny details? That's astounding!
mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
I know, right!? He works with really big paper (usually more than a meter across), but still. Mind-boggling.
msisolak
Mar. 17th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Now check out Hina Aoyama
msisolak
Mar. 17th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
And I meant to add that some of hers are hand-sized--but nothing I've seen is much larger than 18x24, and most are smaller.
mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
A-mazing!
msisolak
Mar. 17th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I love papercutting! (Not that I do any beyond snowflakes, but I do love them.) It's amazing how few cuts create the impression of a real animal.
mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
It is such a versatile art. I'd really love to do more of it. But that is my problem: I always want to do so much. :-
mindseas
Mar. 17th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
This donkey looks to me adventurous and not too concerned about obstacles, taking life as it comes. Could be male or female.

In a book, I think this style of illustration would look a lot like woodcuts.
mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I thought the same about woodcuts, and it is a technique I would dearly love to try. Not too easy to do, though, and definitely time consuming. I may give stamps a whirl, though.
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mnfaure
Mar. 17th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hello, hello.

Yeah, wanted dark paper and the only thing on hand was my daughter's construction paper. Construction paper + dull blade = not my brightest idea. :P
rabiagale
Mar. 17th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Honestly? You're amazing, Miqa. This whole project is nothing short of creative, adventurous, daring, awesome, and fun!

This is a children's story, yes? I'd be happy to beta-read it and give you my "parent of three, who's done a ton of reading aloud" perspective. :D
mnfaure
Mar. 18th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rabia, for both the compliment and the offer. I'll email you tomorrow. Now I must head to bed!

Oh, and I'm going to answer those comments about the desert. Promise. :P
coffeesvp
Mar. 17th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
You are amazingly talented.
mnfaure
Mar. 18th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. :D
frigg
Mar. 17th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Multi-talented pea!
mnfaure
Mar. 18th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Jack of all trades and master of none. >:}
sunflower_sky
Mar. 18th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Still enjoying everything. I saw a white donkey today and thought of you :)
mnfaure
Mar. 18th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
That is so cool! I love when I see things that remind me of friends. Like, naturally, I think of you every time I see sunflowers. :P
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