This week we’re really excited to present an alternative collection of illustrations by Nicholas Frazier. All of the work is hand-made paper cut presenting a variety of textures and physical depth through multiple layers of papers. This technique may signify a notion of craft, but Nicholas told us that it originally stemmed from his fascination for digital arts, and it doesn’t stop there..
Hi, please tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello, my name is Nicholas Frazier and I am an illustrator from London, England. I began drawing from an inspiration for my love of menswear, which has subsequently led me to be recognized somewhat as a ‘fashion illustrator’. It was never my initial intention, but it has certainly been a nice surprise. With that being said, I have begun to explore different imagery and inspirations to add a variety of subjects to my work.
How did you start with using papers for illustration?
The use of paper in my work came from my love and interest in a lot of digital illustrations (sounds bizarre and nonsensical, I know, but I think there is a logic to this). It was because I liked the flat vectorial style and its sharpness in a lot of digital illustrations I was seeing (‘digital illustration’, just like ‘paper cut illustration’, is of course just the medium, not the style). But I wanted to achieve a similar effect with a different medium. So I began using papers to create simplified, flat-vector-like shapes. However, this was only the beginning. As I experimented more, I explored colours and the use of natural shadow created by layering papers to show depth and details. Now I am most excited about making my paper cut illustrations as sharp and as sophisticated as possible.
Could you share some tips with our readers to promote your work?
The internet is an awfully big place and it’s easy to get lost amongst the flood of content. However, if you find a niche that your work fits in and/or you get it to the right people to promote you, you can establish yourself well. I’d say one of the most important things is to keep working and putting your work out there on social networks, even if they are self-initiated projects. Because when you’re an illustrator, people follow you just as much as they follow your work.
How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?
Kuvva has an extremely high level of illustration talent on display, and this is what I was first drawn to. As I had admired many of the illustrators already featured on the site, I knew I would be in great company. As being featured on Kuvva, I hope my work can reach a new audience and a variety of different people.
Do you have any future project in mind with paper cut?
Recently I’ve been working on several projects. And it’s too soon to say much about them. I can say I’m working on a series of self-initiated projects of creating paper cut movie posters, which will hopefully be revealed soon.
Thanks for the chat!
Feel free to scroll down to see Nicholas’ works on Kuvva platform!
“Man At Lunch”
“Tech App Tablet”
“Drinks Cocktails To Coffee”
“Essentials And Objects”
“Man At Railings”
“Man And Skyline”
This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.