Incredibly Complex Form of Patrick’s Cabral Layered Paper Cutting Art

Patrick Cabral is a freelance Art-director based in Manila, Philippines. He started as a web developer, then decided to be a web designer, then shifted to motion-graphics, then got into app development and after that got hooked doing calligraphy and illustration again. What is important for us is that calligraphy turned into 3D Typography sculpture, and it eventually led to different execution of layered sculptural pieces we’re seeing today. Cabral’s combining the structure inherent in digital design with the type of flourishes you’d find in calligraphy. His gorgeous work features portraits of animals adorned with exquisite lace motifs stacked in layers of three-dimensional beauty. Take a look at the gallery below and visit Cabral’s Instagram Page.

“This one is a Philippine Eagle. It took me a while to get the head right,” – wrote Cabral on his Instagram.

“This is the most challenging piece to date. Around 900 of individual layers. I could have made 3 dragon piece with one of this artwork. This is a 4x4ft. piece and took me around 3 months of work from planning to execution.”

“I don’t mind if I spend my entire life doing this. I’ve been dabbling on a lot of creative ventures and so far making paper sculptures is the best thing I ever made. I could master painting and still, my paper sculptures would be better.”

“It took me a while to figure out how to draw this. I probably made 5 attempts on the layout.”

“This is the biggest piece I ever made at 4×5.2t ft. Working on a piece like this is a paradox. It’s a lot of work that usually spans around 3 months. I love the whole process of cutting because it’s sort of meditative for me.”

“Most detailed lion so far. I used a darker paper. It actually looks better in person. The lion is my most requested piece.”

“Have you noticed that the silhouette of my tiger looks like an orchid?”

“It was believed that the people who populated most of Austronesia once settled in Luzon and everywhere they go, they brought chickens. To some local culture, chicken symbolizes heaven/afterlife, which inspired the local myth of sarimanok. Maybe that could also explain why cockfighting is one of the most common themes in the local art scene.”

All Photo Credits, Instagram: darkgravity