Learn to create volumetric compositions with paper and a scalpel
José Antonio Roda -more simply known as Roda- is an illustrator who has lent his talents drawing for brands such as Instagram, WeTransfer, Hyundai, Kiabi or Madrid City Council with creations that go beyond paper: ceramics, textiles and even wood are some of the means in which he has captured his illustrations.
In this course you will learn the basics of the papercutting technique; starting from the previous approach of your drawings and you will discover the way to create volumetric compositions with paper.
What's included in this course?
As an introduction, Roda will show you some of his works and will tell you about the influences that have made him the artist he is today. In addition, it will tell you about the historical context of the papercut and its role in different cultures.
Before starting to cut your first paper, you will learn basic concepts and ways to capture your design on the support you choose, as well as everything you need to know about the materials and tools you will use during the course.
After the preambles, it will be time to reach for the scalpel. You will start by making basic geometric figures, combining them and playing with the negative space to create simple and fun compositions.
Once you have mastered the basic techniques of the scalpel, Roda will propose you to create a portrait from a photograph that will also be the sketch that you will take to your computer to create the roadmap of your final creation.
You will learn to paste and assemble all the pieces of your composition to create a portrait with volume, layer by layer.
Finally, Roda will show you the different possibilities of framing for your papercut work.
What is this course project about?
You will plan, design and carry out, step by step, a pictorial composition with different layers of paper cut by hand.
Who is it for?
To illustrators, designers, artists and anyone interested in knowing the papercutting technique.
Drawing knowledge is not necessary, although it will help you have previously used Adobe Illustrator and have some skill with manual works.
With respect to the materials you will need: colored cards, painter's tape, cardboard pen and spray glue. In addition, you should have at hand a scalpel, a large ruler, a cutting board (or a hard cardboard), a cutter or exact, scissors and waxing tweezers.
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José Antonio Roda has always shown an inclination for everything creative and artistic, although he was not clear that "that of drawing" was viable as a career, that's why he started studying Audiovisual Sciences but, little by little, his hobby has been turning into a profession that has led him to collaborate with brands such as Facebook, Cabify, Refinery29, Ikea or Hyundai, to name just a few.
Roda's work is based, almost exclusively, on the portrait of simple lines, primary colors and kind tone, expressed in different ways: by hand, in digital, with paint, cardboard, wood and even ceramics. A self-taught creative who has decided to teach others about art.