Papercraft Perfection: Unveiling The Intricate Artistry Of Brisbane’s Sarah Capon

Sarah Capon is an artist and illustrator based in Brisbane specialising in crafting detailed layered paper illustrations. By precisely cutting pieces of paper into shapes and assembling them in layers, Sarah skilfully infuses her work with lively personalities.

Her focus is on creating scenes that are vibrant and idyllic, often featuring landscapes, people, and/or animals, all to bring joy to the viewer.

Are you curious about her artistic processes and the integration of digital arts with paper? Continue reading to find out more…

What Originally Drew You To Creating Art With Paper?

I’ve explored a lot of mediums over the years, and for a long time was working digitally to create texture in my work. I remember scrolling Behance and always being drawn to pieces that were made to look like they were made in paper (but were digital). During the first wave of COVID in 2020 I was bored of just making digital things, I wanted to make something with my hands, I wanted something I could touch and feel. This is when I started creating art in paper!

Sweeping Sunset - Sarah Capon

Can You Tell Us About Your Creative Process, What Are Your Biggest Artistic Influences?

Recently I’ve been really making use of my sketchbook at the beginning of a piece. I spend a whole day in it drawing all sorts of different ideas. Sometimes I have reference photos I’ve taken at different places to use as reference, sometimes I flip through old photography books of Australia or Scotland for composition inspiration. My creative process starts with an exploration of thumbnail drawings where I just get my thoughts down, try different compositions, and play in my sketchbook. Then I move to my iPad and turn the sketch into a colour-blocked illustration that becomes the map I follow when I start making it in paper.

Flower Fox - Sarah Capon

What’s The Best Thing About Working With Paper?

What really struck me was the inherent texture and shadow that you get with layered paper. When I worked digitally it was so much work to make something LOOK real, but now I actually MAKE them real, which is so much more exciting to me. Over the past few years, I’ve also found that the limitations with paper, like the colours I have and the shapes I can make, have really influenced my work in terms of how I design my pieces and my overall style. I think particularly having a limited colours has allowed me to explore bold colour combinations within my body of work.

Float - Sarah Capon

Do You Have A Preferred Type Of Paper That You Like To Work With?

I do – specifically I love working with 216gsm paper that is dyed all the way through the fibres. I buy textured paper, but I flip it around and use the less textured side. This is because I don’t really like completely flat paper, but I don’t like overly textured paper either.

Self Portrait - Sarah and Peach

What’s Your Favourite Subject Matter And Why?

My favourite subject matter is simply “joy”. I might use landscapes, or animals, or people in my work, but I always aim to make something happy and joyful.

Bees - Sarah Capon

What’s Your Favourite Piece You Have Made So Far And Why?

I’ve made so many pieces of art in the past few years that it’s a little hard to choose, because I have quite a few favourites for different reasons. If I really have to choose I’d say my piece titled Dog Detective is my favourite, and this is because it’s just such a happy, innocent piece with such a clear story – the dog is about to find his ball in the flower garden!

Dog Detective - Sarah Capon

How’d You Get Started With Your Art Practice? Do You Come From A Creative Background?

I’ve been creating art even since I was little, I loved making art in all sorts of mediums. I studied product design at university and then worked as a graphic/motion designer for a few years after graduating. I tried every medium I could get my hands on, from jewellery making, to ceramics, to 3D animation. I loved drawing all throughout this and used those skills whenever I could to bolster whatever I was doing.

Do You Have Any Advice For Anyone Looking To Give Paper-Based Art A Try?

My advice is to work hard and practice! If you want to create structured paper art like mine then I’d suggest really working on your illustration skills and shape language beforehand, but also start trying things out in paper and see what happens. I found working in paper really informed the way my artistic style developed.

Flower Farm - Sarah Capon

We Love Your Stop Motion Pieces! How Did You Create Such Masterpieces And How Long Do They Take?

I’m glad you like my paper animations! My boyfriend, Benjamin Donnelly, and I make these together. They are a combination of stop motion, 3D, and 2D animation. They probably take 2-3 weeks work to get them perfect, from the initial drawing to the paper version, and then all the animation and compositing that happens after that. It’s a big, long list of different processes that happen to create one animation, they are a labour of love!

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If you found this Q&A interesting and would like to find out more information about Sarah and her work, you can follow her on Instagram and other social media platforms @eyepicturedthis or head over to her website: https://www.sarahcapon.com.au/

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