British artist Lisa Lloyd has long impressed us with her ability to transform paper into the most detailed and intricate sculptures, mainly of animals and insects. Now she's just revealed a life-size bald eagle with a wingspan of over two metres.
During the summer, Lisa was commissioned (and challenged) by a client in Florida to create the artwork, with every single feather hand-fringed and scored. Not surprisingly, it took nearly four months to complete and the finished paper eagle is now settled in his new home in the United States.
To achieve this incredible feat, Lisa began from the inside-out. Using strong, thick card to create a skeleton, she then covered the 'bones' with tissue paper. This gave her a "nice solid base" to stick the feathers on. It's also at this stage when she can start to create the correct positioning and proportions. Watch the video below to see the eagle in the making (filmed and produced by Josh Kershaw).
"I've always felt inspired by nature and love capturing movement in my pieces to really bring them to life," Lisa tells Creative Boom. "After much research, I settled on a shot of the eagle, with his wings outstretched, but curved slightly to catch the wind, with his talons on full display like he is coming down to land safely. Unfortunately, I was unable to see this beautiful bird of prey in real life but instead saw some similar breeds at my local natural history museum. This was a great resource for seeing how their feathers sit and for her proportion awareness."
Lisa has been working with paper for about eight years now, having over 20 years of experience in the commercial industry through animation and being a live-action director. Not only is her work sustainable but she loves the versatility of working with paper: "The range of papers that are available these days is incredible," she says.
What can we expect from Lisa? Well, she's just revealed a paper hummingbird with really tiny feathers in a metallic finish. And she's currently working on a yellow eyelash viper. Check out her Instagram @lisa_lloydpaper to follow her progress and discover more.