Monday, May 2, 2016

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood - Zack Mclaughlin

I've been a fan of the beautiful 3D bird sculptures created by London artist Zack Mclaughlin ever since being introduced to them via Colossal about a year ago. Zack's Paper & Wood Instagram feed is a delight as he often shares in-progress shots and talks about the process of making these highly detailed creatures.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Hummingbird

Zack explains that he has long had a fascination with nature and tries to recreate it in many ways, whether it is illustrations for a children's book (he studied Illustration at the University of Westminster), a painting or dimensional model.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Barn Owl

To create a life-size bird sculpture, Zack hand carves the body from bass wood, inserts acrylic eyes - he considers a realistic eye the most crucial detail - and creates eyelids with air-dry clay. Wired tail feathers are glued in place and wing feathers are attached to wire arms that he inserts into the body.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
in-progress

Next comes the application of acrylic paint, often with an iridescent sheen. Finally, a coating of matte varnish protects the color and completes the 50-60 hour process. Have a look as Zack adds painted detail to feathers.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Common Kingfisher

While the Paper & Wood website is relatively new, Zack has been creating sculptures for private buyers, store owners and publishers worldwide for a number of years. For example, these dramatic all-white beauties were commissioned by Ralph Lauren.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood

An exciting new aspect of his work is that Zack now offers kits so fellow makers can enjoy building DIY dimensional bird models [edit: aw, his Etsy shop has closed]. Hummingbird, barn owl and robin kits are available so far, complete with video tutorials.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Hummingbird Kit

 Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Mini Barn Owl Kit

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Robin Kit

The kits include purchaser's choice of a plastic resin or wood body with wire wing arms and feet already attached, templates/colored paper for creating the feathers and additional essential items - tracing paper, craft wire, glue and brass hanging hoop.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood
Black-faced Grassquit

If you are lucky enough to be in London, Zack is leading a wire bird sculpture workshop.

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood 
Great Tit

Zack Mclaughlin is on Behance, DeviantArt, Instagram, and Twitter.


3 comments:

  1. How beautiful...just love them

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  2. Incredibly lifelike - thanks for bringing this to us, Ann!

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  3. So glad you enjoyed the post, Anon and Karren!

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