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Simple Paper Folds Create Fantastic Illusions of Drawings Brought to Life

By simply folding, wrinkling, or curling a sheet of paper, Copenhagen-based illustrator HuskMitNavn is able to create delightfully amusing scenes. His bold, black and white drawings depict a cartoonish set of characters that are brought to life through strategically-positioned paper edges coupled with brilliantly maneuvered perspectives. He produces the fantastic illusion that these two-dimensional illustrations have suddenly sprung to life.

To accomplish some of his most energetic optical illusions, HuskMitNavn often elongates figures to appear as if they're made of putty. A soccer player gracefully curls into a swift bicycle kick, and a man rowing a boat bends forward, extra far, to put serious power behind his oars. The bended and folded paper is also a clever way for HuskMitNavn to tell a more dynamic story. It acts as physical obstacle, playing the role of a tornado or giant whale, that the flattened characters must now overcome.

For more of these fun illustrations, follow HuskMitNavn on his popular Instagram.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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