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Artist Manages His ADHD With Amazing Leaf Cutout Art

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Fallen leaves become the material for intricate carvings in the art of Lito. The self-taught Japanese artist picked up this art form in 2020 as a way to help manage his ADHD. He found that the act of transforming delicate fallen leaves into unexpected designs helped hone his concentration.

With patience and steady hands, Lito carves a range of whimsical narratives on a miniature scale. Oftentimes, he will use one half of the leaf to carve animal characters, and the other half as the setting, using the vein of the leave as the “ground.” Amazingly, Lito is able to render faces on his subjects so that viewers can make out their expressions, when the piece is held up to the light.

Despite the meticulous level of detail in his work, Lito manages to keep the leaf intact, never breaking the material even when the carvings become a single fine line. Furthermore, he often adds tiny perforations within the compositions, such as pawprints in the “grass” or windows in the “buildings” to add more finesse to the finished piece.

Follow Lito on Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with his latest artwork.

Japanese artist Lito creates exquisite carvings from found leaves.

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

He manages to cut out intricate designs without breaking the leaf.

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Lito began creating cutouts to help manage his ADHD symptoms.

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Since then, his art has become increasingly complex and beautiful.

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Leaf Cutout Art by Lito

Lito: Instagram | Twitter
h/t: [Grape]

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Lito.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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