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Artist Uses Everyday Objects While in Lockdown to Create Funny Scenes Around the House

Paper Cut-Outs Indoor Edition by Rich McCor Paperboyo

Avid traveler and artist Rich McCor (aka paperboyo) is known for playfully transforming global landmarks with his paper cut-outs. However, during the coronavirus lockdown, he was forced to stay at home like the rest of us, but that didn't stop him from creating. He got resourceful, and began creating movie-inspired silhouettes that interact with various objects around his home.

“I usually work with architecture and forced perspective, so translating my ideas to a much smaller scale was a challenge but a fun challenge,” McCor tells My Modern Met. “I realized that there were plenty of opportunities to create images around the house with the same sense of humor and surprise as my exterior photos, so I used the theme of movies as a starting point and then let myself get carried away with it.” From Indiana Jones using a phone charger as his bullwhip to a herd of paper-cut Jurassic World dinosaurs charging across a cheese board, McCor’s indoor series showcases his boundless imagination.

McCor starts with sourcing photos of his subjects online, before turning them into stencils on Adobe Illustrator. He then prints them out and starts the meticulous process of tracing around the design on black card with a craft knife. “It's both tedious but also relaxing,” says the artist “It became my form of meditation in lockdown because my mind wasn't on anything while I cut these out. Although saying that, the velociraptors took a few attempts and chewed up a whole afternoon of cutting!”

Check out McCor’s latest movie-inspired series below, and find more from his portfolio on Instagram.

When traveler and artist Rich McCor was stuck inside during COVID-19 lockdowns, he decided to create movie-inspired paper cut-outs that interact with various objects in his home.

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His indoor series showcases his boundless imagination and playful sense of humor.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature images by Rich McCor / paperboyo.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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