Artist Diana Beltran Herrera creates amazing paper birds as lifelike paper sculptures.
Herrera’s lifelike paper flock features birds of all shapes and sizes, from the majestic salmon-crested cockatoo to the fluttering violet-crowned woodnymph.
Achieving these incredible likenesses—regardless of breed—is the result of much research. “I spend a lot of hours collecting images of the subject in different positions,”
Herrera explains to My Modern Met, “then I do some reading to find the right measurements.” The color of the birds is also an important aspect to the artist, so she spends additional time trying to find the right shades and tones of paper.
All told, it takes a minimum of a week to research a particular bird. “It isn’t just looking at a photo and grabbing some scissors to cut the paper,” she explains. “I do a lot of planning, so half the work is getting all the pieces and their measurements.”