Who says you can’t make real art with household objects and children’s craft supplies? 28-year-old Canadian photography student David Reeves has proven that a little construction paper combined with paper towels, cotton balls, paper clips, and an X-Acto knife can go a long way if you add in some lighting tricks. Reeves’ school project, a series of incredible photos of silhouettes of his favorite comic book and video game characters was inspired by none other than the cold, harsh Canadian weather – according to Reeves, he didn’t want to spend time taking photos out in the cold. The result of his weather wariness is a beautiful minimalist set of photos that is so well done, it could pass as digital art. Instead, grass is made using paper clips, cotton is used to mimic gunfire, fog is really incense smoke, and clouds are made of cut-up paper towels. The creepy cutouts are glued to holds made out of old Nag Champa boxes, arranged, and backlit. The images created are haunting and depict zombies being killed, batman ready to rumble with villains, and a giant spider creeping up on a young boy (that seems very similar to Tim Burton’s famous style of animation). Reeves said he uses a Canon 85mm f1.8 camera for his cutout projects, and the whole process takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete. He added that he has to work quickly and can’t leave them alone – unlike everyone else, his cat apparently isn’t a fan. To see more of his artwork, go here.
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