I am a Wildlife artist specialising in building carefully handcrafted, intricate and realistic paper sculptures of birds and animals. I have always had an unmatched love for the avian world and it shows in my work. I have been a keen admirer of wildlife since I was a child and I love building 3d models of just about anything so I amalgamated the two together, art and wildlife. I realistically replicate my sculptures so that it can act as a reminder of what’s out there and needs to be protected.
Along with my art practice, I also conduct art for wildlife conservation initiatives in India and all over the world likewise. I conduct Workshops, bird festivals and bird watching trips to educate children and the local community about the kind of wildlife that is found in their vicinity and what they can do to protect them.
My process is highly intricate and time consuming. It starts with extensive research of the subject, through photographs, videos and in some cases just through observation. Then I sketch the wing feathers, tail feathers and body feathers in as much detail as possible and create final stencils that can be eventually used. Once I am satisfied with my sketches I create an armature for the bird’s body using wire and paper. Then all the feathers are individually cut to perfection and glued onto the bird’s body. I build the facial features and talons using regular epoxy. Once the feather work is done I paint the bird realistically using acrylic paints. ~ @Niharika Rajput