Yuliya Brodskaya is the artist behind the amazing quilled paper portraits that have captivated thousands of art-lovers all over Internet. And not only that, she’s been constantly receiving orders from huge companies like New York Times and Starbuck’s. While this certainly helps Yuliya Brodskaya earn a living, she’s more focused on creating her spectacular portraits using a type of paper quilling technique that beautifully mixes geometric and organic forms.
Here are some of her most impressive works.
Her most recent works Seeshall, Seeing, and Pull to the Light feature portraits of gorgeous women in traditional attire that look away and out of the picture. Their gaze is focused on something beyond our grasp, which makes them look both mysterious and intense.
Brodskaya took the traditional paper quilling and turned it into a revolutionized technique – painting with paper. She bends, folds, and spirals stripes of colourful paper to create mesmerizing landscapes of her portraits.
She doesn’t simply create her painting with manipulated strips of paper – she also uses free space to create a more in-depth experience for the viewer. Flat fields of colour only add to the texture of her art works.
This two-part approach helps Brodskaya create works of art that are filled with visual drama of shapes and shadows forming beautiful and often unexpected combinations. And the closer you look, the more mesmerizing her works turn out to be!
Another series of her work explores the tenderness and beauty of the old age. The use of colour as well as light and shadow reveals a truly painter’s approach to creating art.
Yulia Brodskaya reveals all the secrets of her breathtaking technique in her upcoming book ‘Painting with Paper’, in which she shares practical tips on how to develop a unique paper quilling style of your own. Working with colour, creating compositions, the principles of layering – all these are the bases of ‘painting with paper’. You’ll need some inspiration as well!