How to create a papercraft robot

Paper robot

Having only graduated last summer, I’m still pretty new to the world of freelance illustration. My style and process, however, are things that I’ve been developing for quite some time now. I dabbled with paper art during my A-levels and Art Foundation, but university was where I truly fell in love with the material.

Initially, I cut everything using a scalpel and produced a lot of layered, two-dimensional illustration. This process was extremely time-consuming and the end result always looked very handmade. As I progressed, I started working with a laser cutter – this gave me the advantages of speed and precision but it burned the edges of my paper.

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Mel Edwards is a recent graduate of the University of Leeds. She specialises in making paper sculptures, which are used in sets, displays or stop motion animations and photographed to produce images for advertisements, magazines and books. In 2015, she won a Wooden Pencil at the D&AD New Blood Awards.