Eiko Ojala is a master of paper cut art. He creates simple illustrations that play with negative space and elemental shapes to produce intricate and powerful images. He plays with shadows and adds depth, creating a strong signature style. The level of detail is unbelievable.
Ojala creates illustrations depicting landscapes, portraits and cartoon-like figures through the use of an illustration technique that combines real paper-cut patterns with digital editing. Eiko doesn’t use 3D software to create his images; instead, he creates a trompe-l’oeil of three-dimensional depth by hand.
Looking at his illustrations, it’s hard to tell which ones are made from real paper. Eiko’s colourful and humorous artworks brings to life a whole world inhabited by curious characters, whilst keeping the disarming, almost naive character of hand-made paper collages intact.
Born in 1982 in Tallinn, Estonia, he studied interior design before entering the world of illustration. His work has appeared on numerous book covers, and his clientele includes The New York Times, the V&A Museum, Wired magazine and the Harvard Business Review.
Eiko Ojala was nominated for the “Young Illustrators Award” at Illustrative.de as well as the YCN professional Award and featured on multiple platforms and forums, including Trendland.
We love Eikos’ work for it’s lightness and delicacy. His signature style shines through in each art piece. And the most amazing thing is the incredible, almost incomprehensible way he sees light and shadow and knows exactly how to manipulate the paper to get the image he wants. To see more of his work, please visit www.ploom.tv.