Zack Mclaughlin is a London-based illustrator…well, at least that”s what he calls himself. While he does create stunning illustrations for children”s books and other commissioned works, some of his most captivating pieces fly right off the page, or, quite literally, from the page.
About two years ago, Mclaughlin was writing and illustrating a book about a little boy who made his own paper bird lantern to escape an evil monster, but he couldn”t picture what such a thing would look like. So he constructed one himself to get the right feeling.
Now he can”t stop making these beautiful, completely handcrafted paper, wood, and wire bird sculptures.
“I loved the process of working in 3-D and experimenting with new materials…”
“…[T]he end result I found very satisfying indeed. From there I experimented with more materials and ways to use them to create more and more realistic birds,” says Mclaughlin.
This is one of about 150 hand-snipped feathers that goes into one of his hummingbird models.
He crafts each part of his birds from hand, from the wooden bodies to the paper and wire feathers.
Each piece takes anywhere between 60 and 120 hours to craft…depending on the size.
Mclaughlin told us, “I have always found birds so beautiful, especially when in flight…”
“…The feathers are just so stunning when the light passes through them, and the variety of colors and shapes just never [ceases] to amaze and inspire me.”
And his work never stops amazing and inspiring those who come across it, either!
Mclaughlin continues to experiment with other mediums, too…
Everything comes out stunning in its own way.
The beautiful simplicity of this wire bird is incredible.
And the intricate and realistic detail of this iridescent magpie is striking.
This literary birdie is an awesome combination of abstraction and realism…and it”s perfect for bookworms.
Mclaughlin didn”t typically use specific works of literature to make these guys…
But now that people are starting to notice how lovely his pieces are, they”re commissioning special book birds, with feathers from the pages of sentimental stories.
Look at those hand-painted feathers!
The colors and movements he captures are truly incredible.
“I really love making them and to be able to say I made every little bit is very satisfying for me,” he says.
For more of Mclaughlin”s beautiful birds, as well as his other artistic endeavors, you can like his page on Facebook, or visit his website and Deviant Art page. You can also visit his Etsy store, where you can purchase one of these works of art to have and to hold yourself!