There are two parts to my process: Paper-Cut Art, and Stop-Motion Animation.
I taught myself paper-cut art after I started creating shadow puppet shows. I was interested in a method of representation that was both simple, minimalist, and direct. My style is similar to what one might call primitive or cartoonish; in either case, it’s abstraction encouraged by the limitations of the medium. I love this, because I feel that abstract cartoonishly amplifies how much the viewer can project and relate to what they see. And the simple boldness of a binary (black and white) composition, to me, seems to represent inner reality while cutting away all the noise.
(Read about my stop-motion animation, and see many time-lapse videos of paper-cutting, further below.)
I practice the same kind of animation that the first feature-length animated film was made with: paper-cut puppets shot frame by frame atop a light table.
I don’t have too many recent pictures of me while animating with my current set-up; I’m usually fully occupied with the task at hand! So most of these pictures are older, of my first hobbled-together rigs. But you can see in these pics the basics of the process: camera, light table, paper-cuts, and patience. (And in the picture next to this text, you can see a portion of my new custom steel light table!)
And, I included a few photos below of me modeling with as many of an animation’s assets (puppets) I can fit in the frame. Though generally, it’s hard to fit every single asset of an animation into one shot.