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Hawthorne Bridge

This is the first in a series of illustrations of the major bridges in and around Portland, Oregon. These illustrations are done using sheets of tissue paper and my trusty X-Acto knife. I start by drawing out my design on an 18″ x 24″ sheet of drawing paper, then lay that over a stack of colored tissue paper sheets that I then tape down to my drawing board. After that, I use my knife to cut out all of the details of the design until I have a stack of completed illustrations.

Finished version of the Hawthorne Bridge project in Black.

Final original design of illustration before I begin cutting.

I took photos of the process as I went along, curious to see how long it would really take to complete and to see how long blades would last in this process.

First blade lasted this long…cutting through 13 layers of tissue paper and one of regular paper.

This is a detail shot of the finished black version of Hawthorne.