Paper Child: A New Art

Paper Children

Paper Child is a new, strange and almost inexplainable phenomen. Probably grown out of the miniaturisation fetish, it involves humans interacting with smaller, childlike paper cutouts to create interesting photo opportunities. It’s existence and popularity has been spread through artistic sharing sites like There you can find many paper child artists of various degrees of skills.

Grown out of anime/manga culture, paper children first became popular in Japan and Korea. They can look like just about anything. But most are small, humanlike figures. Surreal and mesmerizing, some are sweet, some are created for pornographic purposes, some are drawn pictures of popular anime/cultural characters.

To create a paper child, first you must draw a person that’s about the size of your hand. Try to use heavier paper as your average printer paper probably wont be thick enough. The key is to draw a creature in some kind of motion. A common paper child trick is to draw a character that looks like they are being lifted up by a giant crane.

Once you’ve finished drawing, the next step is to carefully cut it out and possibly colour it. Then its simply a matter of setting up your paper children in a particular pose and then take a photo.

L and Light, from the popular series, "Deathnote" in paper child form
L and Light, from the popular series, "Deathnote" in paper child form

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

These are fascinating, funny, and very clever. Ka-wai-iiiiii desu

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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

This tickled my funny bone and imagination, I'd heard of it, but never really knew exactly what it was. Very informative and entertaining hub!

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FreezepopMorality 7 years ago Author

Yeah, aren't they? They're kind of like an optical illusion. Definitely something I hadn't seen before.

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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Freeze, in your own words, these are surreal and mesmerizing! Your hubs never cease to amaze me!

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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Freeze, this is cool stuff!

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Very cool....good art work! :)

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futonfraggle 7 years ago

Awesome! This is so cool.

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Sean F 7 years ago

Wow, really, really awesome, thanks!

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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

Those are really great!

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sasuke7s8s 7 years ago from Riverside

Wow that is so incredible. Im always looking for new forms of art and this would be so great to do.

Anonymous 7 years ago

and of course, paperchilds are tend to be used for perverted senses..

jamielee 7 years ago

hey i am making a book right lol i am going to be making paper children:D they are really fun and can make you fell like you have adopted a anime friend :DD

GG216 7 years ago

so cute and helpful!

I'm gonna make some!!

charlotte 6 years ago

i felt very inspirered! sadly i'm rubbish at drawing!

kate 6 years ago

when i see my best frend charloote draw (up there! she wrote 4 days ago from now) haaaaaa!

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Stacie L 6 years ago

what a creative imagination!

a fun hub =)

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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

haha beautiful cartoons and thanks for such nice hub teaching in details how to make them. Very useful info and hub

Cray 6 years ago

Now I wanna make one.

gerizekalı 6 years ago

gerizekeriya dicemde yani day?m dar?lcak


Emo-Screamo102 6 years ago

I am making some right now, but I'm horrible at drawing.

>.< I fail epically!

Amanda 6 years ago

Paper children are so much fun. But why'd you have to pick all the pervy ones? That's, like, 5% of paper child crafters... ^^;;;

My paper children are all made in good clean fun!

ChristneLichol 6 years ago

I love them but how can you cut so close and not damage it?

Ashi ♥ 5 years ago

lol i am totes gonna attempt to make some of these!!

Daisy and Peach :) 5 years ago

Heehee most of the paper childs are angry XD

Mario 4 years ago

I noticed a recurring them of slightly paternalistic domination...

LOL 4 years ago

WOW there amazing i tried them there very fun to make

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