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Everything I do is cut by hand with an X-acto knife and a few different sizes of scissors. I use a quick-drying glue to assemble the piece, building up layers slowly and adding dimension with handmade paper supports. My work tends to be pretty tiny and I often use tweezers to place the individual paper pieces.
When the dimensional cut paper work is done, I photograph it digitally and bring the image into Photoshop. I try to keep the digital manipulation to a minimum though, and all of the shadows in my images are actual cast shadows from the original photographs.
The only other downside I can think of is that storage is becoming a serious problem. No more throwing old work in a flat file.
Most: Working in 3d creates a unique look that can’t be achieved with drawing or painting (and working with just paper means much cheaper materials). Also, I’m constantly being challenged with new problems to solve, which keeps it interesting.