Eiko Ojala’s digital papercut illustrations turn into GIFs

Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala is known for his digital papercut illustrations and now he’s adding extra dimension to his work through GIFs.


Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala is known for his digital papercut illustrations, including his Vertical Landscapes piece widely shared on social media in 2013, and now he’s adding extra dimension to his work through GIFs.

His work looks like it's been cut from real paper, but it's been digitally created in Photoshop, incorporating elements from real paper photographed or scanned when creating difficult shadows. 

Eiko studies forms of shapes and work closely with light and shadow, keeping illustrations minimal. 

He's released a stunning range of new editorial illustrations worth admiring, some of which have GIF versions, visualising this year's current affair topics of the Rio Olympics, US elections, breast cancer and the Zika virus.

Image: New York Times Sunday Review An Olympic Catastrophe

Eiko’s impressive illustration for the New York Times Sunday Review An Olympic Catastrophe shows an Olympian holding a torch with a huge fire blaze revealing Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, marking the city's turmoil ahead of launching the games. 

Check out the GIF.


Similar animation can be seen in his cutouts of Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faces with people walking through for another New York Times Sunday Review - Can Clinton Feel The Bern?

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Check out more of his work for New Scientist magazine, La Poste magazine, Wired and The New Yorker.

Past work of Eikos includes The Guardian, HBO, Washington Post, V&A Museum and Transport of London.

Image: Zika virus GIF for The New Yorker.


Image: Illustration about people memory for New Scientist magazine.


Image: Cover illustration for La Poste magazine

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Image: Illustration based on breast cancer for Wired magazine