Paper Diorama
September 11th, 2021 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Digital, Paint, Cut-out!

A couple of small Winchester studies to share with you. Another little cinema cutout and a shopfront study. It is something I like to do between larger canvases and commercial projects (if there’s time of course!). The smaller scale allows me to ...

Black Books - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
November 24th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Black Books

Here’s one from the fictional world! If you’re a fan of sitcoms Black Books may be up there on a list of favourites. It has certainly been one of mine! This little study features the shop front as it is dressed for the show. The exterior was ...

Screen on the Green - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
October 16th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Everyman & Picturehouse Cinemas

Here’s a couple of new cinema studies, not independents but London movie theatres with long histories. I’m sharing these as the news settles regarding the (hopefully temporary) closure of Picturehouse cinemas. A lot of cinemas have attempted to ...

Winchester Independents

Winchester Independent Paper Studies

Bringing it closer to home with a couple of Winchester Independent establishments this week. The architecture around the city is fascinating, so here’s a couple of building studies on paper to add to my growing illustrated version of ...

July 6th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Cutting & Construction (Fushimi Inari Taisha)

I remembered to capture a bit more of the process in this Japanese inspired painting of the Fushimi Inari Taisha. The cutting and placement of the raised layers are always a challenge. And for the blog it’s particularly difficult to show the ...

Painted Clocks - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Painted Clocks

While standing at my workbench, cutting away at the paper for a recent architectural study (the process is very therapeutic and extremely satisfying), I found myself staring at a clock face... it’s a strange thing when you’re in that creative ...

Temples and Torii Gates - Illustration by Jonathan
June 17th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Temples & Torii Gates

I've always been fascinated with the landscape and culture of Japan. I wrote about it a little in my influences page here. It's lovely to see that i'm not the only one... as the Mt Fuji painting created for my World Series has proved extremely ...

Movie Nights - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
June 1st, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

More Movie Nights

Here’s the latest in what I hope will be a ongoing series of ‘night time’ illustrations, little architectural studies of cinemas. I think each building has it’s own wonderful character... I’ve already had some great suggestions for venues ...

February 21st, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

St Augustine Light Tower

Who doesn't like a lighthouse? This example from St Augustine in Florida is particularly striking with a black and white twist up the central column. Topped with a distinctive red the 'St Augustine Light Tower' stands at the north end of Anastasia ...

Cinema Cut Outs - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
February 14th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Cinema Cut Outs

You might have already seen examples of the paper diorama pieces that i've been working on over the last year, but these two new additions are something a little different. Here's 'The Phoenix Cinema' created with acrylic and ink on paper, before ...