ABC Interactive Design Manager Keith Lapinig spends his spare time doing something incredible. He creates Disney characters and moments out of card stock then takes the paper silhouettes to Disneyland. There they become a part of the scenery and he posts them to his Instagram account.
His work has been under fire lately as people think his work is faked. Lapinig sat down with Good Morning America and addressed it. “I get those who think I’m just digitally drawing a black silhouette around my hands in a photograph. In a way, it’s flattering that they think it’s a digital illustration. However, they were all taken on location with a physical piece of paper; you can even see the shadows on my hand! I believe the presence of my hand is a big part of the final piece, to show that I didn’t just Photoshop a black silhouette into any photograph.”
Lapinig’s love of Disney began very early in his life. His mother would take him to see all of the new Disney movies and then buy the previous ones so he could watch them whenever he wanted.
“I think it blossomed into a bigger love when I started to work for the World of Disney NYC store and realized a lot of the minuscule details of the films remained in my head; I used that retention to go on to win our annual Disney Trivia tournament. The quest to soak up more Disney knowledge just continued from there.”
He then went on to create a YouTube channel dedicated to Disney myth-busting.
He told Good Morning America, “Did you know the Beast from ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ doesn’t have a proper name? Everyone seems to think it’s Adam, but it’s not.”
After seeing paper silhouettes on social media, he decided to give it a try, Disney style. “This style with its interaction between the paper illustration and the environment intrigued me,” he said. “When translating to my art, I wanted the cutouts to interact with an entire environment, but a detailed illustration would get lost in the composition so I resorted to using a solid color.”
His first was Maleficent at Sleeping Beauty Castle. “It was my test subject to see if I was even capable of making this series. Once I realized it was, I’ve been pumping out more and more because they’re so much fun to make,” he said.
His paper creations have only been at Disneyland so far but he hopes to one day be able to capture paper art in all of the Disney parks.
You can check out these and all of this other amazing paper silhouettes on his Instagram account.
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