This man turned on a new leaf, literally!
Something which started as a hobby has turned into a passion for a man in Kazakhstan. And now that hobby is taking him places, at least in the art world.
Kanat Nurtazin has been turning nature into art with his intricate leaf cuttings which feature anything from ballerinas to flamingos to Harry Potter. The 29-year-old uses a sharp razor to cut his drawings into leaves, and his unique art has even caught the attention of Disney.
He began making leaf cuttings in 2013 as a hobby, and now estimates he has created around 500 of the foliage cut-outs. He had started cutouts on paper before, but Kanat saw all the fall leaves on the ground, so he decided to use them instead of paper. His leaf art is a part of a project he calls his ‘100 methods of drawing’, which experiments with different techniques.
He currently has almost 70 methods, including some that use fluorescent tape or coffee packets. Kanat poses each cutout in front of the sky, buildings, flowers, or anything else that fits in with the design on the leaf, and takes a photo of it.
After he began posting his work on Instagram, where they gained popularity, he was even contacted by Nickelodeon and Disney to help create content for them.
Take a look at his creations…