Jackson, Miss.-based freelance illustrator Kyle Hilton got distracted from a commissioned assignment and turned to a DVD set of comedy-gold series Arrested Development—and then he got to work. But instead of getting productive on the assignment, Hilton started creating paper-doll renditions of the characters from the show. So far he’s crafted a doll for George Michael Bluthe Sr., Lindsay Bluthe and two of Tobias Funke.
A former illustrator for his university publication Student Printz, Hilton said his style veers more toward the realistic sense as opposed to more abstract renderings. “I just did it for fun, not really expecting any reaction,” he said. “I didn’t intend to sell them. I just like the idea of posting them and if people want to print them and cut them out, I’m cool with that.”
So why the paper-doll medium? “It’s kinda boring doing just portraits … I’m not so sure where the paper doll idea came from,” Hilton said. “If I were any good at sculpture, I’d do action figures because the characters are so dynamic—but I can’t so I do paper dolls.”