This Japanese Artist Turns Cardboard Boxes Into Unbelievable Sculptures
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This Japanese Artist Turns Cardboard Boxes Into Unbelievable Sculptures

Japanese artist Monami Ohno painstakingly crafts incredibly detailed sculptures, from beer cans to tanks, using only cardboard boxes.

Being a student of any sort is expensive, but what if there was a way to get an art degree without buying expensive software? This is exactly what Japanese artist, Monami Ohno, did to get her degree in 3-D animation.

ワークショップやってます!「ダンボール女子 大野萌菜美の造形作家塾」→ https://lounge.dmm.com/detail/106/ #Cardboard #workshop

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As a student at Osaka University of the Arts, Ohno specialized in 3-D animation but the cost of 3-D animation software is astronomically high. Instead of giving up on her dream, Monami Ohno used her creativity to find a solution in old cardboard boxes.

Ohno took old Amazon boxes and used them as her canvas for honing her skills.

ダンボールの切れはしをメモがわりに。使わないダンボールはダンボールほゴミの日に出すのでリサイクル! Cardboard memo. #Cardboard #ダンボール

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Ohno makes her sculptures by using different pieces of cardboard boxes for texture and shape. She also carves designs into the cardboard to really give the pieces life-like details.

While these sculptures were originally meant to simply help her grow as an artist, they became Ohnos primary medium. Now, Monami Ohno can make almost anything out of nothing but cardboard.

Check out some of Monami Ohnos incredible cardboard sculptures below!

去年の8月に作ったやつ! #Cardboard #ダンボール It was made in 2015, cardboard.

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Jan 17, 2016 at 4:35am PST

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ダンボールスニーカーをはいて撮影してます!スニーカーはいて撮影するのは大変。Cardboard sneakers.I am wearing a cardboard sneakers.

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Sep 22, 2015 at 9:58pm PDT

ダンボールハイネケンでお花見🌸 I made a Heineken of with cardboard. #ダンボール #ハイネケン #ビール #heineken #beer #Cardboard #花見 #さくら #art #アート #紙 #リサイクル #手作り #缶

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Apr 6, 2017 at 6:02am PDT

ピザポテトがないのでダンボールで作ってみました。 Japan poteto chips of cardboard. #ピザポテト #カルビー #ポテトチップス #ダンボール #potetochips #Cardboard #Sweets

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ダンボールウルトラ怪獣大集合! Cardboard Ultra monster, group photo! #ダンボール #ウルトラQ #ウルトラマン #ウルトラセブン #帰ってきたウルトラマン #怪獣 #monster

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ダンボールカネゴン。 ずんぐりむっくり(笑) Cardboard Kanegon. #cardboard #ダンボール #ウルトラQ #怪獣 #monster #カネゴン #Kanegon #井の頭公園

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Dec 14, 2016 at 6:42am PST

ダンボールデロリアンの全体像! #バックトゥザフューチャー #デロリアン #cardboard #ダンボール #dmc #backtothefuture

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Dec 6, 2016 at 3:08am PST

ダンボールガチャガチャ! レバーを回すとカプセルが出てきます。 #ダンボール #cardboard #ガチャガチャ #workshop #自動販売機 #capsule Cardboard vending machine! Lever moves. Capsule comes out.

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Oct 4, 2016 at 9:59pm PDT

ダンボールゴーストバスターズプロトンパック! Cardboard Ghostbusters proton pack. #cardboard #ダンボール #ghostbusters #ゴーストバスターズ #プロトンパック

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Aug 30, 2016 at 8:41pm PDT

大野萌菜美ダンボール作品展、今日で折り返し地点です。本日も最終入場19時までやってます。足もとが悪いですが、ぜひぜひ来てくださーい! http://cyberdyne2015.wix.com/danboru-girl

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ダンボールアメ車!1949年の「CADILLAC」Series62。 #Cardboard #cadillac 街を徘徊中〜♪

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ダンボールサックス。Cardboard saxophone! #Cardboard #saxophone #sax

A post shared by Monami Ohno (@monamincb) on Feb 26, 2016 at 10:20pm PST

コピス吉祥寺で開催中の「ダンボールアートの世界」。今日は2日目。 A館2階の吹き抜けスペースにて展示しています。 #吉祥寺 #ダンボール #cardboard #exhibition #作品展

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