Ishino started making these figures when he was in the third or fourth grade, and makes as much as 300 to 400 of them per year. These three-dimensional paper figures don’t have any overlapping edges. He first draws the front- and backside and then puts them together using a white ribbon and tape.
With the precision of a craftsman, he creates three dimensions from one. Many of his subjects are girls and Anime characters, but the shapes are perfectly square and the drawings are daring and lively, of a doll-like sensibility. When you observe his workshop at home, with large stocks of tape and neatly cut strips of paper, you feel his extraordinary dedication to his work.
© Portrait: Satoshi Takaishi & Nobuo Onishi