We love introducing you to people who do magical things we think you are going to love. Today, it’s paper artist Britni Brault.
Britni Brault, who was raised in Anaheim, Calif. (not far from the Disneyland Resort), is a freelance artist making 3D paper sculptures. Her pieces have been shown in prestigious galleries, and she creates artwork for both The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland Parks. Her work has been used for packaging design, advertising, fashion, toy concepts, visual development for theme parks/creative building, character design, animation, and much more.
We spoke with Britni Brault about how she got her start, some of her favorite Disney pieces, and her advice for those who want to pursue the paper arts themselves.
Can you tell us more about your childhood love of art? When did you develop an interest in being a paper artist? Did you take classes or just pick it up?
Like most kids, I loved creating art and drawing. Like most artists, I started realizing, from an early age, I was becoming a better artist than most of my classmates. As I got older, my interests changed, but it was always in the back of my mind. I didn’t become a professional artist until about 5 or 6 years ago. Since then, it’s been a full-time career.
As far as becoming a paper artist, paper chose me as a medium. I try and struggle with all types of mediums, but sculpting with paper is what I love most. I am a self-driven person. I utilize the many classes, from other professionals within the animation industry, to hone my skills.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Probably books. Books written by professional artists, art school instructors and art books. If I am struggling with a project, I go to the library or look through my collection of art books. That always recharges my creative vision.
What is your favorite part about being a paper artist?
My favorite part of being an artist is working with those that work in the animation industry. My favorite part of being a paper artist, is having a unique talent that brings opportunities within this business. Getting to know the people and artists is the best part of my job.
What is the most challenging part?
Well, I recently sliced off the top of my thumb with an X-Acto knife…it’s healed, but I don’t want that to happen again. Being an artist is challenging, period. It’s a constant battle to prove the worth and value of yourself, as an artist, and your craft. I believe most artists can relate to that statement.
Can you talk about your connection to Disney?
After winning the D23 Fan Art contest, I was contacted by a few different Disney representatives. I also took that opportunity, and the resume I had already built up as an artist, and started connecting with people and companies on my own.
What was your experience like at the D23 Expo in 2015 and how did it feel to have two pieces debut?
This last D23 was really exciting for me. I had two original paper sculptures and 20 one-of-a-kind hand embellished prints available for sale. Everything sold that weekend. I was able to meet and speak to people in the industry I admire. That is my favorite part of my job, getting to know hard working people in the industry who have inspired me or others.
How long does something like the Mary Poppins papercraft take to create?
That project took at least 6 months to a year. A year from the first design to the final. It really was a joy to create.
What Disney projects would you love to create in papercraft?
Honestly, I do love being able to recreate the popular characters that we all love, but nothing compares to creating your own work and characters. I enjoy working with different studios, being Disney or anyone else, where the art and artists work is celebrated and a team can come together to create something new and magical. There is nothing like it.
What is your favorite Disney or Disney/Pixar movie or character?
I would probably say my favorite is somewhere between Cinderella and The Incredibles.
What projects are you working on now?
I just finished up on an exciting paper stop-motion animation project for a wonderful company, Bix Pix Entertainment, Inc. I was able to work next to an incredible artist, Kevin Kidney, and be a part of a wonderful team at that studio. It truly was a dream come true for me. Bix Pix Entertainment, Inc. is a stop-motion animation company based in Los Angeles that has received multiple prestigious awards and nominations for their hit show Tumble Leaf on Amazon streaming. Kevin is well known in our industry. I have admired and studied his art and sculpture work for years.
So what does the near-future hold for you?
The paper stop-motion animation projects will be released sometime next year, and I am creating some one-of-a-kind paper sculptures for two exhibitions for Disneyland in 2016.
To learn more about what Britni does, visit her website Britni Brault.
By Shoshana Lewin Fischer
Shoshana Lewin Fischer is a Disney fanatic and blogger whose work has appeared on Disney Imagicademy, Disney Spoonful, Disney Baby, MousePlanet.com and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.