Back in 2019, London-based artist artist Ben Charman began experimenting in creating intricate paper art. As we’ve learned via My Modern Met, in just two years, Charman’s become quite the expert. Ever since, creating enchanting light boxes inspired by pop culture favorites has turned into a passion. But chief among them is modern animated classic Avatar: The Last Airbender, which Charman has created dozens of pieces for.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (or ATLA for short) has only grown in esteem in recent years, making Charman’s light boxes more popular than ever. He’s even begun selling them via his own Etsy shop. But although ATLA is his primary pop culture inspiration of choice, there are several other pieces focusing on Star Wars, Pokémon, Stranger Things, Harry Potter, and even Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. You can check out some of Charman’s incredible work right here.
In this time-lapse video posted to his Instagram, you can see all the work that went into creating this piece showcasing Appa, Aang’s loyal and lovable sky bison. Can we hear a “Yip Yip?”
Another papercraft piece shows Aang in the Southern Air Temple, staring off into the sky with Appa flying by. You can purchase one of these in Charman’s online store for $80.16.
Charman using different colors to illustrate different moods within the Avatar universe is his signature.
These brief clips show you a 360 degree rotation of several light boxes featuring Ang and friends. It really shows off the amount of layers that really go into making just one of these.
Another famous ATLA scene featuring Koh, the Face Stealer.
Prince Zuko burns brightly in this piece, doing the Fire Nation proud.
In the world of Star Wars, Charman crafts pieces inspired by serious moments for both Luke and Rey Skywalker. Not to mention a piece dedicated to our favorite Mandalorian and his little buddy, Grogu.
From the galaxy far, far away to the Upside Down, Charman also finds inspiration in the universe of Stranger Things.
This Pokémon inspired piece featuring Charmander was created using over 13 layers of paper.