Nicholls, as you're about to see, has a very particular gift for creating three-dimensional sculptures of animals so hyperrealistic, they almost seem to have a life of their own. Rather than using paint or ink, however, Nicholls' creatures are painstakingly made by piecing together surgically cut pieces of white archival paper.
He details his incredible method on his website.
Each piece begins as a sketch.
He traces shapes from the sketch onto heavy pieces of paper to form the body of the sculpture.
Once the body is formed, he slowly layers strips of paper to create fur, feathers, and whiskers: no detail is too small.
"Cuts are made with scalpels and x-acto knives on a plastic cutting mat or cutting board," he writes on his website. "Small scissors can work if you go slow and cut in very smooth motions. Use a very small amount of glue on a toothpick - too much will ripple the paper."
The final result is breathtakingly life-like.