Based in Russia, and collaborating under the name ‘People Too’, artists, Alexey Lyapunov and Lena Erlich create dynamic scenes of the ordinary, everyday using their medium of choice: paper. Whether it is a three-dimensional piece, or a simple collage layered with brightly coloured paper, their attention to fine details and their delicate craftsmanship results in an interesting mixture of minimalism and intricacy in their portrayals human life.
Their unique sculptures, paired with the artists’ mastery of their craft, has seen them gain global recognition, as they earn their living creating advertisements for various brands and businesses, with the most recent being for the human rights charity, Amnesty International.
In their most recent series, Lyapunov and Erlich have taken a new approach to their work, choosing to set aside their paper creations in favour of illustrating their archetypical style directly onto sheet music. The sheet music art compositions throughout the series focalise on the charisma and energy of the people in each scene, which tricks you into thinking you can almost hear the music coming off the page. By incorporating the musical notes with these vibrant illustrations, the sheet music is brought to life.
Lyapunov and Erlich’s step back from working with paper, to instead experiment with two-dimensional illustrations is a success for the People Too artists. Their work connects multiple dichotomies, like urban and rural landscapes, as well as the vintage sheet music itself with a modern, vibrant colour palette. It is simple and minimal, which is true to their style, and each composition includes various nuances of ordinary life, which everyone can relate to and enjoy.
Illustrations via Behance by People Too.