This series of pictures depict how Japanese dedication hones craftsmanship into perfection. Using only a craft knife, Japanese artist Mr. Riu transforms sheets of paper into intricate patterns, ranging from mandalas and other geometric complex patterns to his own depiction of pop culture and animation. His work evokes a wide range of emotions — from the darkly whimsical Skeleton with Poor Eyesight, to a thought-provoking dedication to the recent Orlando mass shooting.

While this is definitely an exhibit in patience, Mr. Riu notes that his patience is earned with each work of art: “I think my patience grows stronger gradually because I want to do it.” Follow his Instagram account here.

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