Between classes this summer, I’m continuing to work on volume 2 of my workbook series, The Pocket Paper Engineer. The upcoming volume will demonstrate how to construct and glue pop-up props and platforms. It’s a big job. First I design the pop-up projects, then I photograph them and adjust the photos in Photoshop. Next I write and illustrate the step-by-step instructions, add more examples of finished illustrations, and test out the results. Since I’m also the publisher, I’ll be “on press” in China, checking color and positioning. I’m anticipating volume 2 to be out in the Spring of 2008.
The Pocket Paper Engineer, volume 1, got a great review on the BoingBoing web blog this week. If you’ve never seen this site, billed as “A Directory of Wonderful Things,” it’s worth a visit. The review was also carried on another interesting blog, Geekdad.com.
Their four-letter-word moniker may serve to get attention, but what’s most impressive about this group’s music video “OK” is it’s clever use of pop-ups, inventive production, and the music itself. It’s a reflection of the fact that pop-ups have grown up. Hopefully, this work is a harbinger of things to come, as producers recognize the potential for fun and funky pop-up animation. Check it out!
Here is a dream house for all those who love books! Venetian sculptor and carver Livio de Marchi has created this abode in which all the furniture, the tables, beds, desks and chairs, incorporate carved book forms. Even the exterior is compiled of wooden books. For more pictures of the Casa di Libri, visit Livio de Marchi’s web site at www.liviodemarchi.com/casauk.htm
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