A few months ago, I promised myself I’d spend until the end of the year making pop-up books. Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned so much reading and seeing beautiful old pop-up books with the help of friends. It’s been a great self-imposed adventure.
The thing I like most about pop-ups is the simple cut. One cut can make all the difference to turn an ordinary page fold into one that conveys a story in its form as much as in the illustration. In the end, I think these simple folds/cuts will always be my favorite.
But when you explore, you also have to do the things you don’t think you’ll like. In this case, it’s making the pop-up books that involve a lot of cuts and separate pieces I have to glue together. It’s a horror show to organize, and I’m not typically that organized, so this one’s been taking a long time to figure out.
This is the format I’ve chosen, a convention that’s typically used in pop-up cards, which are also rare these days.
Unfortunately in that state, it’s a card, not a book. When I first sketched this, I thought it would be enough to make a book that’s just one pop-up like this, but I knew it was cop out.
That just means a lot of sketching and brain work.
The work compounds.
Can you tell what’s going on? That’s the state I’m currently in– the experimental stage, but I’m excited and horrified.
TO BE CONTINUED!!!!!