Chutes and ladders

Some sketches from the last month. We’ll see if anything comes out of them…

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Lastly, lists always happen, but then again so do ghosts, so all is well in the universe.

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Other news

Till next time!

Tapestry, part two!

It’s been cloudy for the past few days, which makes for sad picture taking conditions of some new work, so here’s a Tapestry update. I’ve talked about this before but Tapestry is a phone/web app where you tell stories by tapping/clicking through them. The caveat: you can’t go backwards so be careful how your fingers are tapping.

That being said, take your time and enjoy the stories. :)

 

 

The Odyssey: A pop-up book adventure

The odyssey of the pop-up book, the Odyssey.

1. Generally, I start without an expectation. All I wanted to do was make a pop-up book with all the new techniques I learned for the past few weeks. First I thought I could make funny hats and then I liked how a certain pop-up would make a great umbrella. From there, I challenged myself to think of all the ways someone could find shelter from the rain and suddenly, the Odyssey was conceived!

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2. Make a mini. Once the idea was there, I made a mini mockup. How mini, you ask? Let the dollar bill shed some light and show off my riches.

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3. Make it big. Once I was happy with a layout, I made a full-size version and the broke it apart to prep it for silkscreen separations.

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4. Make separations. At this stage, I knew how I’d be separating the colors, but not necessarily what colors I’d use to print.

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5. Screenprint. You know how that goes.

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6. Cut, fold, score, cut, fold, score. I don’t have any pictures but it deserves its own painstaking step. I timed myself like a proper scientist and it took me 25 minutes to cut, score, fold, and assemble my first book, which I streamlined to 7 minutes by my last book.

7. Behold, The Odyssey!

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Of note:

  • In the end, 15 books survived to the end of the journey.
  • I’ll be making some additional packaging to wrap the books in soon.
  • Pop-up books are tiring to make but I really like them.
  • The same dollar bill was used for all the above images.

The life of a sketchbook

Each sketchbook is special, but there are a lot of things they have in common.

Always included are its date of birth and death and a list of its greatest achievements.

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It’s also a nice place to be messy and ugly.

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Below, I was struggling with drawing dogs, deciding what stars looked better, and what people should be doing in a forest.

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There’s also bound to be math. Making books is as much a creative effort as it is making economical use of  paper. I also make little mockups for cuteness and to ensure it feels good to use.

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Not such a bad life for a sketchbook. :)

Adventures in pop-ups

As a pop-up book maker novice, I’m probably amazed by the simplest of tricks.

Take this one exercise from The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume I:

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Essentially, you are drawing the same shape in 2D space, but not when all is cut and folded in 3D space.

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With that guiding principle, I started to successfully and unsuccessfully experiment with other forms of the same idea.

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After my first cut, I thought, “wow, this could make some really great trees,” which spawned the rest. This is my favorite part– when no ideas are wrong.

More updates as I start making real popup books!

Bottled Up Ghosts

Bottled Up.
Edition of 20.
12.5″ x 17.5″

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Sorry to play favorites but these are some that I like best:

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Pop-up book update soon!

Fall theme: popups

So the summer theme for my books ended up being slants. It was really fun just riffing on one topic so I’m going to try another one this fall: pop-up books!

I’ve loved popup books since I was a wee child. Three years ago, I wanted to rekindle my love and bought The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume I thinking that I would spend a weekend picking up the basics. Three years later, I’m blowing the dust off the cover.

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My first mockup above took over a week to make. All I have to say so far is that pop up books are hard.

Fleeting ideas

To me, ideas are like dreams. If they haven’t traumatized you or you don’t write them down, they’re just going to slip away. That’s why I’ve been keeping a steady log of my ideas since I promised to in the beginning of 2012 and feel like I have a good hold on the fort. Some things I’ve realized:

It’s now clear when I did what.
I date my notebooks and each day that I make a new entry. It’s crazy how quickly I’ll forget everything. I also write the titles of any ideas I want to come back to on the cover for quick reference.

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These books are now my memory.
How did I come up with that idea? What could it have been instead? Did it take a lot of work? I won’t remember but my logs have the answer!

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Bad ideas need a home too.
Maybe they won’t be so bad in a few years… or maybe they will.

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Ideas are the best! Don’t let yours go.

My working space

I used to have one desk that split its time between computer designing, drawing, eating, and occasionally sleeping. After a few years, doing everything in one space felt unhealthy to say the least. When I moved last year, I decided to give myself some space to draw.

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The cork board is for ideas and lots of to-do lists. I try not to clutter it.

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I try to keep everything in its place. Nowadays, most of my supplies are for making separations for screenprinting and production work for bookmaking.

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This shelf is the nursery. All new books live here until they find themselves a new home.

I don’t have a fancy setup but its clean and I’ve been less distracted working there. If you can carve out even just a tiny corner of your room just for bring creative, I’d recommend it.