Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Book Sculptures

Very much like the NZ Book Council video in my previous post, Su Blackwell, an artist from Sheffield makes these spectacular book-cut sculptures. Check her blog and her site out.

Do/ Dig: Fabric Play

Thanks to my grand-aunts who are super passionate about stitches and knits, I was sourced with bags and bags of waste fabric. :D

Also found an illustrator, NewGiraffeCity, who uses fabric in his illustrations called the Monster Towers, which are pop-uppy as well. :)

Do: Kite paper for Illustrations

In addition to using visual elements that are culturally specific to India, i.e A saree, furniture, etc. the colours also play a major role. Here I've scanned the various colours found in a stack of Kite paper, I'll be playing with the colours much like the Chinese paper cut outs.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Do: Material list for the pop-ups

So here are the various tools I've been using to make the pop-up mechanisms. Rivets [it's pretty obvious why they've been named Male and Female ;)], Nylon thread and Eyelets.

The medium sized Jam rivets were much easier to use because the male and female just clip together as compared to the small rivets of the same type. I would still like to use the small ones because they are much neater. The Eyelets work really great with the levers. And the elastic thread made more of a difference than the regular nylon thread.

Dig: Creatures of the Desert

An interesting pop- up 'action' book by National Geographic based on the animals of the desert. The visuals are quite cool and so are the surprises :) The colours are very realistic and the animals too. The text is very informative and the type face used in quite boring. But the mechanisms are amazing! Here are a few pictures of a a few spreads.

Costs about Rs. 300. Found it in Reliance Book Store.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Reference: Ryan McGinness and vectors

I'm looking through Ryan McGinness' book and his process of making the vectors. Amazingly intricate and an intelligent use of paths in Illustrator. Check out his work here

It is a great warm-up exercise. This is me working with his technique.

Finished.. (The Mac shut down, so made another one) :)

And here is the vector..

Do: Creating the vectors

So I'm in the process of making the vectors of the characters in the book- the parent and the child. First, illustrating the lines on gateway and then scanning them to make the vectors. It will then be much easier to laser cut on foam/ paper.

Here are the vectors. (They aren't really blue. :) It's for the viewer to see the play between the negative and the positive space)

And this is how it would look after laser cutting. (This is cut by hand with the help of my handy-dandy Xacto knife) :)

It's not perfect but getting there. The strokes need to be smoother and less jagged. Also I need to evaluate the amount of detail I want to add/remove so that the structure stays strong.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dig: Chinese & Japanese Paper cutting

Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (a little history) is the first type of papercutting, since paper was invented in China. There are basic cut outs, that are a single image. Intricate and detailed, an artist would fasten several pieces of paper and they cut the motif with sharp, pointed scissors or a sharp knife. Japanese Paper Cutting or Kirie is quite the same.

The mood board above shows a few examples of these two techniques.

Dig: Visual References

Okay so I've been digging up visual references of various publishing houses in India, and also some very inspirational illustrators and industrial designers and have come up with various Mood Boards for each to give a sense of their style and visual language.


Tulika is a well known publishing house for children based in Chennai, India. Their illustrations and subjects are as diverse as introducing children to folk tales of India, through local art forms to familiarizing them to strange words from different languages. They also publish titles in various languages in, "...celebration of a multilingual society."

Tara Books

Tara Books is an independent publishing house for children and adults also based in Chennai, India. Versatile and contemporary, their subject matter is highly recognized. They publish a select list of titles that , "...straddles diverse genres, offering our readers unusual and rare voices in art and literature."

Here are some of the artists and glimpses of their work. Inspiring my book.

Tord Bootje

Tord Bootje is an industrial designer working in Bourg- Argental, France. He is known for his delicate industrial pieces, borrowing inspiration from nature. A vibrant play with the positive and negative, Bootje's Studio, "has long sought a delicate marriage of design and emotion that is broadly accessible as it is enticing."

Sanna Annukka

Sanna Annukka is an illustrator and print maker from Big Active. She finds her inspiration from forests, lakes and wildlife of places where she grew up. Most of her work is done on silk-screen. She uses a lot of organic shapes and her compositions are unique and beautiful.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ABC3D Pop up book

ABC3D pop up book published by the Indian publishing house- Tara Books

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Do: The Spreads III

Yipee! 'Spin me around' finally works! Used an elastic nylon thread (from a very nice necklace) for the loop. :D

Spin Me Around