I finally received 3 copies of "GRIMM TALES for YOUNG and OLD" I ordered from Amazon UK, and have been reading it. I was delightfully surprised that the cover has nothing but my artwork, no additional fonts or logo or what so ever. The books came with pretty red book markers which all were placed on 'Little Red Riding Hood' story. I'm about half way now, and the book is incredibly easy to read. I read the stories to my 8 year old son in his bed time. The author's writing really makes me feel like I'm telling a story rather than reading a book. There are a few spots here and there I skip for my son just because I need to do some explaining, and I'm not ready yet. Other than that he's been enjoying the stories very much. I have read other translated version of Grimm Tales, but Philip Pullman's version makes more sense while still keeping all the silliness, raw brutality, magic and humor, and therefore I can picture better in my head. It makes me wanna make a paper illustration for every page. This version is to be released in US soon, but it won't be the same cover I did.
Halloween is just around the corner! Here's a fun project for you. Try this, and send me a picture. Show me how yours turned out. I will post it on my blog.
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Wow! I finally managed to clean up my studio after working on my how-to book for so many months. I really didn't think it would be possible to have my clean studio back. I'm so happy now.
My windows are pretty much covered all the time because UV rays are harmful to paper. My studio is never too humid or too dry. We don't have pets anymore, but even when we did, pets were never allowed in the studio. It's a big no no for me. I have work tables and chairs, many shelves and storage, piles of books, art works, frames, a paper trimmer, a mat cutter, a handheld vacuum cleaner, a dry mop, and of course lots and lots of paper.
My sweet dear father-in-law made these wooden shelves for me like 10 years ago. I separate acid free paper and non acid free paper. I store my acid free paper in archival storage boxes(you see those grey boxes?). I have a box for white papers, and a box for color papers. I also divide papers to big, medium and small sizes, and store them separately.
I sort papers with similar hues.
On my work table, I have many cutting mats in different sizes. I have a desk organizer. I also have a tool bag, so that I can carry my tools to some place else.
On the other side of my studio, I have a closet full of more stuff, photo equipment, shipping materials, and files. I even have an entertainment system. I'm so lucky to have my own space to do what I love to do. If you would like to try paper craft, you wouldn't need a studio like mine. A dining table, a cutting mat, a small tool bag, and a small paper storage can give you a good start.
So cute! The very talented animator Matthew Young (http://www.mymymy.co.uk/) from Penguin Books made a short animation with my paper sculptures.The voice is the author himself. I can't believe it!
One of the things that I love about paper is that you can make pretty much anything with it. You can even make movies, too. Here are some links that give me great inspirations.
Click here to see Animation trends
Check out Construction paper animations
Learn about Cutout animation
Hedgehog in the fog (1975) by Yuri Norstein
Les Trois Inventeurs (1980) by Michel Ocelot
Silhouette animation (1926) by Lotte Reiniger
Tutorial using Adobe After Effects part 1 by Paper People Jokes
Tutorial using Adobe After Effects part 2 by Paper People Jokes