Friday, December 31, 2021

Inside the Dinotopia Pop-Up Book

The Dinotopia Pop-Up book brought to life scenes from the hatchery, a convoy facing off with T. rex, the hanging baskets of Treetown, and the dinosaur olympics, complete with a wonderful wobble-run. 

Paper engineering was by Intervisual, and the art was by Michael Welply, with craftspeople in Bolivia doing all the assembly work.


Pierre Fontaine said...

First off, Happy New Year. I hope the year ahead is a very happy and healthy one for you and your family.

Was all the art by Michael Welply, created in your style but specifically made to work within the confines of the 3D pop-up format? Or were your illustrations used but supplemented by the other Welply? I'm curious what that process was like if another artist was trying to mimic your illustrations and how much control you had over the process.

Are there 3D pop-up designers you are specifically inspired by? If interested, The Movable Book Society is a fantastic resource of interviews with pop-up designers past and present. Their information can be found online with many of their more recent newsletters freely available to view.

I've personally become very interested in Vojtech Kubasta after finding some of his books in my father's collection after he passed away last year. Kubasta was actively creating pop-up books from the late 1950s through early 1970s and are very different from the style of pop-ups that are currently popular. For instance his books are meant to open at a 90 degree angle rather than fold flat which allows the pop-ups to be more theatrical in nature while still using many of the standard principles.

As before, thank you for sharing some of the process that went into the creation of this book.

Kraan said...

There is a strange data on the Amazon link Pop edition (September 1, 1993)
Is this a refuse? I am quite sure this is a new book