I led the Flip book Challenge at LIAF this year, which was really enjoyable.  If you fancy, it’s not too late to enter an entry for the challenge.  There were some amazing contenders produced in the workshop.

Here were my tips of the day:

You can draw on the right or the left hand side, you can flip from front to back or back to front, your book can be portrait or landscape, you can use the front and the back.

Paper or card. Card flips well and is more durable, paper is nice and bendy, so you can see more of the page.  If you use paper, you might be able to see through for reference.

When you design your book, think about the aspect ratio of your page and remember that the bound edge will conceal a third of the page.

Let the drama or drawing unfold or develop over the course of the book so that your audience want to see it again and again. The time frame is just a few seconds, although you can think big, like Peter Foldes.

Draw in pencil first, keep testing the movement and rub it out and try again to get the movement just right. When it’s perfect, go over the drawings in black pen.

You can draw your pages, before you bind the book, (especially useful if you are using paint) The book will flip nicely if you make a slant for your flipping edge.

Your movement can be left/right, up/down, forwards/back, you can draw zooms, pans, or use magical metamorphosis.




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