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Hayao Miyazaki, The Great Japanese Animator April 15, 2011

Posted by leskanturek in Animation, Art History, Movable Illustration, Political and Social Art, Student Blog posts, Student Post, Visual Narrative.
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Anime and manga artists from Japan are known world-wide for produ­cing extraordinary work. One famous and considered legendary Japanese animator is Hayao Miyazaki. He is internationally renowned in the field of animation and his history of projects shows how well the audience receives his work. An example would be his sales for the film Princess Mononoke, in 1997, which was known as the highest-grossing film in Japan. Even though Titanic cast a shadow on Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away brought Miyazaki back to the top spot when it was released in 2001.

(above) Hayao Miyazaki


Hayao Miyazaki was born in Akebono-cho Japan on January 5, 1941. He is a film director, animator, storyboard artist, character designer, screenwriter, and a manga artist. With his multiple skills, he and Isao Takahata co-founded Studio Ghibli, which still runs to this day.

Miyazaki’s animation films all consider a large variety of things such as the research, storyline, quality and detail of art, compositions, perspectives and the development of characters for the film to be successful. He is also known to mainly create his animations in the traditional way, which is by hand. It is remarkable how immensely detailed and accurate in depicting reality in the fantasy world is like in his films.

(above) Two stills from the film Princess Mononoke


Princess Mononoke is an animation where Miyazaki produced very vibrant, full of perspective and detailed artwork. Many of his films are “reflective about the human condition” such as Princess Mononoke, where the film questions about how humans destroy and pollute nature. Miyazaki conveyed that idea by showing if nature had a voice and was personified with animals, how would people confront and interact with them. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind shows the destruction that bugs can bring when humans pollute their environment. Castle in the Sky is also another animation where it illustrates how greed can bring destruction.

(aboveNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


(above) Castle in the Sky


A couple of Miyazaki’s films are playful and fun, dealing with confidence, finding oneself, independence, and interactions with nature. The examples of movies are Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro.

(above) Two stills from Spirited Away


(above) Two stills from Howl’s Moving Castle 


(above) A scene from Ponyo

(above) My Neighbor Totoro

Pop-Up Assignment Gallery May 26, 2010

Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Books, Class Assignments, Handmade, Movable Illustration, Pop-Up, Student work, Uncategorized.
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Coinciding  with Teen Liu‘s visit (link to the  post of Teens’s visit )  and pop-up workshop was a class assignment to create a pop-up. Students choose their own theme/concept to work from and

(above) the day of the crit.


they could incorporate any paper engineering technique they learned at the work shop or that they could devise. The only criteria was that the pop-up actually fold flat and it must be able to open multiple times.  Below are the finishes :

(above) Pratima Mani- “What’s in Wolf’s Belly?” Prat’s pop-up is of particular note because her wolf rotates around upon the page opening.


(above) John Garcia-King and Queen of Hearts


(above) Deborah Mouloudji- Snails and leaf, 2 sliders


(above left ) Brianne Bowers rotating Ferris Wheel (right) Cityscape by Josey Herrington


(above) Biker by Lyejm Kallas-Lewis


(above Left) Psycho by Leila Ehtesham (Right) River by Rachel Tonthat


(above) Christine Westrich’s pop-up Chef


(Above left) a Beast by Grace Lang (right) stuffed animal  pop-up by Grace Moon


(above left) Jun Hui Im’s mask  (right) Skeleton by Ciara Gay


(above) a larger gold fish pop-up spread accompanied by a beautifully done smaller book  all my Masuko Jo

Teen Liu-Pop-Up Workshop April 4, 2010

Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Books, Guest Visits, Handmade, Movable Illustration, Pop-Up.
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March 22nd  paper engineer, illustrator, and designer Teen Liu came into class to discuss her work, pop-up books and to conduct a paper engineering/pop-up workshop. Teen has worked with  pop-up artist Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, The Museum of Modern Art, editorial pieces, and fine art life size gallery installations (24 foot high pop-ups!).

You might also have seen some of her designs and paper engineering  she has worked on including Star Wars: A pop-up guide to the Galaxy (check out the LED light sabres and a very cool Darth Vader), The Tomie de Paola’s pop- book Streganona, the Chronicles of Narnia pop-up book, or the cards and ornaments she has designed for MoMA.

Teen got down to business fast, and before you knew it scissors and paper was flying.

(above left) Teen demonstrating a fold  (right) Josey and Grace cutting away

Before     and    after

After going over some basic folds and cuts  ie: a V fold mouth, and a layer pop-up we quickly got into something a bit more complicated a turtle with movable legs.  Teen had given out a link to pop-up instructionals  on Robert Sabuda‘s  site which has a section called  Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make! which has step-by step tutorials, though of course it’s not the same as having an engineer in the room trouble shooting why your turtle is dying a slow pop-up death.

(above) left Ciara , right Teen working with John on his turtle.


After the workshop Teen spoke about various pop-up project and the process of taking a pop-up from concept to appearing in print. Planing and mocking up versions during the concepting stage it  can take 6-7 or more dry runs before the construction is perfected. Then after the pop-up is test printed out , constructed again to make sure it fits.


(above) printed die-cuts for Fairies ready to be cut out and assembled. (image from Teen’s site)

It was a great workshop and visit. Many thanks to Teen for sharing her expertise and time. When you take a look at her site make sure to check out the pop-up done for Shit Disco’s music video among the other cool things .   Thanks Teen!



Moving Paper March 3, 2010

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The Museum of Arts and Design located at 2 Columbus circle in NYC, collects and documents craft, art and design. Presently MAD is hosting Moving Paper, the cut-paper animation film festival  and competition. Inspired by the exhibition Slash: Paper under the KnifeMoving Paper celebrates the use of cut paper in animation,
Two  videos made by Illustration major (and class member) Brianne Bowers have been accepted  on the Moving Paper site. Take a look :


Pop-Up Books March 1, 2010

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A toy, miniature theatre, automata, animation…all this resting between the covers of a book  on your shelf.  Pop-up books were, for most of us, our first experience treating a book as a precious object, something to stare at in amazement and share with others as illustrations break the rules of 2-D print by coming alive.  Open the spread of a book and it’s the reader that makes the doors on the bus open and shut, or causes Alice’s house of cards to fall around her. Illustration in movable 3-D, viewers can look at the same scene from multiple viewpoints and interact with it.

(above) A spread from The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A commemorative pop-up by L. Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda.   Tucked in a pocket on the page are green sunglasses to view the emerald city (and everything else) with.


Books with moving parts have been around since at least since the 13th century when volvelles or rotating paper circles were used in books to illustrate philosophical ideas. Later they were used to demonstrate astronomy, mathematics and other scientific theory. It would take another 200 years for moveable books to be marketed to children.

(above) A volvelle from  Astronomicum Caesareum c. 1540 showing the orbital period off the moon.( from the Lib. of Congress)


Lothar Meggendorfer, (http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/popup/meggen.html)  a 19th century German artist, created superb moveable illustrated books.  Illustrations in Meggendorfer’s books performed as many as 5 or more actions simultaneously in different directions.

(above) Lothar Meggendorfer’s International circus (photographed by G. H. Mott)

Blue Ribbon Publishing in New York in the ’30s was the first publisher to use the term “pop-up” to describe their movable illustrations. Books like  “Puss in Boots” from 1934, engineered by Harold Lentz, ­ vied for the attention of an audience that was getting used to the relatively new medium of animated cartoons.
Today, hundreds of pop-up books are produced around the world each year. Each book has to be painstakingly assembled by hand.

(above) XXX pop-up book

Contemporary paper engineers like, Robert Sabuda, (http://www.robertsabuda.com/)  and Mathew Reinhart are designing more and more complicated pop-ups involving sound, and light. Pop-up books have since crossed back from being exclusively for children and now marketed in some cases exclusively to adults and museums.
In this post–modern technological age the artistry, craft and surprise of illustrations printed on paper that pop-up to life  still fascinate.


Pop up display key

  1. Cow and Her Friends: A Golden pop-up book
  2. Mommy? Story by Arthur Yorink, illustrations by Maurice Sendak, paper engineer Matthew Reinhart
  3. The 12 days of Christmas : A Pop-up Celebration by Robert Sabuda
  4. ABC3D – An alphabet book by Marion Bataille. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change.
  5. The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A commemorative pop-up by L. Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda
  6. XXX pop-up book
  7. Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski Publisher: Candlewick; Pop Rei edition (July 8, 2008)
  8. The Pop-up book of Phobia’s created and written by Gary Greenberg, Illustrated by Balvis Rubess, Pop-ups by Mathew Reinhart
  9. Hallo our Motorcar: Schreibers Plastical Picture-books
  10. TK pop-up book
  11. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Artist Inventor, Scientist in three-dimensional, movable pictures by A.& M. Provensen
  12. Uz Jsme Doma pop-up book and dvd,-Uz Jsme Doma (oosh-smeh-doe-ma, Czech for “we’re home!”) is a  band from the Czech republic.The pop-up book is a collaboration between UJD lead Miroslav Wanek and the painter Martin Velisek
  13. Alices’ Adventure’s in Wonderland : A pop-up adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Original Tale by Robert Sabuda
  14. Silly Heads by Ruth Wickings & Cathie Shuttleworth Publ. DK
  15. Winter’s Tale: An original pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda
  16. The Pop-up Buck Rogers- 1930’s
  17. Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Patricia Turner: A peepshow book
  18. Say Cheese – David Pelham
  19. Carter, David A.
600 Black Spots:
A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages New York : Little Simon, 2007
  20. Fungus the Bogeyman Plop-up book by Raymond Brigs

Thanks to faculty member Peter Hamlin for creating the video demonstrating the books in the showcase. Here are links to the video posted on youtube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rawuw02klbYe spacespacespacwww.youtube.com/watch?v=0iQlOr71Hmw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaVK1qpgq90 spacespacespacwww.youtube.com/watch?v=xvh9b74fpqc

Other Links:


the Movable Book Society


Teen Lui/Paper Engineer


Pop-Ups and Movable Books:  a Tour through their History