Designing Toroidal Books with Ken Leslie – Day 3
I got to class early today to start work on today’s PBI image. Here’s how/who I am today:
I realized that both yesterday’s and today’s images contained round shapes – I guess the torus is getting to me.
When class began, Ken shared another one of his books. This one was insane. It opened up into an infinity sign that was composed of both circle and square shapes. It had a zipper for a closure that also helped secure the shape when opened. Seriously brilliant.
Last night, Ken made the following sketch to help me figure out the next steps for my book.
So I quickly set to work on completing what I hoped would be a successful model…
…and victory! I finally had a rectangle that collapsed into a book structure. It felt so good to finally nail it down.
Then came the translating of the model into a larger size. I started off by wetting down the watercolor paper to relax the curl. When it dried, it was pretty flat.
I did some math to figure out how big my book could be. I decided to triple the square panel size from 2″ to 6″. This resulted in a tripling of most of the dimensions (not including the covers or spine). While the model measured 8″ x 11″, the larger book would measure 24″ x 31″.
I might not be doing a good job of explaining it, but it works. Trust me.
I laid out my measurements on the paper, drew my fold lines and trimmed the paper. After scoring on the fold lines and doing a bit of folding…
…my book structure was complete!
I am so excited to now have a blank canvas, just waiting for some content to go into it. This is not something that is going to get done by tomorrow, our last day of class. I’ve been thinking about how the opened rectangle looks like a game board. We’ll just have to see if that spark goes anywhere.
Today’s quotables from Ken:
If my artwork has an irregularity and you don’t like it, then you don’t like me.
Never let reality get in the way of a good idea.