Pop-up / Projects

        I really started pop-ups in 2019 (I was in the rare & collectible book business before that).
        Since then, I have been working on many pop-up projects for fun, in a wide range of personal interests, a few I have self-published. You can have a look at my bibliography here.
        Commissions may actually be the most motivating occasions, because they give the chance to work on a different scale and/or on great art, with an extra pressure to deliver the best possible within a budget and a limited time – the best being evidently always not the most complex but the most adequate to the artwork or the client’s request.
        Anyway, I thought it was time I sorted out a little what I have put out there these past few years, so here is a selection of my pop-up projects, arranged by theme.
        Cheers!

LITERATURE
The breathing of the heart.
Literature in pop-ups? Hell yeah.

Calligrammes animés https://youtu.be/5bBmLTMw5tQ
Une Saison en enfer https://youtu.be/WrGx1-R3sQc
Lettre-Océan https://youtu.be/UsbA-t988oE
Calligramme Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/cT8vIKB3HuI

L’Ange Blond Superstar / Arthur Rimbaud Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/FhhPsC-eRw0

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MUSIC / HARD ROCK
I’m a Brother of Metal! Music is life.

Aerosmith Logo Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/FBtEUO8Lyrc
Dream Theater A View from the Top of the World Custom CD case https://youtu.be/pQqovLWwmd0
Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion Papercraft https://youtube.com/shorts/KL83rClQcrc
The Crimson Idol Sketch https://youtu.be/O1Kz-Hkqolg

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VIDEO GAMES
I’m a retro-gamer at heart.

Tales of Phantasia Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/Rl7Iqce9Ctw
Castlevania Cover Art Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/MpiOr7gH2tI
Castlevania Pop-up Map https://youtu.be/xiycZCQpRqw
Super Mario Bros Pop-up https://youtu.be/BwOViY7Oqr0
Zelda Pop-up https://youtu.be/DETCVMuXfb0
Zelda 3 Pop-up Book Nook https://youtu.be/N0vReQAOeWs
Final Fantasy Legend House of Life Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/BeWzdll03dc
Romancing SaGa 2 Pop-up Tableau https://youtu.be/hq-guoLIln4
Castle of Illusion Tunnel Book https://youtu.be/XptCF7LO9RA
And it’s not pop-up, but I made the reference sites for Square/Enix SNES games Romancing SaGa 2 & 3 (yeah): https://romancing-saga-2.blogspot.com + https://romancing-saga-3.blogspot.com/

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COMIC BOOKS / GRAPHIC NOVELS
Comics render so well in pop-ups. And there are many amazing artists I’d love to collaborate with.

1984 (the actual last spread of the actual graphic novel is a pop-up!) (Commission)

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MOVIES & TV-SHOWS
Lots of great art and concepts in the film industry.

Pop-up Maps Geek Set (Games of Thrones, Tolkien, Batman, Star Wars…) https://youtu.be/Mnz3P3w_pZI
WestWorld Mind Maze https://youtu.be/y4Bge-UebPw
Rocky II OST https://youtu.be/MXh5ng9A6f8

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Whatever people may think, pop-up works wonderfully with photographs. Incidentally, I used to take pictures as my main art medium, mainly when I was living in Japan, in 2007-2012, bits here: http://lebentoaphotos.blogspot.com/

Rone – Time – The Clock Room (Commission) https://youtu.be/Mmhqp4ENPyk
Jacques Lacoste New Year Card (Commission) https://youtu.be/LA4N27WpsTY
Post Hiroshige Pop-up Cards https://youtu.be/TCUpyR-VTQQ

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FINE ARTS
The breathing of the soul.
Before starting taking pictures (2006-7), I used to paint a lot – short selection here https://nc-paintworks.blogspot.com/ – before focusing more on cut paper and digital art – short selection here https://nc-paperworks.blogspot.com/p/illustration.html.

I have some ongoing projects around fine arts, coming soon.

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HORROR / S-F / FANTASTIC / ABSURD
My favorite genres!

La Tour des Horreurs https://youtu.be/1UZDX3_FFmU
The Tower of Horrors (speed version) https://youtu.be/AmBDYRmrdoA
Mini Tower of Horrors https://youtu.be/WOR3K7jpIa0
Spider Long-Legs https://youtu.be/y0lJq35sddU
Pop-up Skull https://youtu.be/_SrHu1lMKWQ
Pop-up Vampire https://youtu.be/CdAkNCUBUJo
Téléphone rose Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/d5B8TQb2dEE
Alice in Wonderland Miniature Book https://youtu.be/0B3JcyeTYvw
Alice in Wonderland Pop-up https://youtu.be/BYf0vcOgq8s
White Rabbit Movie https://youtu.be/poGO9eQtsII
Alice Head/Feet (haha) https://youtube.com/shorts/gZ98uElIAvU
Chats en toits / Paris Rooftop Cats https://youtu.be/NPIK4QqyWFw
Meow? https://youtu.be/-JMKZGT52vg

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OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
I wish I had more time to dig into optical illusions and magic, it’s amazing.

Ames Window – Pop-up Version https://youtu.be/gR-upiiKsUg

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ORIGAMIC ARCHITECTURE
Or more accurately kiri-origamic architecture, is what is usually called a 90° pop-up with no added pieces. My Steps artist’s books are an example of that.

Small Night Steps Miniature Pop-up Book https://youtu.be/QHggtb6egHo
Small Night Steps Cards https://youtu.be/y_Kl-EiXHzU
Night Steps Cards https://youtu.be/M8KRjptuW5Y
Steps Pop-up Book https://youtu.be/yOFVppW0UJM

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POP-UP EXPERIMENTS / PAPER ENGINEERING

My research work on pop-up mechanisms goes in all directions. Revisiting classics is always stimulating. Untrodden paths are my favorite paths.

2024 New Year Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/bNewhKIoLRA
Pop-up Surging Curves (A Season in Hell) https://youtu.be/Nus-Be9to3E
Pop-up Twister Mechanism Variation (Calligrams) https://youtu.be/nEUE4OMXhbw
Pop-up Improvisation on a Reinhart Raiser https://youtu.be/GVo9usIfSqM
Simple Curves in Pop-ups https://youtu.be/EWjNpZ-QJ80
Triple Twister Mechanism https://youtu.be/AkEWsuDToiY
2023 Countdown New Year Card https://youtu.be/mfaQeKDOTF0
Twister Variations https://youtu.be/B13gWMQv1-Y
Pop-up Cuve Manual Lock https://youtu.be/oXX7DrtNBnw
360° Flower Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/xRNuqGqbDiI
2022 New Year Card https://youtu.be/lMhRfKh3l4E
90°/180° Pop-up https://youtu.be/w305dvlkMow
Tower of Babel https://youtu.be/8lcTT_jrrtE
Pop-up Sphere https://youtube.com/shorts/FtiHVbzi_2s
Paper Arch from Scraps https://youtu.be/qpLMnhTCYrg
Pop-up Crane / Designer’s Lamp https://youtu.be/k25v_50P91c
Sequential Pull-Tab https://youtu.be/VF9N0OYz9Xs
Pop-up Stadium https://youtu.be/7V7PxltpdzA
Double Pop-up Pyramid https://youtu.be/bS7LNNJTZoM
Pop-up Spread Extension https://youtu.be/DXIx9Zqtj6Y
Plateau Mechanism https://youtu.be/CCjEi40TrtI
Triple Cinematic Pull-Tab https://youtube.com/shorts/z7urbLDAEgk
3 Pop-up Cubes https://youtube.com/shorts/mXBfJpm73JE

I have also focused on one original field repeatedly, that I call

POP’ORIGAMI: the introduction of dynamic origami into pop-ups.

Pop’origami 2B https://youtu.be/xlg-KDJbVCI
Pop’origami 5 https://youtu.be/c2LXEzxHK4U
Exploding Map Derivatives & Variations (Pop’origami 4) https://youtu.be/Gq6EHPtNLM0
Pop’Origami 3 https://youtu.be/6m8WSJ5mSVY
Pop’Origami Detail https://youtu.be/CuLYhLIXZsc
Pop’Origami 2 https://youtu.be/WVz0y1ozHX8
Pop’Origami Sculpture https://youtu.be/kDqxczpQEHw

I sometimes also show works in crafting, works in progress or behind-the-scenes which I usually show in personal exhibits (mock-ups, alternative versions, etc.):

Cutting Pixels (Tales of Phantasia Pop-up) https://youtu.be/3TuDFziEH6Y
Pop-up Spread Assembly (Calligrams) https://youtu.be/cHVXiBtAO4k
Steps Stairs Folding Session https://youtu.be/swftKM1LF_k
From Batman to the Weremouse Butler (Tour des Horreurs) https://youtube.com/shorts/N6ZMRyF1rwo
Post-Hiroshige Pop-ups Leftovers https://youtu.be/BO7sq_A6nHM
Glueing Tiny Letters (Mini Tour des Horreurs) https://youtu.be/KXojeaHIaVg
Cutting Pixels (Romancing SaGa 2 Pop-up) https://youtube.com/shorts/bBbhJKr2Ef0

And here are a few specific tutorials:
Xmas Greeting Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/5wmuMhIaOek
The Evil Castle Pop-up Card https://youtu.be/XHehixic4x0
Gizmo / Gremlin Pop-up Card (with free template) https://youtu.be/RXcZBV7B8Us

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Apart from all this I have also upped a few videos of cool pop-up books I enjoy a lot, of appearances of pop-up books in other media (TV, movies) and of pop-up book fairs and exhibits.

The Pop-up Book of Contemporary Demons and Angels (Evil S3) https://youtu.be/T_lSrbovSsM
The Pop-up Book of Terrifying Things (Evil S2) https://youtu.be/B03Gl08E96w

Iain Smyth – Don’t Open the Box! – pop-up book/object https://youtu.be/dnoxeAj0-B4
Kishin Shinoyama – Bibun – flip book https://youtu.be/vGqamxAsjwo
Kimika Warabe – Tobidasu! Ugoku! Pop-up Book Collection https://youtu.be/uWmoNU8na04
Ron van der Meer – How May – pop-up book https://youtu.be/FMC-X1EFclY
1850s Tenmangu Shrine Pop-up Paper Toy https://youtu.be/tjzzb0Q5EK8
Olivier Charbonnel – Pop-up Terre / Earth – pop-up book https://youtu.be/goig1r9WKFI
Philippe UG – Silkscvreen Robot Pop-up Card https://youtube.com/shorts/mwrtBxQ–Ik

Salon du Livre Animé 2023 https://youtu.be/-jFXgBd5jmY
Salon du Livre Animé 2021 https://youtu.be/voRY7owbFuA
More info about the Paris Pop-up Book Fair here.
600 Movable Books Exhibit https://youtube.com/shorts/rI0oEu5npjk

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I’ll try to keep this page up to date.
There is more stuff on my YouTube channel: have a look!
Cheers!

Need of a cool card for your exhibit, your wedding,
your clients or the New Year?