Category: cut-outs and tunnel books

As i am now looking at using this technology (in a very rough format i have to say – not Disney standard) i need to research the use of the ‘multiplane’ camera that Disney created. Just watching the video below (from is amazing! I love to see traditional techniques, there is something really special about Disney’s early work.

As i watch this i can see endless options for illustration, although there are many obstacles to be overcome – reflection from the light, the camera, how to light it, how to soften the light etc. One of the tutors has advised me to use either a white sheet or tracing paper around the glass and to form a tent and then to light it from the outside – as i am intending on doing the photography outside i will be using daylight so hopefully this will help.

Other people’s work that i will be looking at are  Clive Whalley, who uses this techniques with paint, and also Edward  Westons Peppers’ who uses white plastic tubes to take the photos in which gives a lovely soft light to the images.

Many more posts to follow!

‘The Ice Book is a miniature theatre show made of paper and light. An exquisite experience of fragile paper cutouts and video projections that sweep you right into the heart of a fantasy world. It is an intimate and immersive experience of animation, book art and performance.'(taken from the

i have tried to attach it but unfortunately i wasnt successful, so here is an image from it where you can see that the house background is made from paper, and then a video of the man is somehow combined with it to bring it to life, where he opens the door of the house etc – truly truly amazing and well worth watching on :_

The Ice Book

The following is their description of ‘behind the scenes’ taken fromtheir website, and is easier for me to just copy and paste it rather than re writing it all in my own words – i am acknowledging that it is their work and words so hopefully that is ok…..

One of the prizewinning episodes of 26 adventure stories made for small children and animated by the Danish paper sculptor Thok: 1960. For more information go to

Great stuff!! amazing what you can do with a piece of paper – has given me some ideas now! And if you look at this, done in 1960, and then compare to other animations that are done nowadays i can honestly say i have got more enjoyment watching this one!

I just recently watched this you tube clip about how Andrea Dezso goes about creating her amazing ‘cut out’ installations and the logistical nightmare she seems to have especially with the lighting, that she said took 2 days to set up – mind you she does have ‘lighting experts’ to help her – not like me….battling away all by myself!!

Her work is amazing, and she is so super talented, doing anything from cut outs to model making to animation and embroidery animation, i find her a true inspiration and she also seems like a really genuine person as well.

Today i have come across the work by an amazing artist Andrea Dezso. She describes her tunnel books as ‘drawings in space’, and creates amongst other things, contemporary styled tunnel books.

A tunnel book is a set of cut-out panels, set one behind the other, and attached together with accordion folded hinges so that the scene can be opened out for viewing or folded flat for storage.They were popular paper toys in the mid 1800’s when they were known as ‘peep shows’.

Andrea Dezso's cut-out tunnel book creations


During the day she works at Parsons new school for design – you can see a wide array of her tunnel books here at -

She also does lots of other types of creative work – animated embroidery, works in porcelain,public art pieces such as can be seen below, where an enormous tunnel type creation was commissioned by the Rice Gallery in Houston in 2010. I would so love to see some of these creations in real life as they are stunning digitally, i can only imagine how amazing they look in real life!!

Commissioned large scale tunnel effect piece - called 'sometimes in my dreams i fly' - inspired by imaginary travel to the moon!

Andrea also produces work in cut paper and uses silhouettes , as can be seen in this one that was commissioned by the New York Times in 2007

Below are just a small selection of some of the work of Andreas that i find absolutely amazing – all images are taken from :