Pop-up fun for all!

The final product - the penultimate spread of the published book published by Caterpillar Books.

Working from the finished white dummy, templates are made up by the publisher with tab, fold and cut lines which are used as a guide for artwork (each one needs a corresponding coloured back to be painted also) with large bleed just in case.

Having agreed on final designs and colour, here is the full sized background of the penultimate spread; a hungry, faceless bear!

More sketches, finalising the finished page layouts and adding swatches to each spread for the colour.

Many changes to address problems (here cutting down from 6 layers to 1 by using a different method), and working up to full size which is approx 240mm w x 260mm h.

Ongoing character sketches throughout, as are the text revisions.

As Pop-up books are a little different, I thought it might be interesting to show a bit of the process which goes through many stages, here is a very condensed version of events!
First, an A6 sized dummy of 8 spreads, each showing different pop action with a rough idea of text and position.


  1. Wow, wow and wow again! Amazing amount of work, creativity and sheer genius. This is going into Grandboy's Christmas stocking!!

  2. So impressed by all the work behind the work as well as the final result- and love the character sketches too!

  3. It's fantastic to see the process behind such a beautiful piece of work. I am always in awe of the pop up books, thank you for sharing :-)

  4. Cool! Oo, I love that last image, really clean and graphic.

  5. Excellent post! I worked on a pop-up a few years ago, though not my own engineering and nothing as involved or as fun as this, I just matched drawings to the supplied templates. It was a tough challenge even then, so I can guess how formidable designing everything must be. Well done Trish! Can't wait to see the finished book.

  6. Trish, you are so talented x

  7. Love this - like a different world :O)

  8. Excellent stuff Trish, thanks.

  9. Wow, thank you all for your lovely comments; John this has been published for a while now and in many languages including Japanese!

  10. Hi Trish - just joined the blog and love this entry - I'd always wondered how pop-ups were done, suspected it was very complicated and now I can see I was right! Looks like great fun though, and your work looks gorgeous at every stage of the process.

  11. Hi Trish,
    Lovely work here.
    I'm having real problems with Caterpillar right now, hope things are better for you.


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