/My partner is Amo, when she told me that she addicted to video once, I chose to select video game as my theme of the book. /
Just like the question: what shape will you choose to describe yourself, I asked Amo which game will you choose to describe herself. The answer was “Life is strange” The story of this game is similar with Amo’s story.
She once addicted to game, but then she met some very good friends, so she escaped. Now one of her goal is to do game design. She wants to impact other children with her own experiences, to educate them using video game.
And the story of life is strange is a girl was struggling with her super power, and she wants to escape from it. Then she met her best friends. They experience a lot of horrible things, and then escape from the town where she used to live and have a new bright future.
/I decided to make two versions of story board, one is Amo’s, and one is for the game. When readers read this book they would feel there are two different stories. But when they finish this book, they will understand the connection between these two stories./
Since the theme is about game, and game is connected with technology, so I use acrylic as the cover of the book to show the feeling of technology.
/Because the size of the acrylic that I bought is too large, so I cut it manually, and polish them with file and sandpaper to make the egads very clean and flat/
/I used two different kind of tools to do it because I found that file can police the acrylic quickly, but only sandpaper can make edges smooth.
I used laser cutting for all my work.
When I started to make my book, I realized that I don’t have enough time to make two versions of Amo’s stories, so I chose” Life is strange” as my story line. It is kind of abstract version of Amo’s personal story.
I really love the feeling of “Life is strange”, it looks like a movie and I want to use lines in this game. So I create my work in AI.
Because I want to use laser cutting, I need to make hollow shapes.
I met some problems when I cut it for the first time. The hollow place will drop, so it can not contain as a whole piece as I want
I redo the Ai profile and connect some lines. The result is good.
It becomes a complete piece, and I cut it to match the size of my book.
Since paper is too delicate, I used tracing paper to reinforce it.
But the glue is not working, and paper would easily peel off.
So when I connect these two kinds of paper, I used many books to press it to make them connect better and to be flat. It kinds of worked out. Then I cleaned all the edges.
I really want to create the feeling of bright future in this book. However, the white paper can’t create this feeling very well. So I use very vibrant color for the cover, and use ps to create a dizzy and dime feeling to illustrate that these scenes actually come from game which is unreal.
The reason why I choose red is because Amo think it is the best color to represent beautiful future and she used much red in her artwork
Then I print them and cut them in a better shape.
The connection between paper, acrylic and tracing paper is still a problem.
I try to use iron to connect them, but it didn’t work, the plastic couldn’t keep flat and the color of paper went black.
So I came up with another idea, I cut many color papers as frames. and use glue to connect them.
The glue works very well on paper.
Here is my final work, It is a shadow book which represent the unreal world.
It can be read in two ways.
First way is through light, it can show the brightness in hollow place.