Monday, May 14, 2007

I remember making my own flip books....

My mother just got back from a vacation, and she gave my daughter a really cool flip book that uses actual photographs of sea lions, so when you flip the pages, it's like you are watching a wee movie. The book is awesome, and it sparked a memory for me.

I was bored in many classes in junior high and high school. I would take my pencil, start on the first page of whatever textbook I was using for the class I was in, and I would draw a stick man. On the second page, the stick man would be moved very slightly, the third page a little more...you know how flip book animation works, right? I never knew what would happen to the little man until I drew it. Sometimes his head would pop off and he'd have to chase it, sometimes he'd fall off the bottom of the page and have to climb back up, sometimes he'd meet a stick woman...every text book was a different story.

It was perfect. I could still listen to the teacher, and as far as they could tell, I was absorbed in making notes or something. Once the drawings were all laboriously completed, I'd sit back in my seat and flip through the pages of my text and feel very pleased with myself as the little man would come to life. I don't think I showed these animations to anyone else. I had learned early on in junior high that any creative impulse must be hidden or you would be tortured for it. The little men were my little secret.

6 comments:

Spoke said...

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.”

-Oscar Wilde

Kim said...

I'm sure the kids that got your textbooks the next year were thrilled at looking through them,though. It's so cool, I stunted my creativity in gradeschool.

Take 2 said...

Hoorah.... you blogged about making your flip books. You are such a nerd. LOL.... out of your mouth sweetie not mine. I wish I could see what you made on those books.

You are still amazingly creative. Glad you blogged so quickly about this memory.

papa herman said...

i agree with Kim, the following year's students (and those that followed them) got a special treat with their textbooks.

Two Write Hands said...

I made flip books once or twice as a child, but I never thought to use a textbook. I want a do-over.

RC said...

yea, that's really a smart jr. high thought of yours.

and to keep it a secret...ii was never so wise.

i think you should make a post secret card...

"I used to draw stick figure flip books in my text book. No one ever knew."

It would be a little lighter-fare than what normally makes the cut. :-)