good friend of mine, Paulo Mulatinho, had written an origami book for a company
called Augustus Verlag. They had obtained translation rights for my first airplanes
book and were looking for a follow up. Paulo made the introductions and I was
offered a contract to write a new one for them.
It was an object lesson in the use of technology - I drew the diagrams using
Adobe Illustrator, emailed them to Germany and never actually met or really spoke
to anyone involved!
book turned out very well, and what a delight to have your illustrations used
in their original form, not "improved" by in-house illustrators. I incorporated
my favourite drawing feature, that of gently curving the sides (using a filter
named "punk & bloat"!) which gives the artwork a much less rigid
feel. Note also the use of the "fold with feeling" symbol which I originated
and Paulo drew for me.
The models I lovingly folded and sent over to germany for photography apparently arrived in a crumpled heap,
so they were remade by Heinz Strobl, himself a talented creator. Such is life.
The cover (to my eyes) is a bit uninspired, plus it has the brillant marketing
device of using the identical name to my previous German language book.
I can only imagine how many sales were lost by people thinking "I've already
got that book", when in fact it was totally different.