Ben Zurawski is The Flippist. He’s been drawing flip books for years and is now creating custom work using photographs of his clients and their own story. Just thumb through his lovingly crafted books and you’ll find personalized stories for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries… and lots and lots of marriage proposals.
In one, he hid the ring inside:
A “handheld cartoon” of you come to life, each of The Flippist’s books are 100% hand drawn and feature wonderfully creative transitions and inventive themes… I mean, just look at this book showing a couple’s long life together played in reverse:
This is one of my favorite flipbook ideas of all time. The customer wanted the flipbook to be used for a proposal, but he wanted to show their lives in reverse from their long lives together (some kids in between) up until the moment he proposed. Such a genius and romantic concept, perfect for a flipbook. I definitely grew some new brain cells trying to figure out how to animate the kids reverse aging. Also was really fun to draw the young couple as an older couple.
It’s easy to think of flip books as a simple animation novelty, but the level of personalization in each of these examples truly raises the bar. These will surely get flipped until the pages wear out. Find more of The Flippists work on his website, frequent updates on Instagram or on Facebook.