Often when drawing observationally, you are representing an object as it appears on the surface.
What is interesting about anatomical flipbooks is that they enable representation of a combination of structures, both internal and external.
They build up layers within the human form to provide insight into what is going on underneath. The flipbook format is interactive, and it involves the reader more closely in their exploration through different parts of the anatomy.
Anatomy flipbooks can be used to teach medical students, children, and the general public about the body and showing people how things overlap and fit together. The reader gets a sense of exploration and discovery in opening flaps to reveal what is beneath them.
The flaps can function in many ways and go alongside fold-out pages, pull-out tabs and popups. They could either be part of a bound book or be part of a standalone fold-out diagram, like the one in the video.
Some of the flaps can be tiny and delicate, and may need to be handled with great care. The robustness of the fold-out parts or flaps of the book will largely depend on the book's purpose and audience.
My idea for a project is to create a flipbook showing the anatomy of a mushroom.
The animation below should give an impression of ways in which anatomical art can be used to educate people about a whole range of lifeforms.