|The inside front cover and a mini page I made out of an old fireman’s log book|
|Title page for my sketchbook|
I by chance starting finding a lot of pieces of ephemera with candles, matches, and flashlights on them, so I decided to make those the symbols of this “group”. I snagged two Time magazines from the 80’s at a junk store which were both PACKED with great material, including the sub-headline “Agents of America”. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better title for this book.
|100 hours of x-acto knife hell, and this page still isn’t full|
I wanted this page to be a sort of “Meet the Members” page, with it being completely full, edge to edge, of people. I still have a lot of people I need to add to get there, but right now I’m happy with how it’s coming along. But man, it takes a LONG time to get each person perfectly cut out of their picture with an x-acto knife. I also like the illustrated people being mixed in with the photographs – I think it adds to the creepy factor.
|“Hello Dany…. come play with us!”|
Dialing the creepy all the way up with this page, I decided to put on my tinfoil hat and dip into one of my favorite topics: aliens. The background on this page is an aerial image of everyone’s favorite government conspiracy breeding ground, Area 51. The yellow strips are taken from a vintage radio handbook, and filled in with a highlighter to get the color. And the two wonderfully spooky girls are taken from a 1950’s reading/writing exercise book that I found. This might honestly be my favorite page in the book so far, and lucky for me, it only took around 3 hours to make 💀
This page is mostly here to reinforce the themes I want to keep going through the sketchbook, mainly the idea of a light (here, a flashlight), a globe, and the word “ultra” (a nod back to one of my favorite TRUE conspiracy theories, MK Ultra). The ominous Man in a Suit is really just the icing on the cake here.
What do you think? Have you ever tried using collage before? Where did you go to look for materials to use?