Unsurprisingly, another of my favorite projects from my formative college years happens to be another book.
The class was a 2-D Design class at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona (although I was really just trying to get all those lame, lame required classes out of the way on a budget, such as MATH, I always took at least one art class so I wouldn’t kill myself). We’re going waaaaaaayyyy back, like 4 years.
For this particular book project, class members made theme suggestions and lo and behold, mine WON!! The winning theme was “Monsters & Heroes”, of course.
The book is made using a special patterned cut and hand-stitched together. I chose textured paper for the cover, a golden vellum for the lining, and tea-stained colored paper for the pages, all purchased at a local craft store.
I even went a little digital for the frame on the cover, title, and for the manipulated picture of Frankenstein. Unfortunately, I think this one got a little stained, hence the blotchiness here.
All the rest is hand-drawn and colored. I picked all my favorite monsters and dressed them as heroes.
Here is the special surprise about the cut of this book: the pages extend outwards to reveal a secret interior!
This is where the real heroes are being held in captivity while the imposter monsters take over their identities.
A drunken Bond and tethered Jordan
Superman held against his will with kryptonite, and Santa in a bag
Mom is pissed at Dad
A love-struck Wonder Woman and bewildered Batman
Back around again!
The catch to this project?? I had to make TWENTY-ONE of these friggin’ books, one for each member of my class. Of course, I just made one original hand-drawn page and then photocopied it for the rest, but I had to take it upon myself to specially cut, glue, and “age” each page with conte crayon. I’m crazy!
Here you can see the “Colophon”, where I list my sources and edition
I really enjoyed making this book and all the hard work spent on it, and it was especially pleasing to share the results with my class.
I am off to the coast this weekend for lots of relaxing, drawing, and hanging out with Jake – a dreamy combination. Til next week.