One of the reasons for making a zine is to sell merch. I’ll need at least one page dedicated to my t-shirts, prints & stickers. Tonight I was trying to come up with a cool layout based on the alien/space theme. It’s not quite there yet.
I dumped all the sketchbook drawings of me and space alien stuff onto my computer and sorted them into two folders. Over 600 pictures I took with my phone. I’m dreading all the scanning I’ll have to do.
I’m still working on how to to make an alien themed zine. One of the ideas I was to have a ufo fly by different planets and seeing the creatures that inhabit them. I figure Earth qualifies so I made a rough sketch of what that page might look like.
This is important.
While I was hiking today I started thinking about memorable movies about aliens. One of them was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Specifically the dinner scene. When I got to back to my car I sketched myself as Richard Dreyfuss’s character with the mashed potato mountain on his plate.
It took me a couple hours this afternoon to go through all 55 of my homemade sketchbooks looking for selfies and alien drawings. When I was done I had over 200 new pictures on my phone, in addition to the 400 pics taken from my store-bought sketchbooks. I wasn’t expecting there to be this many images before I started digging. Scanning is going to take ffforrrevvverrr!
I don’t remember which idea came first, making a zine or making my own sketchbooks. Back in August of 2018 I bought a long reach stapler and starting binding sheets of printer paper and folding them in half to make cheap mini sketchbooks. I haven’t made a zine yet but I’ve been using these homemade sketchbooks over three and a half years now. I was always too precious with my store bought sketchbooks and didn’t draw in them enough. With these cheap homemade books it’s easier for me to draw in and write stuff down. I’ve got 55 of these books and counting. I’ll be pulling sketches from these books to make zines, which was part of the original intent. Tonight I went through them all and marked the dates they were drawn in. Next I’ll go through them again looking for drawings of aliens and myself. Those are the two subjects I want to make my first couple zines from.
Today, while resting on a bench during my hike, I came up with a possible layout for a zine based on all the alien characters I’ve drawn over the years. It’s sorta like a rogues gallery of the different species and environments. 👽
So far, I’ve gone through 19 or 20 of my oldest sketchbooks looking for drawings of aliens & selfies. The goal is to eventually make a couple zines from old and new drawings.
I’m still figuring out how to craft my first zine. I’ve got a couple ideas, aliens & me. Tonight I flipped through 9, out of 38, of my sketchbooks, starting with the oldest, looking for drawings of extra terrestrials & myself. When I finish going through all the books I’ll try to compile everything into two zines.
Nothing on the artsy fartsy front to report on today besides this sketch of an alien creature I drew before bed.