Details From a Diary “Banner”: The Sleep of American Reason Produces Monsters

I keep an illustrated journal but recently I have been experimenting with 18″ x 36″ or 48″ banners that are folded horizontally and vertically and then folded into page-like squares. Illustrations in these diary “banners” can then cut across multiple pages/diary entries. The detail above features a figure from Goya’s “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.” The banner recreates elements from that aquatint, in water soluble graphite and watercolor pencil. The images below are other parts of the banner, with my handwritten text blocked out.

I added figures that do not appear in Goya’s “Sleep of Reason…”, such as these calaveras. The cat, however, is modeled on a figure in the aquatint.
My interpretation of one of Goya’s elements, with journal script around it.

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