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Draw Your Life: Intro to Illustrated Journaling | A creative exercise for any level

Mimi Chao, story + illustration |

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10 Videos (35m)
    • Hello! Intro Trailer

    • 01 . Our Project

    • 02 . Tools Used (Pt. I): Digital Tools

    • 03 . Tools Used (Pt. II): Analog Tools

    • 04 . Step 1: My Week in Review

    • 05 . Step 2: Planning & Layout

    • 06 . Intermission: Basic Drawing Tips!

    • 07 . Step 3: Flush Out & Finalize

    • 08 . Bonus: More Examples

    • 09 . Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Combine your journaling and drawing practices into a great creative exercise for any level! Illustrated journaling, or "illoging" as I like to call it, is something anyone can benefit from.

I'll show you my full process and how to make it work for you!


What You'll Get From This Class:

  • My recommended digital and analog tools
  • How I turn my week into an illustrated journal entry
  • Planning different types of layouts, with LOTS of examples
  • Basic drawing tips and advice
  • Access to lots of examples for inspiration!

Bonus Material

Here are the blog posts I mention in the class that provide extra reference:


Why Illoging?

  • Has all the benefits of regular journaling: saving memories, reflecting on thoughts, chronicling life events
  • Two Birds, One Stone: Simultaneouslyincorporate practice on lettering, graphic design, portrait and figure drawing, storytelling, infographics, whatever it is you want to work on. Efficiency!
  • It's Fun: Slowly build up a graphic novel of your life!


More Creative Exercises

If you enjoy this class, you are welcome to check out my other Skillshare classes on Making Chat Stickers and Drawing on Photography :) They're all digital illustration-based creative exercises that are accessible to any skill level.

Happy learning!


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Mimi's class is inspirational and encourages me to think about what I want to remember and how I want to remember it:) I love the idea of being able to look back at my memories of more than just words. I feel like adding illustrations will invoke more of a feeling of the experience. Thanks!
Great ideas, inspiring examples!
I thought her work was beautiful and inspiring! Excellent teacher!
Terry B






Mimi Chao

story + illustration |