Illustrated Journaling: 14 Days of Prompts

Illustrated Journaling: 14 Days of Prompts - student project

Teacher: Dylan Mierzwinski

Part of the 28-Day Self-Care Challenge, designed to create a Daily Art Practice during Inktober.


Day 1: Currently listening

Artist: Khruangbin
Album: Mordechai (2020)
Song: Time (You and I)

My fiance and I sang this song all the time during our 'vanlife honeymoon' last summer and I still listen to this almost every day because it makes me smile and think back of all the wonderful places we visited.

I made a quasi-free interpretation of the album cover art using Winsor & Newton Promarkers, a Sharpie, and a Tombow Monotwin. I tried to let go of perfectionism and just started without sketching and went with the flow without thinking ahead. That was new to me but I liked it! Also, it was ages ago that I drew anything at all, I'm really glad this challenge gives me a daily reason to get back at it!

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Day 2: Recently I learned...

How to surf! I'm still a complete kook ("an individual with no understanding of the social and sartorial norms of surfing") but I was having so much fun! Can't wait to try it again, but for now, I'll have to make do with sweet memories of an endless summer.

I used Winsor & Newton Promarkers and a Tombow Monotwin. There's something up with the composition that I don't like, but I can't pinpoint it. But given the fact I just started without planning ahead, I think it turned out alright. Who knew drawing without and end result in mind would be so much fun?

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Day 3: Creating with...

I drew the very stationery I used for this drawing, except in the end I didn't pick up the pencil and brought in a white gel pen for the texts on the drawing tools. I'm not too happy with the cap on the white Uni Posca, I had to cover it multiple times because I forgot to shake the marker the first time and then I was too impatient to wait for it to dry first. But it's kind of relieving to just accept that it turned out different than I expected and go on instead of starting all over!

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Day 4: Latest reading material

This (very 2-dimensional) drawing is actually a lie because the upper two books are still on the waiting pile. I thought I'd use more colors on this one and stay (kind of) true to the actual spines of the books. 

I used Winsor & Newton Promarkers again for the colored areas and lettering, a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) and Tombow Monotwin for the black lines and the cursive, and a white Edding rel roller for the letters on the book in the middle. Oh, and for the first time during this workshop, I used a pencil to plan the outlines of the books first. For the lettering, it was just hoping for the best (that's why 'dolly alderton' didn't fit on one line anymore... "but that's okay", to speak with Dylan).

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Day 5: Ingredients to my mess

This time I started by drawing the items instead of the colored backgrounds (which I did with the first four prompts). As Dylan recommended, I started with the bigger items and filled the empty spaces with smaller things. It's also the first time I actually used captions, which is kind of the idea of illustrated journaling. I felt it could use some color but I was hesitant to color the items, so I decided on making a big red swirl in the background. I like how it turned out, but I'm not sure about the opacity of the glass bottle vs the water in it. I think it's a bit weird now, but I also think if I colorize it the red will be out of balance, so I decided to keep it this way.

I used a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) for the line drawings and a Tombow Abt Dual Brush Pen for the red swirl.

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Day 6: Daily routine

This is the first time I'm really not happy with the end result, but I guess it's more about the process and progress of creating than the final artwork. I expected the colors to combine better and to come out more boldly. Also, I don't think the illustrations look very good together. 

For the line drawings, I used a Tombow Monotwin 0.4 and for the colored circles, I used Talens Ecoline liquid watercolors with a Da Vinci brush no. 6.
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Day 7:  Current cravings

I tried to mix edible/drinkable cravings with physical ones. I like the composition, but the balance of the colors could have been better. Maybe I should've stuck with just adding red accents (the coaster could have been red to distribute the red kind of evenly). Also, I don't like how four items are real 'objects' and the fifth one is more a compiled representation of something rather than one object as well. Maybe it would have been better to only draw the thermometer. I do like the journaling feel due to the added texts, I think I'm going to stick with that.

I used a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) for the line drawings and texts, and Caran d'Ache water-soluble pencils for coloring.

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Day 8: I keep wearing

This one was easy! I started with the pants in the middle and it came out a bit bigger than expected, so there wasn't room left for my fleece and flannel, but this is a very fair representation of what I look like most of the days. I was pretty satisfied when I finished the line drawing so I was hesitant to color/fill everything. But I pushed myself through my fear and although it could have been better, I like how it came out.

I used Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (S, M, and 1,5) for the line drawings and the black areas, and a Winsor & Newton Promarker for the green of the pants. I wish I managed to fill the areas more evenly, but that's pretty hard with these drawing supplies.

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Day 9: Self Care Necessities

Didn't feel very creative today so I have refrained from using color. But at least I did one of these things that make me feel good!

I only used two Faber-Castell PITT artist pens: 1,5 for the drawings and S for the captions.

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Day 10: Grocery Run

These are the exact groceries I bought today. I always go to the Supermarket first for rice, pasta, milk etc, and then buy fresh vegetables, spices, herbs, and fruit from the Turkish grocery store across the street from our home. The lovely family members than run the store always slip something extra in my shopping bag.

I used Winsor & Newton Promarkers for the colors and a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) for the lines and the captions.

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Day 11: Favorite Corner

I was a bit dreadful about this prompt as I was struggling with composition: would I draw a certain corner in perspective, or should I take it more loosely? I chose the latter and also smuggled a bit because these items are not at all in the same corner. But that's poetic freedom, I guess ;).

I used Winsor & Newton Promarkers for the colors, a grey Tombow ABT brush pen for the grey areas, a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) for the lines and the captions, and a white gel pen for the white texts on the mug and the city guide.

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Day 12: Toiletry Bag Favorites

I actually really like this one! I could smell the balm and the hand soap while working on it. I also like how the colors came out.

I wanted to go with the alcohol-based markers but felt I didn't have enough colors, so I went to the hobby store and bought some more variations. I went for a cheap option (the brand is called DécoTime) so they are not as good as the Winsor & Newton Promarkers I have been using, but it feels great to have a broader palette available! Also, as usual, I used my Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) for the lines and the captions. For the white accents and texts on the label, I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll 08.

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Day 14: Reliable Recipe

I always make this fool-proof recipe whenever I have no inspiration for something new. I can buy all ingredients at the Turkish grocery store right across the street and it's served at room temperature so it's easy to prepare in advance.

I started with the spring onion and sort of worked from there - I'm happy with how the composition came out considering I didn't plan ahead. The bulgur and spices didn't look good without outlines, but I don't really like it this way either. I'm not too happy with the garlic, and the zucchini looks more like a pickle, but hey, that's what the captions are for... I used alcohol-based markers (my new DécoTime markers and my trusty Winsor & Newton Promarkers), a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (S) for the lines and recipe, a Sakura Gelly Roll 08 for some white details, and a Sakura Pigma Micron fine liner (005) for the captions.

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Day 14: #Obsessed

The last one, sadly. I feel that over the last weeks I've grown more sure of what I like to draw, which stationery I like to use, and I found out a bit more about what 'my style' is. Also, I'm sorry for portraying you like this AOC, and for accidentally and unintendedly whitefacing you! 

For this one, I used Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (XS and S), Winsor & Newton Promarkers, and the mini Twin Markers that I depicted here.

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And with that, I've finished all of the fourteen prompts! Yay! I didn't manage to settle down to draw every single day, but I think that's okay. These prompts really helped me to get way more creative than usual over the last couple of weeks, and the prompts have definitely defeated the well-known recurring thought of what-the-heck-should-I-draw-this-time. Thank you so much, Dylan!

Sarah Famke Oortgijsen
postmodern hedonist, millennial, slashie