Illustrated Journaling

Illustrated Journaling - student project

This class is really challenging! Although on the surface it seems straightforward, it pushes you to let go of perfection, embrace uncertainty and accept your mistakes. Another great class for this is Ohn Mar Win's Daily Art Practice.

I cringe at my lettering here – I'm the type to go over and over something until I'm happy with it, and don't feel "naturally" good at art, even though I'm a professional illustrator. Hello, imposter syndrome! I wanted to take this class to find the fun in drawing again, make spontaneous sketches, and bring life back into my work.


Illustrated Journaling - image 1 - student project

This is probably my favourite! It took me a while to warm up to the challenge, and I've just realised I forgot to photograph the first two prompts. I love reading, and narrowing down my recent list was hard. I like the different typography and the jaunty angle of the text. This seems like a fun way to document what I read in the future.


Illustrated Journaling - image 2 - student project

I'm not as happy with this one as I feel I just copied Dylan's image, especially with the paint palette (sorry Dylan), but it was hard not to when her work is so gorgeous <3 I figure if it's just for study, it's ok, right?!


Illustrated Journaling - image 3 - student project

I regretted making the patterns on the dress about 1/3 of the way into it because it was taking so long, but I'm happy with the overall look. I'm not sure way, but some of these take me over an hour and I end up stressing that I'm going to slowly, which I'm pretty sure is not the right way to go about this.


Illustrated Journaling - image 4 - student project

Apologies for this weird photo of my hand. I have no idea what was going on with scale here – my sketchbook is smaller than my bottle of hand cream, what?! An example of what happens when I don't plan something out. I decided just to go with it, it's kind of cute and isn't meant to be realistic. I like the flower pattern on the hand cream.


Illustrated Journaling - image 5 - student project

I really, really don't like this one, but forced myself to share it to get over myself and lean into mistakes. It feels really clumsy, I don't like the lettering, and the colours are blah. But there's something charming in it, too. If I had to pick something I like, it's the flower pattern in the coffee cup.


Illustrated Journaling - image 6 - student project

More than the actual food, I miss places that sell this food. The family-run Italian pizza joint in town, the local European café, and anywhere that will sell me doughnuts. These places are busy again, but who knows how long they will be allowed to stay open? This one reminded me to slow down after I smudged the brush pen. With this one, I started getting more independent in my working style.


Illustrated Journaling - image 7 - student project

Ok CONFESSION TIME – I don't own these shoes. I have a pair of DMs, but they are calf-length and I thought it might not be immediately readable in this image. The way the boots are positioned in the centre makes them look Important,  but I like that! I felt rebellious using this colour palette. It reminds me that a lot of the time, I hold back from fun colours, phrasing, and ideas, because I worry people won't take me seriously if my illustrations look "silly". Sometimes you need to realise you think a certain way in order for you to recognise it's not true.


By this point in the challenge, I started to give up caring about the end result, and just enjoyed the time spent drawing (yay, finally!) – I like the textures on the lettuce, and the black lines adding a feeling of movement.


Illustrated Journaling - image 8 - student project

I switched up my pens a little for this one, and like the combination of thick and delicate lines. I like the tea jar best.

For some reason I stopped after this one, I think I got stressed with other life things and didn't make time for myself. There's only two prompts left, so rather than trying to power through them in the morning, I'm going to draw in the evening and not give myself any time limit. I'll let you know how that goes!

Is anyone thinking of doing Inktober? I think this is a great way to ease into that challenge, and work out what's really doable in that timeframe. I'm starting to realise why I usually get burned out 10 days into those kinds of challenges, where you feel you need to produce a masterpiece every day.