Illustrated Journaling

Illustrated Journaling - student project

No markers to work with right now, so I'm working these digitally. I might hop to physical media at some point, but for now, I'm sticking with trusty Affinity Design.


01: Curently Listening To

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I've got my favorite K-pop playlist cranked today, which prominently features my favorite Korean group, Brown Eyed Girls. Here's the cover from their album Basic.


02: Recently I Learned

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My wife ran across a menu for this new place that just opened, and nobody felt much like cooking a couple days ago, so we ordered dinner. Best plan ever. Tasty, tasty food!


03: Creating With

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A small assortment of the tools of the trade. Physical work is usually pen and ink, and my flat digital work runs mostly through Affinity Designer and Photo. I haven't seen any 3D work on Skillshare, but that's my other digital artistic passion, mostly using Blender.


04 Latest Reading Material

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A little nonfiction online, a little fiction off.


05 Ingredients of My Mess

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An assortment of things from the top of the bookshelf that sits beside my desk.


06 Daily Routine

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I would love to be an agent of chaos, my day filled with nothing but bouncing from one random thing to the next, not a care in the world. As it turns out, this is a horrible way to deal with major depression, so I have a few non-negotiable things that need to happen every day to prevent me from going entirely off the rails.

As it turns out, there's still a surprising amount of time for chaos, even when a routine is involved.


07 Currently Craving

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Let's face it: coffee and chocolate are always on this list.


08 I Keep Wearing

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COVID isolation hasn't changed my wardrobe much, except that instead of jeans, I'm wearing more comfortable drawstring shorts. I'll still put on jeans for the occasional outing just to remind myself how it feels. The denim textured background is a nod to days where I only spent most of the day in a task chair, instead of the entire day.


09 Self-Care Necessities

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How many times can I draw chocolate, coffee, and a stylus? That seems to be the real challenge in this workshop!

Note: cacao pods are huge. Pictured here is an immature pod. When harvested, they're more the size of a small American football. The more you know!


10 Grocery Run

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I don't do the grocery shopping or the cooking here, because the former would result in nothing but junk food, and the latter would end in disaster. I'm eternally grateful to my wife, who handles both with skill and flair. And still manages to find some junk food, too. <3

This was Monday's meal, which was amazing. We prevailed upon my wife to forgo making spätzle by hand and stick with the prepackaged gnocchi. Yes, her spätzle is delicious, but requires double the time in the kitchen, both in preparation and cleanup.


11 Favorite Corner

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I'm at my desk a lot, but very little of that time is spent here in my home office. I'm touring virtual worlds, creating new things from pixels and logic, and connecting with people from around the world. What seems like a desktop is actually the command center for an exploration vessel of the imagination.


11 Toiletry Bag Favorites

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Yes, coffee soap, with real bits of ground coffee in it. Makes an amazing face scrub!


13 Reliable Recipe

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As I mentioned on Day 10, cooking isn't exactly my forté. Video games, on the other hand, are right up my alley. I like games with a lot of complicated systems in them, and I'm enjoying Dual Universe a lot right now. It's a far-future space game in which the players build everything: buildings, hovercraft, spaceships, you name it. Everything is created from basic ore, run through a chain of industry machines to produce finished goods.

Everybody in the game needs a place to store all their stuff, so containers are a reliable commodity to build and sell to other players. Pictured here is the recipe for a medium container, from raw ore in the corners, through all the intermediate products and parts required, and finally to the container in the center.

Did I mention I like games with a lot of complicated systems in them?


14 Obsessed

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Narrowing this down to a reasonable number was the hard part. As I pared things down, I came to eight, which suggested a nice grid layout. That, in turn, suggested a palette using eighth points of the color wheel.

This has been an amazing journey. Thank you for the prompts and the gentle prodding, Dylan!

Lonnon Foster
Artist, code hack, gamer, space cadet