Visual Journaling

Visual Journaling - student project

What Inspires Me

Visual Journaling - image 1 - student project

Perhaps odd to feel inspired by ego. I've been doing a lot of personal work lately and in contemplating the question of what inspires me, the word just kept coming front and center. So I ran with it. I found the more I worked on it and thought about it, the more I recognized that at least part of what drives me in this pursuit is a desire to be recognized as making worthwhile art. 

Went with standard No.2 pencil for this one since that's how it started and I just kept on with it. 


What I Hate 

Visual Journaling - image 2 - student project

Clockwise from top left - people wearing their masks in public as if they have no idea how to wear a mask properly; the mosquitoes have been brutal this summer, which has seriously cut into my patio time; "x"s and "k"s inserted into words where they don't freaking belong! there is no "K" in "especially"!!!; autodialler phone calls for a car warranty I don't have. EVERY. DAMN. DAY. 

Copic markers. Really liked working with such a limited color palette! 


What I Want

Visual Journaling - image 3 - student project

Clockwise from top left - apartment in an Italian coastal city; tomatoes that make it to ripe before the freaking woodchucks eat them!; surfing regularly; making a living off my art and drawings. 

Mix of Copic and PrismaColor markers. 

I'm really loving the technique of laying down color in rough shapes first and then working in the linework over it! Loved seeing that in the class video and then immediately working with it. On the one hand, it was really awesome for forcing me into a creative mindset by starting with something so intuitive and unprecise. Most of the time, I'm working on graphic design projects for clients and it can be tough to get out of the mindset of everything needing to be just so. 

And on the other hand, I feel like using this technique actually gives much more precise and expressive lines, forms and overall image. 

I'm already using these techniques to move another illustration project I've been wrestling with and stalled out on forward. Really exciting! 


What I Fear

Visual Journaling - image 4 - student project

Clockwise from top left: the uniform and all it represents; maneaters in unseasonably warm waters; having it all fall apart; the blank page. 

Started working with loose sheets this past week that has been a lot of fun. You forget how active drawing can be when you're not constrained by the awkwardness of moving a bound sketchbook around! 

Michael Geneseo
I like to draw stuff.