MY PERSONAL TOP TEN CHOICES OF ARTISTS CREATING ART JOURNALS/ VISUAL DIARIES:
I had a look at their work on Pinterest/ Instagram/ websites at the following links:
Some of these are my favourites from Lynda Barry:
I love Lynda Barry’s visual journaling style. In most of her work I’ve seen on Pinterest, she uses: lined paper, incorporates a variety of doodles/ sketches/ drawings/ phrases/ quotes/ questions/ longer text/ photographs/ cut out pictures/ little patterns/ often a collage of random thoughts which doesn’t actually seem that random at all. I love how some of her collages are thought provoking. Some are almost like little treasure maps which have to be explored as often there is so much going on, on one page. I don’t know exactly what I love about it.. maybe it’s the way it questions things?
I love this visual diary entry by Lizzy Stewart:
I love the way her journal entry looks like a mini story. A story of her life, her life documented in a simple organised manner, which looks quite sophisticated on paper. I like the way she uses a minimum amount of colours in order to create such a striking effect. How lovely it must be to have a little storybook of your own life, documenting all your little adventures.
Wonderful sketches of her travels in the following image:
Her visual journal entries are so colourful. I like the way she combines text/ words and sketches in order to create a visually pleasant journey.
I like this visual diary entry by Margaret Huber:
It’s so simple, yet so expressive. I love how her drawings are minimalistic, but some ‘speak a thousand words’ without saying anything at all.
The above journal entry comes across as messy, yet visually pleasing. Usually when I make mistakes, I like to start on a clean page. I admire artists who can take a ‘mistake’ and ‘roll with it’ to the point where it almost looks like it was planned to look that way.
The following is an amazing visual diary entry by Nicky Nargesian:
His visual diary entries are so neat and organised, it almost looks like a published book. Beautiful.
Although Reportage Illustration is not my strong point, I admire the work of Marina Grechanik:
And the way she can make pages in a book come alive. I love the contrasting colours and how her lines ‘dance’ across the pages.
I love his use of simplicity and humour in order to create absolutely adorable illustrations.
The following journal entry by Bryce Wymer is very striking:
I like the way he creates surreal illustrations using limited colours. It’s almost like simplicity becomes sophistication. Very interesting designs.
In the following image, I like the way Rachel Gannon uses clean, yet overlapping lines and shapes; limited colours; in order to illustrate a variety of different activities on one page:
In the following image, I like the way she uses graph paper and a variety if small, yet thought provoking images. Although it seems simple, it’s also quite intriguing.
I didn’t have time while working on this assignment to create a visual journal, but I hope that in time I will be able to develop my own style. If I start a visual journal, I think I would like to include collage as a method of expression. I also think doodling would be an easy way of keeping a visual journal, as doodling comes quite naturally to me. I’ve seen some other randomly wonderful journals on instagram, covered in a combination of different layers of colour and textures. Almost like colour-therapy by looking at it. Hopefully my visual journaling skills will develop over time.
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)