Forest illustration

It's finished! ūüĆ≥This sort of thing really should have only taken me an afternoon to do, but that's fine. Start small, then build up. I will build momentum eventually.

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03/ Journal illustration WIP

I got some deep work done today! Even if it was for just a little while, I was pretty immersed in Illustrator like I used to be. I updated to CC 2019 from 2018, bought 2 very important plugins I needed to get so they work for 2019 (Autosavior Pro v2 & VectorScribe v3) and experimented with the…

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02 / Bubbles

Really could not be bothered today. I still have as what I can only describe as 'brain fog'. Most of my time today has disappeared with nothing to show for it and I couldn't muster up the concentration required to do any meaningful deep work. It sucks, but I have no choice but to find a solution…

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01 / Journal illustration WIP

I've began working on an illustration to go on the side menu of this journal page. As it stands now, there's not much to it as my creativity hasn't been very reliable and I've not had a great day productivity-wise, but I will continue to work on it tomorrow and hopefully get it finished as I work…

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Demon Ring

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Woodland Dagger

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180620.31_Day 31

I've been doing these journal posts for 1 month now. I'm not sure if I want to continue it on or not since I feel as if I'm just repeating past mistakes, but I will decide on that tomorrow. If I can just get in the habit of at least doing figure sketches or something, then perhaps these posts will…

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180618.29_Contrast

Very last-minute update - I've finished my play-through of Steins;Gate 0 which I've been wanting to complete for quite a while. This means I am now one step closer to actually spending some decent time on these posts and hopefully in about a week's time I can start focusing more.

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Hello! The journal you see here is a place where I document my work progression on a regular basis.

If you’d like to know more about what I’m doing here in more detail, check out the 2019 Manifesto blog post I’ve written or the Q&As below. Also, feel free to check out my progression and/or message me over on Twitter!

It’s been very much on and off for a few years as I’ve explored how I learn best, but this time round, I started on January 1st 2019.

What you will find here on this journal are three things:

  1. Firstly, is a post of the main work done that day. This can include things such as tutorial work, working each day on longer projects, doing one-off shorter pieces each day for a week, doing a monthly theme such as 36 Days of Type or something totally different. Whatever it is I am working on that day, is what I will post.
  2. Secondly, is a drawing-only post which is really split into two. The first segment is the warm-up sketches; anatomy poses and studies most likely. After that, is the main drawing. This could be a character sketch, a master study, or a continuation of a drawing I’ve done before. As long as it involves stylus to tablet, then that’s what I will be doing.
  3. Thirdly, anything else! This is a journal after all. If anything I decide is worthy of a short entry then I will upload it and place it under the general category. For longer posts, they will go on my blog.

There are several great reasons why one would want to journal:

  1. The first, is that it is a form of discipline. By committing to a task such as this might not seem like much at first, but as life gets in the way, you begin to learn about yourself and what your limits are at pushing how far you can and want go.
  2. Secondly, it’s a frame of reference. If I ever forget something or would like to know what I was doing on whatever week, I have something to look back to. It was one of my favourite things to do back when I used to do this over on Instagram.
  3. Thirdly, this journal isn’t just for me. Just like I do when I visit other websites or profiles, I, as someone less experienced, am always learning something new. I want to share that exact same experience for someone else. If someone who knows less than I can learn a thing or two from me, that would make me pretty happy.
  4. Finally,

The number you see on the left of each title post is a representation of what day I am on. If, for example, if the number says 31, that means I have been documenting my progression on a daily basis for 31 days.

Originally, I wanted this page to function exactly the same as a wordpress.com or Tumblr account would, but due to the theme I am currently using, this is not possible without adding code that causes problems overall. I’ve managed to come to a compromise by simply creating covers, using excerpts and then hiding all of the text content behind a¬†read more button, similarly to how a typical blog might handle this, but other than that, there is not much else I can do.