For a long time, I have wished for a publication devoted to the illustrated art journal/sketchbook.
One that would go into the details of why and how pages are created.
Why was that subject chosen as page-worthy?
What is the story behind the page?
How do you go about translating an interesting subject to a drawing or painting in your journal?
What art tips and techniques are particular to journals?
What tools and supplies are especially helpful?
Why is keeping an artist journal so darn much fun?
Not finding any such publication, I had to write it.
Who am I to write such a thing?
I have been an illustrator all my life, but have kept visual journals for only eight years.
I have been more taken with the joys, challenges, and stories of the pages created in my journals those eight years than with all the paintings done for galleries, and illustrations done for advertising and publishing.
I have been an art teacher all my life - in and out of institutions of learning, but I have never felt more satisfaction than when I teach students about the "gift" of an art journal, because I know what wonders are in store for them
Not knowing whether to call this a series of books or a magazine, I have settled on "periodical".
It is a collection of 90+ pages about pages, full of story, entertaining visuals, and lots of learning.
It is a labor of love, and each Volume will be published when its story is complete.
See below for some thumbnails to give you the "flavor" of Art Journal Chronicles, Volume 1. (No, you can't actually read them here, because that would run contrary to my need to feed dogs and cats and buy art supplies.)
ARTIST JOURNAL CHRONICLES is a digital book in PDF format, which will be available for download upon check-out, and the link will be emailed to you in your receipt. This publication can be read on any computer with PDF Reader software (Adobe Reader, Preview on Mac, etc.), can be opened and kept in iBooks on iPads and iPhones, can be read in PDF readers on other devices.
This publication was created entirely on an iPad, and pages are formatted for perfect reading on tablets.