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The Journal Diaries- Jono's Travel and Moleskine Sketches

The Journal Diaries is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek into the journals, notebooks, organizers, and diaries from people all over the world. (Click here for past posts.) My special guest today is Jono based in London.

- Tell us a little more about yourself. When did you start drawing/sketching and how long have you been doing it for?
I've pretty much always been drawing or sketching. I remember doing elaborate sketch postcards in holidays in my teens. In college I took art somewhat on the side with a bunch of science and maths, but found that any spare time I had was always in the art studio. I later studied engineering and product design largely as a great way to combine drawing with my other skills.

- When do you find yourself journaling, and what inspires your artwork?
I sketch and journal when there's time- usually when traveling or on holiday. The only way it happens daily is if I deliberately make time. In my case that tends to be to go have lunch or a coffee with myself and my sketchbook. I find it a relaxing and enriching time, and generally come back with more energy than I left with. I love many styles of drawing, but I've always loved in particular landscape sketches and architectural style drawings. With a little formal training in drawing for product design you can see a little of these three coming out in the drawings I do. I also love rapid visualisation and sketchplanations was really borne out of the desire to be able to communicate faster through sketches on the spot.

- Do you carry your journals around or do you store them someplace?
I carry my journals around with me. But as they fill up I get quite protective of them as it would not be nice to lose them. I've always offered a reward if found that scales per completed page, but fortunately no one has had to take me up on it. For thinking work I prefer the larger soft cover moleskines, but for having it with me all the time the small format is most handy. I have quite a stack of past journals on the shelves taking up space. It's nice to liberate them via neat tools like issuu

- What are you favorite stationery tools at the moment?
I pretty much have four pens in my pocket any time you see me. Three Uniball Vision Elite Micro- black, plus two colours. Plus a Copic grey marker for shading. I vary a little around that and have carried some coloured Copic markers and am currently enjoying a white pencil for practising highlights. I actually have quite a box of backup pens because I hate running out of a critical colour.

- Other than your journals, what are some of your other hobbies?
I love photography, writing music and with two small sons, spending time with family.


Thank you so much, Jono, for sharing your sketches with us! And for all you wonderful readers looking to connect, you can keep up with Jono through his Twitter, @jonohey, or through Sketchplanations. If you enjoyed his travel drawings, you can click here for more pages within his travel journal through Central America, South-East Asia and South Africa.


  1. I love this section of your blog. You've encouraged me to start a journal, I've tried before but I never finish them at all...

  2. I love your blog,that' so cute and innovative :)

  3. wow. jaw dropped. these are amazing.


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