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 Mori from Taiwan.
- Tell us a little more about yourself and your background- When did you start drawing and journaling, and how long have you been doing it for?
*Born in 1988, Taiwan*
*Couldn't paint without coffee, tea, and music*
*Story teller want to be*
I saw my dad's doodle (he was a mechanical drawing drafter) when I was a little girl, since that time, I started being interested in drawing. My parents were very supportive of my interest (how lucky I am!!), so I attended art school when I was 13 y/o, then I majored Fine Art in college, now I'm preparing to get my master degree of Plastic art. Basically it was start from more than 10 years ago, but let me realized "what I'm doing," it should be I graduated from college.
- When do you find yourself journaling, and how often do you do it?
Almost everyday at anytime when I get some inspiration, I will write or sketch the idea to record the moment of feeling.
- What inspires your artwork?
All inspiration comes from daily life, anything can become the source of my creation. In addition to the images (including movies, photography, artwork, etc.), the text is another source that gives me a lot of inspiration. I enjoy reading, whether classic literature or novels, even lyrics of songs, or contents of chat with my friends, sometimes I would write them down, and start to imagine how to turn those ideas into images, sometimes I could present the original idea successfully and completed, but more often add another ideas in the process of drawing.
- What have been some of your favorite drawings?
For me, there's no favorite work, because I always think the best is my next one, that's my favorite way to remind myself don't satisfy present situation.
- What are your favorite journals or notebooks to use for your drawings, and what do you like most about them?
I love to use moleskine sketchbook because the simple design. Especially love the rounded corners and the elastic closure, it's practical and easy to carry for me. I also like to use canson and fabriano's sketchbook, and some no brand of handmade notebooks.
Pencils, ink and watercolor. I'll combine them or other materials according to the feeling that I want to present.
- Do you have any tips, suggestions, or advice for anyone looking to start art journaling themselves?
Don't be afraid to do it well or not at the first, just record your thoughts sincerely, maintain this habit, and you'll be able to find your own style. And keeping practice in the meantime, whether painting or writing :)
I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing the guitar and ukulele, photography, traveling...I like learning new things, so there will be more waiting for me to discover :)