Above: The first page spread in my fake journal, started April 1, 2009 (my persona writes the date Year-Month-Date). Click on the image for an enlargement.
This week has been exhausting but interesting. I had to juggle a lot of things. One of those things was the start of IFJM, the other was jury duty. I'll be posting about the later sometime soon.
In the meantime, I wanted to post the opening spread to my IFJM journal to give people an idea of the approach I'm taking.
I did indeed use the Alvin Field book that I discussed earlier.
Also as is usual, I started right in sketching with ink, no pencil
drawing. I worked with a dip pen and acrylic ink (Ziller Glossy Black),
but oddly this ink runs more than my Staedtler Pigment Liner did on
this water resistant paper. I think this is because the dip pen nib
lays down a thicker line of ink which can look dry on the surface
quickly, but actually stays wet a little longer under its "crust." The
crowquill nib I was using caught on the paper much more than I
expected. Don't know if I'll keep up with it or not. I used Schmincke
For these sketches I pulled out old State Fair and field training
sketches (from when I was tracking with the girls) to use as references. (It really does help
to index your journals.) My fake journal will be a mix of drawings based on my old drawings, my photographs, and drawings made from life. That mix will allow me to cover the topic I'm interested in covering.
I hope you had a good start to your fake journal and are having lots of fun.
Note: If you are trying to read the text and can't read the messy handwriting (because of the skipping pen) here's what it says.
Verso page, under the turkey diagram—
Conditions here aren't excellent as promised…below whatever level you can think…rustic? remedial? There must be some word starting with "r." I have no vocabularly. Transit was bad. I'm tired. They lost my materials. I'm working with borrowed supplies until…?
Chuck needs to take up the slack in his personal hygene…
a great, lumbering breast of meat as it walks…the carnivore in me sees this. They are so tame it's a bit scarey…And I'm glad dogs were prohibited on the trip.
my first meeting with "Queenie." I don't know if and for how long she might be one of my subjects.
[label on drawing with arrow}: more red higher up on neck…