How To Start A Video Art Drawing Journal

Starting A Video Drawing Journal Series

This is my Drawing Journal An A5 Sketchpad which is filled with all of my Journal Entries now all 60 sides of 30 sheets
This is my Drawing Journal An A5 Sketchpad which is filled with all of my Journal Entries now all 60 sides of 30 sheets

Starting A Drawing Journal With Video

I've recently started doing a drawing journal over on YouTube and thought the process was really rewarding for my own way of working as an Artist. So I thought about detailing the process here and why I think that they aid your own creativity and the production of new creative ideas.

A drawing journal consists of a sketchbook that you fill with spur of the moment ideas and ways of getting them ideas drawn, sketched or created by any other means as quickly as possible within that sketchbook, so that you can later develop those ideas and concepts further at a later date. Some Artists focus on art techniques and using media they haven't used much before such as Oil Pastels, Paints or chalk to name a few.

The valuable thing for an Artist to consider is that creating art quickly can save you time in the long run with quick ideas that help facilitate the creative spark in your mind and really gets you thinking about the development of your sketches or art contained within the journal pages.

Over on YouTube I have started a drawing journal in which I sketched or painted or just did whatever in the pages of that A5 sketchbook just to see what ideas would come about. At first I was keen on creating some art with new ways of working, but that idea seemed a bit short lived as I mainly sketched and drew stuff. There was however some small ideas I painted with Watercolors or Oil Pastels and wax crayons.

Now with that Drawing Journal video series nearing it's end I am planning a second video series that will expand on all of the ideas I created and flesh them out in a more longer more developed illustration per concept.

How To Plan A Drawing Journal For Video

Planning is the key with any project and an Art project such as this is no different. I for instance like to have everything to hand and set up for the drawing process. You may have this set up already, something like a desk to draw or paint. For my drawing Journal I decided to use an A5 sketch pad which was a spiral flip pad type and it was small, so I could come up with tiny thumb nail ideas a bit quicker in each video.

When deciding on doing a Drawing Journal you need to understand the reasons why you are doing so.

  • Do you want to improve with different art techniques or just use other mediums?
  • Do you want to work on similar themed ideas throughout the journal or lots of different stuff?
  • Are you going to do one video journal entry a day or one a week? Scheduling the video entries is key to making sure you follow through with the project.
  • Is this a hobby project or for your Artistic career?
  • Are you going to develop the ideas contained in this journal?

Once you understand what your journal is about, you can simply focus on sketching and drawing or whatever you want to do in it.

For my drawing journal attempt I just started to draw whatever came into my head for each video entry and that was my way of working. You however might want to seriously plan what you are going to do. Maybe you want to introduce yourself at the beginning of each video or you want to focus on a theme which is consistent throughout the Journal's duration.

I know however that the second video journal series of art development won't be that spontaneous, because I'll be working from ideas already set down from the first journal series.

My Drawing Journal

My Drawing Journal consisted of random ideas all drawn out of order in this Thumbnail gallery below. If you want the direct order, here is my Drawing Journal Playlist


I wanted my journal to show simple ideas that I could develop in a second video series. I used a range of different pencils, pens and sometimes used watercolors and oil pastels occasionally. It started out as me wanting to use different materials and then turned into me just creating ideas with mainly pencils or ink pens throughout.


My Drawing Journal Video Entries

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A Mutant creature idea which was inspired by the Resident Evil video games.A red Demon claw was the basic idea and so here we are. Colored pencilsLots of eyeballs which became a running theme in several other journal entries. Oil pastelsA skull painted quickly with watercolor paints.A skull drawn with sakura white gelly roll pen on black markerA fun happy cat head drawingZombie Spiderman head sketch 1Zombie spiderman head sketch 2A demon creature with tentacle arms. Tentacles and Demons are also a common theme in this drawing journal.A skull with a knife through it's headA red Dragon head quick sketch.Another demon head sketch done with a thick black art marker.A zombie head pencil sketch.Crayola extreme markers drawing of a weird serpent creature.A demon wearing a cowboy hat.Floating black eyeballs marker art drawing.A half Woman half Demon head drawing.Haunted souls tree pencil quick sketch.An evil Black Afro marker drawing.Weird creature pencil sketch.A HP Lovecraft inspired creature head drawing. This one was fun.Skull conkers quick ink pen sketch.A devil face drawing sketch.Finger painting a creature made of different skullsOrc pencil sketches 1 and 2Orc pencil sketch 3Demon tomato watercolor paint sketch.Thin Demon creature purple pencil art.Demon head marker art.Watercolor paint sketch of a Wyrm creature with red spiky body. shadow creature sketch.A punk skull concept.A planet and pyramid quick concept drawingDemon with tentacles marker art.A dragon head drawingTree God drawing in pencil.Another random Demon head colored with Prismacolor pencils.A multiple bodied creature drawn with a crap compass.A Un-pin ink sketch of a Demons face.Satan's skull ink pen drawingFreaky punk face screaming drawn with pencilsA mutant snail quick sketch.Demon heads all drawn together to show that they are Demon souls or something.A Demon Fairy quick pencil sketchSkull and Serpent quick drawingDrawings of Demon Butterfly ideas.Trying to draw a Tiger head which ended up looking more like a Thundercat.Demon head drawn with colored pencil.Red gel pen demon creature sketch.Cyborg skull drawing, quick sketch of a robot skull.Evil Octopus inspired monster creature sketch.Tattoo hearts ideas. Quick heart drawings.Shooting star ideas.Large eyeball drawing drawn with oil pastels.A strange Crayola Wax crayon drawing.Bic blue skull with horns illustration.Demonic tree arm pencil drawing idea.Watercolor flaming skull painting sketch.Demon head marker art.Two Pentagram sign ideas.
A Mutant creature idea which was inspired by the Resident Evil video games.
A Mutant creature idea which was inspired by the Resident Evil video games.
A red Demon claw was the basic idea and so here we are. Colored pencils
A red Demon claw was the basic idea and so here we are. Colored pencils
Lots of eyeballs which became a running theme in several other journal entries. Oil pastels
Lots of eyeballs which became a running theme in several other journal entries. Oil pastels
A skull painted quickly with watercolor paints.
A skull painted quickly with watercolor paints.
A skull drawn with sakura white gelly roll pen on black marker
A skull drawn with sakura white gelly roll pen on black marker
A fun happy cat head drawing
A fun happy cat head drawing
Zombie Spiderman head sketch 1
Zombie Spiderman head sketch 1
Zombie spiderman head sketch 2
Zombie spiderman head sketch 2
A demon creature with tentacle arms. Tentacles and Demons are also a common theme in this drawing journal.
A demon creature with tentacle arms. Tentacles and Demons are also a common theme in this drawing journal.
A skull with a knife through it's head
A skull with a knife through it's head
A red Dragon head quick sketch.
A red Dragon head quick sketch.
Another demon head sketch done with a thick black art marker.
Another demon head sketch done with a thick black art marker.
A zombie head pencil sketch.
A zombie head pencil sketch.
Crayola extreme markers drawing of a weird serpent creature.
Crayola extreme markers drawing of a weird serpent creature.
A demon wearing a cowboy hat.
A demon wearing a cowboy hat.
Floating black eyeballs marker art drawing.
Floating black eyeballs marker art drawing.
A half Woman half Demon head drawing.
A half Woman half Demon head drawing.
Haunted souls tree pencil quick sketch.
Haunted souls tree pencil quick sketch.
An evil Black Afro marker drawing.
An evil Black Afro marker drawing.
Weird creature pencil sketch.
Weird creature pencil sketch.
A HP Lovecraft inspired creature head drawing. This one was fun.
A HP Lovecraft inspired creature head drawing. This one was fun.
Skull conkers quick ink pen sketch.
Skull conkers quick ink pen sketch.
A devil face drawing sketch.
A devil face drawing sketch.
Finger painting a creature made of different skulls
Finger painting a creature made of different skulls
Orc pencil sketches 1 and 2
Orc pencil sketches 1 and 2
Orc pencil sketch 3
Orc pencil sketch 3
Demon tomato watercolor paint sketch.
Demon tomato watercolor paint sketch.
Thin Demon creature purple pencil art.
Thin Demon creature purple pencil art.
Demon head marker art.
Demon head marker art.
Watercolor paint sketch of a Wyrm creature with red spiky body.
Watercolor paint sketch of a Wyrm creature with red spiky body.
 shadow creature sketch.
shadow creature sketch.
A punk skull concept.
A punk skull concept.
A planet and pyramid quick concept drawing
A planet and pyramid quick concept drawing
Demon with tentacles marker art.
Demon with tentacles marker art.
A dragon head drawing
A dragon head drawing
Tree God drawing in pencil.
Tree God drawing in pencil.
Another random Demon head colored with Prismacolor pencils.
Another random Demon head colored with Prismacolor pencils.
A multiple bodied creature drawn with a crap compass.
A multiple bodied creature drawn with a crap compass.
A Un-pin ink sketch of a Demons face.
A Un-pin ink sketch of a Demons face.
Satan's skull ink pen drawing
Satan's skull ink pen drawing
Freaky punk face screaming drawn with pencils
Freaky punk face screaming drawn with pencils
A mutant snail quick sketch.
A mutant snail quick sketch.
Demon heads all drawn together to show that they are Demon souls or something.
Demon heads all drawn together to show that they are Demon souls or something.
A Demon Fairy quick pencil sketch
A Demon Fairy quick pencil sketch
Skull and Serpent quick drawing
Skull and Serpent quick drawing
Drawings of Demon Butterfly ideas.
Drawings of Demon Butterfly ideas.
Trying to draw a Tiger head which ended up looking more like a Thundercat.
Trying to draw a Tiger head which ended up looking more like a Thundercat.
Demon head drawn with colored pencil.
Demon head drawn with colored pencil.
Red gel pen demon creature sketch.
Red gel pen demon creature sketch.
Cyborg skull drawing, quick sketch of a robot skull.
Cyborg skull drawing, quick sketch of a robot skull.
Evil Octopus inspired monster creature sketch.
Evil Octopus inspired monster creature sketch.
Tattoo hearts ideas. Quick heart drawings.
Tattoo hearts ideas. Quick heart drawings.
Shooting star ideas.
Shooting star ideas.
Large eyeball drawing drawn with oil pastels.
Large eyeball drawing drawn with oil pastels.
A strange Crayola Wax crayon drawing.
A strange Crayola Wax crayon drawing.
Bic blue skull with horns illustration.
Bic blue skull with horns illustration.
Demonic tree arm pencil drawing idea.
Demonic tree arm pencil drawing idea.
Watercolor flaming skull painting sketch.
Watercolor flaming skull painting sketch.
Demon head marker art.
Demon head marker art.
Two Pentagram sign ideas.
Two Pentagram sign ideas.

My Favorite Journal Video Entry

I picked this video journal entry over all the other 59 because I can see the potential and the possibilities to draw lots of variations and begin to paint some nice textures of the red spiky Wyrm creature.

My least favorite of the series would be the shooting star ideas as I didn't really connect well with the ideas that I had in my head.

My Favorite Drawing Journal Entry - Red Spiky Wyrm

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  • To try out drawing techniques
  • To create ideas to develop
  • To improve my drawing
  • Because it looks like fun
  • It's just a hobby
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