Left: Even when the Pentel Colorbrush is really, really almost empty you can get some fun drybrush strokes out of it. Here it wasn't a matter of not squeezing enough ink into the tip. The brush really was running on empty—but just at the right time, when I needed to put the shadows in. (TV sketch late one night in an elementary school notebook with ultra thin paper I love working on with ink, even though I can only use one side of the page because the ink not only shows through, but bleeds through.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.
In December 2011 I wrote a post called "Practice, Adaptation, and Internal Dialogues." I'd like to send new and long-time readers back to that post today. Whether you are just starting a journaling practice or have been keeping a journal for a long while I think that post makes some helpful points.
The post also discusses something we all know I love: my process. In that post it's about the decision to collage or not collage, to work on papers outside the journal and incorporate those sketches into the journal; and the accommodations we make when someone we love is sleeping and we don't want to be disruptive.
I think the journal is one of the most useful tools for learning how to adapt—whether it's to a particular artistic process or to a stressful life event. It helps us put failures of all magnitudes into perspective. For those reasons I can never stop encouraging people to pick up a book and start sketching and writing.
It will change your life in amazing ways, but first you have to make time for the journal, and make it a part of your life.