What the heck is an “art diary”? If you have been keeping up (or at least try to stay in touch) with my pandemic era artistic journey, I’ve been taking some online art courses that would get me into illustration art, both in analog1 and digital. If you haven’t been keeping in touch here (and it is my fault for being completely inactive with this personal non-niche blog), my art stations are here (mostly) and here.
After so many years of being stuck with the same WordPress (child) theme, I decided to do a completely whole re-haul of the blog. I archived all of my past posts from the last 10+ years2 within the blog so that I can start fresh. Therefore, whatever was written during these years will be forever archived and will no longer exist in the public eye.
I created a child theme from the new default Twenty Twenty One Theme because it gave me a whole completely blank slate. I wanted to be more content-focused this time and not emphasize so much on the aesthetics of the entire theme. Because I decided to convert TAL into an art diary. Check out Class 101 for some examples of courses for diary-style art. I also wrote a course review on one of these courses if you prefer as well.
The Art Diary vs. Adri Mars INK
The TAL Art Diary will strictly be original artwork accompanied with a blog entry. Rather than just documenting everything that goes on in my life, I’ll just capture and illustrate some moments on (digital) art and post them here. The story behind the illustration will be in a typical blog entry fashion.
The Adri Mars INK blog will still remain as a reviews (both art, courses, books, etc.) as well as documenting things I’ve learned from making art and (probably) learning how to write (fan)fiction properly. I actually purchased another domain to serve as my own original art gallery. I’ll still keep my deviantART and Pixiv accounts, as well as my art Instagram.
Some Pros and Cons
- Diary-style (digital) art is fun to make
- Relaxing and therapeutic
- Rather making (personal non-niche) blog a chore, I can take time illustrating what I want to capture and taking the time to write the story behind the art
- I think just having a personal non-niche blog turning into a form of art diary is fun! Instagram would’ve been easier, but I feel that a stand-alone blog site would make it a lot more personal.
- It will take awhile to make the art, so those who demand content every single day will not like being on this blog
- Artist’s block
- Writer’s block
- I’m not always motivated to do both (art and blogging), so I’ll be posting spontaneously
I needed to post this entry as an introduction to the art diary. I won’t be using the “featured images” on WordPress anymore once I start posting my diary art because there is some kind of a size limit. I would have to figure out how to fix this.
In addition, I’m still doing some tweaks here and there for the site, so pardon me for the bugs!
Please look forward for my first art diary entry.
Till next time!