Visual Journaling


Visual journaling has existed throughout history as a process of reflective
thinking, and as a record of image making. Throughout history great thinkers
recorded and reflected on their ideas using a variety of visual journaling
techniques. From Thomas Edison’s light bulb sketches to Leonardo DaVinci’s
visual journals of flying machines to Stephen Hawking’s space-time diagrams,
this record of image making also served as a record of the thought process.
Exploring the thought process through visual journaling is essential in a world
that is in continuous change (Grauer & Naths, 1998). Da Vinci (1452-1519)
carried a visual journal with him at all times so that he could record ideas,
impressions, and observations as they occurred. His journals, of which seven
thousand pages exist, contained observations and thoughts of scholars he
admired, personal financial records, letters, reflections on domestic problems,
philosophical musings and prophecies, plans for inventions, and treatises on
anatomy, botany, geology, flight, water, drawings and paintings. Evidence of
visual journaling throughout art history can also be seen in the visual journals
of Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), Contemporary artist Eric
Fischl (1948- present), Nationally Acclaimed painter Michael Sprouse
(1965-present) and Celebrity artist Michael Bell (1971-present).

Michael Bell
Visual Journaling
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