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Today we've got a guest post from French Art Journaler and doctor-in-training, Nathalie Nayer.
This is me.
With my precious Margot.
I’ve kept a diary for most of my life.
At first, it was that friendship diary I received for my sixth brithday that my girlfriends filled with stickers, poems, drawings and tattoos from bubble gum wrappings.
I started to keep a real intimate diary when I was 12 years old. It was a girly pinky one (with a heart shaped lock). I glued pictures of cats and everything I could found about Michael Jackson or Robbie Williams. I wrote quotes, names of boys I liked, important dates (first period, first kiss, first sex experience).
I grew up but the content stayed basically the same. I glued fashion ads and pictures of Charlize Theron. I drawed outfits and invented new shapes of perfume bottles. I recorded important dates (first trip on my own, first car, first job).
That’s when I started to use gesso and paint and inks in my journals.
I have this great job. Right now, I’m in this gastroenterology training fellowship program for three years. Then, I’ll finally be an attending physician.
I keep a visual journal to stay in the moment. Even if it is to savor a red light or a wind turbine. Red light and wind turbines are strong. They don’t suffer, don’t need a diagnosis or painkillers. They don’t cry. They don’t die.
Sketching them keeps me sane.
Let me show you how I prepare my pages lately....
Here, I use the sketchbook I ordered to participate in The Sketchbook Project.
Usually, I dig out a picture from my urban collection of photographs.
I love the feeling of metal, wood, stone and rust.
I like strong straight lines.
Like my urban style ?
If you want to see more, visit my flickr stream.
If you want to visit my blog, it’s here.
Now, go get your sketchbook and draw your own crane!