Looking for travel journals

I am excited about the many travel journals I have already assembled, but am always eager to see new ones. If you have any artists you’d like me to consider for inclusion in my new book, An Illustrated Journey, send me information and links or post them here under comments. I am mainly interested in journals that include both drawing or painting and writing too.  Thanks!

103 thoughts on “Looking for travel journals”

  1. Hi Danny, what a fantastic opportunity! When do you need the journals? I am traveling to Thailand in November and would love the chance to be included in your latest venture. I’m a photographer based in Scotland but there are some examples of my illustrstion work in the personal section of my website…even if you don’t think I would be suitable I’d love to hear your thoughts on my work. Kind regards, Ross.


  2. http://www.mollyhashimoto.com/

    Molly Hashimoto is my former teacher… her website has extensive samples – beautiful watercolor travel journals are one of her specialties (and she teaches on the subject as well). You might like to contact her directly for specific samples that include both watercolor and writing (her email link is on her website).



  3. Here is a link to my Venezuela sketchbook
    It was an interesting experience because I was traveling with my cousin who is an American diplomat in Venezuela. The political climate there is not conducive to tourists or taking photos. Journaling was perfect… though many of the vignettes were done in a moving vehicle.

    i started journaling after taking your course at the Open Center a few years ago…. you opened up a whole new world for me. Thank you.


  4. Danny,

    This is so exciting. I love An Illustrated Life and can’t wait to see An Illustrated Journey!

    I fill Moleskine Japanese albums – small accordion notebooks – on my travels. I’d be quite honored to be included in your book.

    Here’s a link to a sampling of them:

    Nous Piqueniquons

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    Bon voyage,



  5. Hi, Danny. Here’s a link to my flickr page. My trips to Vancouver BC, Acapulco and El Golfo Mexico are in there. The newer pieces are mostly Seattle. I stopped writing on the drawings a couple months ago, so I’d have a little more freedom when compiling my own books. See what you think. Your books were my inspiration to be more prolific. Thanks!

    Cross Here



  6. It feels a bit ego-centric to submit my own stuff— as the chance to be involved in however small a way with one of the people who influenced my want to keep an illustrated journal is not to be missed — so here goes anyway,

    I’ve been keeping a journal since 2003 (currently no.39) but I didn’t start drawing until a few years later-and only in the privacy of my journal – so I’m a bit of late starter (I’m 60 next Sunday)

    I moved to Italy in 2007 so every day is part of a travelling adventure. I am a musician so my journal also follows my musical ‘career’ around Italy— for career see Oxford English Dictionary- “to fall headlong our of control” .

    my site http: http://www.reallyaccessiblememory.com is based on my journals – the name RAM comes from my feeling that a Moleskine doesn’t need batteries , and never crashes- and it’s always with me.

    So there are sketches:


    Pictures of my gigs:


    Odd(!) ideas that spring to mind:

    Scribbles, concert tickets, restaurant receipts

    I hope you like it. For over two years, my work has been featured every month in Zuiderlucht- a Dutch arts newspaper and I recently did a series of illustrations for a book of Dutch poetry.

    Hope you like it.


  7. I’ve been journaling for about a year now, and this last month I went to Ecuador. I made it a goal to complete a journal with my volunteering experiences and exploration of the Galapagos and Ecuador mainland. Wow – recording the trip through notes and drawings allowed me to see so much more than only my camera. Best souvenir I could ever have. I really feel it sharpened my observation skills and my love for my surroundings (wherever they may be).

    Here’s the link to my journal pages on Flickr:
    And here are a few favorite pages:

    Thanks for opening up this community – I’m enjoying looking at everyone’s links that responded to this post!


  8. Hi Danny,
    I’m working on a journal that includes pages I made in Hawaii, and some that I’m making about the trip after returning:

    Pohoiki Bay

    And this set contains other pages I created on my travels…they are in my regular journals and just appear as they happened:

    Swimming with Manatees

    They are not full of fancy techniques, but mostly just drawing and painting. I hope you like them!


  9. Hi Danny,
    I carry my sketchbook everywhere and here is couple of sets, ink is my favorite media…

    Tools. Sometimes you see beauty in simple things.
    Blue sketch

    I’ll be waiting for your book, sounds so exiting.


      1. Thanks so much! I had a blast painting the car. You are the one who got me back into drawing years ago….and it has been a lifesaver sometimes. Thanks for all the inspiration through the last few years through the group and your books.


  10. Hi Danny: Looking forward to both of your new books. Kolby Kirk keeps one of the best travel journals I’ve seen. He’s been featured in Moleskinerie and Journal Craft Inspirations. No, I’m not his agent – just a fan. He is currently thru-hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail (can’t wait to see the pictures of THOSE journal pages!), so he probably won’t be available until after September or October according to his website. Here’s one of his Flickr sets you might enjoy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kahunna/collections/72157594587631210/
    Cheers! Line


      1. Hi Danny,
        I see Felix Scheinberger found his way into your new book. I feel so happy about it! And I am really looking forward to hold this book in my hands.

        Thanks for being there and sharing your life, love and passion with us!
        All the best


  11. Hello Danny,
    I don’t know if you would consider including a dog who keeps an illustrated journal of his travels near and far but I’d be pleased if you’d have a look at my blog.
    I wanted to write to you privately (some top secret stuff that I can’t share with just anyone) but couldn’t find a way to do that.
    Ruca from Portugal


  12. Hi Danny,

    You are an inspiration to us all, and your books are among my most prized possessions. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for so openly sharing your words of encouragement and your dynamic and free-spirited illustrations. Illustrated journaling has become my passion too, because its core—its essence, is the absolute acceptance of one’s personal style for exactly what it is. You taught me that. And to share… I am looking forward to your new book!

    Here is a link to my flickr photostream.

    The Mighty Rio Grande



  13. Hi Danny

    So exciting to learn a new book is coming – even though it seems we are still months away from the release 😦 .
    I don’t know exactly what kind of artwork you’re looking for. Just in case, here is a link to a few pages of my travel book in Sri Lanka last year. I doubt my awkward work may qualify, all the more the writing is in french, but who knows.

    Posted by Jean-Christophe Defline on Sunday, August 29, 2010

    By the way, your books helped me organizing so that i can find some time for my drawing passion. And The illustrated Life was such a source of inspiration. thanks for this
    Can’t wait for your next book !!!




  14. Hey Danny,
    here is the link to my travel journal. It’s travel journalling with a bit of a difference. I have made all the drawings when I’ve got back home, from my various trips, drawing all the souvenirs I brought back with me (from sugar sachets from the USA to fridge magnets from Amsterdam);

    so may i introduce to you

    Cheers! Andrea.


  15. Hey Danny,

    Love the idea! Sounds like a treasure of a book!

    Images and words together.

    Posted by Brenda Swenson Watercolors on Friday, July 22, 2011



  16. Hi Danny,

    Since you specified travel journals combining sketches and text I’m sending the following for your consideration. Hope you find them of interest.

    Our move from Texas to Maryland (with calligraphy & illuminations) http://web.mac.com/evwardjr2005/Site/Calligraphy.html

    The Clear Fork, Adventures on a Small Stream (2011 Sketchbook Project) http://web.me.com/evwardjr2005/Drawn_To_Nature/Sketchbook_Project.html

    Select journal entries from our 2-month Magical Mystery Adventure in Europe (click on individual countries in the menu bar) http://web.mac.com/evwardjr2005/Site/Earnest_Ward.html

    Select journal entries and stand-alone sketches from my spring 2011 North Cascades National Park A-i-R residency (I’m headed back as fall A-i-R in late Sept.) http://web.me.com/evwardjr2005/NCNP/North_Cascades_NP.html

    All the best,


  17. Danny, Your travel journals are at the top of my favorite , and I also love Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen (rightside) and Tommy Kane and others listed here. Personally I have to also list
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/93526285@N00/ (Sketchalina) she has some fabulous travel journals and text to include us all. Gay is another favorite traveling the california coast primarily

    And you must know Liz Steel (australia)
    http://www.lizsteel.com/ she travels a ton and her architect’s background brings a solidness to her sketches I love. this list is awesome and if a “keeping an illustrated travel journal” is something the world Needs!
    I sure wish my travel journals could be contenders! I’m trying!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/ check out his Italy journals, there are a few that still blow my mind.


  18. Hi Danny,

    These are less travel journals, than “preparing for travel” journals. I am going to China for a year to teach. I read Dave Bruno’s book, the 100 Thing Challenge, and rather than put things in storage, I decided to give it all up. These sketchbook pages chronicle my efforts to get rid of my possessions.



  19. Danny,
    I took a watercolor travel journaling workshop from Scottsdale Artists’ School. The instructor was Lew Lehrman. His travel journals from abroad are amazing. I think he would be a great person to consider including in your new book. You should check out his work. Thanks, Kay



  20. I’ve been travel journaling since 1978, and have been teaching classes and workshops at The Scottsdale Artists’ School and elsewhere since around 1992. During these years, I have produced 18 journals of trips including Europe, Israel (2), China, Vietnam (workshop) Peru, Spain, Thailand (3) Tuscany and Venice (workshop)You can see some of my pages at http://www.LewisBLehrman.com/journals.htm. Would like to participate.


  21. I’m not sure if this is what you might be looking for, or if this link has enough information…
    I spent some time in Israel 2 years ago and kept a watercolor travel journal while there. Many from our tour group pleaded with me to make copies…this journal was the result of their requests. Thank you for your consideration, Danny. I enjoy your work.


  22. Hi Danny…
    Two comments I wish to share… The first, I loved your “An Illustrated Life” book. I use it in my illustration and design courses to inspire students to sketch every day. The second comment… I hope you plan to use the submissions from the artists that are offering their travel s journals in a new book because if you do, I’ll certainly add it to my library.

    Here is my URL to my travel journals http://artfulescapades.com

    I am currently planning a diving and sketching trip to south east Asia and you can bet the first items packed will be my journaling goodies…

    All the best, Rick…


  23. I just came back from a little trip, inspired by this blog post to do as much sketching as possible. It was fantastic and enriched those few days of vacation – thanks 🙂


  24. Hi Danny, I just discovered recently your work. I live in Barcelona and am just a beginner with journaling. I very much admire your stuff, I ordered two of your books and can’t wait to receive them. Maybe you’d be interested in the work of a friend and colleague architect living between Chile-Belgium. He is a very talented sketcher, check him out;
    Mariana, Brazil - 1986


  25. This woman’s sketches combine daily interactions, conversations, and historical information about the places she visits along with beautiful watercolor sketches which she creates on location. Here is a link to one of her books (so you can preview her sketches through Amazon’s Reader), a link to a video she made using Sakura Koi Watercolors, and her website:

    Very California Book: http://www.amazon.com/Very-California-Travels-Through-Golden/dp/1565122852/ref=pd_sim_b_3

    Youtube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB-gZhxiyag

    Website: http://dianagessler.com/index.html

    Good luck in your quest 🙂


  26. I LOVE seeing all the interest in painting/journals/etc. I teach and most of my blogs are aimed at students and interested others. Many of them address keeping a journal. If you’d like to take a peek, here is the address:

    Watercolor Musings judy_schroeder.blogspot.com


  27. Hi Danny — I’m excited about your new travel book because I’ve just about worn out The Illustrated Life. Here are two suggestions that you might want to consider. Definitely you want to look at Pete Scully’s work at http://petescully.com. He lives in Davis, California and is from England and travels back and forth. He is very approachable, organizes sketch crawls and has wonderful pen and watercolor drawings. Many are travel related. He just returned from the Lisbon International sketch crawl.

    There’s another one to consider that no one seems to know about except me. Her pages are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/98657307@N00/ and are sometimes travel related. Her Moleskines have a unique look – you’d recognize her work a mile off – and are often intriguing. Most of her pages would have been appropriate in your earlier book, but she does travel sometimes and you might want to consider her. Her name is Kathrin… something – it’s on the site – and she lives in Germany. I wish more people knew about her.

    Those are my two votes. I look forward to the book when it is published – hurry though, I will be waiting! – Barbara


      1. Barbara, I am pleased to see that you mentioned Kathrin. We have been friends on Flickr for years, and I’ve admired her visual journals from the first time I saw them. She is a very sweet person too. 🙂 Yes, she definitely has many pages from her travels that can be viewed on flickr…
        just to show a few. (;

        Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen


  28. Hey danny!

    I don’t know if you’re still looking for artist danny, but I’d love to be a part! Like others have said, it feels egotistical suggesting myself, but then we all dream of sharing drawings in printed form with the world, so I’m going to do it anyway 🙂

    but first I’m going to suggest another artist that really inspires me. His name is will freeborn, he’s a scottish artist who works mostly in moleskines. his work can be found here in flickr… http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghostschool/

    You can find my work here… http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/
    Here’s some from a journey to italy I took… http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/sets/72157606981036922/
    Here’s from travels here in the DR… http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/sets/72157622723156035/
    this one is a sketchbook done in 2 days while i visited the beach… http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/sets/72157624798492826/
    Here’s from even disney world… http://www.flickr.com/photos/58482042@N00/sets/72157612561963764/

    anyhow, I’m not even sure If you’re still looking for submissions. But either way it’s nice to get in touch with you!

    keep in touch,
    chris buchholz


  29. Hi Danny! I’d love to be included in your new book! Please have a look at my New Zealand sketches (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150201747530238.331897.547060237&type=1),
    and quick sketches ( http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150275637955238.353318.547060237&type=1) .
    I backpacked around NZ from april to july this year with stayed in a 1984 car for a month collectively. I kept a moleskine watercolour sketchbook and another for quick sketches and for recording more private thoughts throughout my journey.
    Would love to know what you think. Thanks!


  30. I just found a post about your new book, Danny, and am sorry I didn’t know about it sooner. Thought I’d send you some links to my work, hoping it’s not too late to be considered.

    Colorado sketchbook from June 2011, on my blog:
    Lots of other sketches to be found on my blog under the “Watercolors” label.

    I have sketchbooks from Maine and Alaska, but they aren’t gathered online anywhere at this point. Here are a couple of sample pages:

    And soon I’ll be posting pages from a 40 page sketchbook that I kept during a 2-week trip to Ireland in September 2011 – on my Everyday Artist blog (www.lesliefehling.com). Watch for it in a week or so.

    I was recently interviewed on a local TV show about my sketchbooks – you could see samples of them there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO_VYRk2mrU&feature=player_embedded

    Your books have been a huge inspiration to me. Reading An Illustrated Life is what got me started with sketching. Can’t wait for the new book to come out!


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