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07-12-2010, 09:28 AM
Thought I'd start a second journal thread :D

This journal will be a visual dream journal. I keep a written one of my dreams (the ones you have at night that is :D) and thought it would be a nice idea to sketch some scenes from them. I suppose they'll mostly be rough (read: scruffy) sketches but I may try and do better ones too. I'll being using mixed media, probably mostly pencil and watercolour.
The "cover page" actually is in the middle of the sketchbook - I am continuing an older sketchbook I used for random studies rather than buying a new one, as not to have lots of unfinished journals lying around!
The first scene is from a dream I had last night, I can't remember much of the plot but I remember being in these wood cabin type buildings elevated on long poles so they were higher than the treetops. They were in some kind of forest. There was also a battle or war going on and some soldiers were about, I was hiding in one of the cabins and looking out of large the doorway towards another cabin.

07-12-2010, 10:16 AM
This is a very creative idea. The dream you had last night sounds a bit scary. Hope you were alright. Nice drawing from it though.

07-12-2010, 10:30 AM
Thanks :) I think dream-me was a little stressed, as I woke up with a bit of chest ache (this disappears soon after I get up, no worries). But the scenery was nice to look at :D

Here is a new painting of an older dream, number 64 in my journal, around February last year. I dreamt the world was slowly freezing over after a huge tidal wave. I didn't see the wave but I was standing on a snowy bank looking out to sea, there were two large iceberg-things and the sea had lots of ice floes on it. Behind me there were iced over mountains.

The watercolour wash was very light so I heightened the contrast a bit on the PC. Now the sea sticks out like a sore thumb but you can see the icebergs.

07-12-2010, 12:39 PM
Aiylah, these are great. It's more challenging painting from memory than anything else, so a themed dream journal is a wonderful idea. Your scene of the ice world is gorgeous. The sea doesn't look too dark and contrasted, it's just right -- the amount of contrast between open water and ice is even greater sometimes.

Your cabins on poles and forest scene is great too. That sounds like an adventurous dream. I get those sometimes too. They're pretty cool, sometimes they give me ideas for stories.

07-12-2010, 02:17 PM
Cool idea! There was a blog I used to read where the woman drew her dreams. Let me see if I can find it.

Aha found it. Jana Bouc


07-12-2010, 02:37 PM
Cool idea. Great paintings. I find dreams a fascinating topic.

Vivien Maloney
07-12-2010, 02:41 PM
Creative and interesting idea to draw your dreams. The ice landscape looks very realistic.

07-12-2010, 10:35 PM
Sounds like a great idea - you might end up with some very surreal paintings!

07-13-2010, 12:11 PM
Aiylah - This is a great idea. I love the cabin on stilts, but would not like being there with a war going on and soldiers all over. Great, great colors in the ice painting! This one should be very interesting.


07-14-2010, 06:09 AM
Thankyou all for the comments :clap:

robertsloan, yes, it is pretty challenging from memory and even more so when the memories are fuzzy :D And yes, dreams can be inspiring for stories and paintings etc. ! I actually just started writing a "novel" on the idea of dreams.

eyepaint, thanks for those links, its interesting to see what other people dream and how they depict them. Her paintings are fun to look at :D

DrDebby, me too, I also love reading up on dream symbols and so on!

Vivien, yes, it was also quite realistic in the dream, though I wonder why I didn't feel the cold.. :lol:

virgo, I might just! Though a lot of my dreams are "realistic" like the ice one. I've often read up on Surrealism and finding out the artists were inspired from their dreams - then I wonder why my dreams aren't as funky as that :lol:

Jakesgram, yes, way for the soldiers to ruin a nice setting eh :lol:

Last night I had three dreams (that I can recall anyway), but were too chaotic to remember the whole plot. Just snippets again. One of them that I drew today, there was some kind of castle or monastery-type building at the end of a path in a forest, at night time. People were staying in there (I'm not sure if I was there, or watching the dream from a third person point of view). At one point someone wanted to leave and went down the path. A guy followed her to bring her back and found her staring at something at the side of the path, unable to move, where there was a tiny clearing in the trees. It was two lights hovering in the air. The guy grabbed her and brought her back to the building in safety, then some guards lined up behind the large wooden doors to protect everyone. I suppose the lights didn't come in peace :lol:

I did a couple of sketches, then made a larger one of the girl watching the lights.

07-14-2010, 12:33 PM
I, too have such vivid dreams, but I've never thought of recording them down. Great illustrations!

07-14-2010, 01:32 PM
Spooky lights. Great seeing your process of thumbnail to full version.

07-14-2010, 03:54 PM
Very cool idea Alylah! I'm terrible at remembering dreams, I rarely can ? Yet my hubby remembers every single little iddy biddy detail!!! How is that? ! Love your dreams so far... the last one with the "lights" is funny!

07-14-2010, 05:22 PM
Its a great idea Alylah and you're very brave to do it. I love to see these strange dream images andgrapple with the oddness of it. To SEE someone else's dream is really intriguing, its kind of like seeing something at a theatre where you get to see a completely recreated world. Great stuff. keep it going.


07-14-2010, 08:54 PM
Cool idea for a journal. Amazing that you remember your dreams well enough to sketch them.

07-19-2010, 05:07 PM
Thanks everyone! :D

The key to remembering dreams may be to do with the time you wake up, whether you wake up during that phase where dreams occur (REM?) or after that. I often seem to wake up straight away out of them so its easier to remember.

Having said that.. the last few nights have been chaotic, felt so exhausted on waking up that I almost immediately dozed off again, which makes my memories fuzzy. The only image I remember from last night's one is of a figure in a hallway with steps. I did a quick ominous sketch of it here. Then I did a concept sketch of what dreaming sometimes feels like. I may turn it into a painting or something later, just needed to get the idea out and my dream journal seemed like a good place for it :D

So, my apologies for the scruffiness of the sketches. But I'm sure it's more than natural for sketchbooks :D

07-19-2010, 08:12 PM
Aiylah, your concept sketch is spot on! It has enough information so when you return to it later it jogs your memory for the idea you had at that time. Your figure in the hallway is quite ominous..... I have woken up with that feeling many a time and you have portrayed it very simply but amazingly accurate!

07-19-2010, 10:30 PM
Scruffiness is part of keeping a sketchbook sometimes. They aren't perfect finished pieces. The concept sketch is out on paper now rather than just in your head. I'm sure the sketch is just what you need to recall what you were trying to do. The ominous figure in the hall is very well done. Very well done, indeed.

07-19-2010, 11:01 PM
Wow - interesting idea for a sketchbook! I couldn't do this because I almost never remember dreams, although I apparently talk in my sleep quite a bit...! :) Sometimes if I wake up when I am talking, I will remember a teensy bit of the dream, but that's about it. I think I'm just as happy not remembering them, probably...lol!

07-21-2010, 06:28 PM
I find these two sketches really interesting. I totally agree Debby about scruffiness in sketchbooks. I wish I could be more scruffy= less inibited. The concept sketch has absolutely got the concept! I think it would make a really good piece of artwork. The ominous figure is perfect, it just shows how the simplest of marks can work to evoke ideas and images. Mystery and suggestion get imagination active.
I'm another one that doesn't remember dreams, or perhaps prefers not to. The recurring one I really hate is the falling one, from a high tower or cliff.
that one always wakes me up with my heart beating like mad.

07-21-2010, 07:01 PM
Aiyah this is a great idea for a sketchbook. I am loving the way you are portraying what you remember, even, maybe esp the concept drawing. It conveys the chaos often remembered from dreams.

I remember a lot of my dreams, often as the conversations that took place, but never thought to try and draw them.

Thanks for being so brave to depict and share your dreams.