A mother-of-two has found a unique way of documenting her family vacations in the form of sprawling illustrations.
Lori Richmond, 40, uses images and text to create personalized journals of her adventures with husband Matthew, 41, and their sons Cooper, nine, and Holden, six.
The journals include anecdotes from the Brooklyn, New York-based family’s trips and details of what they ate and saw.
Explorers: Lori Richmond, 40, pictured with her husband Matthew, 41, and their sons Cooper, nine, and Holden, six, in San Francisco, creates personalized journals of family holidays
Documented: The journals, pictured, feature anecdotes from vacations and details of what they ate and saw
Mobile: So far her journals have documented trips to San Francisco and Hawaii
Lori, who works as a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer, said she started drawing as a child but took a temporary ‘hiatus’.
But after having children, she returned to her childhood passion a few years ago and started documenting their vacations.
So far her journals have included trips to San Francisco and Hawaii.
She told Daily Mail Online: ‘Traveling with children doesn’t allow much downtime so I have to work either early in the morning or after everyone is in bed.
‘I do a little bit each day while everything is still fresh in my mind.
‘Unlike some of my other work, I don’t work from photos or reference when I’m doing the journals. I like to draw things as I remember them, even if they are imperfect.’
Lifelong hobby: The children’s book illustrator and graphic designer from Brooklyn, New York, said her passion for drawing started as a child
Fast working: Lori spends between 30 minutes and an hour each day working on the illustrations to create a spread, pictured, over several days
Lori spends between 30 minutes and an hour each day working on the illustrations to create a spread over several days.
She added: ‘If there is a lot of content, and I have a long plane ride, I can do a whole spread in a couple of hours.’
Lori uses a Moleskine unlined notebook, pens in different widths and markers in different tones of gray for shading.
She said her sons love her illustrations, adding: ‘They pour over the journals during our trip and love spotting all the details.’
For beginners, she advised not being ‘too precious’ and working fast.
‘I really like documenting the little moments because it makes the art and the memory that much richer.
Toolkit: Lori uses a Moleskine unlined notebook, pens in different widths and markers in different tones of gray for shading
Family activity: She said her sons love her illustrations which they ‘pour over’ looking for details
‘Did someone say something funny? Did you learn a really unexpected fact on a tour?
‘Did you spill a drink at nearly every meal, like we did? That is the kind of stuff you can use as content for your drawing,’ she added.
She said tools and drawing methods do not matter, it is about ‘making the mark’ to record fun memories.
‘Drawing things you see and experience is known to improve your memory of them – even more than photos,’ she told parenting website Babble.
Lori’s first picture book as author and illustrator, Pax and Blue, which tells the story of a boy’s friendship with a bird, goes on sale in February.