It’s been too cold for me to go out and do much drawing, but as winter slowly ends I’ve been getting out and doing some drawings. Above are drawings from the British Museum, in a junk notepad that I got from a newsagents.
(Small piece of advice to a certain sketchbook maker; if you sell a pad as “plain”, don’t put your brand name in the corner of every page. Also, your paper quality is really bad.)
Over the winter I started keeping a diary comic blog, which is why I’ve not been posting up a lot of stuff here. It’s a commitment to doing one comic a day, which doesn’t seem like a lot… but it actually takes quite a lot of time. I’m learning a lot from doing it.
This is one of the early comics, from when I first started doing it. I was using a really small A6 pad, and ripping out the pages to scan them as I went along, which gave me this great feeling of freedom. Not all of the things you make have to be permanent, right? Sometimes you can rip a page out of a notebook! My sketchbooks end up having such a large of time in them that they always feel ‘precious’, so just knocking out the small sketches was pretty good.
My recent comics have been A5 in size, which might have been a mistake – it’s allowed me to do some different things, but on days when it’s hard to do a comic, or when I’ve not had a lot of time, I’ve put it off. That means that I now have a big backlog of comics to draw! I’ve made copious notes, but not every day has been chronicled as well as others…
In the long run, I don’t think doing a diary comic is going to be feasible forever. I’ve already had some flack for how I present people around me, and – to be honest – my life isn’t that interesting. But for now, it’s an interesting project to work on. Perhaps if I was going to do it again, I would have not shaved my beard off half-way through last month, as I became much harder to draw…
Finally, I made a bunch of my earlier comics available as a zine. This is my first zine! I’m quite excited.