A month of journal comix, January 2022

Something happened in January that I didn’t expect would: I drew a journal comic for every day of the month. This is something that hasn’t happened since my first Inktober back in October 2019. I participated in my own versions of Inktober for 2020 and 2021, but still didn’t draw every day. And while I’ve kept up the journal comix since October 2019, there have been many gaps.

Why was this January different? I don’t really know, other than I wanted to see if I could do it. And when I started the month, it was not a hard rule. But as the month progressed, the momentum was there. I didn’t want to miss a day, so I stuck to it.

I also mixed up my approach. Before I’d try to have a more literal depiction of what happened in my day. But sometimes days are boring, and there’s no real visual thing that sticks out. So when I felt that the day wasn’t visually interesting, I’d draw something else while still talking about my day. I ended up drawing a bunch of birds this month. It was fun. I’ve never been a big drawer of animals, so this also had the added effect of practicing that. And that’s the beauty of daily journal comics in an A6 sized sketchbook: Because I can draw small and draw loose, I can experiment a bit and each drawing takes less than a half-hour.

It’s now February and I hope to stick with the daily journal comix for as long as possible. Perhaps I will keep on drawing birds. Or maybe I’ll try something else…

Journal Comic, 1 Jan 2022. New Years Walk.
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