May 26, 2021

Meeting (New) People

First panel: Title card saying "Meeting (New) People". Second panel: caption says "Apps", image shows Claire sitting on the floor, wearing short hair and a plaid shirt, holding up their iPhone to look at it and thinking "Which do I hate more: defining myself for others, or starting conversations that don't go anywhere?" Third panel: caption at the top says "Zoom calls". Image shows Claire sitting on her easy chair, leaning over to click something on her laptop and making a worried face with gritted teeth, saying "Aaah shit shit shit! How did I come across?? I need more non-verbal cues!!!" Caption pointing at her says "(I call this a Zoom hangover)". Fourth panel: caption at the top says "IRL". Image shows Claire standing behind a line of tape on the floor with their hands in their pockets, wearing a hoodie, a knapsack, messy chin-length hair and an FFP2 mask. She thinks to herself "Oh wow, that person is cute!" A caption points to their hair saying "unkempt 6-month quarantine mullet". Another caption points to the tape on the floor saying "literally not safe to get close to anyone".

I am happy to report that the mullet at least is now gone, though not much else has changed! (These are observations btw, not a request for dating advice.)

 [ Lord Huron - When The Night Is Over ]

May 21, 2021

Friday Sketchpost: "Beten" (Praying)

For Lent earlier this year, I was asked to volunteer some artwork for a local church on the topic of prayer within the larger theme of "Barmherzigkeit" (mercy). This is what I came up with, with the idea that prayer can be opening yourself up to dialog with anyone—yourself, other persons human or divine—with a specific focus on places in Berlin where I've found this possible.

(No physical human presence here, because... well, you know.)  

Black and white illustration of a lake, with trees on either side and a small bouie in the water. Text says "What do I want to say, but don't know how?" in German.
What do I want to say, but don't know how?

May 5, 2021

One shitty rollercoaster

Claire sits at the top of a rollercoaster. They go down, then level off, then down, then swing back up, then slowly climb, then level off, then back down, then swing back up, then level off. In the final panel she plunges back down and says "Dear God when does it stop."

 If you've been on a shitty rollercoaster, this one is for you.

[ Julien Baker - Favor (live) ]


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