Diary comics can tell your personal story; start conversations; describe things that can be difficult to communicate with words alone; and be a creative experiment in expression. Weaving words and images together to tell a story is fun to do; therapeutic; a way to connect with people; political; and even transformational!
In My Day in Small Drawings, discover how to practice observation and active listening and use narrative and storytelling techniques to weave drawings and ideas together to craft a unique and delightful visual diary.
After an introduction to diary comics and tips on incorporating humour, developing a visual style, creating characters and choosing pens and paper, discover 52 prompts to inspire your observational journey. Use the blank frames that follow each prompt to record your life as it grows with you. In any order you choose, document and explore: Yourself and your home – Find inspiration in your daily chores, activities and favourite clothing and objects.The world around you – Look outwards, at the people and things you pass on walks and in public places.Modern life – Examine how you feel about politics, the environment, online content, exercise, things that annoy you and things that make you happy.Family and friends – Write and sketch about your relationships, socialising, disagreements, holidays and love. Describe your real and imagined worlds by adding text to images and become a storyteller to create your own graphic narrative! Observational, personal, overheard conversations taken out of context, objects given a voice, locations and memories they inspire are all woven deftly into this charming book to cherish.
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This is a unique book that talks about documenting your life, but through small drawings almost like a comic book. It was really cool, because not everyone like writing about their life or keeping a journal but wants to find someway to document their day to day.
Really helpful book and many cute drawings! I am definitely going to reread this book soon! And I like how it is formulated.
The author of this title feels passionately about the ways in which writing comics can be helpful to the one doing the drawing and captioning. It may also be helpful or inspiring or humorous or…to others if shared. The comic offers a visual way of thinking that can be augmented with text. The cartoon can make a point, evoke emotion, provide catharsis or more. Ms. Tristram began making comics when she was diagnosed with cancer. Expressing herself with this form was important to her and she shares why this is so. After a detailed introduction, there are a number of prompts. These are followed by pages where the owner of the book can make their own comics. She shares her own on each subject and these help to put budding artists in the spirit to create. For those who are looking for ways to express themselves, this book may be quite intriguing. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sharing it. All opinions are my own.
A lot of people have picked up a hobby or two while staying home more during the pandemic. To me, art journaling or diary comics is possibly one of the best ones to start on because not only is it fun, it’s therapeutic and makes for a great memory keepsake. I like Melissa Tristram’s My Day in Small Drawings as it provides a ton of prompts so you never run out of ideas what to journal about. The prompts are accompanied by her own drawings as a guide on how you could do yours. Her comics are really simple and basic, showing that you don’t have to be an artist to keep a diary comic. In fact, you can draw stick figures if you want to! Space is provided after each prompt for you to doodle on so you don’t have to get a separate sketchbook if you don’t want to. This would make a great gift for yourself or anyone!
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is such a cute book! This book breaks down journaling, drawing, and reflecting through little drawings. Tristram gives advice and prompts on drawing as a part of journaling and documenting experiences and feelings. There are cute comics and drawings throughout the book as examples. There's prompts followed by pages to do your own drawing, which isn't as useful in the ebook version. It's a thoughtful book that talks about the importance of things like your favorite items, the weather, and how to express yourself. It's a great book to help you reflect, draw, and journal regularly.
A great way to get started drawing, turning sketches into a daily journal reflection piece. Great for anyone looking at mindfulness and reflection.
If you’re looking for an easy comic workbook, this book is for you! At the beginning the author shares her experience emphasizing that comics don’t have to be fancy, your characters can even be a square and a circle! Then she gives you prompts of things you can illustrate with both examples of what she would do and blank pages where you can draw.
This book is wonderful to help those starting out with journaling ! The concept of it is so unique and fun and the drawings are super cute.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the prompts and found some new ideas. It was interesting reading Matilda’s perspective on ordinary moments throughout the day. It made me want to pay attention more to small moments. I also liked that she included a list of resources at the end of the book.
Fun little book I used to pass the time away. A good alternative to staring at screens for sure! Recommend to art and doodle lovers everywhere!
This was a cute and helpful book and the illustrations were charming, but I think I expected something else from it...
"My Day in Small Drawings" is a cute little book that offers an approach similar to guided journalling. The difference is, that Matilda Tristram encourages the user to draw instead of writing. Interacting with this book reminded me of "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. In a similar way, it proves that people are natural born creatives and artists. Personally, I *can't* draw to save my life, I know nothing about composition and perspective, but this book proved that I don't have to to feel the actual benefits of drawing daily comics. And art is such a powerful tool for wellbeing. I enjoyed "My Day in Small Drawings" and I will be recommending it to my clients who may struggle with more traditional forms of journalling.