A few days ago, I logged into my art tumblr, and was met by this:
I’ve been following you on Twitter for over a year (maybe two?) now and really think you’re a great person! I’m kind of shy to talk to you, but I just wanted to say that I suffer from depression as well and seeing you cope as well as you do has helped me cope better too. If you’re up to it, I’d love to see you draw a picture depicting different things that help you cope with your depression. Anyway, thanks for just being you. :)
I got really happy. I like helping people, and I know how difficult it can be contacting new people, so I wrote a quick reply. A thanks.
I decided to work on this. Drawing about things that help me cope and make me happy; what’s not to love about it? Today I sat down to think about it. What helps me cope with depression and my life being difficult? What can I actually draw? How does one draw ‘conlanging‘? How does one draw ‘remembering‘? I wrote it all down. First sketch notes: this is what I want to have in the drawings (because by this point, it was clear that this could not be just one drawing), this is what I want to say. Then real text: this is what these things mean, this is why. Then I began drawing. I slowly realised how to draw ‘conlanging‘. I still struggle with ‘remembering‘.
It will take several days to finish this, so I thought I should make it a blog post while working on it. This blog post is pretty much my second sketch text. I put it here, because perhaps it can help someone. Perhaps it can make someone smile. Perhaps it is just a good thing having it here on my blog. For future reference. For remembrance.