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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Path of Most Resistance

Changing oneself is painful and, for me, the absolute last resort. I won't do it unless my feet are held up the fire and, even then, I'd rather let them char for a while.

Thanks for reading and sticking with me through the messy parts of the process.

comic strip, illustration, drawing, by connie sun, cartoonconnie, sketchbook, comics, humor, elephant, self-improvement

Friday, September 18, 2020

Part I'd Like To Skip

Whenever I'm facing a difficult challenge, I think how great it would be if I could just skip over this part. 

Thanks for reading along

elephant drawing, comic strip, humor, how life works, cartoon by connie sun, cartoonconnie

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cute Trauma Ghost

Lately, I've been learning about how trauma functions in our brains and what tends to happen when it is ignored and has nowhere else to go. 

I sort of imagine it as a "ghost" floating around in limbo. Of course, there's nothing cute about trauma in real life, but it would feel more manageable if we could see it for what it is.

Thanks so much for all your support

comics, humor, comic strip, mental health awareness, ptsd, trauma portrayed visually as a ghost, cartoon by connie sun, cartoonconnie, sketchbook comic

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Scale of Emotional Pain

Experimenting with a new digital brush to get though some sadness. I've heard that suffering is less when you can "see" or name where you feel pain and that emotional hurts need as much tending to as physical wounds. 

Hope you are taking care of the parts of your spirit that need the most love this season. 

Thanks for reading and supporting

comic strip, cartoon, pain scale, emotional pain scale, sketchbook, drawing, journal comic, connie sun, cartoonconnie, illustration

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Waste No Time, Elephant

I drew this over the weekend to help me process some emotions. Thought I'd share it. 

Let us waste no time on petty things, Elephant. We are here so briefly.

Thanks for supporting my cartooning

elephant hug illustration, comic strip, sketchbook, drawing, by connie sun, cartoonconnie

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Update: Comic for PEN America's "We Will Emerge" Project

Proud to have contributed a comic to PEN America's "We Will Emerge" project, with thanks to Wajahat Ali & Dave Eggers for creating this space⁣⁣.⁣⁣  

View full project here https://pen.org/we-will-emerge/⁣⁣  ⁣⁣  

You can find my submission in the "gratitude" section⁣ or⁣ read as separate panels on Instagram.

For this project, writers, activists, and academics came together to imagine a blueprint for a post-COVID America. 

comics, submission, art activism, post-covid America, illustration, connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Sketchbook: Drawing for a Rainy Day

I posted a couple of throwback comics for a rainy day on my Instagram

This sketch is from a year ago, when I first started drawing on an iPad with Procreate and was getting used to a digital workflow. ⁣The other two throwback comics were drawn on paper in my old style.

sketchbook drawing, connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Elephant Reserves Judgment

I've been leaning pretty hard into my coping mechanisms lately, like stress-eating and pining for love for all the wrong reasons. I think it's crisis fatigue. Who else?

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elephant, illustration, comics, humor, coping mechanisms, sketchbook drawing, connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Update: In Between the Panels

In comics, the space between panels is called a "gutter."

At the moment, I'm in that difficult, transitional, in-between space of trying to decide, "what next?"

A lot of good things can happen here, too, but still, it's not easy.

You may have noticed that I'm posting less one-off sketchbook comics, as I work to develop material for new projects and works in progress.

Thanks for bearing with me as I try to get to a place where I can continue to create comics.

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comics, panels, gutter, sketchbook drawing, climbing, illustration, by connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Creative Fine Line

There's a fine line between creative inspiration and comparison!

Creativity and the ego have a weirdly codependent relationship.

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comic about creativity, ego, creative inspiration and comparison, by connie sun, cartoonconnie, sketchbook, drawing, slice of life cartoon

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Masks Or Die

This is out of my usual wheelhouse, but I'm concerned by how much politics has drowned out science in the U.S.

I'm afraid to think what will happen if we fail to come together on the most basic shared values.

*Note: This sketch is referencing a political cartoon from 1754, by Benjamin Franklin. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Join,_or_Die)
sketchbook drawing referencing benjamin franklin's 1754 cartoon "join, or die", connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Love and Pizza in a Pandemic

I saw a guy walking and talking to his pizza yesterday and thought, "This is the most romantic New York thing I've seen during this pandemic."

New diary comic. I wear a mask in public, even when I go running. Stay safe and stay well, wherever you are.

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comics, comic strip, illustration, humor, journal comic, slice of life, sketchbook, connie sun, cartoonconnie, nyc, pizza