Friday, January 7, 2011

Nov/10 & Dec/10 Dream Journals



I've been (off and on) keeping a dream journal for years now, but last month I thought I'd try keeping a visual one instead of spending all that time typing out brain nonsense. Like a lot of folks I have very rambling, complicated dreams (or nightmares, egads), but I know how boring it can be to hear someone retell a whole dream (not to mention painful to draw), so I figured I'd keep to these tiny snippets cut from the larger sprawl. Not every dream I had last month of course, but enough that stuck with me. Probably the closest I'll come to a diary comic!

(And I'd recommend it too, if you don't already record your dreams -- I've mined a lot of ideas and images from mine, and it's a good source of, er, things a Waking You might not have thought of.)

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42 comments:

  1. OH! Its is fantastic to found this blog, i love so much all your work, it is so awesome!!

    See you, i follow.

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  2. This is the coolest thing I've seen all day, just saying. Keep it up, Em! your work is amazingly inspiring.

    Good idea, recording your dreams. I might try, though I doubt I'd last long doing so.

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  3. These are so eerie and lonely. I can almost feel the dream-quality in each of them. Really great.

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  4. these are really cool very surreal. Also your work is amazing I really love it!

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  5. Oh man - I kept a dream journal with the intent of making comics based on my dreams once. It never happened but you're really making me want to take a stab at it right now. These are great!

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  6. These are SO SO SO SO awesome! I've been writing my dreams for years now, and the more I do it the more I can recall. I've always wanted to try illustrating the key moments, you've inspired me thank you!

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  7. The pictures are beutiful and evoking. It's a shame the dreams were so dark.

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  8. What a great idea! Beautiful images.

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  9. Wow, these are so trippy, and the imagery is really striking. :)

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  10. So, naturally, it's not enough for you to radiate "awesomeness" at full volume while you're awake, now we find out you're also doing it while you sleep.

    Amazing.

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  11. Amazing what the mind can show you when practically unconscious :))

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  12. Aaaahhhhhh I'm so glad to see your dreams. I've kept my dreams since I was young and usually use them for my paintings (http://www.taryntrousdale.com/). I believe remembering dreams gets easier the more you do it, and now I remember my dreams (even if I don't write them) almost every single night. You've inspired me to try some small, concise drawings now!

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  13. So lovely, and visual diaries are an awesome idea, whenever I type out my dreams they sound so... weird.

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  14. Your work is amazing! I want to read more dreams stories.
    Congratulations from Spain! :D

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  15. these are incredible!! thanks for sharing :D

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  16. ooooh I was waiting sooo long ... I love it

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  17. What a great idea!

    Your style suits the subject perfectly, every one of these could be an animated short.

    One a day please! :)

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  18. That's a brilliant idea! The four panelled summary for each one feels like snippets from an illustrated novel. I'm currently writing my dissertation about dreams and illustration. (Silly that I didn't think of this before! lol) Yours are so well put together. I imagine it was fairly difficult to do since memory of dreams tends to be rather hazy even if you write it down immediately upon waking (at least for me).

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  19. these are all fantastic. great blog, thanks for sharing!

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  20. OMG! i love this so much. i wanted long ago to illustrate my dreams in single images but i wasn't satisfied with the way they came out. But i love the way you did it, it works very well.
    And listening about what ppl dream is not boring at all, i love to listen to that and everything related to dreams. So i wanna see more of your dreams ;)

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  21. Interesting Idea, I'll have to give it a whirl.

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  22. Brilliant! I will start one tomorrow!

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  23. These are quiet lovely. They really do capture the fragmented perception and weird disconnect of dreams and nightmares.

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  24. I could see all of them as little animated spots. Ah, these dreams are SO disturbing+ beautiful.

    *bows down*

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  25. These are lovely, surreal and haunting. I'm inspired!

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  26. This reminds me of a comic book compilation I got for my birthday once called Dreamtoons. It has peoples dreams, only set in four panels and it was published as a comic strip. The artist uses other peoples dreams though. I really like your renditions.

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  27. These are awesome but now I'm a little scared to go to sleep.

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  28. Awesome and inspiring! thanks for posting this :)

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  29. Just stumbled upon your work, I LOVE it! :) Your Dune characters, your dream journal...awesome!! Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  30. I post parts of my dreams on facebook, as my status. One friend suggested I do a comic of my dreams (and I loved the idea) another friend directed me here, and I love it. Thank you for sharing. PS When you are holding up your hand in your dream are you attempting to lucid dream? I did this when I was younger, when I first heard about Lucid dreaming. Keep sharing xo

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  31. damn. i love style! i especially loved your dream journal and your illustrations! absolutely wonderful! :D

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  32. i find other people's dreams fascinating,
    and this is the best way i have seen of retelling them.

    and i like your dreams a lot.

    i've just been reading all of your other comics on your website.

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  33. I want to tell you what a BIG BIG BIG inspiration you are to me- your style is absolutely delightful, and I adore your dark macabre twists in your stories. I read ALL your comics and I am honestly admitting that many of them gave me a genuine chill. There's just something so arresting about your pacing, your words, the colours-the paneling...

    You are an absolute delight. Please never stop creating beautifully dark comics, and never ever stop drawing.

    love, a fan.

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  34. awesome!such a cool idea! n BEAUTIFUL art at that!<3

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  35. OMG!!
    thank you so much for sharing these.

    It's really is weird, wonderful, intimate, and inspiring.

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  36. i tend to write my dreams a lot, and i think is a really beautiful idea to draw them, i might try that as well. since monday 12 i keep dreaming about snakes. (i love snakes but i never had snakes in my dreams 4 days in a row)
    on the 12th it was a voice in my head telling me "seek for the knowledge and follow the snake" (a snake pattern made from white stones on a dirt wall) thats when i woke up xD.

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  37. incredible. so glad I found this, you've inspired me to attempt this as well

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  38. I have to say... I quite disagree with your view of Duncan Idaho. Otherwise, this is all so amazing.

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