Edward Carey: A Drawing a Day in Lockdown

For 239 days now I have been doing a drawing a day and posting it on twitter and Instagram. I decided to do this, without much thought, just after I’d fled back home to Austin, Texas from London as the pandemic started. I didn’t really know what it would mean to do a drawing a day, nor do I know how long this will go on for, but I said I’d do it until this was all over and so here I am, every day. Sometimes I draw a suggestion from someone else, sometimes I draw in reaction to the world around us and political events, sometimes I draw whatever comes into my head, sometimes I draw what I’m missing. Now it feels like a pandemic diary in pencil to me, a way to measure time, a way to keep sane, maintain discipline, keep communicating, check in every day, keep afloat and to make a little tiny something each day. It’s become a habit. And, even at this distance, I am still in love with pencil every day. Below are a handful of the drawings.


Day 4. The cat that came to live with us just after this nonsense started.


Day 66. Heroes of Lockdown: Lady Macbeth, who knew how to keep her hands clean. GENTLEWOMAN: It is an accustomed action with her to seem thus washing her hands. I have known her to continue in this a quarter of an hour. (Act V, Sc. 1)


Day 72. George Floyd.


Day 102. A pangolin, found in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Its name comes from a Malay word meaning “one who rolls up”. It is the world’s most trafficked mammal.



Day 140. I am sitting in the middle of Texas and missing the English countryside very much, so today I drew a cock pheasant.


Day 144. Tove Jansson. “Most of the people are homesick anyway, and a little lonely, and they hide themselves in their hair and are turned into flowers.” (Born OTD in 1914.)


Day 204. Musca domestica. (As seen on Mike Pence’s head.)


Day 221. Zadie Smith. “Death has come to America. It was always here, albeit obscured and denied, but now everyone can see it.” (Born OTD in 1975.)


Day 234. November 7th 2020. (My first double portrait.)

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