I started making this comic 'Isolation Penguin' to document what life is like in our house during the lockdown. My husband and I appear as penguins and my dog as a tortoise.

I'm usually a children's book illustrator and as much as it's fun to illustrate the stories of other authors (Fearne Cotton, Swapna Haddow, Niall Breslin, Lucy Courtenay, Simon Philip, and others) I think it's important to have your own side project to keep yourself motivated. I'd been wanting to make a comic for months but I didn't know where to start. I needed a hook or a theme. I'd been collecting funny ideas in a notebook but wasn't sure where to start in turning them into a comic. I was also nervous about putting my own ideas out there.

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Weekly Shop

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Grapeling
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7 months ago

Can't complain about that logic

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Then as lockdown happened I thought: this is my chance, I have this extra time, why don't I document my experience of lockdown in a diary comic. The first episode was about the day I received my letter from the NHS stating that I wasn't allowed to leave my house for 12 weeks. I thought it would be amusing to depict myself and my husband as penguins instead of humans, because they are chubby and cute (and I know lockdown will make us a bit chubbier but probably not cuter ) and to have them do human activities like drinking wine is already funnier than humans drinking wine.

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Household Chores

Household Chores

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
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7 months ago

SAME!

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Vanilla Rose
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7 months ago

These are adorable

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Our greyhound Sandy appears as a tortoise. I had to think of an animal that would fit with the penguins and thought that a tortoise went perfectly. The message or aim of the comic is to document the lighter side of lockdown and to bring a smile to the reader's face.

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
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7 months ago

oh now I get it

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Nhs Letter

Nhs Letter

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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7 months ago

1 day later: Mission Accomplished

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Till now I've been drawing in my studio in the loft of my house (in Folkestone, Kent) with pencils, paper, and Photoshop but 'Isolation Penguin' is the first project that I've done completely on my iPad using the program Procreate. I love this set up as it means I can draw from anywhere. As we are in lockdown this currently means sofa or bed or any room of the house, but when this is finally over it just means my work set up is much more portable.

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No Work And No Play Make Penguin Go Crazy

No Work And No Play Make Penguin Go Crazy

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Nicole Comyn
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7 months ago

This is my reality right now. We all know THAT penguin !!

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Social Distancing

Social Distancing

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Layla Blank
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7 months ago

lol

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Personal Grooming

Personal Grooming

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Jaishna Marwaha
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7 months ago

the beard is meh hair

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Midnight Walkies

Midnight Walkies

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Grapeling
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7 months ago

Adorable

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Doom

Doom

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J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
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7 months ago

YES!! I can't get away from it. My anxiety is not good thx to it being everywhere I turn.

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Pets

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Zorena Deckard
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7 months ago

Oh to be a pet during these times.

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Ankle Weights

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Avery S Alberico
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7 months ago

Those ankle weights are the shackles to this house arrest

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Fairytale

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Freya the Wanderer
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7 months ago

I haven't had a haircut since January. Last time my hair was this long, I was a teenager.

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Cheers

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Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper

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Grapeling
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7 months ago

Applause!

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Zoom

Zoom

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Layla Blank
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7 months ago

Thats Me

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Movie Night

Movie Night

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
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7 months ago

*keeps watching*

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