Friday, September 30, 2011

There, now that's over with, too.


The 30 day challenge is over! Happy October everyone. 

If you've been jonesin' for more comics, I'll be posting a "bonus" 12-panel strip on Sunday, just to get things ready for next week when I go back to a regular schedule. 




Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 366. What's next?


There we go, the last strip, bringing it around to a year and one day. September 24th, 2010, to September 24th, 2011.
I hope you guys enjoyed following along the past year! It was really encouraging to know I was drawing for an audience.

How will you go on you ask? How will you satisfy your need to read my self absorbed pen scratches?
Fear not! 
I'm going to be taking a break for a week, to work on some school work, and to work on putting together a book proposal for a collection of all the strips. Then, starting one week from tomorrow, I'll be going back to work on journal comics. 

This time around I'll be drawing a 12-panel strip each week and posting it on Sunday, and if I can figure out a way to color them that I like, I might do that, in order to give them the proper "sunday comics" treatment. 

The first strip will be posted on October 9th. I'll be sure to remind everyone through all the social networking portals.
Until then you can always go back and read the four panel strips, they're all still here on the blog.
Also you can check back until the end of September as 30 day drawing challenge goes out with a whimper. 


Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy One Year-versary!

It's been a whole 365 days since I began this comic. I feel like I should say something important to make this historic occasion, but I can't muster anything up. Honestly I started this on a whim as a challenge to myself, and out of it came a project that was at times frustrating and rewarding. I feel like I've grown a lot in terms of the amount of work I can create in a given amount of time (the argument of quality v. quantity aside.) I've also grown a lot in terms of training myself to see the world through comics. Anyway, before this sentiment I'm feeling turns into some dumb artists' statement, I'm going to digress, and say "Thanks."

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me by reading my strip and telling me they enjoyed it, or merely didn't tell me anything because they were indifferent. Basically just "Thanks."

Stay tuned for the final four-panel strip tomorrow, and I'll be clarifying what I'm going to be doing with the strip from here on.

Oh, and here are the strips from yesterday and today, as well as day 22 and 23 of the 30 day drawing challenge. Does anyone else think the themes of the day are getting a bit too obtuse?







And I almost forgot to mention, I was published in the Fall 2011 issue of the South Loop Review, a creative nonfiction and art magazine published by Columbia College Chicago. One of my dailies from last October (actually the one I chose as my favorite) is in there, blown up to almost 2x the size it was drawn at (yikes.)

Here are some photos of myself and Matt who just happened to be visiting my apartment posing with the issue:





Wednesday, September 21, 2011





Monday, September 19, 2011



Sunday, September 18, 2011



Saturday, September 17, 2011



Friday, September 16, 2011

Top Five Strip Countdown.



The time has come for me to reveal my picks for my top five strips (until now, who's to say the next week wont yield at least one good one (one would hope)). Here we go.

#5. Day 7. September 30th, 2010:




#4. Day 108. January 9th, 2011:


#3. Day 343. September 1st, 2011:



#2. Day 105. January 6th, 2011:



and my favorite Our Ever Improving Living Room from the past year is, drumroll please.

#1. Day 33. October 26th, 2010:




Thursday, September 15, 2011






Wednesday, September 14, 2011





Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ten Days Left.


Here we go everyone. Starting tomorrow there are only ten day left until the one year anniversary of Our Ever Improving Living Room.
I know I've been saying that I'm going to be ending the strip after September 24th, but please don't fret, that's not true.
I'm only ending the strip in it's current incarnation. I'll still be drawing a journal comic, only now it's going to be 12 panels long, and I'll only be doing it once a week or every other week. I promise to keep posting them if you promise to keep reading, but I could use a little bit of time to work on getting a formal book together to send to publishers, as well as completing my last semester at school. I've also been working on developing a new website with help from Matt, who's becoming seriously adept at web design.
Until that site goes up I'll leave all the OEILRs here on my blog, but once it's ready I'm planning on taking them all down, on account of we're planning on having a section of the website where you can read them all. It would just be easier to have all your Kevin Budnik needs consolidated to one place, no?

So once again, follow me on facebook, twitter, flickr for new updates after the 24th, and check back often because www.kevinbudnik.com is coming!
Also, a few weeks ago I put out a call for everyone to post their picks for their favorite strips. Thanks a lot to everyone who posted and told me in person, I know a few people had trouble commenting (something's funny with the comments function on blogger). I'll be picking my top 5 this week and I'll be sure to post them here.

That's it, I know some of it is old news, but it helps to unload info on you guys sometimes, clears out the brain.
Now please enjoy day 13 of the 30 day drawing challenge, followed by a short "jam" comic that David Alvarado and I drew today. I think it's pretty awesome.





Monday, September 12, 2011



Sunday, September 11, 2011



Saturday, September 10, 2011




Friday, September 9, 2011



Thursday, September 8, 2011



Wednesday, September 7, 2011



I posted some photos of my drawing space on Flickr last night, sort of like a virtual tour of my studio/bedroom. There are a few little stories behind some of the objects, anyway if you're interested, head over and check them out.