Comment Drawing

Comment Drawing

Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 03:41PM EST by Don.

Added Feb 24, 2014 at 01:45PM EST by Don.

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Comment Drawing is the practice of illustrating user-submitted comments and other text-based posts found on discussion forums and social media platforms through the visual medium of hand-drawn sketches and other artworks.


The humorous concept of replying to another user’s text-based comment with an illustrative counterpart was first introduced by Redditor I_Draw_Your_Comment[6] in early June 2010.


On December 12th, 2010, Redditor Sure_Ill_Draw_That[7] began posting drawings of a stick figure interacting with various depictions of Redditors comments. On January 6th, 2011, Redditor IllReallyAnimateThat[8] began posting animated GIF depictions of Redditor comments. That month, Reddit added “Best Novelty Account” to their yearly awards, honoring the account Sure_Ill_Draw_That[7] for their illustrative responses.

On February 12th, 2012, Redditor exempligratia created the /r/redditgetsdrawn[4] subreddit, where Redditors submit photographs of themselves for other users to illustrate. Within the first two years, the subreddit gained over 28,200 subscribers. On February 15th, Redditor Shitty_Watercolour began posting on-the-fly watercolor paintings inspired by other Redditor’s comments.

On March 5th, Redditor Etch_A_Sketcher[2] created an account for posting illustrations of Reddit comments made with an Etch A Sketch mechanical drawing toy (shown below, left). On August 31st, Redditor AWildSketchAppeared[1] began posting photographs of original pencil-drawn sketches depicting other Redditors comments (shown below, right).

On February 5th, 2014, the @DrawnYourTweet Twitter feed was launched, which replies to other Twitter users with illustrations of their posted tweets. On February 16th, the Internet news blog The Daily Dot[5] published an article about the tweet illustrations, highlighting several notable drawings.

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