Welcome to Rough Diagrams

I’m pleased to announce, that after about 3 years of deliberation, two half-built and entirely-abandoned websites with associated not-quite-right domain names, and a couple of months of hard work, I have a new website to launch.

Welcome to Rough Diagrams.

Rough: ‘Not fully worked out or including every detail’

Diagrams: ‘Simplified drawing showing the appearance, structure, or workings of something; a schematic representation’

Why a new site?

  1. I have done lots of drawings which don’t fit the two topics I’ve become known for: church cartoons and cycling cartoons. These pictures have, until now, been scattered over various social media accounts and websites, but never really had a home.
  2. The world is changing. There are a lot of topics I want to draw about, but haven’t really had a place to do so.
  3. The way we read things on the internet has changed too. Instagram has become important for visual content, but a lot of my existing diagrams don’t really work there, as there is too much text on them and they are the wrong shape, so get cut off when people view them in different ways. There’s still too much text on some of these I’m sure, but I’ve designed the format with Instagram in mind.
  4. I put a lot of pressure on myself when I’m drawing for other people. So I’m hoping this site will be a place I can relax and enjoy what I do. Even vary the format (yes, I know).

This isn’t just for fun though – I’m hoping to make part of my living through this site, in the same way that I have been fortunate to be able to do through my other online endeavours. How this will work will become apparent, but as with my other websites there will always be free content to look at.

I’m aiming for two new diagrams a week, but real life might take over sometimes meaning there’s less, or I might have a fit of enthusiasm, meaning there’s more. There will certainly be more for the first two days.

Some of the diagrams will be complex, some very simple. Some fairly neat, others very rough. Some about weighty topics, others less so.

For those who would like to follow along – there are various ways to do so:

If you could sign up for my newsletter that would be brilliant. There’s a signup page here.

The diagrams will appear on social media in the following places:

  • Instagram
  • Facebook (this, if all goes smoothly, is the page formerly known as ‘Dave Walker – Cartoonist’)
  • Twitter: both on my @davewalker feed (still the best one to follow), but also on a dedicated @roughdiagrams account.
  • Pinterest. If that works, which it may well do, who knows.
  • If you’d like the diagrams to appear anywhere else let me know. Does anyone use Tumblr?

Thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoy the diagrams.