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Reflections on a Siege

Calling on all illustrators.

Words: Inkstick Editorial Team
Pictures: Mounzer Awad

Wasn’t 2021 a cakewalk? For some, perhaps it was. For others, it might have been the toughest year yet. At Inkstick, we’re sort of in the middle. With a pandemic still raging, extreme temperatures putting pressure on weak energy infrastructure, new refugee crises emerging, and cyberattacks disrupting crucial systems, there is no doubt that 2021 still felt pretty challenging. For the United States, however, it was even more so, since the year began with an attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — something which many would have thought impossible.

As we reflect on the siege (or riot or insurrection) on its first anniversary, the editorial team at Inkstick is calling on all illustrators to help us answer a burning question: Where are we one year after? Has anything changed? Or are we headed for something much worse? What do you see when you reflect on the siege, one year later? And, what should we see?

Submissions should be 2000 pixels wide. Landscape orientation preferred, but not required.

While this is a serious topic, we want you to have fun while drawing. Don’t be scared to insert a little humor or be satirical. Rather, we welcome that. More importantly, be creative!

Please send related submissions to by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 4, 2022, with the subject “Reflection series.”

Inkstick Editorial Team

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