Belgian artist Joeri Christiaen began illustrating daily life in lockdown the day it all started, 6 weeks ago. What began as just one casual drawing has now become part of a late-night routine, which he didn't imagine would last for weeks.

Joeri, an animation writer and director based in Paris, illustrates challenges and unexpected comedy coming from family life in lockdown―from homeschooling young kids to hectic conference calls, dealing with being together 24/7, and trying to find (some) time for yourself.

Even though many people are now in self-isolation, there are a lot of relatable situations we continue to share. Every day Joeri receives messages from friends and strangers telling him they’re looking forward to these daily slices of life because they make them smile, feel touched, or simply a bit less lonely. As many of us are juggling between family life and work in these exceptional circumstances, it’s nice to remember you’re not the only one out there not handling it perfectly or having it all figured out!

As Joeri’s main craft is to create and direct animated films and series (you can find more information about his work on his website or Facebook page), this is now inspiring him to write a new short. To be continued...

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Day 23: Making Choices

Day 23: Making Choices

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Stu Mountjoy
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4 months ago

Reminds me of Smith and Jones, when they were talking about eating the onboard airline food, cos they'd already eaten the passengers!

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Day 28: As Ready As I Can Be

Day 28: As Ready As I Can Be

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Small piece of dark heavy paper and tape (until your order for an actual webcam cover arrives). Also, turn off your microphone and speakers. That way you can vent at them to your heart’s content and they’ll never hear you—-something you can’t do in the office.

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Day 33: Learning New Techniques

Day 33: Learning New Techniques

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Max Han
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4 months ago

Sometimes knowledge comes from younger people

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Day 16: We Used To Walk The Streets

Day 16: We Used To Walk The Streets

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mickey
Community Member
4 months ago

the look in his eyes every time though...😂

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Day 19: Homeschooling

Day 19: Homeschooling

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Coffey Murphy
Community Member
4 months ago

Truth!

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Day 2: At Least We Get To Sleep In

Day 2: At Least We Get To Sleep In

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Vanessa Tobias
Community Member
4 months ago

Story of my life!

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Day 25: Remote Brain

Day 25: Remote Brain

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Joseph O'Reilly
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh God this is more relatable than I'm comfortable with

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Day 26: We Didn't See That Coming

Day 26: We Didn't See That Coming

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Don Powell
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey moms and dads. They grow up and are gone quick. Be sure your family knows they are loved!

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Day 41: Need To Remember That

Day 41: Need To Remember That

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Beth Cyr
Community Member
4 months ago

I bet these are wonderful. I wish they were big enough to SEE.

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Day 7: So Far So Good

Day 7: So Far So Good

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Avery S Alberico
Community Member
4 months ago

When you are a gamer, see this, and immediately think of Endermen

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Day 5: Soooo Many Questions

Day 5: Soooo Many Questions

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
4 months ago

me I am the kid

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Day 8: The Switch

Day 8: The Switch

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Sandhya Boyd
Community Member
4 months ago

This describes so perfectly what it feels like to be a working parent right now. My husband and I are juggling at magical levels, for work and school and home, every single day.

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Day 13: The Kids Are Fine

Day 13: The Kids Are Fine

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Sure, of course. Junior is only climbing the walls.

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Day 21: Daddy's Glitching

Day 21: Daddy's Glitching

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
4 months ago

mom*yes yes he is*

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Day 6: Conference Calls

Day 6: Conference Calls

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Sandhya Boyd
Community Member
4 months ago

For us it's wrestling breaks with my little boy. Never. Enough. Wrestling.

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Day 31: Strange Times

Day 31: Strange Times

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Day 40: Road Tripping

Day 40: Road Tripping

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
4 months ago

nice

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Day 36: Not Getting Tired Of The Constant Hugging Though

Day 36: Not Getting Tired Of The Constant Hugging Though

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Sandhya Boyd
Community Member
4 months ago

True. 🙂

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Day 38: The Minute Before

Day 38: The Minute Before

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The Cute Cat
Community Member
4 months ago

Yep.. That's is the feeling

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Day 3: Lunch Before. Lunch Now

Day 3: Lunch Before. Lunch Now

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Lilly Rose Poppy
Community Member
4 months ago

Some people want it to go back to normal, but what if normal is away from family?

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Day 24: Jus Resting My Eyelids

Day 24: Jus Resting My Eyelids

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Max Han
Community Member
4 months ago

I always wanted to be able to sleep with my yes open. I could go through lectures so much quicker

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Day 11: Taking On Some 'Confinement' Weight? Not Me

Day 11: Taking On Some 'Confinement' Weight? Not Me

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Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
4 months ago

This one made me chuckle!

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Day 12: Never Waste A Ray Of Sunshine

Day 12: Never Waste A Ray Of Sunshine

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Cassie
Community Member
4 months ago

Cats know all about this one.

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Day 35: Hide And Seek

Day 35: Hide And Seek

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Magik cofee
Community Member
4 months ago

ha ha relatable sadly

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Day 30: Keeping In Shape

Day 30: Keeping In Shape

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Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

😂🤣😂🤣

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Day 17: It's That Time Again

Day 17: It's That Time Again

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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Hungry kids can become downright feral. So can hungry pets, and hungry husbands. Can’t blame kids or animals, though. However, the husband is a different story. I know his arms and legs aren’t broken, his birth certificate says he’s waaaay over the age of 6, and I have a suspicion he might have mutated and grown opposable thumbs by now, so he can open the fridge and get himself some food if he’s that damn hangrey between meals.

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Day 27: Easter Eggs Hunt

Day 27: Easter Eggs Hunt

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Max Han
Community Member
4 months ago

Careful, you give them too much chocolate eggs, you're gonna regret ever celebrating easter

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Day 39: 3 PM

Day 39: 3 PM

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hopie
Community Member
4 months ago

Same though no work done AT ALL

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Day 9: So, Who's Taking Out The Trash?

Day 9: So, Who's Taking Out The Trash?

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Clementine Black
Community Member
4 months ago

my fam

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Day 22: Discovering New Places

Day 22: Discovering New Places

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

What's that smell though?

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