Advice I Ignored is mostly made up of written stories and essays.
But I use drawings when words aren’t quite enough. Mental health is deeply personal, you know? As an artist, drawings are closer to me than writing. I had to learn to write about my feelings, but I’ve been drawing them since before I could read.
When I was in the worst of my depression, I didn’t keep a journal; I drew.
The illustrations are all black India ink and white acrylic paint on mixed media paper. I chose this medium so that the drawings would look quick and expressive. I wanted the viewer to see how they’d been worked on, and how I’d both covered and revealed my mistakes. Below are a few drawings from the first chapter.