Artist Makes Sense Of Her Depression And Anxiety By Creating Witty Comics (30 New Pics)
Pretty sure we are all aware of and know the importance of good physical health, but being mentally healthy can make all the difference when it comes to overcoming the challenges life might throw at us. One has to always remember to take care of both their body and mind, and sometimes, though the journey can be tough, it is also just as rewarding.
Of course, at times, we also choose to just cope with some problems. And what best way to do so if not through a pinch of humor? British illustrator Gemma Correll does exactly that. Through her simple comics that depict the realities of a person who struggles with both anxiety and depression, she manages to convey her emotions and feelings in a relatable way to over 928K people on Instagram.
In a previous post, Gemma told us that her comics are the result of the journals and notebooks she had kept for years, "It's something I've done since childhood, making notes and drawings (it was only at college that I learned to call them comics). The short comics that I share are inspired by snippets from my everyday personal life."
On her website, Correll describes herself as "A cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and all-around small person. I’ve written a few books, including - A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette (Dog N Bone 2013) The Feminist Activity Book (Seal Press 2015), and The Worrier’s Guide to Life (Andrews McMeel 2015). My illustration clients include Amazon, Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books, and Bodyform."
Gemma actually went to art school which gave her a headstart in her artistic career, "I went to art school in Norwich (England) – I have a BA (hons) degree in Graphic Design specializing in Illustration." A lot of people assume the artist works on her art using digital means but that's not entirely correct.
Gemma has quite a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to contrasting and cleaning up her images. "I scan my images into photoshop and then use the “Levels” tool to adjust the black/white until I’m happy with the result. Same if the image is in color, although that makes it a bit trickier to get the balance right. I just use the good ol’ fashioned eraser tool for any mistakes (although often, I’ll just leave the mistakes in the drawing)."
Note: this post originally had 33 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.