I find that when I’m feeling low, creative expression works like a purgative. If you were to ask me what depression feels like, I’d tell you it’s a lot like this: it comes out of nowhere. It’s an unprovoked attack with a gigaton warhead that leaves me feeling hollowed out. Crushed. Confused. It’s hard to concentrate. It’s hard to feel connected to life. To the people I love. I feel lonely. Isolated. In spite of all the good in my life, I feel absolutely wretched and worthless.

But depression doesn’t last. It talks a big game, but it doesn’t have the legs to keep up. Breathe. Find your stride. Put your head down and run. Sooner or later you leave depression in the dust.

 

Tools of the Trade

Here are some of the tools I use when making art.

 

For larger artwork I use Strathmore Bristol Pads 11X14.

For art on-the-go I adore my Sketch Wallet.

My pencil of choice is a Pentel Graphgear 500 with .7mm blue or red lead. <— This and my Sketch Wallet are the two tools that go with me everywhere.

For inking, I’m digging Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens.

While I’ve tried lots of different writing software solutions I keep coming back to old reliable: Microsoft Word.