I’ve met a lot of artists with either depression or anxiety, and I’ve also met a lot with both. Most of the time, my friends that have these diseases try n0t to let them get in the way of their creative processes, but sometimes their mental illnesses can hinder them from creating, like they could be too anxious to go to the store and buy more supplies so they stop painting, or they don’t want anyone to criticize their art so they just stop creating.
I had a friend in high school who was an amazing painter but would only let the art teacher see their stuff, and even then they would have a mental breakdown from thinking like they’re not good enough to be in a high-level art class.
Anxiety and depression can be hard to fight, but people are genuinely born with these illnesses (*like this writer*). These diseases aren’t monsters a person can battle and kill then be done with them. It can take a lifetime to come to grips with these, and then another lifetime to understand how to control them. Some people never do. The best way to take control of your anxiety and depression is to use it for the better, like what graphic artist Gemma Correll does in her art.
Gemma is a British cartoonist, writer, illustrator and “all-around small person” according to her online diary.
She is the author of – among others – “A Cat’s Life” (Te Neues, 2012), “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette” (Dog N Bone, 2013), and “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” (Andrews McMeel, 2015). You can find out more about her books and comics here.
Her illustration clients include Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books and The Observer among so many others.
She also suffers from anxiety and depression, which she channels into her art.
“I hope that those who can relate to them can find some light relief,” Correll told the Huffington Post. “Mental illness is horrible to live with but I believe in art as a form of self-care. Whether it’s making art or looking at it.”
What’s your favorite color?
What’s your star sign?
What’s your favorite word?
Is being an illustrator a real job?
No, it’s a fake job. I actually run a very successful drug smuggling ring. I just pretend to draw things and distract people with my cute pug.
where do babies come from?
You don’t want to know.
Her anxiety becomes witty and comical looks at her life as she struggles to be an adult with a full-time job, two dogs, and a great hate for spin classes. If you want to see more of Gemma, check out her daily drawing diary where she shares her day through her red, black, and white eyes.