Sue, 60, nearly lost her life in a California fire in 1991. It's still painful for her to talk about it today.

Sue, 60, nearly lost her life in a California fire in 1991. It's still painful for her to talk about it today.

Your fears, illustrated.

Fear Illustrated is a chronicle of people’s fears — using their words and my visuals. What scares us most? Everything. Failure, the unknown, fish, biscuits, flying, small holes, mass shootings ... the list is long and varied. Why not explore these fears through color and texture and strange-looking little creatures? Click here to see a collection of illustrations that represents a wide range of what scares us most. And here if you'd like to order the book Fear, Illustrated.

Fear, Illustrated: Transforming What Scares Us was released in January 2017.

Fear, Illustrated: Transforming What Scares Us was released in January 2017.

The book: Fear, Illustrated:
Transforming What Scares Us

Four years of fear illustrations have been brought together in the book, Fear, Illustrated: Transforming What Scares Us (Parallax Press, 2017). I started this project because I was fascinated with the idea of fear — big and so-called “small.” (Fear is fear — I don't judge.) I had no idea back then that the topic of fear itself would become so ... topical.  

A fear a day, inspired by what visitors shared at a recent Fear, Illustrated gallery exhibition.

A fear a day, inspired by what visitors shared at a recent Fear, Illustrated gallery exhibition.

The process: Thinking, channeling,
sketching and intuiting

One of the most common questions I get about this fear project: “How long does it take you to create one of these illustrations?” This is really a question about process, I think. I started this project with the idea of keeping perfection at bay. I like to work quickly, with intention. Imperfections are part of the process of illustrating people’s fears.