C: “... I can still feel the moment during CPR when his ribs cracked. I can still see his face. It haunts me, even years later. What if there was something else I could’ve done, something I could’ve tried? I still struggle with it.”

C: “... I can still feel the moment during CPR when his ribs cracked. I can still see his face. It haunts me, even years later. What if there was something else I could’ve done, something I could’ve tried? I still struggle with it.”

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. 

  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.  

 Hello, anxiety! while standing in an elevator.

Hello, anxiety! while standing in an elevator.

Hello, anxiety! Fear and anxiety — they often go hand in hand. 

Years ago, a psychologist once held up her cupped hand, as if she was holding something, looked it this imaginary thing and exclaimed, “Hello, anxiety!” Acknowledge it, greet it — and lessen its power, she told me. Recently I started exploring anxiety in a visual way. The way I’m seeing it (so far) —fear is the noun and anxiety is the verb.