Above: Inside pages from the book  Fear, Illustrated.  Illustrations by Julie M. Elman ©2016. Book design by John Barnett / 4 Eyes Design.

Above: Inside pages from the book Fear, Illustrated. Illustrations by Julie M. Elman ©2016. Book design by John Barnett / 4 Eyes Design.

The book

Fear, Illustrated: Transforming What Scares Usis a visually stunning, light-hearted, and compelling visual exploration of the fears people confront in their daily lives” (via amazon).

Since 2012, I’ve been listening to people talk about their fears, and I’ve been illustrating them using their words and my illustrations. The fears include death, failure, losing a child, losing one’s voice, losing one’s mind, centipedes in the shower, needles, cancer, speaking honestly with one’s spouse, seaweed, getting arrested at Disney World, biscuits and clusters of small holes.

When presented with these tangible interpretations of our deepest fears, I feel, we will often feel less burdened by them. This book rounds up much of what is universal and puts it back out into the world in a more approachable way.