I originally planned to use this book as a kind of challenge, to push myself to do my very best in any subjects or mediums I used because they would be kept forever in the collection. However, due to the start of university and depression I didn't have the energy, and didn't even start the sketchbook until late February! At that point it almost became like a visual diary of my mind: the usual art I did like animal drawings or creature designs, along with illustrated feelings, diary excerpts, even a very personal letter. Due to the circumstances, I very much link the work I've done in my sketchbook to my experience with mental illness - it lacks order, and can swing wildly from one emotion or style of art to the next. It's despairing but still has room for love and enthusiasm. In a way I hope it will show people that being depressed isn't so cut and dry. If you're suffering, that doesn't mean you can't push on or have moments of joy, and if you're productive, that doesn't mean you're cured.
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