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Draw It Out: Transform a Journal Entry into an Evocative Comic in Procreate

teacher avatar Grace Miceli, Artist and Author

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      2:42

    • 2.

      Class Orientation

      4:06

    • 3.

      Release the Swirl

      4:02

    • 4.

      Thoughts vs. Feelings

      4:10

    • 5.

      Break It Down

      4:47

    • 6.

      Symbols

      7:37

    • 7.

      Make Connections

      4:14

    • 8.

      Doodle It All Together

      5:57

    • 9.

      Adding Color

      11:10

    • 10.

      Conclusion

      1:38

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Do you want to channel your emotions into art? To express your deepest thoughts in a visual manner? 

Artist and author, Grace Miceli, walks you through her illustration and writing-based creative practice. Join her by releasing your thoughts and emotions into the world and producing an evocative personal comic. 

In this class, you'll learn to: 

  • Open up your inner world and let it all out on the page in a journaling exercise
  • Differentiate between thoughts and feelings
  • Distill your words into concise poetic phrases
  • Work towards communicating what you want to say through symbolic imagery
  • Connect it all together into a cohesive final artwork! 

If you have ever felt overwhelmed by your emotions and a desire to create art, this class is for you! It’s designed for anyone who wants to strengthen their understanding of how real-life experiences can be transformed into art.

No prior experience as an art-maker is necessary. Take part in a creative exercise that encourages you to give your personal experience meaning and potentially release some limiting thoughts or beliefs you may hold.

Everyone can benefit from reflecting on and embracing their vulnerability, and this class is here to help you on that journey!

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Grace Miceli

Artist and Author

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Grace Miceli – one of the “9 Funniest Cartoonists and Illustrators on Instagram” (Vulture) – is an artist and author living in NYC. She works across multiple mediums including illustration, animation, comics, product design, and murals.

Her playful and self-reflective work has been featured in more than 50 galleries and museums worldwide. Her first book How to Deal, published by Voracious is available now.

Selected clients include The New Yorker, Apple TV, Nike, Warner Bros., The New York Times, Urban Outfitters, Instagram, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Adidas, Bandai, MTV, Polaroid, GIPHY, and Adobe.

 

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1. Introduction: There are so many ways to avoid getting in touch with how you feel. You can scroll on your phone for hours, eat a dozen cookies, fill up your online shopping cart or think about who still hasn't texted you back. Or you could just feel stuff. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. What if you could channel your thoughts and feelings through your art. Make connections with other people, let things go, communicate what is going on inside your head. Hi everyone. My name is Grace Miceli, and I am an artist and author living in New York City. I have built a successful career creating commercial, editorial and personal illustrations for clients like Nike, The New Yorker, Adobe, Urban Outfitters, and The New York Times. My first book, How to Deal was published in 2021. I'm about to begin graduate school where I will be training to become a clinical mental health counselor and creative arts therapist. Channeling my thoughts and feelings into my artwork is a great way for me to self-soothe. It's extremely validating when I create a particularly vulnerable piece, share it online, and then hear that it connects with other people. I'm reminded that I'm not alone and that my artistic expression totally has a purpose, which is something that even the most successful artists question sometimes. If you don't identify as an illustrator or a doodler, that is okay, don't freak out. I will demonstrate how to translate your thoughts and feelings into a simple graphic comic. We will also be exploring the difference between thoughts and feelings, how to let go, and how to symbolically represent whatever it is that you're currently going through. I will be doing all of these exercises along with you to show you how to create this comic. Maybe you want to celebrate a recent accomplishment, uncover a hidden desire or navigate a reoccurring worry. By getting in touch with yourself and really owning your personal experience, you can begin creating work that is relatable, honest and connects with others on a deeper level. I am so excited about this class and the potential for you to harness the power that comes from getting in touch with yourself and sharing your internal experience. 2. Class Orientation: The project for today's class is going to be creating a four-panel comic that explores your thoughts and feelings. We are going to be externalizing the internal. It will be a chance for you to really get in touch with yourself and either begin to develop or continue to explore your personal artistic voice. I create a lot of my work using the process that we're going to explore today. I find that the parameters of a structure really allows me to open up and get in touch with myself. Because I don't have to worry about the format, I can really focus on the content. In the resources section, I have provided a four-panel template or you can draw your own. This class is for anyone who wants to understand how real-life experiences can be transformed into art. Your artistic talents can be at any level. Maybe you know how to use oil paints, or maybe the only thing you know how to draw is stick figures. That's okay. This class is for anyone. Today I'm going to use a notebook to journal in, a pad of paper to make my word map, markers, my iPad, and an Apple pencil. This project can also be done with pens, pencils, marker, or paper. For the planning stages of this project, you will need either a few sheets of paper or a journal and a writing utensil, as we will be doing a journal entry, creating a word map in order to brainstorm for our final project. For the final project, I'm going to be using my iPad and Apple pencil, but feel free to use whatever your preferred way to make a mark on the pages. Before I start in on a project, I like to use a box breathing technique to really center myself. Let's try that together. Close your eyes and inhale for 1, 2, 3, 4. Hold your breath for 1, 2, 3, 4. Exhale for 1, 2, 3, 4. Hold your breath again for 1, 2, 3, 4. Let's repeat two more times. Inhale. Hold your breath. Exhale. Hold your breath. Inhale. Hold your breath. Exhale. Hold your breath. Now let it all go. Do you feel more calm, maybe more centered? This is a breathing technique that you can practice anywhere at any time if you're ever feeling a little overwhelmed or nervous. During this class, anytime we're accessing those more vulnerable emotions, feel free to pause and come back to this breathing exercise. Set yourself up in a quiet and calm space, somewhere where you can really get in touch with yourself. If you're not alone, try putting on headphones to help keep yourself focused. Let's jump in with an open heart and an open mind. 3. Release the Swirl: Let's start by letting it all out. The goal for this lesson is to fill the page with the thoughts that are currently circling through your brain and the feelings that are coursing through your body. Maybe you're someone who doesn't get distracted by their thoughts easily, or perhaps you don't necessarily have anxiety. Journaling can still be totally beneficial for you. It can really help you to get in touch with those subconscious thoughts that might be bubbling below the surface. If you've never journaled or brainstormed in this way before, that is totally okay. While I encourage you to definitely share your final comic, there is no need to show anyone what you write during your journal entry. You can keep it completely confidential, and if you want after the class, you can rip it up and throw it away. I hope that helps take the pressure off whatever it is that you write. We want to experience a release when we journal. By writing down our thoughts, we can lessen their hold on us. There's the potential to really get in touch with ourselves and learn what really matters to us. The most important thing to remember is do not overthink it. Write down just whatever flows out of you. You could incorporate free association here. Maybe you write down a sentence that makes you think of something completely different and random. There is no need for a narrative here. Write everything down, even if it doesn't really make sense. I want you to feel able to explore whatever it is that's going on in your life right now. But, here are a few examples of things you could consider journaling about. Maybe you want to write about the important friendships in your life or an upcoming challenge that you're really excited about. You could also consider something funny that you saw happen on the street the other day or your daily anxieties. Maybe even that one thing that happened five years ago that you think about every night before you fall asleep, or just write down whatever comes out. I'm going to suggest that you try to fill up a single standard sheet of paper. If you're using a smaller journal, maybe fill out two pages. Also remember that we're going to be going back in using this journal entry as our source material, so try to write in a way that's legible. Now I'm going to share my journal entry, which is a collection of the thoughts that I've had in my head. I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed recently. Instead of slowing down, I'm just distracting myself with more stuff. Once I get going, it's so hard to stop. I'm trying to not get annoyed with myself but it's a challenge. I keep checking my phone seconds after I put it down. Why? How come you can have so much awareness about something but still struggle to make a change? 4. Thoughts vs. Feelings: Let's put a journal entry to the side for the moment, and talk about our thoughts versus our feelings. I think it can be really challenging to differentiate between our thoughts and feelings. But knowing the difference has been so helpful to me. I want to note that of course, our thoughts and feelings influence each other. If you're feeling lonely, you might find yourself thinking about someone who you aren't friends with anymore, and if you're thinking a lot about a test you have coming up, you might feel a lot of anxiety in your body. Thoughts and feelings influence each other, but they're not the same thing. Let me give a few other examples to highlight the difference between our thoughts and our feelings. I think I need a vacation because I feel exhausted or I feel disappointed because I think my friend is mad at me because they haven't texted me back yet. Feelings are often one or two words and describe physical sensations in our bodies. Thoughts are ideas and stories we tell ourselves or consider true. But something that is so important to remember is that you are not your thoughts. This distinction is so helpful for me because I realized that someone would ask me how I was feeling and I would always respond with a thought. The way that my anxiety manifests is that I often I'm walking around just like a floating head, totally disconnected from my body, which means I'm disconnected from my feelings. Journaling my thoughts down has allowed me to clear out space in my head so that I'm able to get in touch with my feelings and show up in my art as the most authentic version of myself. I hope this explanation has allowed you to better understand the content of the words that you wrote during the journaling exercise. If you're curious to learn more about clarifying your feelings, in the resources section, I have included a feelings chart that I referred to often. It can be really helpful if you're looking to pinpoint exactly what is going on with you, but you're overcome with emotion and just having trouble figuring out exactly what's going on with you. I love the way the feelings chart is organized because it groups similar emotions together and helps you sort them out and understand how you're feeling. Now I'm going to mark up my journal entry using colored markers to differentiate between my thoughts and feelings. Now I'm going to underline my feelings in green. Now I'm going to underline a few of the thoughts that stuck out to me with a pink marker. As you can tell, I have a lot of thoughts in here and just a few feelings. Again, my goal with this exercise was to hopefully release some of those thoughts onto the page. This really helps me to differentiate between my thoughts and feelings. I can see that my feelings are one word and my thoughts are a lot longer and more complicated. Before you move on to the next lesson, make sure to mark up your journal entry, differentiating between your thoughts and feelings. You can use different colors or symbols to help mark for clarity. 5. Break It Down: [MUSIC] Now we are going to transform your journal entry into a simplified phrase that will be the texts component of your comic. The goal here is to really get to the core of what it is that you were expressing while you were writing. You can pull a specific phrase from your journal entry or you can write something new that's inspired by what you are journaling about. I love poetry. I used to write it a lot as a teenager, and I know that has definitely inspired and influenced my artistic practice today. I think that there's so much power in a single, concise, and clear phrase. Instead of getting lost in a paragraph of sentences, you can really dive in and focus on a single thought. The aim of getting at the core of what it is that you're trying to say helps make your content relatable to more people. Or maybe this exercise is just for you and you don't care who sees it. I really want you to take ownership of your intent. This exercise is still valuable regardless of who sees it. Now, you're going to go through your journal entry and either pull out a phrase or write a new one inspired by what you expressed. This is the phrase that you will use to build the rest of your comic around. Make sure you choose a phrase that you're excited to expand upon and represent visually as well. Now I'm going to go through my journal entry and pick out a phrase that really stuck out to me and that's at the core of what I was expressing. For me, it's this sentence, I keep checking my phone like seconds after I put it down. Why? I think this is what I want to make my comic about because I think it is an extremely relatable thought. Many of us are always making jokes about our addictions to our phone or to social media. But I think that it's a real thing. What I want to do is distill this thought into a more poetic phrase for my comic. The phrase for my journal, I keep checking my phone like seconds after I put it down. Why? The action here is, I pick up my phone, I open the app, I close the app, I put the phone down, and then immediately after, I do it again. There's this absurd repetition to it. I think what's interesting to me is that action, the cycle that we all find ourselves in that we're aware of, but doesn't matter, we just keep doing it. First I close the app. This is the first action. I love to include playful windbreaks. We're thinking about the experience of swiping through a comic on social media. I'm going to have the first line of my comic be, first I close, to leave the viewer wanting more and wondering what is being closed. Here's where I landed with my phrase for the comic. I'm going to write, first I close the app and then I open it again. What I love about this phrasing is that it amplifies the repetitive nature and action of checking our phones all the time. But it also simplifies it down into a singular, more poetic phrase. Humor is definitely a very important aspect of my work, and I think simplifying things down can be a great way to approach and integrate humor. By taking this thought about obsessively checking my phone and turning it into a simplified action, it helps me to take the power away from it and turn it into an action versus a repetitive thought. 6. Symbols: [MUSIC] Now it's time to start thinking about the objects that we're going to draw for our comic. We're still in the brainstorming phase, so no need to start drawing yet. Now that we have the text for our comic, let's figure out what symbols we want to use to add more depth and really bring it to life visually. When you read your phrase, does any imagery automatically pop into your head? Symbols can be used in lots of different ways. You can go the more obvious route. If you are expressing, feeling angry, you could draw a flame. Or maybe your phrase is about being sad and you want to draw a teardrop. The book of symbols, which I referenced often for my own work, explores all types of archetypical imagery. Some types of symbols you could explore using plants, animals, food, body parts, nature, buildings, or really any everyday object. There are also some symbols that you might see every day that are a simple distillation of complex emotions and they're called emojis. You can also take a more abstract route. My comic is going to be about checking my phone, but I'm not going to draw a phone. I prefer to choose playful symbols that can be interpreted in multiple ways. I'm going to make a free association list full of ideas or symbols that I want to incorporate. Now, I'm only going to use four for my final comic, one per panel, but I want to have some options. The goal is not to represent your ideas perfectly or even figuratively. One of the things I love about drawing is that it allows you to represent the world, including your internal world, in what ever style you want. If you're feeling intimidated by the concept of drawing something complicated, you can totally keep it simple. Maybe you could draw a circle to represent feeling calm or a star to represent excitement. When you're making the list of the objects that you want to draw, try not to get caught up on your drawing ability. I'm a successful working illustrator and I pretty much never draw people or work in a realistic style that incorporates shading and perspective. Evocative imagery can take all different shapes and styles. One of my favorite books, Understanding Comics, talks about amplification through simplification, and I think that's really relevant for us to consider here. I also find that playing with abstraction really helps me to open up. Instead of drawing myself crying, hopeless on the floor. I might try to express that same emotion by drawing a black hole. When I incorporate abstraction, I feel safer to open up and share my illustration with more people. Don't forget the focus of this lesson is to create an extensive list of imagery that we can draw from to create our final comic. You can be literal, abstract, or a combination of the two. [MUSIC] Now I'm going to read one of my favorite ideas from Understanding Comics. Defining the cartoon would take up as much space as defining comics. But for now, I'm going to examine cartooning as a form of amplification through simplification. When we abstract an image through cartooning, were not so much eliminating details as we are focusing on specific details. By stripping down an image to its essential meaning an artist can amplify that meaning in a way that realistic art can't. Here we are seeing a progression from a more realistic portrait of a face towards a more simplified portrait of a face in which the more simplified version, it's more clear what the character is expressing. The Book of Symbols is so amazing and basically features all different types of symbols, and I really just like to flip through it and learn about how symbols are used in different cultures. If you're struggling to come up with symbols for your work, flipping through this can be a really great way to find inspiration. [MUSIC] Now I'm going to write my free association list of symbols or ideas that pop into my head when I read this phrase. [MUSIC] These are the symbols that popped into my head while I was thinking about the phrase for my comic, curtain, door, back of the head, maybe something scary, big teeth, a meteor, a black hole, knife, lion or a tiger, Earth, moon, alarm clock. When I was thinking of these symbols, at first, I was thinking about stuff that closes, so a curtain, a door. If you see the back of someone's head, you're not really seeing them, they're closed off to you. Then I was thinking about how I feel when I'm using social media all the time. Something scary, big teeth, end of the world, meteor, black hole, something dangerous like a knife or a lion, a tiger. Then when I was thinking about opening up again, things that move in cycles are always going. The Earth turning, how we see the moon, an alarm clock, these other repetitive actions that are always happening that we maybe don't really have control over. Sometimes the symbols are very literal, and sometimes they're more abstract and I just get there in my mind, thinking about other things and making these natural associations in my head. 7. Make Connections: Now that we have the text for a comic and the list of symbolic illustrations that we want to create, let's bring both of those elements together. Now I'm going to make a word map connecting the parts of my phrase with the imagery that I'm going to illustrate. This method can get a little chaotic, so if you want to play around with different combinations or different options, you might want to print out an extra copy of the four panel template that I've provided. There are a few different ways that you can go about making connections between your phrase and the list of imagery that we're going to be drawing from. As with the initial brainstorming exercise, one way to go about this is, to make connections that are literal and direct. You could also use juxtaposition, which is when you pair two items together that have a contrasting effect, which can definitely be funny sometimes. Like if your comic is about feeling calm, you could draw a meteorite hurdling towards you, or maybe want to evoke a certain mood or a memory, so the images that you're depicting aren't literal, but can pull the viewer in a direction. An example of an evocative symbol might be a sunset, which could bring forth romance, melancholy, or a nostalgia. Sometimes my reasoning for connecting words and images is hard to explain. Sometimes it's obvious, sometimes it's totally random. But you are the artist. You get to make the rules. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I'm going to go through my list of symbols, and my phrase, and make connections that I think will really help bring the comic to life. Now, it's time for you to decide what symbols you want to pair with your comic phrase. Before we move on to the next lesson, go through your list of symbols, and mark which ones speak to you. Try to pick out which symbols will really help bring the phrase that you're going to be using in your comic alive. Now I'm going to pick symbols from my list, and decide what parts of the phrase I want to connect them with, so what line is going to have what symbol paired with it in the comic panel? First I close. I think the best option for this, is going to be drawing a door. I know that often when I pick up my phone, and unlock it really does feel like I'm opening up a door, whether it's good or bad. For the line, the app and, I think I'm going to pick a lion for this one. Maybe I'll draw like a lioness embracing that wild animal feeling that I embody when I find myself furiously, constantly checking my phone over and over again. Then I open, I think for this I'm going to choose the knife. For the line it again, I want to make a reference to something that is always in cycle, and is dependable and part of nature, so for that I'm going to use the moon. There we have it. I think I have picked out the symbols that I'm going to use for my comic, which are a door, a knife, a lion, and the moon, which to me are all pretty simple, and straightforward symbols to draw. 8. Doodle It All Together: Now it's time to draw. If you're not an illustrator or doodler, that's okay, don't freak out. Because we created a clear plan about how our comic is going to look and be laid out. There really isn't much left to do. This is why I love working with a clear structure or format. It really allows me to focus on the content and not worry too much about how it's going to be laid out. I am so excited that we're here at the final step. We get to bring it all together. Let's dive in and start drawing our comic. I've brought out my iPad, and I'm going to open up Procreate where I have the template that you can also find in the Resources Center, and I usually start my comics by writing the text out first. I like to use a brush that mimics a pencil line. I really love when there's a little bit of texture. In my opinion, sometimes digital illustration can almost look a little too clean. I'm going to start by writing out my line. When you're drawing, it can be fun to embrace wobbly lines or mistakes. I think there's a line for me where something can be a little too messy, but I do like to play around with that. I think that perfection is boring. Try to be playful, try to experiment. Again there's no mistakes here. Now I'm going to fill in the rest of the tax portion of the comic template. I have all my texts filled in, I like how it looks. It's a little messy but still clear and easy to read. Now I'm going to begin the outlines of my illustrations and something that I really love about drawing is the autobiographical quality that it has. Because the mark was made with your hand no matter what you're drawing, it's a self-portrait in a way. Now I'm going to draw a lion. Drawing animals or objects that are a little more complicated can definitely be challenging. Even though I rarely draw lions, I do draw my dog, Tony, a lot. I'm going to build off of the drawing that I do have my dog. If I'm drawing something that I don't usually draw, I'm going to try to sketch it out first just based on what image that I have in my mind. But often I will take a look at reference photos after just to make sure I have certain markers correct. Like the color of a nose or something like that. But the main point is just to express that this is a wild animal. It's not so much being totally accurate in your depiction. Also, something that I love about digital illustration is that you can make a messy sketch and then just lower the opacity of the layer and add on top of it. Here I made the nose a little big. I'm just going to make it a little smaller. Then I can just go back and clear the original sketch. Also, the best practice when you're working digitally is to do every illustration on a new layer. It makes it really easy to remove or edit things as you go. Now it's time to outline the moon. Apologies to anyone who knows exactly what the moon's surface looks like. This will not be realistic, but I'm hoping that I can get the idea across with color, especially at the end. I'm going to redraw the moon because this original sketch isn't really circular enough. You can have Procreate automatically make straight lines or circles for you. But I find that to be a bit too clean for my taste. I also love that when you're working digitally, you can just move your objects around to get them more centered in the frame. I'm pretty happy with how my sketch turned out, and now it's time to add some color. 9. Adding Color: [MUSIC] When I'm adding color to my digital illustrations, I always put the color layers all the way at the bottom, that way, you know that the outlines are always going to be on top. If you want to change colors, which I often do because it's so easy on the iPad, you can just drag to re-color, which is really helpful tool. I usually like to use a different brush when I'm adding color versus using the outline, I think it mixes up the texture a little bit and it's just more interesting to look at. I also think that color is a really helpful tool if you want to make sure that your symbol comes across clearly. Sometimes color can be a really helpful cue to let the viewer know exactly what it is that they're supposed to be seeing. Yeah, I'm filling in the store. Already, I think that the brown I chose was a little dark, so I'm going to drag and recolor it and make it a little brighter. Again, for every illustration, I'm going to start a new layer for the colors. Now, I'm coloring in the lioness. I actually think this gold that I chose is a little dark but again, with the recolor tool, I can easily adjust that. I also love using flat color versus shading because I find the process of coloring a shape in to be so meditative and calming for me. That's usually my favorite part of the process, is when I just get lost in the zone, I know exactly what I'm doing, where I'm going and I can just color and relax. [MUSIC] Also, if you forget what color you just use, the eyedropper tool is really helpful. I can pick up the gold that I used for the lion and I'm going to stay in the same tone, but just lighten it a little bit. [MUSIC] Another thing I love about working digitally is you can make changes at whatever stage you're at. I realize here that I want to add a tongue to the lion to make it more obvious that she's roaring. I'm just going to go back to the original pen that I was using when I was outlining and add a tongue to that outline layer. [MUSIC] Now we're going to move on to the knife which not the most interesting colors, but I am definitely going to use bold and bright colors when I am filling in the backgrounds. I find bold and bright colors to be so engaging. They honestly bring me joy and I think are such an easy way to engage the viewer and grab their interest. Now I'm going to color in the moon, which also has gray like the knife. But like I said, we are definitely going to integrate some more fun colors with the background. I really love working with bold, bright colors, but maybe muted colors are more your thing. I think that everyone has preferences when it comes to color. A color that I'm really drawn to might not do much for you. But again, that is what is so cool about just playing around when you're drawing is you can experiment with things. Try different combinations of color together. You might be surprised what you find out that you like. I just realized that I did the moon inverted so I am going to again, just easily switch those colors. The craters should probably be darker than the general surface of the moon. But that is very easy to edit using the recolor tool. I have my symbols colored in, and now I'm going to color in the backgrounds. Again, remember you want to be on the bottom layer so that it actually is the background. I like to leave my text boxes white so that it's really clear and easy to read. As I mentioned before, I really like to integrate brighter colors in my background. I think I'm going to do a pink for the door, I think pink can be a really warm, friendly color and if you're interested in learning more about colors and how they function and affect us, you should look into color theory or color psychology, it's really interesting. You can learn about how the color green really calms you down, how the color purple can be linked to spirituality, and how the color yellow can be really energizing. Another reason why I really love to utilize bright, playful, fun colors is because I think it acts as a really good counterpoint to the more serious or darker content that my illustrations often incorporate. By utilizing playful colors or this wobbly, fun imagery, I think it creates an easier access point to that more serious content. Now I'm going to fill in the background for the lion. I think I'm going to color block here and also use yellow, but just in a different shade. I think it will make this panel really stand out and since this is the one illustration that is figurative, I think that I really want it to be the focus of this comic. You also can drag in color and fill the panel evenly but I love to use my hand because it leaves those little spaces of white and again, gives it an analog, more natural feel as if you were working with paper, pen and marker. [MUSIC] For me, purple can be a really hard digital color to get right. There's just something about so many of the digital purple tones that just don't look right to me so often I find myself playing around and trying out different shades of purple. [MUSIC] I think I found one that I like. [MUSIC] Also, if you find yourself accidentally drawing outside the lines a bit, maybe embrace that. I think it's fun when you notice little pops of color outside the frame. Again, perfection is not that interesting. One last panel to color in, I think I'm going to go with a green to balance this all out. Again, when it comes to color, you're definitely going to be working off of your personal preference. Sometimes it's just about what looks or feels right to you and this is a comic about your personal experience. It's about your internal world. Listen to yourself. Try to ignore any rules that you might think exist when it comes to color. [MUSIC] I'm playing with your expectations. When you see a moon, you're not going to assume it's going to be floating in some green space. Again, I think that adds some playfulness to it. I finished my comic, I love it so much. I think it's really dynamic and I think that the bright colors and the playful lines balanced out this more serious, repetitive, anxious action of constantly checking my phone. I think this concept is totally relatable and I hope that when other people see it, they find themselves connecting to it and able to laugh at something that a lot of us struggle with. By making this comic, I do feel that in a way I have been able to release this thought a bit, release my fixation on how I just can't stop checking my phone. It doesn't mean that I'm suddenly cured from it, but I do think I have a bit more awareness. For me, the meditative process of coloring in all the panels allows me to really focus and get in touch with myself. Now it's your turn to doodle it all together to combine the symbols that we chose and the text that we wrote and make a final comic. Right now, it's all about putting the pieces into place, relax and try to- 10. Conclusion: We did it. We made a comic together. I hope you enjoyed this process of externalizing the internal. How cool is it that we turned a journal entry into a four panel comic? You can apply these same steps to any medium. Maybe you want to decorate a cake, make a giant painting or create a digital animation next. Your experience of the world is important. Don't forget to share it. Don't bottle up your emotions. Let them go. Your story is worth making art about. You might find that if you start to create and share personal artwork that you are not alone in your experience. I love to look back on artwork that I've created within this framework and track my progress. I noticed how thoughts I used to ruminate on and make lots of art about just don't affect me as much anymore. My hope is that by acknowledging our experiences, we can begin to understand that our thoughts and feelings are totally normal. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with us. By owning your story, you can let go of that inner critic and create with more confidence. Thank you so much for joining me today. You can find me on Instagram at @artbabygirl or my website gracemiceli.com. Don't forget to upload your projects to the project gallery. I cannot wait to see what you all create.