Publishers Wren & Rook got in touch having seen my work for Girl Up and asked if I’d like to illustrate Rae Earl’s upcoming YA book on mental health It’s All in Your Head. I feel extremely lucky to have worked on this project. It’s a brilliant, funny and accessible book for young people (or any people) struggling with mental health.
I was tasked with doing 40 illustrations to complement the text. Whereas for Girl Up, where Laura the author knew exactly which bits of the book she wanted illustrated, Rae and the W&R team had 2 or 3 things they really wanted doing, but otherwise were happy for me to read the manuscript and pull from it things I thought would work. Working with Rae was great, she’s as brilliant as you’d imagine she’d be if you read or watched My Mad Fat Diary.
Subjects in the book included anxiety, low mood, self-harm, body image, sex, masturbation, coping strategies, clean eating, friendship and sexting. The results are below. And you can buy the book here: www.waterstones.com
I also (as someone who has battled mental health issues since my teens) made a Self Care Kit featuring illustrations from my work for the book in colour. You can find them in my shop here.