I had to draw this little boy, Omran Daqneesh, whose image haunts social media and my own brain. The face of trauma is all to common. How many human brains and lives are being forever altered by trauma? And how much of this trauma could be prevented?
One of my final drawings for the graphic novel of sister Sam’s TBI story. Within the week I’ll complete the rough draft of this project, drawings and text. Now the intense labor of revisions and finalizing the details on the drawings begins. It’s the process of turning a real life nightmare into a story, and then crafting that story into what I hope will be a beautiful work of art. Almost there sis.
“It is estimated that between 5 to 11 percent of people will experience a form of general anxiety disorder during their lifetime… Uncomfortable changes in heart rate are the most frequently reported symptoms of panic attacks. Over 80% of those experiencing panic list a rapid or irregular heart rate as a symptom.”
This is from a photo I took of my mother one day at the nursing home while visiting sister Sam. I’ve been trying to draw from it for over a year. I’m still not sure I’ve got it the way I want, but it’s an amazing photo of my amazing mother – everything at once on her beautiful face – pain, sorrow, joy, memory, and even a little hope.