Step 1. Run into a situation where I feel frustrated (or furious)

I'm like a car with an internal combustion engine, that is to say I move forward with the power of internal explosions. The desire to create something is accompanied with a sense of frustration (or fury) and the urge to explain myself, which ultimately leads to me thinking "I can't just sit around and do nothing. I need to act."

Step 2. Think about why I’m frustrated (or furious)

I open a Google doc or I whip my phone out and jot down my scattered thoughts on why the topic at hand makes me frustrated/furious. I start to formulate ideas on imagery because I use art as a vehicle for me to think through a concept. I don't draw at this stage yet though; everything is still in my head.

Step 3. Writing and revisions

I’m not coherent enough to write an essay in one sitting so I tend to write snippets, extending on the phrases I jotted down in step 2. Sometimes I grow a snippet into one bigger work. Other times I get 2-3 snippets and combine them into one bigger work. For example, the copy on the homepage of my website is a product of 4 different snippets (across 3 years) combined.

When I draw an interpretation of something else (like a book or a video), I jot down key words/phrases and build around them.

Step 4. First draft

After I have a good idea of which sentences I want to accompany with drawings, I start drafting the illustrations. Most of the time, my first drafts are messy - both in terms of handwriting and my stick-people quality.

Step 5. Final draft

There's a 50% chance of me following the first draft. There's also a 50% chance of me completely deviating from the first draft and pursuing an entirely new idea! On really good days, I skip the drafting and draw the thing that makes it into the final draft in one take. One example was this one:

(See the picture in context at: https://www.candicenina.com)