“Now You See M.E….Connected”

Here’s the third in a short series (of four) comic art works I was commissioned to create for Focus Sheffield and Dr Julia Davis at the University of Sheffield.  Here you can see early sketches showing how this image developed – thanks (and apologies!) to Dan Clowes‘ work for inspiration of how to tackle shading here.

This artwork feeds into research based around online support networks for Mums of children with M.E.; this particular piece was designed to reflect how important and comforting it is for the mums to have an online support network and to feel connected as a community.  Many of the mums using the site rely on it as their main source of information, advice and emergency support in times of real need and vulnerability, at all times of day and night.

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There is no known cause, or cure for this condition, it is difficult to define and can be incredibly difficult for sufferers and their families to manage.  Find out more about Young People with M.E. here.

This great project has a much longer term view of helping families themselves to creatively express their experiences of the condition and the issues surrounding it.  This will have not only a cathartic benefit for those directly involved but will also help give medical professionals a better understanding of the illness and why more support and investigation is necessary.