Editorial illustration 

Crowded out

An editorial feature for Teen Breathe on how to navigate the tricky terrain of online group chats

First roughs

When reading the article one of the first ideas it sparked was a visual of a maze created by speechbubbles. I sketched it out using the available space to create a dynamic diagonal line, making the maze expand from a phone at the bottom right. 

For the second spread I was inspired by the thought of how easy it is to misinterpret someone’s words when it’s just over text, without any facial reference. I explored this idea placing two characters face to face in conversation – with a central phone screen as an in between filter. While both characters faces are friendly, their relative text-message bubbles don’t reflect this.