No resemblance to any actual person is intended by the depiction of this scenario and any similarity to actual events is purely coincidental.
This was drafted during a long cold 45 minutes standing at a bus stop on a Monday evening. I can recommend it as a way to make the time pass quicker, or at least without noticing too much.
Inked it today, possibly the fastest ever from concept to finished.
It's also the first comic drawn since Hourly Comic Day at the beginning of February, which almost doesn't even count.
This is the healthy food job I mentioned a couple of months ago. It's for a website called Dementia Voice which is a lovely thoughtful resource for people looking after loved ones with this terrible condition, a place where people share very moving experiences and gain information.
Candy James, who runs it with her husband Clive, has a long career as a speech and language therapist and is a specialist in helping people with dementia to communicate and to eat and drink safely. I didn't even know that swallowing becomes a real and dangerous problem as dementia progresses.
Candy has also been examining the latest research on foods which seem to provide the best chance to maintain a healthy brain as long as possible. And this is where I came in. She had a list of 32 foods she wanted people to know about, everything from cinnamon to oats to garlic to 100% cocoa powder; for me, there were some surprises in amongst the typical healthy choices.
The idea was to show the foods, in addition to naming them, creating a visual reminder that people could download as a pdf and keep on a kitchen wall. So I wanted them to look reasonably accurate but in a gentle subtle way, not like brightly-coloured diagrams which would become tiresome to see everyday.
I decided right away the most straightforward thing was just to put them on shelves, and once I'd divided the list into groupings like herbs + spices + drinks, and nuts + seeds + oils, it was then a matter of making the relative sizes appear more or less correct but with the smaller items still easy to see. Also, I wanted an aesthetically-pleasing arrangement on the shelves, and some different packaging to avoid having rows of boring jars.
A few drafts went back and forth as it took shape, and I was very pleased when Candy was so happy with the final result. This was a very satisfying project to be involved in, aside from the fact that I quite enjoy drawing food. I hope it will actually contribute to people's wellbeing.
Do have a look at the Dementia Voice website, and download a copy!
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