I only discovered Worry Lines in 2020 and am still mad about this fact, as it fast became one of my all time favourite accounts on the internet and I have since very seriously pondered the prospect of an ankle tattoo based on one of the drawings (you can buy tickets for these on her site).
Worry Lines produces daily doodles of a blob-like person that are usually incredibly simplistic and either entirely monochrome or black and white with a minimal splash of colour. Through these very simple drawings, Worry Lines manages to convey a wide range of emotions and generate endearment and humour. I think it’s really impressive how this artist can say so much with sometimes as few as three lines.
The drawings are instantly adorable and, in my case at least, first pull you in with this: the main character is emphatically cute due to a combo of its rounded form and frequently dazed/be-wondered expression – I always feel like this is the kind of person who, in reality, would be found staring at the ceiling a lot, day-dreaming, or fixated on something others had overlooked in a state of awe and enchantment (like plants, bugs, small everyday things).
What makes the comic so great, though, is that beyond this cuteness is often a brutality or bluntness: in lots of the drawings this otherwise sweet blob is sticking its middle fingers up or commenting on something truly horrendous about the state of the world. I have a particular soft spot for Worry Lines due to this amazing coexistence she has achieved – I think softness is often conflated with politeness and passiveness, and that a false dichotomy seems generally accepted between this and possessing a range of darker, less savoury, thoughts and feelings. I find it very affirming to see a blob who, like me, is both enchanted by plants on some days and enraged by everything on others.
Worry Lines also – rightly – gets a lot of credit for comforting explorations of mental health. There are plenty of ways to interpret the work she’s doing as very important in this aspect, but for me, personally, the main winners are that the blob is openly host to a full spectrum of human emotions (a multi-faceted character who recognises that all feelings flow and pass), clearly a highly sensitive soul (and overthinker!), and able to share gratitude and cynicism simultaneously (and both are based). These complexities help me avoid a black-and-white style of thought I can often fall into, and remind me that none of these states of mind are contradictions: no one of them provides an all-encasing, always true self identity.
On a purely aesthetic note – the use of pattern is also lovely.