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Dive Down: Swimming off on a new adventure

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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I could really do with expanding my vocabulary… I am seriously over using the word ‘exciting’ at the moment.  I am writing this with the help of a thesaurus…because things are just so blooming exciting! So…. *ahem* …

I am delighted to share with you some exhilarating news about the next phase of Dive Down.

This inspiring journey started with me drawing my way through a difficult time in my life, and led to the creation of an illustrated story called Dive Down.

It’s an autobiographical fairy tale.  A self-help graphic novel.  An illustrated memoir.

It’s lots of different things, and now is also:

A paperback book available on Amazon here


A free PDF available by signing up here


And 100 pocket sized books that are being given away and left in different locations, which you can see starting to head off into the world on a map here.

Sharing the images on social media to begin with made me feel very vulnerable – I’ve never done such personal work before, and opening myself up like that was pretty scary.  But it was also thrilling.

Because I was helped by all kinds of creative, compassionate people and resources at the time I did the drawings, sharing my story and spreading the word about the help that is out there feels really important and empowering.  There is a list of the resources in the back of the book and which you can also find here.

As the story heads off into new hands and lives,  I feel incredibly excited.  More excited than I think I have ever been.  So excited I need to find some new words to express myself…

I’ve set up a new website specifically to host all of the Dive Down goodies at

One of the most moving bits of the process has been asking people for quotes to help spread the word and encourage others to download and read the story.  Here are some amazing words from some of the amazing people brave enough to share them with me:





Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep launch

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Happy summer solstice!  I’m launching a new project that I am really excited about…

Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep is a very personal story.  I drew my way out of a difficult time and the drawings evolved into a book, which I am sharing to help and inspire others.

Today I start serialising the story via social media, with exciting plans coming up for other ways to share the book in physical and digital form.

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You can find out more on the Dive Down project page here.

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Based partly on Buddhist principles, Dive Down is a story about deep sea diving into the internal sea of our fears and anxieties – somewhere we tend to not want to look.  Through reading lots of books and meditating, I noticed where I was trying to move away from things that hurt me – distracting myself, hoping for something to make me feel better, when really it was that endless searching was the causing me the most pain.

The project became a collaboration between two Sams – Sam Attenborough, a mentor and co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting added the words after the visual story was complete.

With a list of resources for further support included at the end of the tale and an inspiring Spotify playlist to accompany the book, we intend for Dive Down to be enjoyed by a range of people and shared further, to encourage other deep sea divers find their courage, take a deep breath, and dive into their own oceans to find calmness.

Follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook or Google+ and watch out for a picture a day, followed by some special announcements and news about where the project is going next and how you can get involved.

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Ponderings: The Marriage Bubble

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments


The Marriage Bubble is a diagram I’ve done as a wedding present for a few friends or drawn in their book of messages on their special day.

I found it a particularly helpful idea to hold in my head in that weird come-down period after the wedding and honeymoon at the beginning of a marriage….  It’s a strange time in part because it’s where the fairy stories end: ‘And they all lived happily ever after…’ is the conclusion of one part of the story, but the beginning of a whole other chapter that we don’t really create that many stories about.

The come-down feeling may also be because of all the effort, energy and excitement that goes into the wedding day – the one day when you are The Bride or The Groom following which the words Wife and Husband settle onto your shoulders.

I think it’s important (in any relationship) to keep an eye on personal stress and anxieties vs relationship based ones – personal stress comes under the heading My Stuff to Sort Out as opposed to Our Stuff to Sort Out Together.  It’s all about not taking Your Stuff out on the other person in the bubble.

Of course, a key thing to remember about bubbles is that they are very fragile…



Froglife cards

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Some of my illustrations are on Froglife’s greetings cards, I particularly like these frogs on a wedding cake!  Available in the Froglife online shop here.

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