What I like to see is content created by women with the goal of empowering other women. Lainey Molnar is a gifted illustrator who creates engaging cartoons about self-acceptance, motherhood, defying social norms, and exercising freedom of choice. These witty and timely comics deal with common problems that even guys may relate to.
Some of Lainey’s most recent work can be seen in the photographs below. Check out our prior post on her if you want to see more.
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“I have a mile-long ‘Illustration Ideas’ list on my phone,” the artist explained to Bored Panda about her creative process. “I literally get up in the middle of the night to write down new ones, and I grab my phone to make notes at any point when I see something interesting.” “When I sit down to sketch, I simply browse through the list and see what strikes a chord with me at the time.” I draw digitally on an iPad and occasionally binge-watch television episodes at the same time, but I prefer to create an atmosphere with candles, incense, and beautiful music since I believe that the vibes and emotions are reflected in every piece of art.”
When asked which of her illustrations she likes most, Lainey responded the one where she relates “someone with physical health difficulties” to “someone with mental health struggles”: “It’s this illustration because it’s so personal to me.” I struggled with my mental health for 18 years and understand how difficult it is to live with invisible illnesses that those around us dismiss. I normally approach female empowerment issues in a plain or humorous manner, but at the end of the day, we are all just human beings, and I believe it is critical to discuss stigmatised matters since it provides many of us relief to know we are not alone.”
When it comes to “creative block,” Lainey is glad she hasn’t had it too often: “If anything, I have too much to say.” In an ideal world, much of what I’m communicating would be self-evident, but since we’re not there yet, I don’t mind processing the same pain points over and over again through a visual medium, because the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and it’s not something that one sees on social media very often, so it’s definitely an endless source of motivation.”
“They all have very different styles and a very different sense of humour,” Lainey says of artists like Adam Ellis, Tiny Moron, and Wowocomics. “But I think it always boils down to personality that shines through the art, so there is space for all individual creators to convey how they perceive the world.” It’s not about being outstanding at technical elements like anatomy or shading, but more about having a clear vision and purpose.”
“I just started working on the largest project of my career, which is writing and drawing a book,” Lainey said of her future plans. I’m a huge bookworm who has worked in publishing and as a blogger for over a decade—hence why my captions are just as important as the image itself—so I’m hoping to produce something beautiful that will help women be happier and more liberated from societal pressures.”