Artist Comically Answers Common Questions with Illustrated Charts and Diagrams

Am I Overthinking This? Chart Illustrations by Michelle Rial

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Whether you rehash something that happened in the past or worry too much about what might happen in the future, overthinking things is a common issue we all struggle with. Artist Michelle Rial illustrates those relatable ruminations with comical charts and diagrams in her book, Am I Overthinking This?

The playful book is a compilation of Rial’s Real Life Charts Projects, a series she started creating while healing from chronic neck injury. Rial covers big topics like, ”How do I achieve work-life balance?” and “What if I fail?,” but she also answers those silly questions we all ask ourselves occasionally, including “Am I eating too much cheese?,” and “Do I have too many plants?” Whatever the topic, each issue is thoughtfully addressed with cleverly illustrated charts that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

From watercolor Venn diagrams to bar charts featuring real objects such as leaves and pieces of cheese, Rial’s playful charts and diagrams are a joy to witness. “This book has dreams of being on your coffee table, but hopefully never as a coaster,” says Rial. “It dreams of being a gift to your friend with the very serious plant hobby. It hopes to be a reminder that there isn’t always one right answer—and that, sometimes, the only answer is to pick a path and keep moving.”

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Artist Michelle Rial illustrates relatable thoughts and questions with comical charts and diagrams in her book, Am I Overthinking This?

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Each issue (big or small) is thoughtfully addressed with cleverly illustrated charts that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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