I asked 14 comic artists to illustrate their take on loneliness. Here are the results: 1. Devanshi G — @devanshei View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @devanshei "Loneliness became an issue for me after college started and I got to be more independent. I got so used to being around people in college that, whenever I went home for our crazy long breaks, it would feel lonely." 2. Zhen K — @lemonpoppyseedmuffin View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @lemonpoppyseedmuffin "This comic kind of describes how loneliness affects me. While some people feel lonely without people around them, I feel the loneliest around other people — even my own friends. I feel like even though I'm there, I'm not actually there. Instead, I feel like I'm invisible to everyone around me and because of this, I prefer to be alone instead." 3. Sel — @skybanyes View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @skybanyes "As a person, I am very loving and caring. Yet, all this love that fills my soul is hardly ever directed to myself. I have had internal struggles all my life. For me, the hardest kind of loneliness is feeling isolated from my own self. This is the feeling I tried to illustrate here. I hope anyone who recognises themselves in this too, can slowly learn to fit their own self in their heart." 4. Andrés L — @dystopiancomics View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @dystopiancomics "Loneliness is something that's always there. Sometimes we embrace it and let it take over, but sometimes we get the chance to look at the bigger picture and maybe realise that we were looking the wrong way all this time." 5. Isa TG — @petunia.byisatg View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @petunia "I spend a lot of time alone drawing at home, and turning on the TV would always keep me company. I like being alone for my creative endeavours but sometimes, it gets too quiet. I think there’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. You find yourself in the first one but lose yourself in the latter." 6. Vic Ven — @vicscribs View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @vicscribs "A happy face is a happy face. But sometimes, it could be an internal scream, asking for a hug; a pat in the back; or maybe small assurances that everything's going to be okay. The thing about loneliness is that it doesn't always show how you might expect it to. The real question is, could you recognise the lonely happy ones?" 7. Ruth — @sweetcornandlettuce View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @sweetcornandlettuce "I've tried so hard to avoid being alone my entire life in the fear of becoming lonely. Then I realised that it's okay to be alone at times, because it's the only time I truly have for myself and now I love every second of it." 8. Weinye Chen — @itsweinye View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @itsweinye "I used to fear the thought of being alone, because I thought that meant that I was lonely. But as I learned to love myself more, spending time alone became therapeutic and really relaxing. It's awesome!" 9. Huda F — @yesimhotinthis View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @yesimhotinthis "We all process loneliness differently. My husband asks why I choose to be lonely sometimes. I tell him that the times I've felt the loneliest have been at parties surrounded by friends. Canceling plans and singing sad songs is simply how I choose to embrace loneliness." 10. Chris Hallbeck — @pebble_and_wren View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @pebble_and_wren "Sometimes being alone can be scary. You think you deserve it. There’s no way out. That’s when you find out who your real friends are." 11. Anastasia Setiobudi — @da.di.dou View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @da "I made this piece when someone important in my life left me. Loneliness feels like that, drowning in a grey area that life is." 12. Sonia Yeo — @corgiyolk View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @corgiyolk "When there's an activity buzzing around me, all I ever want to do is sink into a hole and disappear. It's alright. We all feel lonely. Sometimes, you can feel alone in a crowded room but once you meet the right person, even that lonely feeling will disappear!" 13. Cee Chandra — @relatabledoodles View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @relatabledoodles "I've noticed that the older I got, the more lonely I became. Nowadays, I hardly see my friends because we're all so busy. We stay in touch via messages, but it's never quite the same as having them there next to you." 14. Aditi Mali — @goodbadcomics View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @goodbadcomics "You never know who's having a bad day. I try to do my bit and make people feel better even if it's just for a moment. Because they might go back and think about it when they're feeling low the next time."