The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity @Grantdraws #Incidentalcomics

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity is a comic book that simplifies our serious lives!

Neat, clean lines, and simple, everyday life illustrations that Grant Draws, is how you will find him on social media as he effortlessly reflects on the deep messages all his posts have.

Life is what we make of it, and if we are mired in self-doubt, how will we achieve our goals?

I never thought that I would love reading comics and actually recommend a comic book, but Grant’s blog, Incidental Comics, changed my mind. Each panel Grant Snider illustrates is full of life with compelling lessons.

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity is about straightforward questions with free-flowing thoughts make this an ideal read any time and every time.

  • All the books by Grant Snider are perfect for reading, musing, and wading through the quagmire of our thoughts when we need a sense of direction and purpose.
  • The ten chapters of The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity covers all aspects of the creative pursuit. The book is in sections and various aspects of the creative journey are covered in the book.

Starting simply from the Inspiration for our ideas and moving to Perspiration, Improvisation, Aspiration, Contemplation, Exploration, Daily Frustration, Imitation, and Desperation till Pure Elation.

Grant effortlessly helps the reader make the tough choice; the hard decisions easy with his trademark clear, crisp cartoons. This book is especially relevant since I’m back on my blog with a review after ages. More so since the drought of words was circumstantial and self-imposed. No better book than this to get your writing-mojo back and please your muse.

I read The Shape of Ideas slowly, even though it has less text and more images simply because of the wonderful things he had to say both through his words and images.

  • The beautiful illustrations beckon me to study each panel carefully, finding the essence of the message. Each page has depth with substance.
  • The comic panels in the book are mostly set to a page or two for each idea and are perfect for helping readers with the issues they struggle regarding their creative talents.

Grant ensures that this book has eye-catching illustrations and deep, meaningful words.

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity will make you think, ruminate, and wonder why would you think that life is complicated when it really is quite simple.

  • Why we think our art, work, craft, talent is not good enough when we are all individuals with immense potential and each one of us is unique.
  • We confuse and deter ourselves with self-doubt plaguing our moves. Our chaotic thoughts slowing our actions and achievements due to our imposter-syndrome.

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity tells us to believe in ourselves, our talents and creativity. Each one is different, as is our talent and journey. Each page is full of wisdom and guidance.

  • I share about this book since it is an ideal read for all of us but especially for kids, youngsters and teenagers. The young adults who, in times of challenges and studies, doubt themselves. This book is a perfect gift for them, even the non-readers!
  • I read The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity again and again to nurture and explore my creativity and bring out my best work.
  • This is a must-read book for all artists, creators and children. But even if you are not an artist, you will learn so much about life from this book.

Pick The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity for yourself or loved ones and share the joy of creativity and ingenious ideas!

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity by Grant Snider


What does an idea look like? And where do they come from?

Grant Snider’s illustrations will motivate you to explore these questions, inspire you to come up with your own answers and, like all Gordian knots, prompt even more questions.

Whether you are a professional artist or designer, a student pursuing a creative career, a person of faith, someone who likes walks on the beach, or a dreamer who sits on the front porch contemplating life, this collection of one- and two-page comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background. 


  1. Shilpa Gupte

    I can so relate to most of the illustrations from the page you have shared. How true. Artists are always suffering from the dreaded self-doubt. However unique we are, we tend to compare ourselves with others and land up in the never-ending abyss of hopelessness where our art is concerned. This book is definitely perfect for everyone. Thanks for sharing this review, Inderpreet. And it’s so good to see you at BAR after so long! 🙂

  2. Vinitha

    This is very interesting. I am hearing about this book for the first time, Inderpreet. I will see if I can get a copy.
    Thank you for sharing, Inder.
    Happy to see you blogging. Welcome back. 🙂

  3. Tulika Singh

    I like this – housekeeping can wait, artists are chasing their ideas! If only we could internalise this message. This one sounds like a good read. I have slowly come around to the idea of reading varied formats.

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