About Steph

Hey there! I’m Steph: the “art and soul” behind Art to Self. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a cartoonist and an author. So a few years ago, I decided to create a place to share my thoughts and work with the world. A place where I could share my deepest emotions, struggles and triumph with a little humor and a lot of doodles.

Now over 450 cartoons later, Art to Self has turned into something even bigger than I could’ve imagined. Here’s a little bit more about me and how this crazy art journey got started…

About Steph Halligan

Why I started Art to Self

If you asked me right now to describe myself, I’d say a lot of good things: I’m positive, caring, curious, creative, contemplative, grounded, joyful and all-around happy.

But ask me in a not-so-good moment? I feel like an over-analytical, obsessive, untethered, self-critical perfectionist.Yeah. Ouch.

Every day I deal with that duality: one side of me that believes I can do anything versus the other side that’s scared to do anything. It’s the side that knows I’m amazing versus the side that doubts everything I do.

Which is why my room is covered in sticky notes with quotes and doodles to remind me of my “awesomeness.” Because if there are two things in this world that always brighten my day, it’s reminders that I’m awesome and drawing cartoons.

The power of
daily cartoon notes

Steph Halligan

If I’m having a crappy day, I draw cartoons and write notes to remind me that I’m amazing. And if I’m having a fantastic day, I make cartoons and notes for an extra boost of positivity.

I wanted to start sharing my motivational cartoons with the world. So I began Art To Self, a place where I could create and share my thoughts and art every single day. And I watched my cartoon notes transform into something incredible.

What started as my own personal practice turned into an incredible platform to remind others of their own awesomeness. And what started as a simple place to share my cartoon notes grew into an incredible community of fans, support and love.

I created daily art notes for 2 years (I still can’t believe that!). And after wrapping up that daily art project, I finally felt like the confidence cartoonist I always wanted to be as a kid.

Art to Self is my home for cartoon musings and life lessons. Welcome to my sketchpad, my thoughts and my journey.

Yours in love and art,

– Steph

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