Flakes is a meditation on the physical and psychological connections humans have with their environments. The story is told through pen and ink drawings, which are arranged in panels that depict repeated perspectives, angles, shapes, and textures. These visual elements act as signposts to suggest multiple paths through a narrative that explores the interplay between intimacy and alienation, attainment and loss, and interior and exterior modes of consciousness.

In the making of Flakes, Robin has been influenced by the woodcut novels of Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward, the paintings of Alex Colville, the novels of Virginia Woolf, and the comics of Chris Ware, Al Columbia, and Lorenzo Mattotti.