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"Mapping this moment" of continuously changing feelings. From anxiety to hope, from creativity to despair.
My illustration features what has helped me get through the pandemic thus far. As I was creating this piece, I got to thinking about what has changed in terms of how people have managed to get through past pandemics. Some things may not have changed, such as washing your hands and wearing a mask, but one thing that has definitely helped make things easier is technology. It is now easier than ever to communicate with people from all over the world. I realize not everyone has access to technology, so I am truly grateful that I can have video calls with my family and friends every week, to help keep me sane.
During lockdown I started illustrated joyful moments to keep the family spirit up and running. Every little detail of this household map is linked with a special moment during lockdown from turning a melon into a bumblebee, to watching pigeons showering in the rain, playing music and learning new skills.
What a strange time to be alive! Combating boredom and anxiety during the COVID-19 quarantine turns into a long, slow game of chance, luck, and risk. Will you run out of toilet paper or milk before you can draw a supply card? Will you get lost down the black hole of Animal Crossing? Will your mental health survive before you can find a therapist who does Zoom appointments? Find out in this adventure where no one's a winner.
Spending time together has become so much more meaningful during this time of isolation, that we’ve spent in our studio. From watering plants to feeding birds that stop by, boundaries of work and leisure have merged to make this a truly memorable (quaran)time.
Our routines have changed in a way they never have before. What does your perfect day look like now? If the days are getting all too samey I like to make myself an itinerary... like being on holiday but in my own house. I set times to visit certain areas, to do certain activities, to (video) meet with friends. It helps me stay positive.
My neighbours are at the same time close and yet far away – everybody stays at home and tries to find pleasure in activities that are usually more fun together, like making music, doing yoga, baking cakes for a birthday invitation and travelling – which has been replaced by dreaming of places. Hopefully everything will be well soon. (I put the phrase in Italian on the map since it became famous when Italy was hit hard by the virus in March).
We all are facing same situation, entire world is living same life. Rather it's India or Italy, New York or Singapore there is one thing common which is hope. In this lockdown period when I look outside I find different people in the balcony. They are attractive, hopeful and looking forward to have a better tomorrow.
During the pandemic, as many of my friends were watching Contagion and the like, I wanted to create a list of what I consider a) better and b) more fitting movies for the moment. So here it is, in all its incomplete glory!
The map I created is the Italian vacation we are supposed to be on right now. It is someplace I've always wanted to go. We planned this well before Covid-19 was a household word. I thought I was going to be really upset while drawing this, but in actuality, it was uplifting and gave me great pleasure in creating it. I can't believe that it took me 2 weeks to illustrate it.Check out @beeminedesigns to see the video time lapse to see what I did to create this. Thanks @theydrawandtravel!
My life as a freelance illustrator hasn't changed too much after lockdown as I always worked from home. I did feel stressed and down at the beginning but I accepted the anxiety and kept going. With more restrictions on what I am able to do outdoor, my life goes on almost entirely in our house. My husband works from home now, he made his own standing desk from a cardboard box and table on table, I now train weekly martial art on zoom instead of going to the gym(nice to see faces of friends and be able to keep training), wisteria and our hair keep growing without a haircut, and our neighbour's cat still visits us but spends more time on our bed! Despite the pandemic, the life seems peaceful inside our house.