For illustrators under self-isolation, the hashtag #coronamaison came as the perfect cathartic creative release. French illustrator Pénélope Bagieu (@PenelopeB) launched the hashtag, calling for artists to draw their perfect self-isolation setup.
Naturally, I had I try one for myself!
The #coronamaison challenge is based on a simple empty room with a staircase. Besides the staircase, the rest is free reign! Some are digital and some are traditional, with fantastical elements or very lifelike. The artworks that people have come up with are awesome, and it’s well worth Googling to see how creative people got.
Some are cosy scenes of a couple cuddling up with a blanket and Netflix, others show stressed out loners hoarding toilet paper or under a protective bubble, while some creative versions are rooms filled with cartoon dinosaurs or flying through space.
Of course, I had to throw my name into the ring as well, to see what I could come up with. My version is more rue to life. Melbourne is almost locked down, with many non-essential services closed. I’m still going to work, but full lockdown feels very close. I’ll be playing with my family, drawing, reading, playing video games and drinking lots of coffee!
So, please enjoy my #coronamaison (or perhaps #coronahouse) from the suburbs of Melbourne!