I drew covidcard no.104 during snatched moments over a few days. It was only after I finished the drawing—although, I'm never quite sure when any of these drawings are ever quite finished—that I discovered the Al Jazeera article about COVID-19 in Singapore. The story seemed a good fit for the drawing. “We are on a path of transition to a new normal of living with COVID-19,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung told a virtual press conference on Friday. “It is a journey that is uncertain and full of twists and turns." - Al Jazeera, 20 September 2021. covidcard no. 104 - not quite finished. Drawn using Marvy Uchida For Drawing, Rotring Tikky and Steadler Pigment Liner pens and two HB pencils on a 21x21cm square piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper. covidcard no.104 - starting out covidcard no.104 - a little bit more covidcard no.104 - some more covidcard no.104 - finished
I started drawing this covidcard soon after I read this article in The Guardian. "In the UK, the majority of those now in hospital with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Many face their last days with enormous regret, and their relatives are telling their stories to try to convince others like them."The Guardian | Tue 14 Sep 2021 06.00 BST It's a sad, depressing read, but (rightly) it's not judgmental towards those who had the choice to receive a vaccine, but for whatever reason chose not to. Living in West Africa—where vaccine supply is extremely limited—it is hard to understand those who live in rich countries who choose not get vaccinated. This article helped me grasp at the thinking behind their choice to abstain. beginning to draw covidcard no. 103 I drew this using a Marvy Uchida For Drawing 0.1mm black pigmented ink pen on 21x21cm square piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper. nearing the end of covidcard no. 103 You can find more of my covidcards on this blog. I've posted many more to Instagram. covidcard no.103
Another rather rapid covidcard sketch. I made this as I read a column by Prof Devi Sridhar in The Guardian which seemed to sum up the horrific divide between the vaccinated rich and the unvaccinated poor of this planet. "So when will the pandemic be over? Covid-19 won’t end with a bang or a parade. Throughout history, pandemics have ended when the disease ceases to dominate daily life and retreats into the background like other health challenges. Barring a horrific new variant, rich countries such as Britain and the US may be within months, if not weeks, of what their citizens will see as the end of the pandemic. This isn’t the case in poorer countries in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. For countries that can’t afford vaccines, technology or treatments for Covid-19, populations will remain trapped by outbreaks that cause chaos in hospitals and kill health workers and vulnerable and elderly people." I made covidcard no. 102 using a 10cm X 10cm piece of 250g acid-free clarirefontaine paper, Steadler Pigment Liner pens, HB pencil and shavings, broken leads, Maped ice 80% Recycled Black Ballpoint Pen, and Rotring refills. There are more covidcards on my Instagram.
This was quite a rapid sketch. I made it in response to a news item I read about what is going on in Chile, regarding the rise in COVID-19 cases despite a huge vaccination programme. ""It's worrying," he said last Friday. "We're going through a critical moment of the pandemic… I urge you to take care of yourselves, of your loved ones, of your families
This project makes more sense the more it goes on. A few months ago, I realised that I was basing each drawing on some phrase or word relating to COVID-19 that I either heard on the radio or read on a news site. I've now done over 70 covidcards, and I'm starting to think of ways I can use them to somehow tell a cohesive story once the pandemic is over, or has, at least, subdued. Vivenowhere.