As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, many of us have experienced mounting pressure
productive—to take advantage of the hours saved on travel and leisure to study more,
harder, and pursue personal projects. These pandemic goals can often feel difficult to
achieve as remote classes have challenged us to adapt to new ways of learning and
engaged. But what if instead of prioritizing productivity, we prioritized creativity?
Being creative requires reimagining what we are not supposed to focus on. By letting our
minds wander, we can make sense of our thoughts and experiences in new ways. While the
pandemic has limited the places we can visit, it has also created new opportunities for
to engage with people and ideas. Now is the time to start thinking outside the box.
We asked our illustrators to show us the unexpected sources of inspiration they have
during the pandemic. We hope these illustrations, developed from doodles sketched during
Zoom classes, inspire you to do something creative for your next pandemic project too.
I’ve been fleshing out my Pinterest lately and taking a lot of long
As a film major, I’ve had to watch a looooot of movies this
My eyes get worn out from all the screen time, but at the end of the day, I’m grateful to
get to experience so many different worlds, so much art.
Being at home all the time, I’ve come to find inspiration in the spaces
around me and the view from my window. Despite online classes, I’ve enjoyed getting to know
my classmates through their backgrounds, physical or virtual—little windows into their
It has been hard to come by inspiration since everything has gone
virtual, but Korean vocab words have given me an entertaining insight into a different
I have really enjoyed my classes this year despite their online
nature. Learning has always been a source of inspiration, and this piece is based on Dogū
figurines from my Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan class.
Lately, I’ve been pushing myself to experiment with and learn
about typography and graphic design, inside and outside of classes. These posters are a fun
sampling from my ongoing exploration.
I love drawing people and silly things. I think the doodles in this
piece capture a glimpse of what my brain looks like during online classes.
It has been more difficult than usual to find inspiration when
my contact with the outside world has been with virtual floating heads. I have been trying
to get outside more while the weather is good and to incorporate nature into my art.
My architect brain never shuts off when I travel to new places. Using
Google Maps in my Introduction to the History of Architecture class, I still feel like I’m
exploring the world!
Doodling has always been a creative outlet for me: a way to
focus, even amid what feels like endless burnout.