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Quarantine Project: Day 2

Day two! Sadly today's project isn't totally complete, but I'll be sure to update this post once it's finished. For now, here's what we're working with:

Today I decided to crack open my old sketchbook and add to this line from Frank Turner's "Riot Song," which I outlined a few years back. While the song is obviously taken out of its original context, there were some additional lyrics that stood out given our current climate. First, we have the full verse that inspired my drawing:

It's a battle on our doorsteps, and it won't just go away

So if you give a single damn about the city where you live

You'll step up now and ask what you can give


And a few lines later the song ends like so:


Step up defend your own communities

Tomorrow we stand together oh we're never on our own

Put out the fires, this city is our home


It bears repeating that what the world needs during this time (other than proper PPE) is compassion. Hard times don't have to be fought alone; everyone can do their part to keep the people and places around them a bit more sane and safe. So stay home. Don't panic buy and don't hoard goods. Give what you can, no matter how little it might be. Strive to be a resource for those who might not have any otherwise.


As for the drawing: I love Frank Turner and was listening to his music a lot during 2017. While I don't recall the context in which I initially wrote this line, his delivery of it has always stood out to me. When I came back to the drawing today I was interested in using cooler tones and decided to do a gradient effect with the letters (thank you, third grade art class). I'm pretty happy with the way the front door/step came out considering how little drawing I've done lately. I chose lavender for the potted plant because it felt representative of the kind of calm, collected strength I think everyone could use right now. As for finishing touches, I'd like to go back in with crayon and do some marker outlining to make the lyrics pop.


My only other takeaway is that it felt good to just sit and color for a while. It's the kind of activity that can be as mindless or mindful as you make it, and I think most of us could use that right now. With all this craziness and uncertainty, I want to remind people not to beat themselves up if they can't be productive or complete certain tasks. I think now more than ever is the time to believe that trying does count for something.


Anyway, thanks for indulging my latest creative impulse. Don't forget that suggestions and submissions are always welcome, and I'm happy to support/promote fellow creatives in any way I can. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what else this quarantine project has in store.

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