We've all been struggling to pass the time while quarantined and in lockdown. It's been months of staying inside at this point. One thing that has often helped many get through boring meetings or classes is doodling. So one artist took the idea of doodling during quarantine and stepped it up approximately 934,347,534,028,590 notches.
Artist Viktorija, who goes by artistVik on Instagram, decided to doodle an entire wall in her home. She spent over 100 days covering the blank white space with adorable personal doodles, and now, it's a complete masterpiece and ode to her time in isolation.
On Bored Panda, she writes that she started the project on March 25, just as the UK was entering a complete lockdown. "I wanted to record my experience of what will, hopefully, be a once in a lifetime event," she writes.
It was basically a way for her to keep a visual diary of her time in lockdown. She wanted an easy way to record her daily experience of a truly crazy time. "The one blank wall of our flat suddenly looked very inviting," she writes.
So, she started to paint her doodles. She used black and blue acrylic paint and small brushes, she updated her doodle wall daily, usually each evening. She wanted to make sure she recorded every experience she had during lockdown, "be they new, sad, unexpected, or even just mundane."
She doodled new dishes she cooked, games she played, exercises she took up, and more. After one week, she had a whole seven days of her life in picture form on the wall.
So, she kept going! She didn't work in a linear fashion, but she grouped her days and weeks together and labeled them with big block letters.
Soon the days and week melded into each other and a whole doodle wall was forming right before her eyes. The above picture was taken on day 26 of the project. Viktorija already had lots of new lockdown experiences, but she didn't realize how many more doodle days she'd have left.
"At this point, I was still guessing how many more days I'll manage to fit in," she writes. Then, on day 102 of her doodle wall project, Viktorija discovered that a pen worked much better than paint and a brush.
So she switched tools and continued on, able to cover smaller areas more clearly. In one spot on the wall, she writes, "OMG! Pen is the future!"
After 113 days, her doodle wall was complete. She's not sure how long the wall will stay up, but until then, she writes, "It will remind me of how important it is to cherish the small but important things in life — from chatting with friends to browsing in a shop to stopping for a drink after work — and that life's simple freedoms and pleasures should never be taken for granted."
She continues, "Above all, I will never forget that this strange limbo I have recorded is just one tiny part of the story. While life has at times seemed in the doldrums, the storm has raged all around and continues to do so, leaving so much loss and sadness in its wake.
"To all those have endured the front lines of this pandemic, bravely placing themselves in harm’s way to keep life going, and going, and going, until we reach the other side — there are no words, or paintings, that can thank you enough."