Exactly two years and one month ago, I shared two drawings which I’d done while on tour in New York. One was of the area in Brooklyn where we were staying, and the other was of the venue where I was performing.
Soon it will be two years since I started shielding from COVID, and what I’ve been able to do outside my home in that time has been very limited. Drawing on my iPad has been an important creative outlet for me, whether that’s been imagining the castle as a spaceship, drawing the shapes of my pain, or creating treasure maps for Bean.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been drawing London, the city that surrounds me, but from which I’ve been separated. It’s very detailed and has taken me hours, but I’ve really enjoyed the process and it’s helped me feel more connected to the world outside the castle’s walls.
After drawing my city, I decided to focus right in and do a similarly detailed drawing of the castle.
These two drawings echo the ones I did of New York, and my motivation for creating them was similar too.
In New York I was recording the excitement of a new place, new friendships and new experiences. While London’s not a new place to me, these drawings have been a way of reconnecting with my surroundings and celebrating my city and my home.