We are not here to reiterate further how bored we are, how difficult it is to stay at home in these sunny days, but we still try to be positive and find a way to spend these long days.
Many artists and creatives have worked hard to give their followers a way to help them in this, many of whom have made their black and white works available so that users can download them and color them.
One of these is Sara Commodi, an Umbrian girl living in Milan, Interior and Product Designer, who later became a tattoo artist, collaborates with Casa Bigotta, a Milanese tattoo studio with a delicate, minimal style, characterized by light shades and fine lines.
At the beginning of the quarantine, Sara decided to publish on her Instagram profile one illustration a day, telling our lives, made of “typical moments” that each of us live in these in our own home. From here, her followers triggered the idea, which is called “Sara draws, I color”.
Where did you get the idea?
The idea of the contents came to me because, being in the second quarantine, I wanted to give myself daily tasks and already after the first drawing, I realized that producing tables with the theme “waiting” and “life at home” could be a way to keep me busy and represent the reality of many people. The idea of making my drawings within everyone’s reach, however, did not come to me. After posting the first drawings, some followers contacted me to see if I could send them the files via email in high resolution so they could print them at home and color them. From there I realized that what for me was just a way to “kill time” and keep my mind clear, could be a diversion for other people. A way to feel useful to others even if I had to stay within these four walls. The drawings can also be digitally colored on their iPad or PC. The aim is also to generate a stream of revisions, the user places my colored drawings in them and I place them in my stories.
Why do you think people are participating?
People have been enthusiastic about this proposal because we are all trying to find activities to do at home to make the hours and days pass and even those who are not inclined to the art of drawing, can simply relax by coloring templates like mine since my minimalist style lends itself well. Others instead asked me if they could print the drawings to simply hang them at home and this made me happy because over the years I have always given drawings to my friends. In this case, they are not people I really know but only virtually.
What kind of answer did you get from people and what are the categories of people participating?
The fact that I update content daily makes people curious to find out what will be published the next day, it’s like I’m telling a story in episodes. In fact, many people write to me telling me that they can’t wait to find out what the next drawing will be and this has been an additional stimulus to continue to draw and post. I have a predominantly female audience for an age group ranging from 15 to 50 years, so many of them are also mothers who need to find tricks to entertain their children and not drive them crazy. They thanked me for this initiative as many of their children have been the real protagonists of this “Sara draws, I colorize”.
You can find all her drawings collected in a dropbox folder in the link she has inserted in her Instagram bio.
What are you waiting for? What are you waiting for? Download them and send the result.