Art has multiple purposes. Depending on what is happening within your life, you may turn to art for different reasons, and you may also create art with various motivations. When sharing your art with the world, it can be scary, but also rewarding. Especially during these times when we are physically isolated, creativity cultivates community and allows us to be present, digitally. Bright colors, smiling faces, stories of kindness, selflessness, and silliness all brightens up the day and provides a sense of hope for what is to come.
Jillian Emeneau is a digital artist, with training in fine arts and animation, who creates custom drawings and paintings. She is currently working as a freelance artist, making illustrations for internet banners, fantasy characters, and children’s books.
Jillian has been making all sorts of different things during lockdown. Early on, she started sewing and fixing old clothes by hand. She made masks, a Lolita style skirt, and turned t-shirts into tank tops.
As a digital artist, Jillian also made drawings and paintings in her usual style and subject matter. She has also been taking classes on Skillshare where she has been able to branch out. In March/April, Jillian decided to learn how to draw cute chibi characters.
“I decided to make chibi characters during isolation because I needed something happy, cute, and easy to do. It was sort of self-imposed art therapy. While all my chibi drawings were made in response to the lockdowns, the images themselves have no visual indication of that. They appear totally unrelated. They were created more to ease my own mind and help with my personal mental health than as a statement about what was happening. I’ve shared them on all my socials in the hopes that they can help bring some light and happiness to others, the way they helped me. I find that I typically make art to balance my feelings. If I’m feeling down, I create happy things. Only when I’m feeling good can I make dark work; so, for me, now is the time to make happy art.”