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An interesting approach to creating illustrations, Osheen Siva finds inspiration in her own thoughts, dreams and even nightmares. Unique and quirky colour combinations and a distinctive style can be seen in all her artworks.

Artworks - Osheen Siva
Ramen On. “How to Deal”, this illustration depicts the different ways of dealing with a sticky situations of the mundane life
Bothai. The inspiration behind this illustration is the excessive screen addiction during lockdown. The Tamil word 'Bothai' translates to drunk or in a trance.

Luckily, Osheen Siva shifted back to Goa from Delhi just before the lockdown and currently engaging herself in embracing the sunsets on beaches as well as creating illustrations. Her way of coping up in quarantine is to put on her earphones, listen to podcasts and sketch simultaneously. To reduce the amount of stress and anxiety, she prepares proper schedules, however, the minute they may be.

Artworks - Osheen Siva
Artwork donated to Design Fights Covid to help raise funds for Makers Asylum in creating medical equipment (M19 face shields)
Floating on. The phenomenon of sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming, that makes Osheen feel being caught up in two worlds and not able to react

Going back to the traditional method of sketching, she has been expanding her sketchbook practices and trying out mediums like acrylic and oil on canvas. Pushing her boundaries even further, Osheen has been taking up online animation and inking classes which she finds extremely engaging. Apart from using her time wisely to sketch and create unique artworks, she has been loving the practice of cooking all her meals and keeping up with her loved ones.

Artworks - Osheen Siva
Most Mornings. Describing her long work days and stressful nights as a full time Graphic Designer before transitioning into a freelance illustrator
Seeing Things, strange dreams that manifest themselves during the uncertain and erratic times.

As an artist, Osheen has an interesting take on the future for designers and people in the creative eld. She feels that the creative industry is going to be much more collaborative post the pandemic, with more opportunities for shifting the work culture remotely and perhaps delving deeper into the virtual space

Artworks - Osheen Siva
Grow Grow Grow. Designed for the Earth Day, the artwork represents the need to grow with our mother Earth
Artworks - Osheen Siva
Created for Converse’s Create at Home campaign, Osheen developed this illustration to depict the stay at home phenomenon

Published in Issue 50

We all started this year anticipating many things, but nobody thought of life coming to a complete halt. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced every human to re-evaluate their attitude towards nature and life. We also have been forced to lock down in our houses. Though we are no more in the lockdown, still many unfortunate ones continue to lose their lives and livelihoods. This isolation has given many of us the time we needed to finish our long pending tasks. Some have turned to art and craft for peace and solace. While most got relaxed and enjoyed their time with family, others used the focussed time to prepare themselves for the life post lockdown. On the other hand, creative freelancers found it helpful for them to focus and produce more as their work setup usually is within their homes. So, to understand how all the creatives have handled the lockdown, we reached many who have been creating and sharing inspirational artworks during this time. So order your copy if you are looking for inspirational COVID lockdown artworks and some advice on how to handle the current slowdown more creatively!

 

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Mural artist Shahul Hameed unravels his secrets to remaining cheerful, positive and hopeful as we endure these stressful times while staying at home.

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Expat. Mural dedicated to the expatriate Indians who are stranded abroad

CG. What are some of the innovative ways through which you are tackling this lockdown?

Shahul. Staying at home and making art! These are challenging times, but I came up with new ideas for working at home. I’m trying my best to stay positive. I think this is a brilliant opportunity to spend time with our loved ones. This is also a perfect time to catch up with things you’ve missed. One of the best ways to spend time is to do what you like.

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Tomorrow. Illustration depicting our hopes for a mask-free and better tomorrow

CG. Many people experience art blocks during these trying times. Have you been through something similar? If yes, could you share your strategies for overcoming them?

Shahul. Art block stems from lack of motivation and inspiration, but I create illustrations that reflect my perception of the current situation, emotions that provoked me by news, discussions and trends on social media. Therefore, I don’t experience art blocks. I’m using this time to interact with my followers on social media. Through such interactions, I can understand what people like and what they want to see.

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Connect and reconnect. Illustration which is to serve as a reminder that this is the time to connect or reconnect with our loved ones

CG. You’ve recently painted murals on the walls of your home. Is it something which you’ve always wanted to do? Could you kindly share your experience on the same?

Shahul. Yes, I always wanted to share my passion with my family. By combining my art and my wife’s fondness for interior designing we created something unique. I realised that we can lighten our mood by lightening others’ spirits, so we did our best to remain positive and weaved little moments of happiness together. We want to spread this hope and positivity because we all need it right now.

Stay Home
Mural dedicated to the front line workers who are fighting this pandemic to keep us safe

CG. Most of us are witnessing a shift in our perspective of life and the world due to this pandemic. Have you witnessed something similar?

Shahul. This stay at home order has brought the most significant shift, especially in expats’ lives. As the stay at home orders have been issued, the expats are all confined to a densely packed multi-storey building. I did a lot of illustrations to educate people about this issue.

National Disinfection Program. Illustration depicting UAE’s ‘National Disinfection Program’
Stay Home
Digital art reminding us to stay at home and stay safe.

CG. What are your thoughts on spreading awareness of this pandemic through art, especially mural art in public spaces? Could you kindly talk about your recent illustrations about CoVID 19?

Shahul. Art is created to communicate and to inspire us to act and think. I believe it has the power to change society. My recent illustrations are all about ‘stay home, stay safe and enjoy comfort’. I think it is sufficient for us to sustain our health and happiness at this moment. Take measures to remain optimistic and mindful. Practice self-love, especially now. We must spread hope and positivity.

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Costume design for who can’t stay in house anymore. Go Corona Go.

CG. Mural art would require you to go out in public places to paint. How safe is it to do so? How has this affected your projects and your livelihood?

Shahul. All my projects are commissioned by art galleries and corporate, therefore they provide the safety measures. My projects and livelihood remained safe and intact.

Stay Home. A mural in the artist’s home highlighting the little moments of happiness

CG. Which is your favourite mural among the ones you have illustrated during this lockdown?

Shahul. My favourite mural created during the stay home order is ‘Expat’. When our world is threatened by a pandemic, the expatriates are worried about life, security and wages. Several of them are stranded here. These are people who came as visitors, as students, as business personals to name a few. There are several uninsured patients and pregnant women. I tried to bring out these problems through my illustration. Expatriates should be treated as human beings.

Dream

CG. Why have you chosen to become a mural artist?

Shahul. It began with a simple desire to see my drawings on a bigger scale. Over the years, I began enjoying it more and started appreciating the dialogue which public spaces create between my work and the people around it. It feels great to interact with people who stop to watch me and take photographs of my works. I enjoy their interpretations. And now, I simply love this work.

Don’t panic
Stay Home
A covid day in the street

CG. How does culture influence your art? What are some of the distinct features in your artwork that you would attribute to your culture?

Shahul. I believe culture impacts society and the individuals within it. I take inspirations from everyday scenes and contemporary life. My art is an aesthetic reflection of the modern age.

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CG. Your works are abstract and vibrant. What is the role played by the colours in your artwork?

Shahul. I love to play with colours. My colour palette renders a unique satiating effect on the onlookers and the concept of colour gradation is pleasingly inoculated to create ripples of shades, which root to limited colours but create visual imagery of multiple hues.

Illustration highlighting the importance of sanitising and staying at home

Published in Issue 50

We all started this year anticipating many things, but nobody thought of life coming to a complete halt. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced every human to re-evaluate their attitude towards nature and life. We also have been forced to lock down in our houses. Though we are no more in the lockdown, still many unfortunate ones continue to lose their lives and livelihoods. This isolation has given many of us the time we needed to finish our long pending tasks. Some have turned to art and craft for peace and solace. While most got relaxed and enjoyed their time with family, others used the focussed time to prepare themselves for the life post lockdown. On the other hand, creative freelancers found it helpful for them to focus and produce more as their work setup usually is within their homes. So, to understand how all the creatives have handled the lockdown, we reached many who have been creating and sharing inspirational artworks during this time. So order your copy if you are looking for inspirational COVID lockdown artworks and some advice on how to handle the current slowdown more creatively!

 

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We all got a sigh of relief when the government allowed business, market and workplaces to reopen. As we all know, it will not be as normal as earlier hence all the team member, customers and business owners need to follow a new level of hygiene and preventive measures to be safe from the Corona Virus (COVID-19). NH1 Design has taken the initiative to spread awareness of what-to-do in and around the workspaces.

To spread the awareness in these challenging times, NH1 Design has recently designed #WorkSafe Poster and Signages templates on things to do to be safe from Corona Virus infection. These posters and signages are free to download and are print-ready also can be easily customised.

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Business can embed their company logo in the space at the bottom-right corner and they are available in both Hindi and English language. They cover guidelines for both, the community and individuals so feel free to download of your choice and let your employees or customers feel safe and secure while working at your work space.

Business Safety

Posters related to business hours, premise health and general recommendations. Can be placed at the entry and other common areas.

Corona Free Workspaces

Individual Safety

Posters related to individual best practices for safety of self and others. Can be placed at entry, exit, work stations, washrooms, cafeteria etc.

Corona Free Workspaces

Come & Go Safely

Posters related to public and private transport best practices and guidelines to reach and leave work. Can be placed at entry and exits.

Corona Free Workspaces

Community Safety

Posters related to business areas best practices. Can be placed at entry, exit, stairs, elevators, meeting rooms, cafeteria, washrooms etc.

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Today, the world is experiencing one of the most trying periods in recent years where our physical and emotional endurance is being put to the test. The spread of COVID-19 has put millions of lives at stake. Locked down within our homes, we are looking at an unsteady present and a highly uncertain future.

Working from home has become the norm and we are spending hours inundated with every kind of information about the pandemic. Be it in the form of Whatsapp forwards, news articles or Instagram stories, the dissemination of information is at an all time high and we are at leisure to take it all in!

Amidst all the information coming my way, what seemed to pop out was that, even during a global crisis of this magnitude, there was a spurt of new ideas and innovation from every corner of the world. The observation got me searching for more examples of the different kinds of innovative technologies, unique designs and creative communication that was doing the rounds during this pandemic, and what emerged was fascinating.

One such product I came across was the ‘germ trap’ snood designed by Virustatic, a UK based biotechnology firm that apparently ‘deactivates’ viruses after filtering them onto its surface. Meant to cover your neck and approximately half of your face, the Virustatic Shield’s fabric is where the magic lies. It is said to imitate the surface structure of the human oesophagus, with a special coating that is believed to trap up to 96% of airborne viruses, thus enabling users to filter out harmful infections around them!

Another ingenious product, I found, was a hands-free door opener designed by Belgium-based company Materialise. To be attached to a door handle, this makes use of one’s arm or elbow to open doors thus reducing the risk of touching an otherwise potential ‘hot-spot’ for infections. What’s more, it is 3D printed, and Materialise has made the design downloadable for free from their website, making it extremely easy to use for individuals and organisations to print it as and when required.

During the course of this COVID-19 pandemic, the identification of those infected and their movement history has been of utmost importance. The Smart Helmet designed by China-based tech firm KC Wearable was something I found quite fascinating. This helmet is equipped to detect people with a fever up to five metres away, subsequently sounding an alarm to that effect! Featuring an infrared temperature detector, an augmented-reality visor, a camera that can read QR codes, plus wifi, Bluetooth and 5G enabled so as to beam data to the nearest hospital this product truly seems like a thing of the future.

A highly useful yet seemingly controversial innovation, to me, were a series of tracking apps developed by South Korean coders, one of which happens to be the Corona 100m. These applications build on the testing data collected by the government to alert users when they come within 100 metres of a location visited by an infected person. Such advanced tracking devices can definitely be crucial in curbing the incessant rise in the number of infected people. What needs to be considered, however, are the subsequent consequences when surveillance of this level is allowed and the boundaries of privacy become blurry. But I won’t delve into that for now. That is a subject for another blog!

In addition to these product and technology-based innovations, what I realised was that dissemination of important information in ways that are effective and memorable was the need of the hour. And I must say that I have come across some of the most creative instances in communication design during this COVID-19 period! From those that educate us about the crisis, inform us about crucial do’s and dont’s to the ones that turn this grim situation around, into something hilarious. For instance, when I saw this hand-washing tutorial by Iranian mime artist Danial Kheirikhah, where he can be seen furiously washing his hands to the tunes of classical music, it was just the thing I needed to see. Simple, funny and so effective!

Another widespread visual used to communicate the importance of social distancing has been that of burning matchsticks. When I first saw it, the impact was instant and the message was crystal clear. Adapted by various artists, animators and designers, it used such a strong visual metaphor that it became impossible to forget and extremely easy to understand. What’s more, it required no caption, no explanation thus crossing boundaries of language, cultures and education, to be understood by one and all.

I also had the chance to see some of the most creative campaigns from organisations across the world. At a time when business is slow, customers are wary, nobody is moving or buying or stepping out of their homes, advertising is playing a key role in helping brands stay relevant while being sensitive to present circumstances. Mercedes Benz talks about staying at home while Burger King’s quarantine whopper encourages customers to make their own burgers at home! It is amazing to see how these brands have turned around their product or service into a powerful message asking people to stay indoors and stay safe. All over the world, in every field, people are finding new ways to inform, engage and inspire millions.

However, what I realised is this. We aren’t witnessing this phenomenon for the first time.

History has shown us, that through the years, in the face of adversity, turmoil and tragic circumstances, creativity has never said die. Wars, socio-political unrests and economic crises have all invariably led to some of the most path-breaking ideas and innovations in the fields of product design, architecture, technology as well as communication. Take the iconic Charles and Ray Eames’ plywood splint for example. It became one of the most talked-about designs that emerged from the WW2. Not only that, but it has also further inspired many more designs in the years that followed, all based on the principle of problem-solving and ‘less is more’.

Years later, the Cold War also brought with it one of the most impactful visuals; the Fraternal Kiss by Russian artist Vrubel, that was actually based on a photograph but assumed a completely new meaning when it was painted on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall. The ‘I AM A MAN’ posters held by Memphis sanitation workers during the 1968 strike, was a simple design yet marked a significant moment in the American Civil Rights Movement and remained etched in the memory of the world. Closer to home, India’s own freedom struggle led to the propagation of khadi, spun using the charkha during the Swadeshi Movement by Mahatma Gandhi. Although it wasn’t unknown to the people, its creative juxtaposition against the backdrop of the British raj, made it a symbol of independence and of self-sufficiency and was adopted exponentially, throughout the country.

What I have noticed is that throughout history, difficult times have always led us to new beginnings. New materials are discovered, innovative products become a part of everyday life, art movements are initiated to do away with earlier styles, music evolves, architecture changes the way we see the world and technological advancements redefine the way we live. Every crisis brings with it a modification in circumstances and available resources. This further leads to a significant rise in new needs and unique problems. And with this, comes the drive to invent, to find a better way to deal with the circumstances at hand.

In the book, Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind psychologist Marie Forgeard, (McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School) explains, “Because adverse events force us to reexamine our beliefs and priorities, they can help us break out of habitual ways of thinking and thereby boost creativity. We’re forced to reconsider things we took for granted, and we’re forced to think about new things. Adverse events can be so powerful that they force us to think about questions we never would have thought of otherwise.” Adversity pushes us to find a way out and we turn to innovation and to design, which at its very core, is ultimately a problem-solving process. To mould what we have in the present, into an idea that has the power to change our future.

The article first published on GCD Studio

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