This Florida-based artist is using the sidewalk near her house to spread some positivity and cheer people up during these anxious times. Casey Drake—a self-taught artist, former biology teacher, and a mother of two—is brightening up the streets of her neighborhood with colorful and amusing chalk drawings. Some of the artwork is quarantine-themed, like the series of "5 stages of quarantine" drawings, seemingly inspired by the Pixar movie Inside Out. "All of the drawings are on the sidewalk in front of my home," Casey told Bored Panda. "I usually start by trying to think of something that is new in our lives, such as hoarding toilet paper or wearing masks and gloves. Then I think through the different characters I know and see if one fits. Sometimes it doesn't all come together until I'm already drawing, though." Scroll down below to see the fun chalk drawings from Casey and vote for the ones you liked the most! Also, Casey told us she plans on making tutorials on her YouTube channel so stay tuned!
"I'm self taught. I don't have an official art background but I have always drawn and painted as a hobby," Casey told Bored Panda. "Currently I stay home and take care of my kids but previously I was a high school biology teacher."
"[Quarantine] changed my life in similar ways to everyone else," the artist told us. "I was lying awake at night worrying until I started doing these drawings as a stress relief. Now I lie awake at night figuring out my next drawing. These are certainly stressful times and anything we can do to lift ourselves and others up is valuable."
"I try to pick things that are relatable, relevant, and most importantly funny," Casey revealed. "Cartoon characters are easy because they're easily recognizable and most people are at least somewhat familiar with their back stories. Plus, my daughter loves all things Disney and she's the one who makes most of the suggestions."
The artist also wants all Bored Panda readers to "stay safe, stay healthy, [and] stay home!"