My name is Irina, and I am a designer living in San Francisco. During the day, I work for a tech company, but at night, I always try to work on creative projects. I am originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and I moved to the US when I was 18 years old with my family. After studying graphic design, I was fortunate to work for a variety of tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Adobe. One of my best-known projects was the design of the Google Android logo, the first open-source logo of its kind. My personal projects include Only in Silicon Valley greeting cards, a collection of fashionable surgical masks, humorous jewelry, and funemployed pins. I was a contestant on ABC's Reality Show Shark Tank pitching the idea of fashionable surgical masks back in 2009. It's eerie how masks have now become part of everyday life because of the pandemic.

Since the lockdown started, I've been cooped up at home, and simply staying on top of all chores, taking care of my daughter, and working from home has been overwhelming. It's been hard not being able to see my friends and family, and with all summer plans and vacations canceled, I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands to endlessly worry about everything. At night, it's tempting to just watch Netflix, but after a while, it got super boring and I found drawing helped provide some positivity and joy that can also be shared with other people in the same situation. While Covid is not a laughing matter, comic relief is a way to deal with the stress and blow off some steam.

Hope you'll enjoy these drawings as I've had so much fun creating these. Also, check out my previous post here.

More info: irinablok.com | Instagram | twitter.com

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Social Distancing Ringtone

Social Distancing Ringtone

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Some of those people are literally losing their heads over that ringtone

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My process is simple: it usually starts with an idea and I write it down. Ideas come unexpectedly, sometimes when you are in the shower or during a boring Zoom call. I found it's important to write your thoughts down so you don't forget it and it could become a project later. I also found that I get inspired when I am super bored. For example, before the pandemic, I would travel a lot as a way to refresh and escape, but since this has been taken away, I am now forced to be more focused and productive. I use pen and paper to sketch an idea and I scan it and color in digital form in Adobe Illustrator. Lately, I switched to using an iPad and I use Fresco, which saves a lot of time.

With Covid Life cartoons, I am hoping to raise awareness of CDC guidelines and provide some comic relief from our daily struggles.

#2

What's Wrong With You?

What's Wrong With You?

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Honestly though, wear a mask

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Ways Not To Wear A Mask

Ways Not To Wear A Mask

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mysty
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1 month ago

I mean like i don't get it. why do people where their masks on their mouth, but not on their face? i get the "i can't breathe" rant, but why not get a better mask, instead of those thick ones you purposefully use to have a reason to cry?

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5 Stages Of Quarantine

5 Stages Of Quarantine

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StrangerOfTheDark
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1 month ago

Seems about right.

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Lock Down

Lock Down

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Its like the trojan horse but scarier

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Covid Life

Covid Life

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Hey! You cant forget about the trips to the bathroom and kitchen

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Missing Buttons On Zoom

Missing Buttons On Zoom

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Can't forget the "Fake Video of Yourself"

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Work/Home Balance

Work/Home Balance

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ShikamaruPanda
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1 month ago

That cat tho in the backgruond

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The New Normal

The New Normal

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Jasmine Donald
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1 month ago

Those are my legs right now...

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Coronavirus Likes This

Coronavirus Likes This

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Thomas Flaherty
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1 month ago

"Initiate wildfire protocol"

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Zoom Personas

Zoom Personas

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

I'm the one that throws a party when the teacher leaves

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Morning Commute

Morning Commute

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

I mean theres some good things

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#13

Only Use Left For 2020 Calendar

Only Use Left For 2020 Calendar

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

I dont get this one... someone explain?

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Rush Hour

Rush Hour

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GeoSushi
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1 month ago

-The Future-

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Weekend In California

Weekend In California

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Patty Leaton
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4 weeks ago

yip

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Scoring A Grocery Delivery Slot Is Like Winning The Jackpot

Scoring A Grocery Delivery Slot Is Like Winning The Jackpot

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GeoSushi
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1 month ago

This one is too funny!

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Online Grocery Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

OMG ONCE WE ORDERED A BUNCH OF BANANAS AND THEY GAVE US A TOLIET PLUNGER

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Starving

Starving

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Sundew
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1 month ago

Lol this is so me

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Social Distancing Parfume

Social Distancing Parfume

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GeoSushi
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1 month ago

Eav De Toilet LOL

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Work From Anywhere

Work From Anywhere

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GeoSushi
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1 month ago

yeah really

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Social Distanced Matress

Social Distanced Matress

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

If someone rolls of the bed and into that groove 😬

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#22

Dating During Covid

Dating During Covid

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Corona Dating App - Find the perfect match with the perfect pair of lungs

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#23

Day 35 Of Quarantine

Day 35 Of Quarantine

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Luna Lovegood
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1 month ago

Ahaha remember when we counted in days? Remember when we counted in months? Time is fictional the only accurate measure left to us is how long it takes to feel snacky again after the last snack/meal (approximately 10 minutes)

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#24

The Social Distance Challenge

The Social Distance Challenge

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GeoSushi
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1 month ago

Me everyday lol

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#25

Protection

Protection

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My Name Is Jeff
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1 month ago

Why is the butt doctor smiling?

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#26

Apps On The Phone

Apps On The Phone

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

I can relate to tiktok bb

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#27

Trying To Get Refund

Trying To Get Refund

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Sorry, we wont take ur corona package, but we'll send you on a trip to get some

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Social Distancing Font

Social Distancing Font

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Torchicachu
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4 weeks ago

why isnt this a thing yet

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#29

The New Normal

The New Normal

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Patty Leaton
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4 weeks ago

FUTURE

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#30

Solution For All Problems

Solution For All Problems

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

unless the person you're going with has corona

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#31

Weather In San Francisco

Weather In San Francisco

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mAHiMa kUmAr
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1 month ago

Dude here in California, its 90 degrees in fall

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#32

Techbro's New Life

Techbro's New Life

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Freya the Wanderer
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1 month ago

Don't forget scooping out the litterbox.

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#33

Love During Quarantine

Love During Quarantine

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Jasmine Donald
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1 month ago

no one is going anywhere

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