Healing Reflections: "Candid on COVID" by Ray Kaselau
"Candid on COVID"
Story and art by: Ray Kaselau | Eau Claire, WI
I was inspired after reading other cartoonists sharing their sheltering-in-place experiences during the COVID lockdown. Capturing this personal and historical event from the perspectives of all the members in my household—by having a candid interview with each of them— was enjoyable. Then, I illustrated them using their own words and mannerisms of what they were doing at that moment. By using a lighter color pallet inspired by the Peanuts strip, I wanted to discuss a serious topic in a tone that is engaging to an audience of all ages.
At the age of twelve I built a model of the 1989 Batman Gotham City out of cardboard. That’s when I discovered my passion for creating immersive spaces and the joyful experiences art and design can offer. With a degree in Visual Communications, I have worked for over 15 years primarily as a graphic and concept designer. My work has contributed to many major retailers, Fortune 100 companies, as well a, children’s museums, civic organizations, and the visual development phase of the Healing Reflections mural. As an artist and designer, it’s important to always learn new tools to continually improve one’s ability for creative problem-solving. I strongly believe as Joseph Campbell said, “Follow Your Bliss".
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