This Epic Coloring Sheet Depicts London's Resilience in Lockdown

Uncommon, Dutch Uncle team up on project

There have been endless remarkable art projects happening since the very beginning of Covid. Here's another amazing example: a huge coloring page, printed on A0 size paper, depicting London in lockdown—created by illustrator Dermot Flynn, creative studio Uncommon and illustration agency Dutch Uncle to raise money for charity.

The scenes show Brits engaging in some now-familiar quarantine activities, from basic social distancing, to clapping for the NHS heroes, to Joe Wicks workouts (mentioned by what must have been a majority of Londoners who wrote #WFH Diaries for us), to Zoom chats and epic home baking sessions.

Here's a high-speed video of the sheet being colored in:

The pages are being sold for £15 each at this site, with all profits donated to Florence Nightingale Foundation, a charity in the U.K. that provides scholarships to nurses, midwives and other health professionals.

"I heard a lot from clients that they were running out of activities to keep their kids entertained whilst working from home—this sparked the initial inspiration for this project," says Helen Cowley, founder of Dutch Uncle. "We hope these coloring sheets offer a sense of fun for everyone, young or old, during lockdown and represent a positive visual memento."

"These sheets are epic," adds Nils Leonard, co-founder at Uncommon. "They show London's incredible spirit during these surreal times and really express an optimistic celebration of everyone getting through this together. We wanted to make something the whole family could enjoy, but also something beautiful that captured how we are all getting through this unique moment, something you'd want framed on your wall even if you didn't pick up a pencil."

You'll notice they also snuck a few Uncommon client into the picture, including ITV and the Guardian. Cheeky!

After completing the London version, they also made a New York City page illustrated by Tomi Um (which, alas, seems to have sold out). A Tokyo version, crafted by Satoshi Hashimoto, is also on the way. 

Tim Nudd
Tim Nudd is editor in chief of the Clio Awards and the founding editor of Muse by Clio.

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