BIG TEX SOCIAL DISTANCING COLORING BOOK PROJECT by Brian K. Jones
In response to the early period of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas-based artist Brian K. Jones created this crowd-sourced animation project. Centering around Big Tex—the over-sized, animatronic greeter at the Texas State Fair that features prominently in Jones's work—Jones invited artists to create slides using his illustration as a base, then compiled them into a single animation. This was my first foray into animation, and it gave me a new appreciation for the art form, especially traditional, hand-rendered animation. Moreover, it was a fun distraction during a time of isolation.
Launched in April of 2020, the USPS Art Project was created by Brooklyn-based artist Christina Massey to support the U.S. postal system during a budget crisis, which had the potential to jeopardize timely receipt of mail-in ballots in the upcoming election cycle. Artists paired up and created two collaborative works of art in which one artist created a base layer and their partner created the final layer. These were shared on social media to promote the project.