This illustration for a potential Times cover reflects the struggle everyone has faced at one time or another since the pandemic first began: having to accept isolation, being barred from visiting anyone, with only one’s thoughts and reflection for company. The darker color pallet sets the cool tone of the scene, as the figure leans her head into the window in defeat. The longing for human contact is all too recognizable as the reflection is all that reaches back towards her. The uncertainty of the black background hints at the uncertainty and fear weighing on her shoulders. The all too familiar mask hides her face, but her closed lids show the sadness.
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