Isolation Sparks Creativity For These CUNY Students

Photo: Victor Grossman

CITY COLLEGE — Victor Grossman has not gotten a full night’s sleep since quarantine began. He stays up late to draw. “There’s less pressure to be doing something else with my time right now. I find working on art really peaceful and rewarding. It helps to keep my mind off of other things,” he said.

The 22-year-old City College philosophy major lives at home with his parents on the Upper West Side and has always loved to draw.  But he struggled to find the time for creative work while school was in session. The quarantine gave him the opportunity to experiment. “I draw different environments I see around me. Sometimes I use Google Street View to find a scene that catches my attention. I draw it in my sketchbook, then take a picture of it with my phone, and go to the computer to color it and make different backgrounds,” he said.