David Byrne has been doing hand-drawn illustrations, "dingbats," for his Reasons to be Cheerful online mag since its launch in 2018, including, more recently, its We Are Not Divided multimedia project. Speaking to The Guardian, Byrne said that drawing took on a particular importance to him during coronavirus lockdown. "I kept telling myself I was OK,” he said, “but like a lot of people, there were mornings when I’d wake up, stare at the ceiling and ask myself, 'What am I doing today...and why?’ There have been moments where you start to wonder what it is all for."
Describing his drawings to The Guardian, Byrne said, "They’re not explicitly about lockdown or being alone. But that’s the undercurrent. Doing something creative like this becomes a kind of therapy, where your fears and anxieties come out. Things you maybe daren’t say to yourself, much less to other people. So someone may look at them and say, ‘Oh, so is that what you really think?’"