This German Artist Turns Face Coverings Into Art And Here Are 16 Of The Most Creative Ones

Throughout this ongoing global pandemic, in many countries, face masks have sort of turned into a natural part of existence. For most of us, the regular mental checklist of phone-keys-wallet when leaving the house has turned into a four-item list of phone-keys-wallet-mask. Of course, some people are complaining about the situation. And while they’re complaining, others are getting inspired.

Today, let’s talk about the Instagram-famous designer Steffen Kraft (also known as ICONEO) who decided to integrate face masks into his illustrations. As you’re about to see, some of these illustrations are literally drawn around a face mask, turning it into a completely different thing, while others are digital ones highlighting important issues or simply tickling viewers’ imagination.

Without further ado, Bored Panda invites you to take a look at some of the coolest face mask-inspired illustrations by designer Steffen Kraft. Besides, we had a chance to ask the artist some interesting questions, so make sure to look for his answers as you’re looking through the illustrations.

More info: Instagram#1 

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Rainbow Panda3 days ago

I love this one! 1ReplyView more comments#2 

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Jensen Bush6 days ago

YESSS3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

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Elaine Mattingly4 days ago

Gold at the end of the rainbow.2ReplyView more comments

“During the lockdown, it was difficult to work. I had a lot of work to do, but I felt paralyzed,” the artist told Bored Panda. “I was struggling with estimating this new situation without losing my optimism. I thought I would start working again when the pandemic is over. The only thing I could do was to do corona art. I had so many ideas concerning the pandemic. To do corona art was my way to cope with this situation.”#4 

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Ruth Dyke5 days ago

Yes it is.6ReplyView more comments#5 

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Autumn5 days ago

Cool2ReplyView more comments#6 

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Ryukei Panda1 week ago

We’re destroying the oceans with all the disposable masks… 9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

When asked what his thoughts are on wearing face masks, the artist told us this: “At the beginning of the pandemic, the scientists in Germany weren’t sure about the benefits of wearing face masks and it was strange to see people on the streets wearing masks. Now it is the new normal and I think it is a good and simple way to protect others.”#7 

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Ruth Dyke5 days ago

Lady & The Tramp.3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

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Autumn5 days ago

This is so cute!!!3ReplyView more comments#9 

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Ryukei Panda1 week ago

Masks, good for humans, terrible for the wild life! Please cut the elastics before you throw your disposable masks in the garbage. At least, animals won’t get tangled in them and suffocate.9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

We were curious to ask ICONEO how the idea to create such a series of illustrations came to be. “The face mask is the new icon of 2020. Worldwide,” the artist told us. “To do art with face masks is my way to convert a strange and scary thing into something interesting and entertaining. In some illustrations, I’m focusing on the waste problem of wearing single-use masks. They are laying on the ground like leaves in autumn.”#10 

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Elaine Mattingly4 days ago

Yes! Protecting your children with mask and love.2ReplyView more comments#11 

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Felicity Lemon6 days ago

Can I have this mask???6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

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Elaine Mattingly4 days ago

Why are some people embarrassed to wear protection? Think of it as your little faciel umbrella.3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Will there be more creations surrounding this topic in the future? Well, the artist isn’t quite sure yet. “With every illustration I upload I think: This will be my last corona art. I won’t have more ideas on this topic. But unexpectedly, after a few days, I find some new ideas in my mind. It’s like a creative challenge I hope to stop soon and go back to other topics like global warming,” the designer told us.#13 

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Elaine Mattingly4 days ago

As long as you can sit down, have a quiet cup of coffee and pray you may not always get the answer you want but you can feel in control for a minute.2ReplyView more comments#14 

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Elaine Mattingly4 days ago

All in how you look at it!2ReplyView more comments#15 

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Ryukei Panda1 week ago

Hopefully, there will be an “after”…12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

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Rainbow Panda3 days ago

I know this is a horrible issue, but the drawing style is so nice. 1ReplyView more comments

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Julija Svidraitė is a Bored Panda writer an photo editor who recently got her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Before Bored Panda, Julija worked as a social media specialist and content creator at a marketing agency. She also tried herself in many different fields working as an intern: from practising graphic design at a social media marketing agency to being an assistant at a psychiatric hospital.
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