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Ryegarden

"I've been drawing for as long as I can remember - I always loved it as a child, but I really started taking it seriously at around 11 and drew every day for a few years. However, I found my niche at about 16 when I realized that I love to draw interactions between people, and queer love."

"I find inspiration from a lot of artists - namely, peomichie, Elly Smallwood, cicamicu, horreurscopes and loukoumh (all on Instagram) influence the style and nature of my work. I also draw inspiration from people I see in life, and my own experiences - I love to depict the way people interact with others, and the world around them. I've been described by many peers as a modern romantic artist in that respect. All that aside, the thing that really inspired me to make art was a video by kickthepj back in maybe 2012, where he talked about the need to make bad art before making good art. That spurred me on for some reason, and so I've never stopped since then."

"As a teenager, the queer representation I saw was minimal, and my identity (nonbinary, and a lesbian) was only discussed in online spaces, and often with much vitriol and cruelty. I know how it feels to be on the outside and to not feel seen or validated, so I decided to make it my mission to fill that gap of representation with my art, so other people like me could maybe see art of people who looked like them, loved like them, being happy, and perhaps feel less alone. Representation is so important, and I don't want anyone else to feel as alienated as I did growing up. This eventually extended into realizing that others had a similar experience, for different reasons - and so I now strive to make my art as diverse as possible, so that sapphic individuals from all backgrounds can maybe feel a bit less alone."


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