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Meet Ryu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryu.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Unfortunately, I am not one of the artists who was drawing ever since they were little. I never really liked to draw. However, my mom was an artist, and I would always go up to my mom so she can draw my favorite characters, and I would hang it on my wall. A couple of years forward to 8th grade in middle school is when I started to really get into art. It all started with this one history project where we had to draw something for our assignment. Of course, I still didn’t know how to draw, so I traced the drawing and turned it in. We had to show off our project in front of the whole class. Then all of a sudden, the whole class came up to me and asked how I draw so good and that my drawing was amazing. Obviously, they didn’t know that I traced the drawing. I only told a couple of my friends that I did, but that was it. After that, I started going on social media platforms to search for other artists to get inspiration. I traced all of my drawings until freshmen year of high school. People would think that tracing is bad. However, I think that tracing is only bad if you claim it as your own work. I decided that I wasn’t going to trace anymore and decided I was going to practice my observation skills. So I did. And from there on out I practiced every day. Building up my observation skills. And that’s my story on how I became an artist. 🙂

Please tell us about your art.
I am a traditional/digital artist. The main medium I use for my traditional work are black pens. I create anything from mandalas, random doodles, life drawing, characters, outdoor sketches, and etc. My digital work mostly consists of portrait sketches and paintings of different characters that I draw in Photoshop CC. Usually, I do not like to constrict myself to drawing only one certain thing. I like to draw anything ranging from landscape drawings to designing video game characters, to still life drawings, and the list can go on. However, most of the things I post on my social media pretty much consists of only my digital work. I get inspired by other artists that surround me and my everyday surroundings.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice would be: Do whatever your heart desires to do most.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can go see my work on my Instagram @ryuxco. People can support me by simply sharing my work with others.

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