These illustrations are from Jaime Hayde, an artist based in northern Spain. Hayde’s work focuses on sharing diversity with the world – from diverse bodies to diverse love. You can learn more about the artist and see more of his work here.
From the artist:
“In my practice, I aim to translate my feelings into my drawings. These drawings have helped me find myself and feel more confident with what I think and feel. I grew up without various references, and I still remember when I found the first “gay illustration” in my freshman year of college. It meant a lot to me as I felt for the first time that he was talking to me.
« Through my illustrations, I try to give voice to a love that is often ignored, my illustrations speak of love towards others, but above all, towards oneself. In 2019 I started a new life after a huge personal crisis – I needed to reconnect with who I was, and I did. I had a few body issues (some of which I’m still working on) and realized I was only drawing super-built men. It’s good but it doesn’t represent me. So I decided to explore and expose some of my insecurities on my drawings, tall, hairy, sensitive, and not necessarily white men. I’m a half black man who grew up in a white society with no contact with my roots so this topic is important to me. I started using “fancy colors” as my skin tones because I thought everyone was different and those colors weren’t tied to any particular group. My illustrations are a good way to heal some wounds from the past, a kind of therapy. It’s amazing when you get messages from people telling you that your work matters to them.
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