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Artist Jaime Hayde Illustrates the Happiness of Gay Love

Author: Alex Cooper

These illustrations come 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 find out more about the artist and see more of his work here.

From the artist:

“Within my practice, I aim to translate my feelings into my drawings. These drawings have helped me to find myself and feel more confident with what I think and feel. I grew up without any diverse references, and still remember when I found the first ‘gay illustration’ in my first year of university. This meant a lot to me because I felt for the first time it was talking to me. 

“Through my illustrations, I try to give voice to a love that is often silenced, my illustrations are about 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 it. I had some body issues (some of which I’m still working through) and realized that I was only drawing super-built men. This is fine but doesn’t represent me. So I decided to explore and expose some of my insecurities on my drawings, big men, hairy, sensitive, and not necessarily white. I’m a half-black man who has grown up in a white society without contact to my roots so this topic is important for me. I started using ‘fantasy colors’ as skin tones because I thought that everyone is different and those colors are not related to a particular group. My illustrations are a good way to heal some injuries from the past, a kind of therapy. It’s amazing when you get messages from people telling you that your work matters to them.”

(Statement from artist continues below.)

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Alex Cooper

My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 10 years, together for 24 and living with our partner of 1.5 years, in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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