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Digital artist illustrates her mental health struggles

SHARING: Kirsty Latoya

A LONDON-based illustrator is helping people with mental health issues to feel less alone, by sharing her own struggles through digital art.

25-year-old Kirsty Latoya suffers from depression and anxiety and creates self-portraits which explore her own emotions and struggles.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK Latoya said: “I’ve suffered from depression since I was in secondary school, but it spiralled at the start of the year when my mum passed away. I needed a way to get out my feelings in a constructive way.”

The young artist creates all her artwork digitally via an iPad, using a program “similar to Photoshop” and her finger as a stylus.


Kirsty Latoya's Instagram

Latoya also taught herself how to create digital art, but told friends she would never draw again after her mother died. Thankfully, a friend encouraged her to use art as a way to express her feelings and emotions which has helped her tremendously.

“When I did eventually pick up my iPad, I created a piece that just spoke to me so much. It was a self-portrait of myself crying, holding a mask of a smiling face,” she said to Huff Post UK.

Latoya now shares many of her illustrations around mental health on Instagram and hopes they’ll help others with mental health issues around the world.

"I wan’t people to know that they’re not the only ones experiencing what they’re experiencing and that there’s a way to deal with it that doesn’t have to be something like drinking or smoking," advises Latoya.

“There are ways that you can get out your feelings in a positive way.”

Check out more of Kirsty Latoya’s work below:

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