RyAnn illustrated the pictures between ages 16 and 17 years old.
What does it mean to be an illustrator?
I believe anyone can draw. You will become a great artist if you put time and effort into drawing. Others don’t know about this hidden talent. I didn’t know about it until I was maybe around the age group for this book. I have Aspersers Syndrome and, of course, I was teased and bullied. It was hard for me to fit in because every time I did something I liked others would laugh and make fun of me. So, I didn’t say anything. I kept everything inside of my mind and in my hands. This led to one of my teachers coming up to me when I was doodling and saying, “Wow! That’s really good!” I felt really good about myself. I thought, this is what I can do and other people will like it. I like to show meaning through my art work. I can make the viewer feel happy, sad or even angry. I mostly enjoy making others happy and feel good about themselves. I don’t want others to waste their days sad and alone like I was. I want to show them, that it’s OK to be who you are and not be afraid to show it.