Art / Kemi  Olo­yede

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Kemi Oloyede is a scientist and freelance digital artist. Their work was initially created during the first UK lockdown in the midst of the COVID pandemic to uplift and emphasise visibility in the Black LGBTQ+ community, a project which was started off with a Twitter thread on notable Black queer people in the UK.

Their illustration style can be likened to dynamic comic and manga illustrations, yet with a softer and more mellow twist. Through this style, they incorporate aspects of queer Black culture into their work, bringing representation into a medium that often lacks it. They find inspiration in the Black LGBTQ+ community, their Nigerian heritage, Nollywood culture, working in STEM – and just about anything they encounter in their day to day life.

Kemi uses digital art programs such as Paint Tool SAI and Clip Studio Paint to create their pieces, but in the past has used mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolour paint, ink pen and coloured pencil to create their work.