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Meet Ry Hermann

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ry Hermann.

Hi Ry, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was a big fan of cartoons as a little kid and always wanted to make my own art but never made anything I found interesting. My school requires all high school freshmen to take an art class their first semester and I chose graphic design. I had a knack for creating polished PowerPoints and google sites for projects and assumed that was what the class would entail. Instead, I was introduced to Adobe Illustrator, which helped unlock creativity I never knew I had.

At first, my drawings were simple, creating album covers for songs that I liked by illustrating an object or two mentioned in the lyrics and adding some funky colors. This evolved into simple portraits with minimal features and less reliance on typography. Drawing from photos has allowed me to gradually get better at adding expression to faces, shading to skin, and curves to bodies which is what I have been focusing on recently as well as discovering the magic of minimalist color schemes.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There haven’t been many times when I have struggled with my art but burnout can definitely be an issue. A lot of my illustrations do not take very long at all and with that comes the urge to create multiple pieces everyday. I was doing that for quite a while when I started out and then one day I just didn’t want to draw anymore. Nothing got finished for about a month, not for lack of trying. I recovered through learning how to pace myself so that creating art never feels like a chore and if I need to stop, that’s okay. Producing a finished product a few times a week is much more manageable than ten.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a digital illustrator. I don’t know how to describe my style but those who see my work often are instantly able to recognize that a piece of work is mine and I take pride in that. Through my work, I just try to be authentic to who I am and how I do and don’t perceive reality. I find reality both utterly daunting and tremendously boring at the same time and my work aims to show what I wish I could see.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I want to regularly sell prints of my work but there needs to be enough interest first. I love when people give me ideas of things I can draw. I have done quite a few commissioned album covers and portraits of people, their family members, or favorite celebrities and it’s amazing to bring joy to someone like that. The biggest way that someone can support me is to share my work with others who might enjoy it.


  • $50 Commissioned illustration

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  1. Betty Montgomery Williams

    September 10, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I love this story. Ry is very talented . I see a bright future for this young man.

  2. Jordan Pearl

    September 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Young Mr.Hermann illustrated a portrait of my Mom, who had recently passed away. It touched us all so much! What a blessing. Rise high, Ry! We will be watching!

  3. Eyvonne Parker-Bair

    September 12, 2021 at 6:16 am

    This is such a nice article, and I am so glad that Shelly posted it; as Ry is so absolutely talented, and this is the first time that I am seeing his work. God has truly blessed Ry with skills, passion, and a vision that is not held by many. When looking at his work, I feel the energy, and passion that goes into his paintings/drawings, and really into his craft, in general.

    Ry, I am extremely proud of you, and I pray that the fire that burns within you will continue, and endure. I will gladly share your work with my family, friends, and colleagues, and I would love to have you commission an illustration.

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