Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"This is a portrait of Draculaura - a fictional character from Monster High. Monster High was an interest of mine when I was younger and I have recently gotten back into it. To me, Monster High is all about themes of embracing your true self and accepting your flaws and differences. This artwork is about being comfortable in your own skin and being proud of who you are."
Lily Toivanen is a young autistic woman with anxiety and depression. She has always been interested in art, becoming drawn to anime and manga as a teen.
School was difficult for Lily. Feeling isolated from peers because of her differences, she found comfort in fictional characters.
Lily draws interesting characters, capturing their personality through expressions, poses, surroundings and colours. Different emotions and personal experiences are portrayed. Using coloured pencils, pens and watercolours in soft, delicate hues, the focus of Lily’s art is the character’s face, eyes and expression.
Lily seeks to improve her skills, exploring manga styles and mediums. She hopes people will connect with the meaning of her art.
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