Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Not a fan of selfies, this “fawn” logo represents Grey as he sees himself!
A lover of art, nature, and science, the talented Grey Fawn balances the three in his artworks of primarily children’s books’ illustrations and secondarily, animation and scientific illustrations. “I didn’t get to see myself reflected in the media I consumed growing up, so I want to be able to provide that for other kids,” Grey shares. “I want to represent diversity through my art.”
Grey enjoys most forms of visual art, like sculpture or painting, but drawing has always been his favorite. He recalls, “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was in kindergarten. Drawing was a way of keeping me focused. When I got overwhelmed or stressed, I used art to calm down and direct my energies toward something productive.
“Growing up with ADHD made it very difficult for me to get through school. Focusing in class was hard. With ADHD, taking frequent short breaks is helpful for keeping focused and not getting overwhelmed by work. Learning how to work with my ADHD rather than against it has allowed me to do my best work.”
Even so, there remains times when Grey struggles to focus when making art. He thus advices other learning-different artists “to be patient with yourself. Sometimes having a learning challenge means it can take a little longer to get things done, but that’s okay. Art should be fun!”
Grey’s inspiration is Van Gogh, as “it meant a lot to me growing up to see a great artist who struggled with mental illness as well.”
Grey welcomes you to connect with him at greyfawnillustration.com or @greyfawnillustration.