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Line Portraits from a Young Artist with @oxtlxnes

For more bold, minimalist faces drawn by Hayley, follow @oxtlxnes on Instagram

In her spare time after school, 16-year-old Hayley Connolly (@oxtlxnes) draws portraits of her Instagram followers.

“I usually draw based on requests, but sometimes I will draw my idols, like Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne),” says Hayley, who lives in northeast England. “My illustrations are mostly portraits, so they are all about the facial features. I try to make them a mixture of realistic and non-realistic, and I love to make them look almost cartoon-like.”

Hayley’s inspiration comes from looking at Instagram accounts from other teen artists, whose work she wishes was more visible in larger artistic communities.

“I think it is really important to see art made from teens. We haven’t made our life choices yet, so we’re looking at the world in many different ways,” she says. “We’re really in the height of our creativity because we are growing up.”

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