My name is Kendra Sleeman and I am a young artist attending the Alberta University of the Arts with the goal of becoming an art teacher. Drawing has always been a passion of mine throughout my life. I have recently started drawing digitally, focusing on female characters. Drawing goes into every art piece I create, whether it is the finished piece or if it’s sketching out my idea. In every one of my art pieces illustration has played a factor into it. My work is inspired from my life’s experiences, my childhood, and what I am passionate about. My first figurative drawing was of a ballerina wearing point shoes and a tutu, since then I have always drawn figuratively. I focus on drawing women, because one, I am a woman, and second, throughout art history women have been the subject matter of art, but rarely created by female artists. Though I continue drawing women as the subject matter in my art, I am helping break the stereotype of the “great male artist” as a female artist drawing women. I put myself in every piece I create, physically, as I am the one creating it, but also mentally and emotionally. Its difficult putting factors of myself out there for everyone to see, as I am a closed off person, but I do believe it allows for a more personal connection between me and the art piece, but also for the viewer and the art piece.