WhereIDraw (Ricky Butcher), is an NFT artist based in Leeds, UK.
Born in Peterborough in 1990, WhereIDraw spent his childhood and early adult years in suburban estates, initially achieving success in a music career before moving to Leeds to pursue a profession in digital art. After graduating from Leeds Arts University with a BA in Illustration, WhereIDraw stayed rooted in Northern England. Since then, he has seen his work featured across a range of industries, including media, music, architecture and advertising, and has worked in-house for notable clients including Disney and Netflix. In 2020, WhereIDraw began work as Art Director for lofi record label, College Music, allowing him to reconnect his passions of music and art. In 2021, WhereIDraw created a name for himself in the NFT community. He co-hosted the UK’s first NFT stage at ExCeL London, and has interviewed a variety of influential artists entering and thriving in the NFT space. Today, WhereIDraw’s success allows him the privilege of focusing solely on a vocation as an NFT artist.
"I am fascinated by unravelling what makes us human, be it love, life, politics or the stars that made us, and am on a mission to reconnect with my inner child, who would hide behind storytelling as a means of escape. Through visual narrative and a marriage of unlikely subject matter, I create stories inspired by the world around us - which I find is often stranger than fiction. My illustrations are a representation of what I see, whether beautiful, ugly or all points in between. I invite viewers to explore romantic planets stuck in an endless longing, giant statues covered in crayon by miniature vandals, and musicians with heads replaced by floating fish. I aim to create art that viewers can write their own stories to, and inspire their own inner children to explore.
I have always preferred working digitally, and I am enchanted by the idea that my work as NFTs will exist forever on the blockchain, never ageing or fading - the perfect solution to preserve an artist’s legacy. Modern technology has granted digital art an almost clinical cleanliness, and I like to challenge this. Much of my process utilises raw textures and custom brushes in an attempt to add a sense of wear to each of my pieces. In this way I can bridge the gap between the neat crispness of digital art, and the organic gristle of the natural world. "