Today we’re joined by Dora Gee. Dora is a remarkably talented visual artist who is working on getting her first comic published. She also sells street illustrations in a small gallery (so awesome). She’s currently at uni in Scotland. I really need to travel to Scotland at some point (there are a couple people I’d like to meet in person). My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I like to refer to myself as an ‘aspiring coming artist’ as I’m working on my first comic book at the moment. I’m hoping to publish it once I’ve finished a couple of chapters.
On the professional side, I sell pen drawings of streets in a local gallery and I have also done quite a bit of commercial art such as fliers and posters.
What inspires you?
Art-wise, I draw inspiration from quite a few comic artists such as Mike Mignola or Suehiro Maruo, while story-wise I am mostly inspired by Hollywood movies, the cheesy it may sound. I think movies and comics are very close as a genre.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I think I have been reading comics ever since I was a wee girl. So I kept trying to draw my own ones, which were for the first few years hilariously bad. But yes, even those days comics were my number 1 passion.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Hmm it’s not that much of a unique thing but rather a ‘personal specialty’ of a sort, but a signature element of my artwork is the including of very detailed hand drawn patterns such as on fabrics.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
It is a cliché but I’d say draw as much as you can. That five minutes you have before going to class? Draw. Waiting for a delivery guy? Draw. You’ve got a full day off of school with nothing to do? Spend the whole day drawing. Even if you don’t feel like drawing, the more you actually do it the better you will get and the easier it will be to get down to it in the future.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a romantic asexual, although still not a 100% sure about my romantic orientation. I normally think of myself as heteroromantic, but sometimes I feel like I could be panromantic just as well.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
You mean in my field as an artist? I don’t think I have encountered any artistic prejudice, although I had people ignorantly not understanding why I don’t feel comfortable drawing or looking at nudes. I usually just quit any arguments saying ‘Well, it’s not my cup of tea.’
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Honestly, in my environment most people don’t believe it exists. I got a lot of ‘you will find the right one’s and ‘you are so young I was the same at your age’s and ‘you don’t know what you’re missing’s along the road. Haven’t we all?
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t ever feel like your feelings and emotions are invalid. The asexual spectrum is huge and open to people who change as well. Whatever you feel is perfectly valid and you can be a 100% sure there are others out there feeling the exact same way as you do.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
And if you are set in the UK you can see my work live, right now at Christo’s Gallery in Glasgow.
Please feel free to drop me a message any time; I’m keen to make ace friends!
Thank you so much, Dora, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.