Today we’re joined by Ashley Adams. Ashley is a remarkably talented visual artist. Her drawings are really beautiful as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Well, my art style has changed a lot, but what I mostly find myself drawing is the human body. That’s it. I love the curves and angles we can create. I like dramatic, dynamic poses of fighting, and I like quiet and still shots of me cuddling with Julie Andrews.
I like fantasy and I like realism. I wanted to be a realistic artist and draw portraits, I mean I do do that, but not as often as I’d like. It’s what I’d like to be known for.
What inspires you?
T.V. shows, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and The Legend of Korra. Because of those shows I have an art style. I love it so much, so I shamelessly stole the style. I loved the action sequences and how they flowed and were just FREAKING AWESOME. Then I love Disney and all the heartbreak that they cause me with the tragic backstories they create. I’m trying to learn how to capture emotions, and Disney is a great springboard to dive from for that.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I was watching Blue’s Clues when I was five and they were teaching us how to draw a baby bottle so I asked my mom for stuff to draw with and all we had around was some McDonald’s napkin’s and a stray, broken blue crayon. So I covered the whole napkin in little baby bottles and from then on I’ve done great things.
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?
It took a while to figure out how to sign my art… My name is Ashley Adams, so today I just use my initials. I write a Big A and then a smaller one inside the big one. It’s cute and fast and mine… I have a kind of unique handwriting style, but I hate the way I write my name. It doesn’t look like a famous signature, so if I ever do get famous I’ll just use my initials like I do. It looks cool.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Make every mistake. When you make something ugly don’t think it looks good just because you made it because then you’ve made a very low standard for yourself. Know it’s bad and try again. When you try something new it WILL NOT LOOK GOOD. Get over it and move on, try it again. Make mistakes and get them out of your system so you can make masterpieces. My band directors always said, “Perfect practice makes perfect.”
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Pure asexual, sweet and simple. I mean like yeah I’m “sexually attracted to Julie Andrews”, but come on who isn’t. I’m also bi-romantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
So far, no! A lot of people around here in Oklahoma understandably don’t know what it is, and listen intently when I explain it. I hope the train keeps going. I just have my parents left to come out to really, and the only reason I haven’t come out yet is because I know they’re going to stop the train.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we’re attracted to ourselves.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Look in the mirror and talk to yourself, whisper, mouth to yourself, what ever, but talk it out. Think about all the times you were with your friends and they went on about how some hot guy or girl could get it and you felt indifferent, or just thought very simply that, “Yes, that person is quite attractive and if I weren’t so shy I would initiate a hug with them, and make sure they know they look wonderful today.” I accepted myself by talking to myself… A lot…
Then one day I just came right out and casually slipped it into a conversation with my bestest friend in the world (also whom I’m romantically attracted to shhhhh) and she jumped aboard and actually kind of already knew what it was (which just made me fall more in love with her).
So yeah… Now you can justify all the crushes you had/ have. I’m bi-romantic and it makes sense to me because as much as I like boys, I’ve always leaned more towards girls my whole life, but I’ve never wanted to have sex with them… So for years I was tortured not knowing what was wrong with me. Then I found out what was actually right about me instead.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Tumblr… I’ve been meaning to make an actual page for my arts, but I’m lazy trash who took HTML for no reason basically. http://werestillscreamin.tumblr.com and my devianart page http://elaphantkoi.deviantart.com/ then I have some stories up on ff.net https://www.fanfiction.net/~godsbandgeek but beware like all I have on there is like Frozen, OUAT and Korra. I have my own story that I like started in 6th grade and I haven’t written on it in like three years… A lot of my own stuff I don’t post because I don’t think anyone wants to read it.
I do want to do commissions, and people tell me all the time they’d pay me for some of my works, but after a while you learn they’re just saying that to stroke your ego, they ain’t going to pay for nothin’. I’m affordable though, hit me up and I’ll work with you.
Thank you so much, Ashley, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.