Today we’re joined by Moe. Moe is an amazingly talented artist who mostly does digital illustration. She draws magical girls. I mean, really, what more could you possibly want. Her work is absolutely beautiful as you’ll see (I was very moved by the first image: All is Forgiven). My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
All anyone needs to know about my art can be summed up in two words.
Whether writing or illustrating, my focus is almost always magical women of some kind. Often times it’s the genre specific kind, frilly dresses and magic powers and the like, other times it’s more relative, like fluffy stories about mermaids. I do my fair share of fanart, but I love to create new characters most of all. Sometimes I create them so quickly I can’t keep up writing stories to go with! I love to focus on all kinds of diversity, from sexuality, body type, to race…neurological diversity, religious variation, everyone deserves to be represented!
What inspires you?
Other forms of art tend to inspire me the most. Certain songs, dance, film, theatre…anything can be a catalyst for something wonderful! I’ve at least dabbled in just about every art form I could because I think they are all fantastic at expressing different things. Of course, other magical girl material, or women-centric fantasy tends to tickle my fancy the most. I’m especially inspired by fellow creators in the queer community who create such empowering works, whether it be in their free time or professionally!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been the person who never knew what they wanted to do with their life. That said, art has always been present in my life. Whether it was drawing, dancing, theatre, writing, my heart has always belonged to the arts. Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew got me interested in art as a kid, and it all grew from there. I graduate with my bachelors in communication and a minor in technology arts and media this year, and I would love to be able to do something creative once I’m finally free.
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?
Nothing very secret or special, but I do have a watermark/signature of two interlinked M’s with a heart in between. It stands for my handle “Miss Mellifluous” but also for my name Moe Moen. I think it’s pretty cute!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I am still in my early 20s, so I’d consider myself to be young and aspiring! But I’d say to let yourself be a beginner, and don’t compare yourself to others so much. Everyone has to start somewhere, and even the best artists have days where all their stuff looks awful, you just don’t get to see those! So don’t be discouraged if some days its just not working for you, try again later.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m somewhere in the grey-ace area, being that I experience a little sexual attraction on occasion, but no desire to act on it. I like the idea of sex and sexuality from an artistic standpoint more than I actually like to engage in it. I also identify as homoromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Plenty of ignorance, that’s for sure. I don’t tend to experience much direct prejudice, since most of my art/writing gets posted to Tumblr, and those who follow me tend to be ace friendly. How I react depends on the situation and the person, whether or not I confront them about it or just correct them and move on.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
In my personal life, either that I’m just a prude, that I just need to meet the right person, or that I’m making it up to sound “special” and join on the gay bandwagon. The last one seems especially ridiculous to me, since even if I wasn’t ace I’d still be attracted to women, and because even in the gay community aces are often ignored or looked down upon. It infuriates me when people say how “easy” it must be to come out as ace, not understanding the sex-centric world we live in.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
There is nothing wrong with you, you are valid and your problems do matter. There is no right or wrong way to “be ace”. You can be completely sex repulsed, you can enjoy sex, you can have an abusive past, you can be a virgin, you can be kinky, none of these things invalidate your identity and don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you so much, Moe, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.