Today we’re joined by Jynelle Arches. Jynelle is an amazingly talented visual artist who is currently working on concepts for a visual novel. Her art is gorgeous as you will soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do a wide variety of works, from fan art to completed original works. I spend a lot of time doing concept art and character design. I love trying to diversify character designs.
What inspires you?
Diversity, diversity, diversity! Whenever I see character designs or redesigns that include all the different sorts of people there are in the world, it lights a fire in me. I also especially love stories that put a big emphasis on the importance of friendship. A lot of stories treat romantic love as this true, above-all-else love, and I like when friendship is recognized as an important relationship.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have been drawing since I could hold a pen, but I didn’t really start focusing on it as my mode of art until 2009. I’ve always been the type to draw in the margins during class, usually figure drawings. Anime got me really into the art scene, but I haven’t drawn that style for a couple of years though, haha! Since then I’ve been on and off about wanting to do it professionally, but I’ve done a couple of commission pieces.
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?
I actually do not have anything like that haha!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t compare yourself to other artists. Look at other people’s art as a source of inspiration or something to enjoy, but comparing yourself to them will always make you unhappy. Also, do not undersell yourself; you have a skill only you can do. Recognize your worth and hone your skills.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual- anything more specific than that I’m not really sure.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
In my immediate area, it’s mostly just ignorance. A lot of the people around me don’t really understand what it is, and they kind of just look at me blankly. I’ve been the butt of the whole “so you just multiply by mitosis” joke. I normally just don’t talk about it, but the people I have told have been very kind and try to be accepting of it. I try to just educate them the best I can.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I think a lot of people believe asexual and/or aromantic people will be lonely and unfulfilled, because at the end of the day, who do they go home to? Who do they love? I’ve been told that I would change my mind and “regret being asexual” when I grow old and I don’t have any children. People need to understand you can be okay without having a “special someone”. You can even thrive. Friendship is fulfilling, jobs are fulfilling, family is fulfilling- you don’t need a relationship to be happy in life.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s ok if you don’t always think you exactly “fit the mold” for asexuality. There’s not really a mold to fit; it’s a spectrum. If you like the label and it helps you feel more comfortable in yourself, use it. But if it stresses you out, don’t.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My art blog is http://the-young-incarnates.tumblr.com
Thank you, Jynelle, for participating in this interview and project. It’s very much appreciated.