Today we’re joined by Satanies. Satanies is a wonderful visual artist and her work is so beautiful. I highly recommend looking up her Tumblr. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a hobby artist, my main area is visual arts in the form of digital drawing as well as some traditional. My art mainly consists of faces and bodies of ladies, especially portraits, but it’s not confined to that. Most of my art doesn’t make it on the web, but my drawings always have a hint of femininity to them, whether it’s intended to be female, male or non-binary. Currently I am practicing both diversity as well as how to make my art more expressive and to have more fluidity and motion.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from the weirdest places, but mostly its a motion or an expression. It can however be everything from a song to a TV-show, from how a person walks in a movie to a face in a picture. However, my art tends to be very heavily influenced by the music I listen to, both the lyrics and the beat. Sadly, inspiration can be hard to find. It’s usually triggered by just the right thing, like how someone looks when they turn their head, sad part is, that it gives one ‘boost’ of inspiration. That’s my hours are too inconsistent. I sometimes even get up in the middle of the night because I saw someone in my dream and need to draw it out before it disappears.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Honestly.. I just picked up a pencil and never really put it down. My interest has always been in the artistic way, I was the child that got yelled at for drawing all the time and in my teenage years, after depression set in, I didn’t want to do anything else in my spare time. I’ve never actually wanted to be an artist, it’s something I am, non professionally, and I dream of making it in the business, but if I could choose I would choose something that would pay my bills. This is where I should add some sort of ‘the heart wants what it wants’ quote.
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?
Not deliberately. There’s nothing unique about my art, I used to have a ‘feature’ in the past. No matter how large the person was, a thigh gap would be present. In the later years I’ve learnt more about bodies and ditched that misrepresentation. I still don’t draw realistically and I hope I never will. I enjoy a personal touch on the style.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep drawing. It may be hard, tedious, time consuming and, maybe eventually, boring, but if you have the passion, don’t put the pencil down for too long. Also, even if it may be scary, go online. Post it, ask for critiques, often we go blind to our own works. Take those critiques to heart. And never sell yourself out. I see too many artists who price themselves too low, both ruining for themselves and others. Don’t think your art is worth less than what you should be asking, because your art is worth the time spent refining your skill, the heart you’ve poured into it and the passion you do this with.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as entirely asexual. This anaconda only wants edible bread buns.. And lots of ’em! I’m technically panromantic, but I have a strong attraction to femininity, so I usually stick to just labeling myself lesbian, this is not to say I wouldn’t date a guy, but I have a stronger attraction to women.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Thank God the only artists I know and talk to are asexual, haha. Short answer; No, I haven’t. Then again, I’m not very socially active or loud about my sexuality, so I can safely assume most people I know don’t even know my sexuality, even though I am open about it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
People usually believe that I either don’t physically function or that I’ve been sexually abused somehow. Neither of those are true.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t ever think that your sexuality is to be decided by anyone else than yourself. Please, don’t think you’re weird or abnormal for being asexual, you’re really not! When I was young I had no word for asexual and when I did I thought we were a few scarce members of society, but it turns out, we’re a huge bunch. Just because we’re not as obvious (due to the assumption that every couple engages in sexual activities) doesn’t mean we’re not there. Whether you’re asexual or not; If you don’t want to do the diddly-do, then don’t.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Tumblr, satanies.tumblr.com, is my sanctum and it’s where most of what I post goes to. I also have a livestream that I use from time to time. If anyone feels like asking me a question about art or asexuality, go ahead, I’d love to talk to more people especially ace and artists!
Thank you so much, Satanies, for participating in this interview and project. It’s very much appreciated.