Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderfully talented aspiring animator and very talented visual artist. They have a very bright future ahead of them. My thanks to them for participating in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m an aspiring animator. I like to draw mostly cartoon characters, specifically short and colorful ones. They can be my own characters or characters from something that I enjoy (a video game, a television show, etc.). Sometimes I write and sometimes I make photo edits, but cartoons are my main thing.
I like to draw because I can depict almost anything on a piece of paper. It can be something I enjoy, venting, or even something that’s entirely my own.
It doesn’t stop on a piece of paper, either. I’ve always got my trusty ol’ tablet plugged in and Paint Tool SAI running on my laptop in case I get a sudden rush of inspiration.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by just about anything. Heck, I can just be sitting there and inspiration will hit me just like that roach hit me in the face on the last day of tenth grade (it’s a long, irrelevant story).
A lot of my ideas tend come from the shenanigans that happen in school (the people in my school are all nuts) or even in my favorite TV show, and sometimes from music or even a video game. I’ve also found that watching others draw or watching animations inspires me.
That being said, I don’t know where I’m gonna find my inspiration when I finish high school.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
My father was an exceptional artist. He would always draw pictures of my favorite cartoon characters when I was five so could put them on my wall. I said I had wanted to be able to draw like him, but that didn’t really start until fourth grade when I met my friends Calen and Kendall. The three of us were bored out of our little minds, so Cal and Kendall started drawing on notebook paper. I joined them, just for something to do, and that’s where it really started.
Not long after that, I learned that my great great uncle was the creator of Bullwinkle and my great aunt is a painter, so I guess my family’s full of artists.
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?
Honestly, there’s nothing in particular. Sometimes I like to do crossovers (I’m currently trying to draw a Rick and Morty/Portal 2 crossover) but besides that, my art varies from piece to piece.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never. EVER. Give up.
Even if you “hate” your art, don’t give up on it. Giving up is about the worst thing you can do. If you really want to become an artist, don’t stop if you don’t think your work is good enough, but don’t push yourself too hard either. Go at your own pace, but don’t quit. The more you do something, the better you get at it, and in the end it’s worth it.
Certainly don’t be afraid to experiment with art, either! By experimenting, you find out what works best for you!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Panromantic Gray-Asexual. I do get aroused, yes, however it’s extremely rare.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
The most hurtful thing anyone has ever said to me about me being ace is “Why does your boyfriend want you if you don’t want to have sex?” It was during my previous relationship, and a non-English speaking student was signaling to a student across the table that he wanted to have sex with me, and I wound up having to explain what asexuality was to most of the class.
Now there are a million things that angered me about that person’s comment, however I brushed it off. Aside from that, people generally seem to accept and respect the fact that I’m ace.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
As hilarious as it is, when I say that I’m asexual, people ALWAYS automatically assume that I lack genitals. I just explain to them what it is, and whether they understand it or not, they’re cool about it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Take as much time as you need to figure out your orientation. It’s never too late to figure out who you are. If anyone gives you crap about your orientation then they aren’t worth your time. You are your own person and you make your own decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. You are who you are.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My main Tumblr blog is http://sparkifyed.tumblr.com and my art sideblog is http://sparkifyeds-art.tumblr.com. I also have a Facebook page set up for my art (https://www.facebook.com/sparkifyedart) and a deviantART (http://sparkifyed.deviantart.com), however I’m awful at keeping up with them.
If you want to know more about my art or would like commission info, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thank you so much, Alex, for participating in this interview and project. It’s very much appreciated.