Today we’re joined by Anouk Tremblay. Anouk is a multi-talented artist from Canada. She is a cartoonist, a graphic novelist, a comic book artist, and an illustrator. She draws a lot. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a cartoonist, so I do mainly comics and illustrations.
What inspires you?
Everyday things, but especially what makes people feel bad about themselves, or about the world about them. Taboos if I may say.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been dragged into cartoonism by manga at a young age (firstly by Dragon Ball, then by Inuyasha and then by many shojo, shonen ai and lastly yaoi). I was forced out of anime and manga by my animation teacher.
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?
Speaking about something without mentioning it. I’m not the only one doing it, but my teachers thought it was particular in some way that I’d star a gay couple without making it look “abnormal”.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Working hard is the only key. Never rely on your “talent”. There is nothing as such a thing. Talent is 10% of a nice piece of art. 90% of it is hard work. Draw everyday and never give up. Work on your weaknesses.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I don’t like identifying to anything in general, but for the purpose of this project, I’ll say that I’m a Pandemisexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I didn’t come out as an asexual person and I’m pretty sure that people about me wouldn’t guess anything (I’m quite loud about sex in general because I’m really open about it and not embarrassed at all), but my ex boyfriend didn’t understand how I didn’t want to have sex everyday with him (and he didn’t respect it either, but that’s another story)
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Well, the classic I’d say: asexual people are frigid as fuck. Though, my surrounding is generally well informed, so I don’t encounter many problems.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s OK to still be questioning… and I still am, so yeah. My own struggle was to deal with finding someone understanding to share their life with me, with my lack of libido and sexual need… Don’t let yourself pressured by society and by your surrounding? I don’t really have any advice to give about it, unfortunately.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Right here: http://anoukbd.tumblr.com
Thank you so much, Anouk, for participating in this interview and project. It’s very much appreciated.