Today we’re joined by Rae Holt. Rae is very versatile visual artist who favors pencil and paper, though she also works digitally. She specializes in character design and concept work. She sent along one of the most whimsical illustrations I’ve received to date. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
While I have yet to meet an art medium that I didn’t like, my favorite is still just plain ol’ paper and pencil, though I do lots of work digitally as well. I specialize in character design and concept work. Most of the art I prefer to share, though, is fanart!
What inspires you?
My main source of inspiration is nature. 90% of my work revolves around nature/animal themes. I also draw inspiration from history and cultures besides my own. One of my favorite things about my work is doing the research!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw. Even in my baby pictures I have paintbrushes in my hands. I can’t imagine my life without art. There was a time when I decided to pursue a different career for the sake of having a steady salary, but in the end I realized that art is what I was made for.
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 have a strong spiritual connection to otters, so I always include an otter pawprint in my signature on every piece I complete. I kind of think of it as my muse’s stamp of approval 🙂
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
NEVER give up, and don’t tell yourself you’ll ‘never be good enough’. As Chuck Jones said, ‘Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.’
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a sex-repulsed asexual. I also identify as panromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Yes, I have, though not strictly in my field of work per se. It does frustrate me but I try to just inform the uninformed and ask people to keep an open mind.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Nearly everyone has said the same thing – “You just haven’t met the right person yet”.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I would tell them that no one can tell them what their sexuality is because no one knows them better than they themselves do. I look around and see all these people who can’t get their minds off sex and I can’t help but think I’m blessed to have been born immune to the distraction! Contrary to popular belief, life isn’t all about sex and you should never do anything just because someone pressured you into it. Above all, please stay safe and love yourself for who you are!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you so much, Rae, for participating in this interview and this project. It is very much appreciated.