Interview: Alu

Today we’re joined by Alu.  Alu is a wonderfully talented and enthusiastic visual artist.  He makes fursuits, which are absolutely fantastic and beautiful.  He’s also part of the body modification community and uses his body as a canvas.  He’s very passionate about his art, which is always awesome.  My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Well I’m making Fursuits.You don’t know what Fursuits are? Well that’s easy. Fursuits are animal costumes. They could be own characters or characters from others for Cosplay Purpose, like Digimon, Pokemon, Video Game Monsters and so on.

I love working on them, to figure new things and techniques out. To help others with their dreams and seeing a 2D Picture coming to life as a 3D Costume.

And the other art is my Body modifications.  To alter my body is a big part of my life. I see my body as a piece of art that is not done yet and even if a lot of people hate what I’m doing to myself I don’t care. I own my body and none has the right to tell me what to do with it.

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What inspires you?

A lot of things. The work of other Fursuit makers. A great game/ movie/ Comic/ Manga or just conversations with friends or their artwork. Or sometimes inspiration just hit me.

And it maybe sound strange but depression. Depression has been and will always be a big part of my life and when I’m in a depressive phase sometimes just a little idea for a costume comes to my mind and I want to start on that as soon as possible. This helps me to get up, to gather material and keep my mind busy with all the stuff that have to be done instead of being sad in bed and thinking about my life. Even if I may stop this project later, I love to think about the outcome and I love this feeling to be productive

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I was a Cosplayer and although I could not sew fabric to save my life (fake fur is the only thing I actually dare to sew because I know it will look good XD) and I want to Cosplay a certain character back in 2010. It was Alucard as Hellhound from Hellsing. And I didn’t know anyone who was able to make this Costume for me and so my first own Fursuit project was born.

The first version looked bad, really, really bad but I was so proud of what I’ve created. After the first Convention I decide to redo this fursuit completely for different reasons and so it all began.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Follow your dreams. Even if people don’t believe in you. But you have to work hard. No matter what your passion is you need to work constantly and hard on it, take critique. Not everyone who critiques you wants to be mean. They want to be helpful the most. Don’t be rude to them. You don’t get better without critique.

And just because you want to make a living out of your passion you don’t have to. Be sure it’s affordable for you to life on your income as artist before you quit your day job for example.

And try something new if you want to. You are a drawing artist but you think photography would suit you more? Well go ahead and try it. It’s great to learn new things. If you love it great if it turn out boring also great at least you’ve tried it. It’s nothing wrong about failure.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m Asexual and absent in any sexual activity and also aromantic or a mix between panromantic and aromantic (I don’t fall in love with people but I wish for a relationship to be with them, aah it’s complicated)

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Yes, from my family. They told me that I just didn’t find the right one yet or that I will fall in love/ enjoy sex as soon as I will try it.

They told me there isn’t something like asexuality it’s just imagination or I’m to choosy.

And my workmates too. They simply just don’t understand it because everyone have to be interested in sex and have to be interested to start a family, having kid and so on. For them this is everything adult life is about. You don’t want it then you are still childish.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

It’s something you choose to be like the celibacy or for some it’s the same. And that ace people don’t fall in love or masturbate, have relationships and so on. If you have any interest in love and sex you are not ace, well you choose to be ace anyway if you ask them.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Take your time and don’t press a label on yourself. It may take years to know who you are and what is comforting for you. And if nothing fits it’s alright too. There is so much more than we could put in words and there will always be people that feel the same.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I always try to keep everything up to date so visit me here:

http://chibi-alu.deviantart.com/
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/-narrow-/

And if you want to say hi you can do it also here

http://adragonstale.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/alu.chibi

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Thank you so much, Alu, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

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