Interview: Peachdust

Today we’re joined by Peachdust.  Peachdust is an amazingly talented illustrator from Switzerland.  She works mostly in traditional mediums and has some truly lovely watercolors, as you’ll see.  She’s a versatile artist who also writes and does cosplay.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

My art is all about illustration: I try to capture things and feelings, it’s like going around with a butterfly net! I mostly use traditional media: watercolors and nib pens, so everything feels vintage and nostalgic in my art. I also write a lot, especially dark short stories.

There is usually a huge behind-the-scenes process for me that I take sheer pleasure in, be it learning a new instrument or painting a mural. I also do cosplay.

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What inspires you?

Culture: varying in time period and place. I’m a huge History nerd and I like going to museums. Adventure inspires me, and lots of movies and books. I like silent films, sail ships, ballet… the list goes on, touching many things like goth, steampunk, even the Winnie the Pooh books.

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

I’ve always done this from day one. I think what motivated me to keep wanting to be an artist was the artists I admired and their work, which kind of made me wish to be on their team. Their cool, cool team.

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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?

Sometimes I hide the word DUCK as a tribute to an artist I admire.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t just follow any piece of advice, separate the bad from the good: let go of the first, apply the second. Challenge yourself with complicated things, they’re a big “level up”.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Heteromantic Asexual. And I think I might be androgynous or genderfluid.

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

I came out to the right people: and they’re all really nice. I’ve once faced a very ignorant conversation with two friends, and felt cornered by their questions and opinions but they apologized at once when I told them I wasn’t enjoying it. But still, people are 100% peaceful where I live, even though I don’t care what others think. The secret to life, folks!

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

Maybe that asexuals are just shy virgins. The second one is that we don’t exist or that we can’t fall in love because love is always sexual. Little do they know, heheh.

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

Just be who you feel like you are today. It might seem like everyone else is partying hard but it’s not true. Make lots of jokes and puns too, say things like “asexual pirates aren’t interested in your booty”. Don’t obsess about it because there is so much more to life than sexuality and this wasn’t really your fault, it’s just who you are.

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

Always at www.peachdust.deviantart.com!

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

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