Interview: Naomie Lapointe

Today we’re joined by Naomie Lapointe.  Naomie is a young up and coming artist.  If the pictures she included are anything to go by, she has a very bright future ahead of her.  Aside from sketches, Naomie is also working on a novel and writes songs.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Most of my art is sketches, in my sketchbook, in note margins, absolutely everywhere. A lot of my art tends to be kind of random and based on whatever topic I’m most absorbed it, like drawing fictional characters from a favourite book or TV series, or drawing my own characters when I come up with them. If I’m not sketching doodles of whichever character design I want to get down, I’m drawing overly personal things that sometimes delve into dark themes.

Other than drawing I also do songwriting/singing and writing. I’ve written a few songs, mostly alternative and acoustic, but I haven’t done anything with them yet. I’m also working on my very first novel and I am about halfway through writing it. I hope to eventually get both my songs and my novel published, and if that happens I also hope to be able to do my own art for it.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from whatever struggle I’m dealing with that day or whatever is weighing me down. If something’s on my mind, I’ll ending sketching and doodling it on the corners of every paper I come across. A lot of my art and songs I write come from the dark parts of my mind, the parts that deal with a lot of the doubts and fears that I feel. My writing usually comes from personal experiences, like my in-progress novel deals with family as I have a lot of family struggles.

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

Ever since I was little, I’ve only ever been into the arts. Dancing, singing, drawing, writing, acting, everything. I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t absolutely absorbed in all of it.

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 few personal symbols that tend to make it into my art, such as fleur-de-lis, aces, stars, and eyes. I also tend to include cracks or pain, but that tends to go along with my darker topics.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t get discouraged. Yes it often looks like everyone is way ahead of you, but you have to remember that you are not everyone else. I often feel like I’m never going to be as good as the people around me, but everyone has had different experiences and it’s important to never give up. Keep drawing, keep writing, keep doing you.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am heteroromantic asexual, though I have recently begun to question the heteroromanticism

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

As I am not a paid artist, nor am I fully open about my asexuality to those who aren’t my close friends, I haven’t gotten much prejudice in my field. I have gotten ignorance in my daily life though.

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

“So like the plants?” Yeah, people have actually asked me if it meant I reproduced asexually. I’ve also gotten a few people who have tried to convince me that it’s scientifically impossible to be asexual and that it is “human nature to want to reproduce.”

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

Trust yourself. You know how you feel, not those around you. Like what you like and don’t like what you don’t like, you can’t let others dictate what happens in your life. And to those who try to convince you otherwise: screw them! Or, well… you know, don’t screw them.

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

My art blog: http://naomieroni.tumblr.com
My personal blog: http://fangirls-never-die.tumblr.com

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

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