Today we’re joined by Lacey Todd. Lacey is a very talented up and coming visual artist who works mostly in traditional mediums. Her work is darkly beautiful and compelling to look at. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I draw a lot of people. I really like alternative aesthetics on people so I do a lot of Gothic/punk characters. I use mostly pen and ink, or colored pencils. However, I do paint on occasion when I can’t quite get what I’m looking for using my regular media.
What inspires you?
The dark. I enjoy the darker things life has to offer, I love the abnormal and the weird. I draw bats, coffins, skulls, etc. I like to draw things that most people would find frightening but I add an innocent, cutesy look to it. Lately I’ve been into nature and fairytales. I draw elves, princesses, fairies, and a lot of magical things.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have been interested in art since I was a child. My dad is very good at drawing. When I was little I always thought I just drew a little better than everyone else and that I just like it, I never thought of it as a career path but as I got up into high school I realized it’s the only thing I ever want to do.
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 wouldn’t say I have any kind of unique signature, but I do put a bat, the moon and stars in most of my drawings.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I would say, don’t limit yourself. Don’t stick to one thing and draw it all the time, unfortunately that’s what I do so my artwork is very limited.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a hetero romantic asexual who is also sex repulsed.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
No because I do not tell people. It’s a little easier being hetero romantic because people don’t question anything. People don’t even question me not dating anyone.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I have not encountered any misconceptions. I’ve only had to deal with the people I came out to not knowing what it is and me having to explain it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I’d say that you aren’t broken and no matter what anyone says, you are perfect just the way you are (it’s generic but true). I know I’m not broken and I still feel that way. I get depressed about being asexual very often. Especially when my parents talk about me getting married and starting a family.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Currently I am working on getting my work out there and the only place where people can see my artwork is my Instagram: @laceyalexandriaa
Thank you so much, Lacey, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.