Today we’re joined by Heleasher. Heleasher is an amazingly talented visual artist who specializes in animals and creature art. Her work is absolutely wonderful, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am primarily an animal and creature artist and mostly create works using digital art, although I also use acrylics and sometimes even sculpt. I like to use fantasy settings within my art and enjoy creature design, but I mostly focus on trying to portray an emotion between a character and its surroundings or other characters within the scene. I want people to look at my art and know exactly what the character is feeling, its relationship to the other characters, and to be able to picture the scene without it needing to be explained to them.
What inspires you?
Nature inspires me, and animals of course. Anywhere one can feel smaller by the landscape and peaceful because of the bird song are the places I instantly want to draw. The feeling created in films such those made by Studio Ghibli are often something I aspire to. I would love to be able to mix that kind of magic and wonder perfectly.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’m really not sure what first got me interested in art as I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I have always had ideas in my head that I just wanted to share and getting them down on paper is a good way of doing that. I’m one of those people who consider anyone who draws to be an artist, no mater their ability, so I have never wanted to be an artist because I have always known I was one. Everyone who wants to be an artist is already one! There are no qualifications in this field.
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?
Most of my works are commissions so I can’t really add my own unique symbol to every picture as it probably wouldn’t fit well, but my work will nearly always feature an animal somewhere. That’s not really special, but other then my own style of drawing there isn’t really much else. I am very fond of purple for shading so my pictures do tend to have a lot of that however.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Draw! Draw whenever you can, everyday, all day, become obsessive and do nothing else. Become a little crazy if you like. Look at pictures and make studies. Look at other artists and try to work out what you like and incorporate that. Try different styles and do things you’d never think of by yourself. It doesn’t matter what you create you will get better in time, but most of all remember that drawing is supposed to be fun.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Aromantic/WTFromatic Asexual. I know I’m asexual but I haven’t worked out the finer points other then I’m aromantic spectrum somewhere.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have only been out online for about six months and so far it has been positive, and offline I haven’t talked about it except to one person, so I can’t really say I’ve experienced prejudice because people simply don’t know the word. For some reason it’s okay until you apply a word to your strangeness. The biggest thing however was when my best friend pulled me aside one day when I was around 16 and told me firmly that I needed to go to a doctor to be fixed. I remember being very hurt and confused because she sounded so concerned for me, but I didn’t even understand what was supposed to be broken or how a doctor could change me. I never did go which I’m glad about because talking to other asexuals I realize I almost certainly would have been put on hormones, but it did mess me up for a long time whenever I tried to work out why I was so different.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Almost certainly that asexuality and aromanticism are the same thing, which in my case I guess is true, but it’s not for most people. Asexuals can date, marry, have children… these things aren’t mutually exclusive.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Find other asexuals to talk to, it helps a lot to not feel alone. If you can, go to meets in your area so you can make some offline friends as well or join sites such as AVEN or communities such as those found on Tumblr. Coming out can also be good, I found out a few of my friends were ace that way, but of course only if you feel safe and comfortable about it. If you need someone to talk to my messages are always open.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you so much, Heleasher, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.