Interview: Daeris

Today we’re joined by Daeris.  Daeris is an incredibly talented digital artist and a gaming YouTuber.  Their goal is to be a game designer and if their art is anything to go by, that goal is easily achievable.  Expect to see a lot more from Daeris in the future.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a digital artist and a gaming YouTuber. I honestly don’t know how to describe my digital art. It’s sort of realistic with some anime/cartoon elements thrown in. I still consider myself a beginner so I’m nowhere near as good as I want to be, but I’m improving a lot! My ultimate goal is to be a game designer. Specifically a level or character designer.

I also make your typical, cliche Let’s Play videos on YouTube! I don’t have a specific genre of game I stick to, I usually play whatever I feel like playing, but the horror genre comes up a lot. I’m currently doing a playthrough of Outlast, as was voted on by some of my viewers. As far as style of commentary, I try to get immersed into the game and give it the respect that it deserves, so it’s sort of serious with a few silly/bad jokes thrown in. Oh, and puns. Always the puns. But other than that I’d say my full playthroughs, at least, are rather chill.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by quite a few things.

Digital art I get inspired by random things I see in my everyday life, TV shows, movies, music, books, you name it. Though the thing that inspires me the most would be art from other artists, especially my “art-senpais”. Seeing other people’s art that is better than mine inspires me to get better at my own art.

My YouTube, on the other hand, has more of a personal inspiration to it. If you watch other YouTubers you’ve probably seen at one point or another that they tend to get messages from people saying they’ve saved their life and such. This strikes a chord with me as I, myself, suffer from depression and anxiety and watching other people play and enjoy games has helped me through many rough days and because of that I want to be able to do the same for others as well. I’m not saying I feel like I have to be super popular in order to help, cause I don’t want to be all that popular, but my inspiration to make videos comes from the hope that maybe someone going through a rough time will somehow stumble across my videos and maybe enjoy it enough to forget their troubles, if even for a second. That even if all my videos produce is a small chuckle, then I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal.

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

As a kid I’ve always loved drawing and generally anything considered an art. I drew your usual horses, cats, wolves etc. up until middle school. I don’t remember why I stopped drawing once I got to middle school, I think it was because I got tired of everyone asking me to draw them something. Then when I was in high school I started trying out digital art. With a mouse. Yeah that was a time in my life. About a year or two ago I got my first tablet and well, here we are. If I remember correctly, yes I’ve always wanted to be some sort of an artist.

I got interested in doing YouTube like I said above, by enjoying other people’s playthroughs and being inspired to entertain and help people myself.

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 don’t think I have much of a signature in my digital art. I guess eyes are a consistent thing I put a lot of effort into. Because for me, eyes hold a lot of information about a person and that’s something I find important to try to convey in my art.

I guess a sort of signature I have in my YouTube videos would be random, short “post-commentaries” of text that I edit in every now and then that are like a half-second long. For example, in my Outlast playthrough I predicted that the game was going to implement the push carts into chase scenes which later turned out to be true, so I edited in “yes” after I made my prediction.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give up. People are going to try to do anything they can to try to tear you down. Don’t you dare let them. It’s tough to start out in anything, especially art forms, so random negative comments are going to hurt, but if you enjoy doing what you’re doing don’t let anyone stop you because one day it will all pay off.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as Grey-Polyromantic/Quiroromantic Asexual and I also identify as Agender.
I’m still trying to figure out my romantic orientation.

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

In my field, no, not yet, but in real life yes, from both friends and family not believing that my identity is real. I handle it by either cutting that person from my life or just shrugging it off with sarcastic comments, depending on the severity of their ignorance.

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

We are plants, lol. That and that we can’t love. Both of which are untrue, unless of course you happen to be plantkin with a lack of the chemicals needed to feel love, in which case, you go plant-buddy!

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

I have to say, living in a society that revolves around and worships sex is incredibly difficult especially if you are unconfident of your orientation. Just remember you do not need a sexual or romantic relationship in order to be fulfilled in life, no matter what society says. All you need to be happy is whatever makes you happy.

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

You can find my art here:

-DeviantART: http://tacomasky.deviantart.com/

-Tumblr: http://captaindaeris.tumblr.com/ (this is also my personal tumblr so if you just want my art, then I recommend my DA. I try not to post porn, gore, horror, etc, but if for whatever reason I do, I usually tag it. This is also where I post updates about my YouTube.)

And you can find my videos here:

YouTube Channel (warning: I do curse in my videos) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7e5w5fToDP-5L_zAiegKOg

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

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