Today we’re joined by Midnightcity. Midnightcity is an amazingly talented visual artist. They work professionally in animation and they sent along some incredibly striking images that I really enjoyed looking over. One can just see the creative mind shining through. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art tends to feature monsters, wizards and/or robots (my three fave food groups).
I started drawing with ink and markers at an early age, and slowly shifted to digital art somewhere in my teens. I was never partial to realism, so most of what I draw tends to be very fantasy based.
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from a lot of different sources. Growing up, I devoured animated films like Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas. Those definitely left creative impressions on me in terms of the kind of aesthetic I enjoy in art, and also the kind of whimsy I enjoy in story-telling.
As I got older, I became more interested in stuff like theoretical sciences and philosophy. I like to attempt to use those abstract themes in my own stories and characters.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing since as long as I can remember. As soon as I became old enough to realize that I’d have to pretend to be competent at something in exchange for money, I was determined to turn my hobby into a career, because to be honest, I had no idea what else I would be able to do, haha.
Animation was the field I focused on in particular, because I have always loved creating characters and telling stories about their lives, and I wanted to be a part of that process on a collaborative scale.
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?
EYES. Weird eyes, small eyes, eyes of an incorrect number. I’ll put eyes on anything so WATCH OUT.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Draw what you love, write what you love — make what you love! The more you enjoy creating, the more your passion will shine through in your artwork. It’s a real, quantifiable thing that people can see.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am asexual + aromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not so much out-right prejudice, but ignorance certainly seems to be pretty much everywhere. It’s definitely tough to find narratives that feature canon asexual characters. I would love to be a contributor to change in that way.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Usually either that asexuality isn’t a real thing, or that it is a disorder of some sort. Also, I think a lot of the underlying assumption about asexuality is that it means ace individuals are somehow ‘immature’. Sex and the desire to participate is such an overused, overrated aspect of what it means to be mature.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t let people erase your identity just because they don’t understand it. You are the only person who knows who you truly are, and you’re the only person who has any right to label yourself. Your identity can change as you grow, too, so you should never feel rushed into figuring it all out.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Here, have a tumblr blog where I post both WIPs and finished art! midnightcityart.tumblr.com
Thank you so much, Midnightcity, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.