Today we’re joined by Painted Vulture. Painted Vulture is a fantastically talented visual artist who has a passion for mythical creatures. Their work is quite stunning to look at. The use of color is absolutely beautiful. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mainly work with digital and traditional art, but lately I have been trying new things like clay and 3D modeling. A large portion of my work is dragons or other mythical creatures, but I also draw dogs and cats every now and then.
What inspires you?
I’m heavily inspired by nature, and the patterns within nature. It’s fun to play around with existing patterns and turn them into something new.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I became interested in art because I wanted to be able to recreate these imaginary dragons I had in my head, which is a little silly, but I was in second grade at the time. I have always wanted to be able to draw ever since I can remember, although it is a bit frustrating at times.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I have a signature that I sign all of my art with. It was originally based off of a wing, but now it looks more like a key, and above it I write “SDL”. Those aren’t my initials but I made it up in sixth grade because I wanted to start signing my work but my mom didn’t want me using my real name. It stands for snake and dragon lover, which is a tad embarrassing to admit because it sounds so childish.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep drawing! Everyone hits a rough patch with their art where they feel a little hopeless, but all you have to do is keep searching for ways to improve. Also, don’t let art get in the way of your happiness. It seems like strange advice, but I have seen a lot of artists (myself included) stress themselves out over a piece of art, or become worried they can’t draw a fully finished piece every day. Art can be tiring, it’s a huge mental workout and a strain on your wrist. Don’t be afraid to take a break!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual and possibly aromantic, but I’m still a little questioning.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not in my field specifically, but definitely in life in general. I’ve definitely gotten my fair share of “you’ll change your mind”, “you just haven’t found the right person yet!”, and “Everyone wants to get married”. It’s best to handle it by trying to explain first. Sometimes people just need to be introduced to the concept. If you have explained your sexuality to them and they still pressure you to get married, ect. Then it’s best to tolerate them or distance yourself from them, which can be hard sometimes, but arguing with someone who is not willing to understand you is not worth your time or effort.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I haven’t really encountered a lot of misconceptions, mainly people either have no idea what it is, or they are ace themselves.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Sexuality can be a fluid thing, you don’t have to decide on one thing and then be that sexuality for the rest of your life. So if you want to identify as asexual, don’t be afraid to! People change a lot throughout their whole lives, and orientation is a huge part of that. Just make sure that whatever you identify as, it makes you happy.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I post the most on my instagram: https://instagram.com/painted_vulture/ but it has personal posts too. My deviant art ( http://paintedvulture.deviantart.com/ ) is where I post only finished pieces of art.
Thank you, Painted Vulture, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.