Today we’re joined by Cliffe. Cliffe is a phenomenally talented visual artist who specializes in drawing. She uses a lot of pastels in her work and tend to favor a more cartoon-like style. Cliffe includes a lot of diversity in her work and her pictures are quite lovely. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My work is more cartoony. I like drawing diverse characters and places. I love drawing in pastel colors because they aren’t has blinding to look at. I also like adding special traits to each of my characters.
I like drawing things that can cause people to feel emotion as they look at it. Maybe happiness or sadness. It’s nice to hear that art can get to someone.
Most of my drawings tend to be of original characters and things from stories I want to draw and write but every now and then I do fanart.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by various fandoms I get into and animations. Seeing things that animators and cartoonists can create really inspires me to start drawing, watching people draw and seeing how they go from stage one to two can drive me to draw, as well as if I see incredibly detailed and well done pieces. I love to think about all the work other artists put into their creations and it makes me think that I could try just as hard and become better at what I do.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I became interested when I was really young, I think what drove me to draw was actually the Barbie Rapunzel movie oddly enough. Seeing how her art had the ability to take her into far off places, and create things like dresses made me want to do something similar. What made me want to do comics would I guess be sailor moon, I always loved the magical girl genre, and sailor moon was the first made me really want to work towards drawing my own comics. And I guess animators like Vivziepop and Emptyfeet made me want to try my own hand at animation.
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 have any particular features I include. I tend to try making each thing I do different and unique in its own way.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t give up on what you do. It doesn’t matter if you’re not as good as someone else, you can always improve. And as long as you love what you do you don’t necessarily need to be good at it, you just need to try.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am an asexual, and am unsure of my romantic orientation. I just know I’ve never felt sexual attraction.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve never encountered it from other artists, though I’m not well known enough so that might be why I haven’t. I did meet someone who called me a plant when I mentioned it though.
Since that person had never heard of asexuality I informed them of what it meant to the best of my ability. I prefer to keep calm about ignorance because most people genuinely don’t understand and just need someone to explain it. However I also know that some don’t care enough to understand no matter how many times you explain. And while it’s infuriating you can’t force someone to listen and agree. Sometimes you have to let them think they’re right and move on because they don’t want to listen.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
For me it’s that we’re plants, or that we’re only like this for a short while, there’s also the idea that we’re robotic. People often think of it as something like celibacy. And they don’t realize we don’t have a choice on our sexuality.
It’s also kind of sad heartwrenching to hear someone say you’re emotionless or distant.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s alright to sometimes doubt your sexuality, it’s alright to question yourself about who you are. Nobody deals with sexuality in the same way. Let yourself have time to figure things out and it’s okay to find out later in life who you are. And don’t beat yourself up over being confused, it happens, trust me I know.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Cliffe, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.