Today we’re joined by Kenzie Pulley. Kenzie is a wonderfully talented and versatile visual artist. She really enjoys drawing and often tries to tell a story through pictures. She wants to make people think with her art. The images she sent along with her interview are incredibly interesting to look at and will probably make you think. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art is kind of just scribbling. I turn on some music that I’m feeling and aggressively scribble some shape until I know what I want to draw. I hardly ever erase things. There’s a lot of layering involved, especially with coloring. I’m a sucker for colors, but lately I haven’t been able to color much of anything besides commissioned work. I seem to use a lot of reds and blues in my colored pieces. I like to focus on characters and emotion when I draw. My main goal is to tell a story through my drawings or make people feel a certain way or wonder about the person they’re looking at. I want to make people think
What inspires you?
Music! Oh man. Music is my main muse as well as just people I see around or shows/movies I watch. I can’t really do very good work without music or some sort of background noise. I kind of draw to the tone or feeling of whatever I’m hearing. Things I see really influence the sorts of characters I end up portraying in my art.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I started drawing just at a couple months old and I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t doodling or coloring something. But in kindergarten I started reading Harry Potter and fell in love with just the little illustrations at the headings of each chapter. I started to draw a lot more things, but they were always animals. My whole family sent me books and supplies all the time and I started to really focus my energy in all mediums of art. I’ve always loved watching behind the scenes in movies and seeing all of the art and development that goes behind everything and movies always made me feel so much. In my senior year of high school I was torn between political lobbyist or a more artistic path and I watched Interstellar and was sitting their crying about beautiful black holes and I just was like, “Wow, what the hell, man? You love this stuff! Focus on it! Do it!” And yeah, that was the deciding moment.
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?
Not really? I am pretty boring.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t be afraid to draw things you love. Even if you think you may be judged for it. You and your skill really do suffer where they could be growing when you stifle your own freedom of expression. Don’t be afraid to say no to people and stand up for your own voice.
Be open to what other artists have to say about their own journeys. I’ve learned so much, not only about others, but about my own style and wants and made so many friends just from listening to others and being open to what they have to say.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Right now, Asexual Aromantic. Still wondering about myself a little, though.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not so far, most people are really accepting when they find out about it but just ask a lot of questions about what it means if they’ve never heard of it before. I’ve had some people say some really ignorant things, for sure, but I kind of try to forget about it.
I always try to do my best to clear all misconceptions out. A lot of times, I’ve noticed when someone asks a question that’s actually rude, it’s really just that they have no idea that asexuality is a real thing and no one has called them out and explained things. I try to explain everything as clearly as I can and they usually seem to understand afterwards. I’m all about clarity and patience when I get upset or hurt about something.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“You don’t feel anything/have a heart/care for anyone”
Being that I’m neither very sexual or romantic, and have yet to really even date, people are really confused by me and how my heart works? I have had and have a lot of friends and acquaintances and I am very good at meeting new people and getting along with them. I’m very particular about my friendships and have very high standards for my friends. I can be arrogant and sassy and I don’t really like touching others in any way, but I do care a lot and all of the other people I’ve met that identify similarly to me are very much the same. We just have very different wants compared to others.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are amazing. Never forget that. You are not missing something and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Don’t let people define you, be you and know that people are always going to be here for you, you just have to look. Accepting and loving yourself is different than accepting your sexuality and I hope and know that you can do both if you haven’t already! I wish you each the best in your lives.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Instagram: @color3r3d
My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenzie-Pulley/301160116576768
My Blog which needs to be updated: https://www.zindigonothings.blogspot.com
My dA: Kenzielovesmusic21
I’m working on a Tumblr for just my art as well!
Thank you, Kenzie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.