Today we’re joined by Sam. Sam is a wonderfully talented visual artist who works with both traditional and digital medium, though she prefers working with digital mediums. Her art is her outlet and she creates some really beautiful images, which are quite nice to look at. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do a lot of both digital and traditional art, but I prefer to do digital art. My art is something that helps me through a lot of things in my life, it’s kind of like my own kind of coping mechanism. My style can change very dramatically but there is always a little piece in my art that always stays the same, like when I draw hair or the way I draw eyes. I practice maybe to frequently! everywhere I go I have my one – of my many – sketchbooks with me or I will bring a sharpie to a party and make cool funny designs on everyone’s cups. I’m super big into character design and think it’s like my own way of kinda of re-inventing myself. My art is basically a part of who I am.
What inspires you?
To know that one day I will put my art out on the internet or go to a convention and sell my art and have a young artist come up to me and tell me “Your art is amazing, you give the inspiration to keep drawing” because so many artist give me so much inspiration to keep going even when I felt like giving up and I want to make someone feel the same way.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I got interested in art and drawing because my mom she used to want to be an artist she went to college for an art major but she sadly only took a year and dropped out, but she always kept her old life drawings and they were amazing. When I was home alone I would always drag all 15 of them out and try to replicate all of them and I just never really stopped but we sadly had to get rid of them when we had to move but I still have one left and it’s actually still hanging in my room and whenever I get an art block I always go back to that life drawing and try to replicate it to this day. No at first I wanted to be spider man, then I wanted to be a princess, then I wanted to be the king, and then I wanted to be an artist.
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 only have one and I only use that occasionally but usually I will just put my signature.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
YOU are not an aspiring artist, if you are passionate about drawing and you draw every day. You. Are. A. Artist and don’t ever let anyone else tell you that you not! Always push yourself to draw things you’re not comfortable drawing. You’re terrible at drawing arms or hands? Go to your local library or bookstore and look at all the anatomy book and keep drawing arms or hands until you are great at it. Draw at every opportunity you got doddle in a notebook during class, or even draw on you cup with a sharpie at a party. Remember to always to keep pushing yourself.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m proudly Asexual – Biromantic
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not really, but I have heard very acephobia in my family like “They don’t exist.” or “Ha honey those are called plants not people!”. I handle it very quietly. I just don’t chime in when my parents talk about anything LGBT+ community because most of it I do not agree with. I told my mom I was Ace once very subtly I don’t think she heard me. I want to keep it that way.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we are nonexistent or we just need to the right person.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are not broken. You are amazing. Always be proud of who you are, never let anyone ever tell you that you “Haven’t found the right person.” If you’re in a relationship and you come out to your partner as ace and they DON’T accept you. Run and find someone who accepts YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE. Never “Fix yourself” for someone. Be as stubborn mule and stand your ground as a proud ASEXUAL (or whatever you go by)
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can find my work on my Tumblr: http://willedmushroom.tumblr.com/
If you want to see daily sketches and other drawings you can always go to my Twitter: at CuteAndDrawing
Thank you, Sam, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.