Today we’re joined by Dirk. Dirk is a wonderfully talented visual artist who specializes in visual art and is a dedicated fanartist. He also dabbles in animation. He has a very unique style. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Most of my art is fanart or art of my OCs. Besides drawing digitally, I draw traditionally and I animate some things. I never made any official animations, but I have made a few sketchy ones.
What inspires you?
A lot of my inspiration comes from real life scenarios or songs. Lyrics from a song can usually motivate me to make a quick couple sketches based off of lyrics to a song. I go on and off with inspiration a lot. One week I may have a ton and not have time to create all of the ideas, and sometimes I will go a long while without anything but a mere sketch. Other artists also give me inspiration.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have wanted to be an artist since around the age of seven, but I never took art seriously until earlier this year, around June, maybe a lit later or earlier. I don’t quite remember what got me interested in the first place, but what got me into this in a serious manner was the great art I see constantly. Ever since then, I have tried to get better.
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 can’t think of a symbol, but I guess I have a unique style to use to point out my work. If that is what we are talking about, almost all of my characters I draw have a similar nose. I don’t know. But for almost every character I draw, the nose is almost the same. I guess that counts.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I am an aspiring artist myself, actually. So, it would be hard to think. I would say think your art is good until you insist that you have something way better. I mean, if you draw something, and you find it good, don’t doubt that until you are certain you think you can do better. Don’t just draw something and quit.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Grey-Aromantic Polyamorous Asexual
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Yes. A while ago, a fellow queer person I meant said that asexual people have “an easy life” because they don’t have to go through conservation therapy, surgery, and aren’t killed because of their sexuality. It was pretty wrong (as in not correct and socially not correct). I handled it by trying to talk about it, but then just giving up whenever they wouldn’t listen. This has happened many times.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“Is that your boyfriend? I thought you were asexual.”
I know it’s a popular one, but I heard it too much.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Be calm. If you insist on experimenting, go for it. If you decide to have a sexual relationship with someone to know if you are asexual or not, that doesn’t make you less asexual or less not-asexual.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I am found on many other sites, here are a few and what kind of work is on them!
My Instagram is @killjoys.never.diie. I rarely post there, but when I do, I post traditional sketches.
I have a PicartoTV. It’s DirkTriesToArt. I stream pretty often. If there are a lot of viewers, I stream longer.
I have a DeviantART (UrWhalecum) but I rarely post there.
I am on a site called Qfeast, and my username is Mettatons_Legs. It’s the place where I post my art first, share art updates, state when I’m streaming, and take requests.
My tumblr is dirk-tries-to-art (of course).
I also have a YouTube channel. I post my speedpaints there and my MEP Editing (if you like that stuff). When I finish animations, they go there!
Thank you, Dirk, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.