Today we’re joined by Skyler. Skyler is a wonderfully talented visual artist who specializes in traditional mediums, though she occasionally works in digital mediums as well. There’s a fondness for animals seen in the pieces she sent to go with this interview and her use of lines is awesome. Skyler definitely has a unique eye and a fun style. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mostly stick to pen and the occasional digital drawings. I’m currently trying to work on using more color and learning to paint!
What inspires you?
Most of what I make is inspired by music lyrics and random thoughts.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Not really, I’d always enjoyed drawing but never saw any real future in it. There came a time where I realized how much easier it was to visualize my ideas rather than try to put them into words. I began drawing a lot more, and with the help of an encouraging art teacher I began to get better! I’ve now sold prints at a local art fair and am more than excited to keep learning and improving!
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?
The only thing I can thing of is my tendency to incorporate plants into my drawings. I love plants, and I have several that act as sort of muses when it comes to ideas. They always seem to work their ways into my designs and have become sort of a repetitive theme.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Taking from a speech my art teacher gave- art is scary. Sometimes it’s hard to put yourself out there; your ideas, your opinions, your heart. Know your art is worth something, your not alone, and keep drawing!!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I currently identify as asexual, though being young as I am, am still giving myself time to grow and change.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve been fortunate enough not to have ran into any troubling situations so far, though that’s mostly because I have accepting people around me and I sexuality doesn’t usually come up otherwise. I have noticed that when my sexuality does come up, people are generally confused. A lot of people have never heard of asexuality, and I’m usually more than happy to explain!
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That asexuality is just the mind and/or sex drive having not matured enough. Also the idea that asexual people can only be aromantic as well.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Remember, you are who you are! Never feel ashamed of your attraction or lack of, and remember no one else can tell you who you are or how to live. Know there are accepting and encouraging people out there, and keep on loving!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Tumblr is HelloCervii (an overall art blog) and you can also search #hellocervii to find my stuff quicker! Thank you for reading / looking! ❤
Thank you, Skyler, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.