Today we’re joined by Kane. Kane is a young up and coming visual artist who works mostly in digital mediums. He hopes to go into animation and displays an incredible amount of enthusiasm for his work. Judging from the quality, I’m fairly confident that Kane has a very bright future. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mainly focus on digital art, using my tablet provided by my school. I do sometimes do pencil art if I want to use copics and just doodle. Most of the time I draw people with simple backgrounds, since it’s the easiest for me, but I have been trying to add more backgrounds to expand. I also enjoy doing makeup and costumes as well!
What inspires you?
Seeing other artwork. I love seeing other people grow and start, it’s absolutely amazing and I always want to join them whenever I see it.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
As nerdy as it sounds, when I was 8, I moved to Japan with my family for a few years (my father was a Marine, so we did a lot of travelling) and while I was out there, I began watching anime, starting with Naruto. Seeing the animation and investigating more into it on the internet, finding all the fanart, inspired me to hopefully one day be an animator myself. I haven’t begun animating yet, but I hopefully will soon.
After being inspired, I’ve wanted to do nothing but draw. I don’t think I’ve gone more than a few days without at least doodling a few times a day.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not really. If I did, I’d love to reveal it. I’ve never had work stolen so I haven’t had a reason to mark any of my work
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t ever give up. You may see someone who’s art is absolutely perfect, but just remember, it most likely took them years to get to where they are. You’ll get jealous and want to quit, but don’t give in. Just keep going. Also, branch out, try new things. Even if you don’t like how it turned out, keep trying.
Something I do to keep inspired is I keep all of my old work. I never throw anything away. I look back at it and see how much I’ve improved. I still have my first drawing from when I started this path, and I drew it when I was 8! (I’m 17 now, so that drawing is 9 years old)
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m completely asexual, but if I have a partner that wants to do anything sexual, I usually oblige and make sure they’re satisfied.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not any as of yet, but if I did, I would try handling it by explaining that I just don’t get pleasure like them, and explain it’s like trying a plate of food. While others may enjoy the plate, I might hate the taste. If they continue to be ignorant, I’d most likely break off from them as soon as possible, or keep contact as little as I can.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably that it isn’t real, and I just haven’t found the right guy for me.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to take your time to figure out who you are. If you’re trying out different titles to actually see how you feel, then do it (DON’T do it for attention). You don’t have to try sex to find out if you’re asexual. If you really want to, as a way to see, make sure it’s with someone you love and trust (if you’re old enough to consent). Or if you feel you’ll upset the other party by not enjoying it, go to a night club or bar and have a night of craziness (Again, only if you’re old enough and MAKE SURE TO USE PROTECTION! Bring your own condom so you know they didn’t do anything shifty to it, and (if you have lady bits, bring one of every size you can, to make sure the other party has one of their size they can wear))
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I mainly use Instagram for all of my uploads, but I’m trying to also spread all of it onto my Tumblr, Twitter and DeviantArt as well. I try to keep everything under the same username, CogwheelFeline, so it’s easier to find me!
Thank you, Kane, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.