Today we’re joined by Cierra. Cierra is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. She’s also a wonderful Pokemon fanartist and she dabbles in animation. Cierra is a versatile artist who obviously loves what she does. Her work shows an incredible eye for detail, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mainly focus on digital art, since it’s easy for me to use and easier for me to share with others. My art is mostly expressing my love of character design and interest in creating diverse characters. To me, my art is a way for me to focus all of my scrambled thoughts into a single flowing idea, and I love nothing else more than to express my ideas in a visual manner! I also love to create art meant to appeal to people with the same interests as myself.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people. I’m inspired by their personalities and appearances, their thoughts and their emotions, and I’m inspired by their ideas as well. Everyone is unique to themselves, with their own individual traits that make up who they are. I love to be able to create unique personalities and characters and settings, because it only makes the art work come to life more than it would have before.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Ever since a young age, I’ve always drawn the things I saw around me, whether it was a person or an animal, or even a toy. I constantly scribbled on MS Paint, eventually drawing cats of various colors and personalities. Around middle school I was introduced to manga and anime, which brought the realization that it was possible to do something with this hobby I loved. Of course, being a mangaka was a silly dream, but it motivated me to become better and to become a part of bigger artistic communities I would never have known about! Now that I had this motivation, I drove myself to improve and express myself to the world. I would still love to make a career out of my art and nothing else, although for now I’m fine with keeping it to commissions every now and then. I always loved being an artist, and I still do!
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?
I don’t believe there’s anything I really include in my work that’s specific to me…well, not on purpose, anyways. I’m a huge fan of colorful overlays to make my work more vibrant, and eyes are always going to be featured somewhere in the work. Heck, I even focus on them a lot sometimes by making them glow, or by adding an effect to them! Other than that, however, I don’t think I have any specific signature to my work.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never, EVER give up on drawing. If you love drawing, then do it, it’s as simple as that! You will improve with time as you draw, but in the meantime, simply draw if that’s what you love to do. Your skill level is irrelevant, because the main reason you should ever be drawing is for yourself. I could go on for hours about why you have to keep pushing forward to improve and get better, but I feel like that’d bore you more than anything. Just remember: Even if you think you’re horrible at drawing, it’s okay to be bad at what you love. It’s your love and motivation and passion that counts in the end! (Wow, that was all really cheesy.)
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am somewhere between graysexual and demisexual on the ace spectrum! (I’m still working it out, but it’s somewhere around there I guess?)
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I encountered a lot of it from a partner, actually. They were very negative towards it and kept pushing that I could get past my asexuality and do things I simply had no interest in doing. Other times, whenever I mention it to people they simply seem not to believe that it’s possible, although they never outright say it to my face. I just keep pushing forward and staying within my limits, and I generally don’t mention it unless it’s brought up. I always have a bad habit of going out of the way to make everyone happy, but I’ve found that it’s much better to worry about yourself above anyone else.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common one has been that asexuality is simply not having sex at all, or hating sex. People don’t realize that asexuality is simply the lack of sexual attraction, meaning that we can go throughout the day and not feel a sudden urge for sexual activities that other people might feel. Asexual people can be sex-repulsed or sex-positive, they may even enjoy several sexual activities! In the end, however, they still lack the sex drive many other people have. That’s the best I can explain it, anyways, although I’m sure there are much clearer explanations than mine. There’s also parts of the spectrum to include, but that’s more detail than we probably need here.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t even worry about trying to label what you feel in regards to attraction. It feels a lot better to have a label for what you feel, but first and foremost, don’t upset yourself over it. If you think you’re on the ace spectrum, then great! If you change your mind later on, that’s fine too! It’s not easy to understand what you feel or who you are, and whatever you feel is valid. In addition to that, don’t let anyone tell you that your identity isn’t real or right, because no one should dictate how you feel. I also advise to eat a lot of food you like once in a while and buy some nice things. That doesn’t have to do with asexuality, but you probably deserve some nice stuff anyways.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have multiple places with my work! I have a DeviantART which is GlitchWifi (http://glitchwifi.deviantart.com/), my art blog is artsy-wifi (http://artsy-wifi.tumblr.com/), and my Pokemon art blog is at mega-luxrite (http://mega-luxrite.tumblr.com/tagged/artsy-wifi). All three have different content to them, but all of them are still very much active. I’m glad to have had the chance to be a part of this interview. Thank you so much!
Thank you, Cierra, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.