Today we’re joined by Wolf. Wolf is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in digital artwork. They do a lot of photoshop and also draw comics. Wolf is also a talented fanartist. Wolf shows an incredible amount of enthusiasm in their work. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’ve sadly been digging myself deeper and deeper into the hole of digital art. I used draw traditionally up until I got my wacom tablet. After that, pencil and paper were out of the equation. But whenever I do draw digitally usually it results in a really weird photoshopped picture, fanart, something that’s really anime, etc. I draw whatever I’m feeling at the moment. So I’ll draw a silly short comic if I’m happy. Or I’ll draw a really serious picture that holds a lot of meaning to me when I’m sad. But I try to arrange it so that other people can understand it, so that they understand the feeling I’m trying to convey.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by a lot of things. (One time I got inspired by a Dorito chip) But most of the time I get inspired by music and people’s personalities. With music, I use it to enhance my emotions. (If that makes any sense) So when I’m drawing something that has a sad tone I’ll listen to a sad piano song on repeat. Now with people’s personalities, I think of it as if I’m a comedian on stage. And my audience is a canvas of personalities. I’m trying to entertain my crowd, make them feel the emotions I’m trying to get them to feel through jokes. Now trade comedian to artist and trade jokes with my art and you get a satisfying reward of making a connection to someone else. Whether that connection was big or small, short -lived or forever.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I think I always had an interest in art ever since I was a kid. Stuck at home with only a box of crayons and an infinite stack of paper allowed me to draw out my imagination. So that started my love for drawing. Then at some point I experienced my first episode of an anime. I still remember the name of it to this day. But the fact that I could experience the world of someone else inspired me to draw more and come up with even more ideas to draw. But then I hit the point of time where I could draw digitally, and that was the real start of sharing my work with others. So I would receive more than just the reactions and opinions of my peers, but with random people from the internet. And that was the point of time where I began to enjoy seeing people’s reactions to the emotions I tried to convey in my pieces.
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?
Well I’m still trying to find a signature to stick with. (I’ve already gone through four. Haha) But I would like to try incorporating something with my little imaginary companion, Derpy Wolf. Since they’re like a mascot of mine.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
References are what they are REFERENCES. Use them. They are practically screaming you to use them. Now when people say it’s bad to use references, they’re wrong. We all have to use references. How are you going to learn to draw the human body without looking at it? You can’t. Unless you have photographic memory, but even with that ability it takes a lot time to learn how to draw anything.
Draw a lot. It can’t hurt. Even if it’s really bad. (I photoshop the most stupidest things sometimes) In fact draw silly things to take a break sometimes. Late on looking back at your old work you can laugh at it.
Try out different styles/ brushes/ tools. Explore a little. It helps you in finding your style.
Now we all do this as artist. We all look at someone else’s work and compare ourselves to it. Instead of telling yourself, “Man I’ll never be as good,” Or, “Man this person isn’t that great.” Instead of doing all of that tell yourself, “What are some strong points they have that I can improve on?” Having that kind of mindset will help you take a step in improving your art.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as a triple AAA battery. Haha, as in I identify as a Aromantic Asexual Agender person. I’ve been aromantic, asexual, and agender for a long time. But only recently I’ve found those terms and community that I could relate myself to.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Actually not really. But I do sympathize with those who do. (Because I’d totally be your weird friend.) I think from a young age when other kids began to ‘like’ other kids, I would find myself really confused. Since I would never look at anyone that way. Instead of liking someone as a ‘significant other’ I would like someone as a ‘friend’. But I never received any hate from anyone. Nowadays only a few people know I’m actually an asexual, but it’s not in an ignorant way. It’s because the information is irrelevant to them because I’m not considered as an ‘asexual’ friend, but just a ‘friend’. (If that makes any sense)
There was only one time when someone told me, “You just haven’t found the right person.”
And I responded with, “Oh I’ve found the right person for me alright. And that person is me!” Or something along the lines that asexuality doesn’t exist. But then I usually find myself joking about how their genitals don’t exist. Or joke about why they would be talking about asexuality if it didn’t exist. (It’s really fun)
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Sometimes I get the occasional, “Asexuality is an excuse for not getting laid.” “Asexuals are just freaks.” “You can’t have a stable relationship without sex.”
I just laugh. (One, I would be a minor. Two, what’s the definition of normal nowadays? Three, yes you can. It’s called friends.)
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are you. No one on earth knows you better than yourself. Not even your parents. So YOU decide who you are. NOT others. But expressing yourself is another subject. You can express yourself openly if you choose to do so, but just know that sometimes there will be people who judge you. Just ignore them. Since honestly they are not worth your time. Spend your time with people you trust, who support and care for you. Now if you don’t have anyone like that, seek out maybe some clubs, maybe even adults you can trust, or even people that are safe to talk to online.
Just remember that there will come a time where you’ll meet someone who really cares for you. (Like me…)
Oh, and yes. Figuring out who you are and why takes time. There’s a reason why you are even trying to do so. It’s because biologically your brain is developing. You might not find the answers right now, and you don’t need to be in a rush to do so. Yes it will seem like a struggle but what can you do when all you can do is wait? Take your time. Everything takes time. If you pace yourself you’ll find an answer that is way more matured than a rushed one.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Wolf, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.