Today we’re joined by Emma. Emma is a wonderful visual artist who has a great amount of passion and love for drawing and painting. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My favourite art style I do is realism, and my own interpretations of life and the world. I love drawing portraits because and can try to put so much life into these people I draw, and for someone who really isn’t confident around people, making my own is really amazing. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always drawn in just lead pencil and never really done much painting, although the past year or so I’ve started using watercolours because I love the way they flow into each other and make it look like the picture is alive. Aside from full portraits I mainly paint and draw fictional characters and landscapes (like Deltora) because they seem so magical and when I paint them I feel like I’m there. Sometimes I don’t even paint anything I just muck around with colours and textures and it’s just so much fun.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes generally from fictional worlds and things like old kingdoms, the legend of king Arthur is also a big one. In the real world though, I draw and paint songs, I paint the flow of the music and sometimes draw the subject matter. My two favourite songs I’ve done were ‘Read all about it’ by Emeli Sande and ‘Wings’ by Birdy.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve wanted to be an artist since I can remember, When I was little I didn’t really have anyone who would play with me so I would sit in my big grown-up garden and imagine all the creatures that live there, and I taught myself to draw the leaves and stuff, granted they were pretty bad, but it was still fun.
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 really have anything like this, except maybe the fancy-ish way I write my name but I usually forget to do that…
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Um…I think I would tell them that there isn’t really any ‘good’ artwork, like, if you can’t make it look real or perfect then that doesn’t matter, who cares? What makes artwork ‘good’ is whether or not you can feel it when you make it, if you can feel what you create and it reflects what you love then no matter what it looks like it is amazing.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a full blown asexual, I have never had any desire whatsoever to do the nasty. Like, when someone says that someone is ‘sexy’ I’m all like ????
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve never really had anyone give me grief for it in the art world, people are generally very nice there:). But outside of it then yeah…people are constantly telling me I’m confused or that I’m ‘making it up’ usually I either ignore them or shove the definition in their face.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
When I told my boyfriend that I was Ace, he said “Does that mean you’re like, attracted to yourself?” I had a LONG discussion with him after that…he didn’t mean it badly though he was just genuinely asking and confused so it wasn’t that bad. Usually people just think I’m shy so I lie about it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I would say, just don’t listen to what people say, most of the time they have just not heard of us and they don’t mean it in a bad way. If of course they do mean it badly then they are poop heads and should not be taken seriously, they don’t know what they are saying. Overall, just remember that you are real, valid, and amazingly pretty, and awesome!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Well if people want to find out more than they can feel free to private message me on my Tumblr roothekangaroodidit and I’d be happy to answer 😀
Thank you, Emma, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.