Today we’re joined by O.G., who is an incredibly skilled digital artist. He occasionally dabbles in fanart, but mostly focuses on drawing his own original characters. Many of the pictures he sent along demonstrate an incredible eye and the characters are quite expressive, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m mostly a self-taught artist and I’ve been drawing for about 12 or so years. I draw mostly character designs for myself and others. They’re for stories I have planned that I want to bring to life someday through art! I also enjoy drawing fanart too, as appreciation to some of my favorite fandoms out there. But my main thing is I kinda have a thing about drawing guys with muscles. They’re just so fun~
What inspires you?
A lot of my favorite artists inspire me to improve and better my style to something that I’ll be comfortable with and hopefully, one that people will enjoy as well!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I was a wee lad, about 10 years old, when I first picked up That One “How to Draw Manga” book that makes rounds online sometimes. Sure it was bad but like it’s what sparked something in me that inspired me to wanna draw as well. As for wanting to be an artist, I never considered it before and even now I don’t plan on pursuing it professionally, but I do intend on doing it as a hobby.
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?
I have a signature that I add to most of my works (usually a small “O.G.” written somewhere)
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Just keep on truckin’. There are times where I have felt I wasn’t good enough or that my art was bad. I’ve been tempted to just quit many times but my stubbornness hasn’t let me. You will get over your art block. You will improve your style. Hopefully you will even find your style that you can call your own! But most importantly, remember to have fun and enjoy what you do.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Sort of. Mostly just ignorance from people who didn’t really understand the concept or felt that something like lack of sexual attraction should have its own label. I am known to be quite the loudmouth ace so I will step in and try and educate those who are willing. Those who aren’t I realize it’s not worth the energy to argue so I ignore them.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That the asexuality means I can’t enjoy reading H mangas from time to time. Not that they get me off or anything but it’s just kind of a way I spend the time and oddly enough, get a chance to look at how the anatomy (or lack of) is drawn (lol).
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s alright to feel a bit confused because being asexual is an almost unheard of orientation. But don’t feel that it makes you any less human nor is it any less legit as any other orientation. The human experience is not limited to being attracted to people sexually. And if anyone is in need of talking about it, consider me your go-to Ace Uncle.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, O.G., for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.