Today we’re joined by Tina. Tina is a wonderfully talented fanartist who mostly draws cartoon and video game characters. Her drawings are bright and lively, reflecting the vivid imagination of the artist. It’s apparent that Tina has a lot of passion, which reflects in her art. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art is mostly of cartoon characters / video game characters. Usually they’ll have full outlines unless I’m very comfortable with drawing that character. My best skills in my art are shading and replicating the art style of the character I’m drawing unless, again, I’m very comfortable with the character.
What inspires you?
To be perfectly honest, most of my inspiration comes simply from the fact that art is one of my few skills. However, I do get some inspiration from artists I know around the world who are incredibly good at what they do. I want to be as good as them.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always had an interest in art, ever since I was little, but I never really wanted to be an artist until very recently when I needed some money for a band trip and asked for commissions and got about five in one hour. I did all of them as quickly as I could and found I liked doing art within a closed schedule.
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 do have a signature, which I just a TE in one of the corners (I don’t always use it because I’m kind of forgetful).
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I know that when you look at your art you see every little flaw in it, and every mistake in it that you’ve made, but I can promise you that the people you’re giving/selling it to won’t notice. If you don’t point it out, they’ll never even know that you, say, forgot to fill a certain spot with color.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m asexual (sex-repulsed) and demiromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve experienced a lot of ignorance, as most people can’t comprehend that not everyone necessarily wants to have sex. I’ve also faced a little bit of prejudice, mostly from my mother. I handle it by keeping quiet while facing those people, and waiting to talk about it until I’m with people that understand, or I know will be able to understand if I explain it to them.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Well, there’s two really. The first is that the moment I say ‘asexual’ there’s always someone that says “Wait like the snails/plants?!?!?!” And I have to explain that no, that’s not what it means in a human context. The second is that people always think that asexuality is just a temporary thing. For example, my mom won’t let me close the door to my room while my (also asexual) boyfriend and I are in their because she thinks we’ll start doing something dirty, and I’ve tried to explain that neither of us want to have sex or anything of the sort, and her response is always “That’s what you say now, but when the time comes you’ll want it.” She refuses to understand that ‘the time’ will never come for me.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Just remember that the ace spectrum is huge, there’s a place for anyone who belongs here. It’s OK if you’re not sure yet exactly where you belong, you can take your time and figure you out.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have an art blog on Tumblr, gingeryart, but I sometimes post art on my main blog wanderingaroundgingerly. I use the tag #gingeryart on all art I post as well. Additionally, you could email me at skutachu1 (at) yahoo.com 😀
Thank you, Tina, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.