Today we’re joined by Valerie. Valerie is a young aspiring artist who loves to draw. She mostly does requests and her enthusiasm for art is positively infectious. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am currently in high school and don’t have as much time as I would like to draw, but I do requests on Tumbler as much as possible to keep getting better!
What inspires you?
I am constantly inspired to draw by books that I’ve read such as the Emily Windsnap series and the Waterfire series!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I used to want to go into marine study, but school art classes and summer courses have pushed me more towards my love of illustration.
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?
My art is still very young, and I haven’t made a style all my own just yet, but I tend to have a more cartoony looking way of drawing.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
My advice to young artists like me is to never stop practicing. I’m still learning just like you and we’ll all get better as time goes on!!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as a Panromantic Asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
The only ignorance I’ve experienced was from my parents, when I told them they completely dismissed it and said “you just haven’t found ‘the one’ yet” I haven’t talked to them about it since. I’m not really out at school and the Tumblr community hasn’t been much of a problem for me.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“Just wait until…” Is probably the most common misconception about asexuality I’ve heard.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Advice? You are perfect but not everyone may understand your identity at first, but people who really care will accept and love you so much.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can check out my work on my Tumblr (at) t3r3z1–‐off1c14l! My art tag is just “my art”
Thank you, Valerie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.