Today we’re joined by Louisa. Louisa is an amazing visual artist who also does a lot of sewing. She creates the most adorable plushies ever (seriously need to check out her work, it’s so awesome). As a digital artist, Louisa draws mostly her own original characters. She really enjoys making toys and dolls. Louisa has such an incredible amount of talent, which is very apparent in her work. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art is a real mix. For a really long time I classed myself as a digital artist, and in a way didn’t count anything else I did as ‘upload’ worthy. But now I’m slowly getting used to the idea that other stuff I do can be ‘upload worthy’ too. (I need to get better at taking photos of the stuff I make) I love sewing (both by machine and hand) and spend far too much of my time making plushies.
I have been sewing a lot recently as I find it really helps my depression. I am currently working on making my own toy patterns, as someday I would love to sell what I make. It is a lot of trial and error, but very fun and satisfying.
What inspires you?
Music and song lyrics tend to get ideas going in my head.
I also like to see what other people do. I also sometimes see ‘professional’ artwork on adverts or menus and stuff and think, “I could do better than that!”
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I just like to make stuff, it is how I fill my time. I know it is a horrible cliché; but I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil (according to my mum anyway!) I guess a lot of the reason I want to express myself in an artistic way is that having dyslexia sometimes makes it hard to do so with words.
Despite this I am attempting to write a novel (an other form of art). All the non doll, non pony pictures are characters from it. Don’t hold your breath for it though, it going to be years before I am done. (if at all)
When it comes to sewing, it is in my blood, my great grandmother was a seamstress, and some of that talent must of come down the bloodline. Although I don’t make clothes, I make toys.
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 think so? If I do, I am not actively trying.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Oh, oh I have lots of these!
– Learn the rules before you break them (get a basic knowledge of anatomy down, then work on a style, and for the love of all that is good do not pass off a bad anatomy error as ‘style’)
– Have your own style (being able to draw show accurate fan art is great, but doesn’t look so good in a portfolio) but do practice drawing in other people’s styles, just make sure you have your own.
– Bases are evil and are a terrible way to learn how to draw. Don’t use bases…ever
– Tracing is a great way to learn, just don’t pass it off as your own- someone will find out.
– There is nothing wrong with using a reference though.
– Remember that you never stop improving. I’ve seen so many good artist just plateau as they thought they were the best they could be. I’ve even seen people regress and get worse as they think they have no room for improvement, it is sad to watch.
– Try not to compare yourself to others, you are your own person
– This one is really important (and something I need to learn myself)
There is more to art that favs, likes, reblogs, page views etc. Do not measure your worth or talent on how many people click on, or look at your art. On this page? Looking at my art? Think my art is good? Well… I get little to no attention. Most of the time when I upload to DeviantArt I get no comments, no page views, a few favorites if I am lucky.
It hurts to spend weeks, if not months on something, and just have it overlooked. I still struggle to upload even now, as I gained something of a “What is the point, no-one cares anyway.” Attitude
It is hard to work on when you basically feel like the whole world is ignoring you, but keep going, please. You are so much more talented than you know, I promise.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a panromantic (I think…) Grey Asexual. Grey as I sometimes I feel attraction, sometimes I don’t. (Mostly don’t) I don’t know what controls this; it seems almost random at times.
I did think I was Aro Ace for a good few years, until I met my boyfriend, felt sexual attraction for the first time and got very, very confused.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I am not sure where I got this thinking from (possibility my own paranoid mind) but I felt that I may not be welcome or seen as being a ‘proper’ asexual because I am grey and in a relationship.
Also had someone tell me how wonderful and pure I was because I was an asexual… which was…um creepy to say the least.
Also the whole “we are not broken!” thing…
Thanks guys for pushing me (someone whose asexuality I am pretty sure was cause by, or made more prominent by abuse) under the bus to prove a point.
Also I think it is very easy for most aces to be ‘straight passing’ or at least ‘sexual passing’
It is something that if you don’t ask, you would never really know, and seeing allosexual and straight is the ‘default’ (sadly) people will just assume you are that.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That asexual= Aromantic and sex repulsed and that only
Also the whole “We are not broken’ thing I mentioned above
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
No mater where you are on the spectrum, you still count, you are still an ace.
Even if it caused by trauma, don’t let those stupid Tumblr posts get to you, you still count.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
It is about the only place I am active anymore.
Feel free to follow me, and note me, I’d love to make new friends.
Thank you, Louisa, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.