Today we’re joined by Dragon Harris. Dragon is a wonderful visual artist who is currently studying illustration. She’s fond of drawing things related to mythology, fantasy, and science fiction (awesome!). Dragon is inspired by a number of things and is obviously very enthusiastic about art. She’s definitely someone who has a bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m an art student at BYU, currently applying for their illustration program. My favorite things to illustrate are scenes from mythology, fantasy, or science fiction.
What inspires you?
That’s a bit like asking “where do you get your ideas?” My religion, my favorite music, my family, the landscape I live in, the work of other artists — it all mixes up in my head and cool ideas result.
I especially like the work of James A. Owen. His art always inspires me.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing since I was big enough to hold a crayon, but I didn’t decide to try making a career out of it until my last year of high school. I’d been looking at a few different scholarships and realized that the only ones that interested me were for art students.
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?
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep practicing and studying. There’s always more to learn, from books, other artists, and your own experiences.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Asexual. No idea on the romantic side.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
So far, I haven’t run into prejudice. I have had a few headaches over how sexualized the art world can get, but my university has a lot of folks who think like me involved in the program so it’s not too bad.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we don’t exist or are just confused.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
The person you are right now is an okay person to be. No one is “normal,” and it’s more important to be decent to other people than to fit in.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Dragon, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.