Interview: Miranda Mundt

Today we’re joined by Miranda Mundt. Miranda is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in fantasy. She enjoys drawing mostly humanoid creatures and really loves experimenting with bright colors. Looking through the images she sent and her Tumblr, there is a remarkable beauty and bright liveliness to her art. Miranda captures an amazing amount of expression and emotion in her work, as you’ll see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

With my art I draw primarily fantasy art — focusing primarily on humanoid creatures (elves, angels, mermaids etc.). I enjoy drawing different expressions and pretty flowy things. I suppose the thing that I do most is try to do different fun/bright colors and color schemes. Still learning about that bit though, hah.

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What inspires you?

I have been inspired greatly by Disney as well as so many artists that I’ve seen on tumblr. Many artists who are also animators that have really beautiful expressions/poses. I am inspired to try and make my art capture a moment. Where you can see the movement. I also really adore seeing people’s unique characters or their creative take on already existing works.

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What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember but only really started to think about it seriously in 6th-7th grade. Where I started developing original characters and trying to draw comics. Over time I switched from wanting to do comics to wanting to be an animator. So I attended VFS for classical animation and had the time of my life. Turns out that life had other plans for me however, I became a freelance illustrator and worked mostly in fan art posters and children’s books. I do adore it though, both experiences have allowed me to improve my work tremendously.

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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 guess my signature would be sort of the sketchy/quick line art, bright colors and usually some sort of splattery effect lol! I have a weakness for splattery effects.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I would say my advice would be to not pin yourself to one particular thing. I mean obviously have goals- but be open to finding new things that you love as you learn. For example- how I ended up doing kids books instead of animating. I didn’t fail in my goal to get an animation job- I just found a different thing that I was better at and more confident in. Also- on that note. Keep trying. Keep pushing. It takes a long time to build up the work needed to be ‘successful’ in freelance. And you’ll probably have to do some things that aren’t very fun, but you’ll get through it!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as Asexual Aromantic! (ace aro) for a while I just identified as asexual and was demiromantic. Before I realized it wasn’t that I was romantically open to everyone it was that I was romantically available to no one. I’ve felt way better about myself now that I don’t have to stress about that part of my identity.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

In my field it hasn’t really come up. Because I work from home over a computer so it never really comes up. I have mentioned it a couple of times to a couple of coworkers. One of them was understanding and seemed to get it right away, the other one I think… just sort of brushed over it. I think the most frustrating part is realizing that they all just assume that I’m straight.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That I will get over it. Or that it is a choice. When I explained it to my mother she seemed to understand before mentioning in a later conversation that I was “still young” and that things would change.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

My biggest bit of advice is to say… There is nothing that is permanent. While I don’t see myself being anything other than Aro-Ace for the rest of my life… The idea that once you subscribe to a label that it’s all that you can be forever is harmful. If you find peace in calling yourself Asexual, if even just for a while, then that is most important. There is a strong windfall of relief in calling yourself something you identify with.

Do not force yourself into ANY situations that are uncomfortable for you (I.E relationships/sex/etc) just for the sake of “proving” that you are Ace. If you believe you are, then you are. That’s that.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

http://miranda-mundt-art.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Mirandamillustrations/
http://mirandamundt.blogspot.com/  (older stuff, I don’t update it as much anymore)

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Thank you, Miranda, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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