Today we’re joined by Kay, who also goes by Kaystronaut online. Kay is a phenomenal hobby artist who loves to draw and paint. Their work is truly extraordinary, showing an incredible attention to detail and just an astonishing use of color. There is obviously a lot of love put into their work, as you’ll soon see. It’s absolutely beautiful. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
OK, I am a hobby artist who works mainly with watercolor and various pens. I love drawing and painting my original characters but I also do fanart too. Lots of detail is a must! I got started with watercolor mainly because I have always been attracted to it as a medium and love its easy flow on paper.
What inspires you?
Lots of things actually. Catholic art, Mucha, manga. . . But movies and music are the big ones. I love Wes Anderson and Del Toro movies their visuals are always so stunning. I find though that the movies and TV shows I like don’t always match my own art style it’s a little weird.
But my favorite movies for inspiration have to be: Hellboy, The Crow, I Robot, The Dark Crystal, Jurassic Park and Megamind.
Of course Steven Universe is amazing too and also very inspiring.
eeerrr there is just too much inspiration out there!!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have always been interested in drawing, but I think it was in 6th grade when it started and we had to draw a picture of a human heart. Afterwards the class was really amazed (I guess I did well meh). So I think it was others reactions that made me think that art was something I could do.
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?
Haha this is interesting I do have a signature it’s a triangle with the letter K in it for my name, though that’s not really a secret. I also love incorporating triangles and halos into my pieces because I think it adds a bit of mystery into my work. You find yourself wondering, “Are they working for the Illuminati?”
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
JUST DRAW!! No matter if it looks ‘bad’ just keep drawing and don’t stop. Fill a whole page with doodles. This is something I wish I did more of back when I was younger, I would always look at a drawing of mine and hate it and spend lots of time thinking about how to make it look perfect, when I should have just drawn without thinking it over so much.
And always remember: you can do it!!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as Aromantic and Asexual (Aro Ace). I have always felt this way for as long as I can remember, in fact when I was younger I always thought people chose to be attracted to someone. It wasn’t until 2014 when I found out what asexuality was and started to identify myself that way.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Hmm because I’m just a hobbyist and have not come out to anyone other than my brother I have not run into any prejudice yet thankfully.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably that I am just really weird and out of the norm (but to me that’s more of a compliment so it doesn’t bother me to much). Though I can understand how that would bother someone who just wants to be excepted and not looked at differently.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
This may sound cliché but just be yourself, and don’t rely on labels to much yo.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Deviantart is where I am the most active. Feel free to talk to me I don’t bite!!
Thank you, Kay, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.