Today we’re joined by Haylee Scribner. Haylee is a phenomenally talented visual artist who enjoys drawing in the cartoon and cute style. She also dabbles in writing. It’s obvious that Haylee has a great love for the creative arts, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
To myself personally I do not think I’m that great at this art, but my art is more in the drawing area. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and I have improved drastically over the years. I usually stick to the cartoonish and cute looking styles than the more realistic ones that they teach in art classes at schools. Even though I’m constantly in art blocks I still do doodle from time to time, and most of the time I’m doodling my own characters that I had made or I’m doodling my friends or what they had requested. I have also drawn a few pictures for covers of stories, like Golden Blood on Quotev. I still have a great amount of room for improvement and I’m always willing to take criticism. I started drawing because my wonderful cousin was always drawing and I always thought her art was beautiful, and it still is beyond beautiful, but I would always look at her pictures and try to redraw them. A lot of the time I gave up very quickly and put myself down and said that I’d never be great at drawing, but I’d always pick up my pencil again and start over.
What inspires you?
Most the time I have no idea what inspired me to begin drawing, but I know one thing that inspires me is my cousin Jayc. She was, and still is, amazing at drawing and I had always wished to be as great as her. But because she always kept pushing me to keep drawing whenever I self-doubted myself I got so far in learning new things, like how to draw people and how hind legs on cats work! If it weren’t for her I don’t think I could have made it this far.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
From the previous answer, my cousin Jayc got me interested. She was always drawing when we were younger and she comes up with many creative designs and color schemes that blend very well together, and besides that she is good with anatomy and just body shapes in general. And as for the second part, I’m not sure if I always wanted to be an artist. I knew that drawing was just a fun way of expressing myself but I never really took it into consideration that maybe I’d grow up with it as my passion.
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 believe I have any special or unique signature or symbol for my work, but I guess I have a unique feature to it. On Instagram I had asked what the most noticeable thing in my art style was and Jayc had replied saying that the most noticeable thing was that I put a lot of emotion into my art. I don’t know if this is considered a unique feature but to me it has some uniqueness to it.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
My advice would be to just be yourself and stay positive. Don’t let what other people say get to you and don’t compare yourself to others. Just do you and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as panromantic asexual and I prefer the she/her pronouns.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
In my short life so far I have yet to actually encounter these problems. Everyone has just accepted me for who I was and never said any rude or hurtful things to me about it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I haven’t heard many surprisingly. But a few weeks ago one of my friends has asked me. “You’re asexual right? So that means you don’t want to have sex. Then how are you going to have kids?” and I simply told them that I didn’t intend on giving birth to my own offspring because the thought of having sex bothered me and that I just simply wasn’t interested.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Do what you think is best for yourself and don’t worry about what others say. Make sure your feel comfortable before coming out and don’t worry if you question yourself! I used to think I was straight until I met a certain friend who will remain unnamed and then I identified as bisexual, but then my girlfriend Melinda told me what panromantic and asexual were and I realized I identified more with those two things then I did with any others.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can find me on Instagram! My Instagram name is haylee_scribbles and I post my artwork there, but advanced warning I mostly post rants and randomness before any art is actually posted… But if you want to see my others works then my drawings you can find me on Quotev! I write my own stories though they aren’t as good as Melinda’s. My Quotev user name is Writer of Fandom. If you want to follow my Tumblr my user is haylee-scribbles!
Thank you, Haylee, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.