Today we’re joined by Dib. Dib is wonderful young visual artist who mostly draws fanart. They do occasionally draw some original work. They use both traditional and digital mediums. They’re incredibly dedicated and passionate about their art and are constantly drawing. It’s very apparent they’re enthusiastic, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am mostly a fanartist but occasionally I try to do original work. I do both traditional and digital art and I draw almost every day, I work very hard trying to improve and develop my style.
What inspires you?
My friends and other artists inspire me. I draw for my own enjoyment and the idea of improving and watching my progress and bringing my wonderful drawings into the world!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Since I could remember I’ve always loved to draw, I was in love with creating and showing everyone what I made, and I still am! However, I’m not sure I want to pursue art as a career.
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?
In almost every piece of work that I sign I write my name (DIB) and enclose it in a heart, other than that I’m really inconsistent with my art.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never give up on yourself, keep creating in the good and the bad time, even if you face rudeness and evil people, and don’t be afraid to experiment! Try something new, step outside your comfort zone and don’t care what other people think! Create for yourself and no one else.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as sex-repulsed asexual panromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have experienced prejudice and ignorance in general but not specifically in my “field”. Aphobia is especially prominent on Tumblr and it’s practically everywhere, to be honest it has a large negative affect on my mental health so I try to avoid it at all costs.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I think the most common misconception I see is that asexuality is a choice, like abstinence or something, or that asexuals don’t face discrimination (which we do, the idea that we don’t is really harmful and ignorant).
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I know it may be hard to come to terms with your identity, it’s taken me a long time to accept who I am, but trust me there’s nothing wrong with you, you are not broken, you are not unnatural. Love and accept yourself because you are perfect, you are strong and wonderful.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My blog is (at) dogs-run. You can see my work under the tag #my art but I don’t post my art super often. I blog about Homestuck and Steven Universe mostly and just a bunch of random social justice things. It would be awesome if some of you checked me out!
Thank you, Dib, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.