Today we’re joined by Rae. Rae is a wonderful visual artist who does both traditional and digital art. She does a lot of fanart but also enjoys doing original work as well. She’s incredibly passionate about her art, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do a lot of fanart as well as my own original creations. I do both traditional and digital art. My favorite thing to do is character design, and I’m always coming up with random stories in my head and developing characters to go in them.
What inspires you?
I find a lot of inspiration from my fandoms and the internet. Just browsing around random sites, I suddenly get interesting ideas. I also have weird dreams that make me think, “hey, that could be a cool story,” and I just kind of roll with it.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I always drew as a kid, but I was never really into it. I started identifying as an artist in 8th grade when I took my first art class, and I’ve just been in love with it ever since.
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?
No, nothing in particular.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Remember, there will always be someone better than you. But just because someone might have “better” art doesn’t mean yours isn’t still amazing. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not “good enough” to be an artist.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as a demiromantic asexual. I also think I might be sex-repulsed, but I’m not 100% sure.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Fortunately, not much. Mostly, people just don’t know what I mean when I say i’m asexual and I have to explain it to them.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That asexuality is a biological term and can’t be applied to humans.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to not know. I was questioning for a long time, and when I heard about asexuality, I was still confused. Keep searching until you find what works for you.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Rae, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.