Today we’re joined by Andi. Andi is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in a cartoon style. They also do a bit of realism and do both original and fanart. Andi is inspired by many things and has a wonderful amount of enthusiasm, 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’m a cartoon style artist first and foremost! I love digital art and watercolor the most, but I’m well versed in graphite, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel, and most recently oil paints. I also have a touch of skill in realism! I do a lot of fan art, but I also make original art.
What inspires you?
Nature and animals most of all! I love plants and animals and natural things. I’ve also been heavily inspired by media about magical characters and fantasy worlds. I usually combine features from whatever I’ve most recently been obsessing over, and different aesthetics I enjoy. Video games and TV have had huge influences on my art.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Art has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I feel like Pokémon probably had the biggest impact on my early art direction and interest. Both the games and the anime drove me to create and helped fuel my love of art. Art is life.
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 like to include diverse features and shapes to my art to create variety! I love unique nose shapes a lot and different body types are lovely uwu
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
USE REFERENCES PLEASE! Honestly I’m still taking my own advice here. Learning from life and having patience to do so will take you far. You begin to develop your own shortcuts that you can translate into cartoon styles and simpler designs.
Also sketch! Build up shapes and lines before you solidify details!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am Panromantic Asexual! I experience no sexual attraction, though I’m not sex repulsed. I actually find it really fascinating? I have no interest in participating but I’m totally comfortable talking about it. I’m rather frank, actually.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Luckily I haven’t. Only people I’m friends with know I’m ace and they’re supportive. It’s pretty easy for me to avoid sharing with others. People I know are open to learning.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
People thinking that I can’t/won’t/don’t have sex. I have and honestly, not impressed.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Please be patient with yourself. Don’t force yourself to do things you don’t want to. It’s hard to recognize a lack of something, and it’s confusing watching other people do and say things that you may not experience the same way, or at all. Be good to yourself!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My art Tumblr!
My FB page!
And my Twitter!
Thank you, Andi, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.