Today we’re joined by Emilia Shinpai. Emilia is a wonderful visual artist who is just starting her art career. She specializes in drawing characters, both her own and others. She has a style that is whimsical and cute, brimming with color and imagination. Emilia is a very dedicated artist, 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 usually do artwork of characters of mine or of really cool characters. I’m not an expert at everything, but I’m OK with it!
What inspires you?
My friends! We all share each other’s art and such, usually while eating lunch or when we have time between classes, or when we’re at home.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I discovered my hidden talent while writing kanji. I tried out art from one of those anime books, and I thought “Hey, that’s good!” In the beginning it was about appeasing friends, but now it’s for fun. I have always wanted to do art, since my dad was an artist as well! My mom always said he passed it down to me.
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 do have a special signature, it depends on the art I’m making. If it’s for an account with “Emilia” on it, I sign “エミリア” (Emilia) on it. If it’s an account with “Chibs” on it, I sign “ちび千葉市” (Chibi Chiba-Shi, which could roughly translate to “Small Chiba City/Chibi (small) Chiba”)
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
No matter how bad you see your art, keep trying! You’ll get better with practice as time goes on. Who honestly cares if you start off trying to be realistic, only to mess up on proportions, or if you start off with some sort of anime-like style, copying your favourite show, etc. No one really cares. Your style and your art are up to you.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Aromantic Asexual! If we want to get technical, then I’m a touch-averse sex-repulsed aromantic asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not really, since I’m not out to everyone as an aromantic asexual. Everyone just knows me as an artist personally, only really close friends know about my orientation
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“It’s just for now.” I honestly don’t like that, especially since I’m growing up, becoming an adult. It’s now I should decide what my future’s like, and they say “no one can stop you”, but there’s extra meaning to that. I’m free to be who I want, and I like being aroace.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay! Right now, you’re free to find out who you are. You may be young, or old, or in between, but it’s never too late to find out your orientation/sexuality. You may be 13 and find out you’re asexual, only to realize later, you may not be. You could be 30, or 60. No one can decide who you become or who you are at this moment in time.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I don’t usually post my art on Tumblr, I’ll start using a new site that works much better than DeviantArt or other sites. Link to it: https://pixiv.me/emiliashinpai
Thank you, Emilia, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.