Today we’re joined by SilverStarStrike. SilverStarStrike is a phenomenal aspiring visual artist who works with both traditional and digital mediums. She’s currently experimenting with a variety of styles and does take commissions. SilverStarStrike is a dedicated and passionate artist with a very bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Well, I have been drawing actively for about 4 years. I mostly draw digital art but I can work with traditional mediums. I am seeking to expand my horizons with realism, 3D art, and other styles. I also take commissions and don’t draw absolutely for free.
What inspires you?
Almost everything really, but I take inspiration mostly from music and video games. As of right now, the game “Hollow Knight” is a huge drive for inspiration. My previous biggest inspirations are “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ori and the Blind Forest.”
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I haven’t always wanted to be an artist. I actually wanted to be a paleontologist and a chef, but my interests in those fields died. Then when I discovered “Wreck-It Ralph” it drove me to create characters and ever since then, I have been drawing more actively.
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’m not entirely sure what you mean, but I do sign most of my own works with my own signature. I also don’t have a logo, but I do have a pretty common style that’s somewhat unique to myself, at least in my eyes.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep practicing, and don’t give up. You’ll definitely improve if you put a lot of effort, love, and care into your work. If you just want art to be just a hobby, that’s fine as well, but that doesn’t mean your art is worth less than anybody else’s. Your art is wonderful, beautiful, and just downright gorgeous.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I kinda personally lean on more of the asexual spectrum. I don’t experience a lot of sexual arousal to anything, and honestly I even find myself sex-repulsive and I don’t feel so good when I think about sex. Usually results include nausea and just disgusting feelings in general. I don’t even wish to have children in the future.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have not yet actually, since I’m somewhat closeted about it. I do post asexual relating posts that I honestly can relate to, and my sexuality and pronouns are shown on my Deviantart profile. So far, everybody seems pretty accepting of my orientation.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That asexuals are “broken.” I don’t believe in that. If they don’t want to have sex or any of the sort, then that’s fine with me. They’re all human beings, just like us.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t try fretting over it, and take your time thinking about it. Remember, your orientation is only just a part of who you are, and doesn’t entirely define you. Whether you’re bi, het, homo, or even ace, you’re special and beautiful.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, SilverStarStrike, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.