Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderful young visual artist who does both digital and traditional art. They mainly do fanart and character design. Alex does a lot of drawing and painting, taking inspiration from the world around them. They are clearly a dedicated and passionate artist, 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 do a lot of digital and traditional art, mainly fan art or character design, though I’ve been trying to branch out a little more. I’m a big fan of taking things like animals, plants, or even songs, and turning them into characters. I really like picking out little details from whatever I studying and adding them into the design, even if no one but me notices them.
What inspires you?
There are a lot of different things that inspire me. A lot of times it’s a song, or a bit from a song, a piece of conversation with a friend, a particular color or color palette, or even just a landscape or a small thought. For my fanart, a lot of times I get inspiration from other works, other people, or the other things I mentioned. A lot of time it’s music though. I listen to music a lot, both when I draw, and much of the other time. It really sets the mood for my day, and for what I draw
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I started drawing when I was really little, and have always been interested in art, though I never really wanted to be an artist seriously until I started drawing more and more seriously (I wanted to be a geneticist when I was little, how funny is that). I started doodling whenever I could, and developed a consistent style, which ended up changing a lot over a short time. They were all doodles, but I really enjoyed it. I’ve begun drawing even more seriously, building up more materials, and expanding my horizons
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 do little swirlies on my characters cheeks, shoulders, elbows, and knees, as well as highlights in the hair. I think that adds to part of my aesthetic around my art. this, as well as the highlight in the eyes, which, while usually a star, can also help me express the characters mood. These are some of the more recognizable stylistic things that I use in my drawings that I really enjoy.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep practicing! I know I sound like a broken record, because this what everyone says, but it’s really true! Only through practice will you be able to find your own style, and then be able to develop it! It’s really quite amazing how much improvement your art can go through if you just draw something every day! You can also try expanding your horizons by challenging yourself. There are many different artist challenges that can really help, with either coloring, or just to help develop your style as well! You can study other artists’ art, and through that, improve your own art. You can also identify what you need to work on with your art, and challenge yourself to improve on that. For me, it’s things like posing and backgrounds, and challenging myself to work on them is both really interesting and fun, but also really beneficial for your art
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m more towards the sex repulsed side of the ace spectrum. I’m still trying to figure out the romantic stuff, but I’m pretty sure I’m panromantic. I think having a partner would be nice, but I don’t want to do anything more than cuddle and stuff.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I don’t really know about prejudice, per say. When I came out to my parents, they told me that I should keep an open mind when it came to everything that I told them. It was kind of a mental shove, and kind of led for me to tumble down a mental set of stairs. For a week or two I laid at the bottom of that flight of stairs. It wasn’t their fault at all, but it really set me back. I haven’t come out to many people, only about 6 or 7 outside my immediate family. my friends have been really supportive though, and that has really been helpful. Because of that, my sexuality has really become cemented, and has become a constant, which I’m immensely grateful for (though I still am open to any changes, I don’t think they’ll happen)
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
As I said earlier, I really haven’t come out to many people, and so the only misconceptions I’ve really seen are online. I haven’t really seen much hate either, the only misconceptions I’ve seen are In posts from aesexual people about aesexuality, and defending aesexuality against those misconceptions, if that makes any sense. I’ve been really lucky to have people support me, I know this, and I’m so grateful.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I’m not really too good with advice, or with advice about identity and that sort of thing, but I guess that they should take a break from thinking about it. This is coming from me, a hypocrite, who can’t go one minute without thinking about it, and who, before they came out to people, was constantly questioning everything. You shouldn’t let thinking and questioning things consume you. Take a walk, draw a picture, read a book, listen to music. Do something. Let your mind take a break. Take a mental deep breath. As I said, I’m not too good with advice, and freak out whenever someone says they look up to me, but I hope that some of this can help!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I hope you enjoy my art! And I hope that you like what I’ve had to say!
Thank you, Alex, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.