Today we’re joined by Elisheva. Elisheva is a phenomenal visual artist with a unique style. She does a lot of digital art as well as pencil sketches. Elisheva likes to incorporate Hebrew and Yiddish in her work. Her art captures the viewer’s attention with bright color and a masterful use of line. It’s clear that Elisheva is a remarkably talented artist. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mostly do pencil sketches and digital art. I’m currently working on creating original characters to work with, but I occasionally also draw fanart or whatever else comes to mind.
What inspires you?
A lot of things. Books, movies -especially horror movies- bugs and plants, and music is a big one. Alternative fashion and art. I also get inspiration from Jewish culture/beliefs as well, and I like using Hebrew and Yiddish in my art.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I come from a family of artists, so I grew up around it. It’s something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember.
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 don’t really have anything like that. I like drawing dolls, but that’s kind of obvious, haha.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Practice. Talent is a learned skill. So practice as much as you can, try out different techniques, study works you like, and try out different styles for yourself.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m not out irl, so no, and I’ve never had anyone send anything to me online yet. I have seen some mean people on Tumblr, but it’s easy enough to block them.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That ace people don’t have or want sex. And conflating asexuality with aromanticism. Really, asexual people can do and desire whatever they want.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Your feelings are real, and they matter, and you’re not broken for having them. Find people that accept you. People who don’t, don’t really respect you or your experiences. So it’s best to stay away from them if you can.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
On my art blog, thegirlthatdoesntexist.tumblr.com.
Thank you, Elisheva, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.