Today we’re joined by Jocelyn “Joccy” Saravia. Jocelyn is a phenomenally talented visual artist. They do a lot of fanart, using mostly digital mediums to create their art. When they’re not drawing fanart, Jocelyn does a lot of art for school and hopes one day to be a professional animator. It’s very clear they’re an artist with an incredibly bright future, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I usually do the art that is for the fandom such as Ouran High School Host Club, and I also do the art that’s required for school and lastly, the digital art. Also, I am an artist for furry fandom, not the dark side. I just usually draw the cute stuff.
I love to take art classes at any chances I get. You could say that I am kinda like a doujinshi artist and a student artist aiming to be in professional animator field
What inspires you?
My inspiration is around me. It could be my friends, my parents, my disability, or any theme that I am very passionate in. When I usually draw, I feel the sense of the passion to inform people what I felt or thought about in that time.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have to tell the story about that. Haha, when I was in second grade, I had the some unusual dream. It showed the infamous Mona Lisa art in dark black room, and I was standing there in my pajamas. I felt some urge to create the art that could be great as her artist did. But I never finished it in my dream. When I woke up, I knew I wanted to be an artist. I always have been an artist for years. I am still chasing that dream to complete my art until my death.
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?
Well, I don’t usually have the special or unique signature or etc, but I usually hide the subtle theme that people with mental illness or disability could relate and feel that they are connected to me and I want to really connect with them.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Remember, the old phrase worked for me: practice makes the work perfect (not literally, but you know what I am saying!) :D<
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Greyromantic Asexual , that’s where I identify!
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Yeah, it’s hard. Some people tend to tell me that I am missing out the greatest opportunity that I could create work out of it or something. But that was the thing I ignore continuously.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common misconception about asexuality is that people feel that I don’t want a relationship, while I am actively look for one.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Hey, one thing I thought that I was broken or just had mental illness associated with that, that we are not broken or just have something that influence, that’s okay. That’s something we can try to cope or live in the style.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Jocelyn, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.