Today we’re joined by Ale, who also goes by Silveranchor online. Ale is a phenomenal illustrator who specializes in traditional mediums. She mostly does fanart and portraits. Ale’s work is bright and remarkably detailed, showing an artist with an amazing eye, as you’ll soon see. It’s clear she has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and is definitely an artist to watch. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m an aspiring illustrator. I do traditional art, mostly fanart and portraits. I draw characters from books and some TV series. I work with graphite, coloring pencils and I’ve recently started trying with watercolors.
I also dabble a bit in writing and singing, but they’re not my main focus.
What inspires you?
Apart from books, people. I find inspiration in faces, bodies, features, and clothing. I love looking at different people around me and think about how I would draw their noses or their hair.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
When I first started getting into fantasy books, I spent a lot of time looking for fanart and I always felt moved by it. That made me want to do fanart of my own and that’s how I discovered that I liked drawing. It took a while for me to start doing original art and even more for me to realize that I wanted to pursue a career in illustration. I’ve only recently started looking into art schools, but I’m excited about the future.
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 still trying out new things and finding my style, so the only things my pieces have in common are that they’re all of people and they have my actual signature.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
To never give up or stop trying. Artistic talent is something you develop over time, so never feel discouraged if a piece doesn’t turn out exactly how you wanted. Getting better requires practice, so never stop creating.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual. I’m pretty sure I’m on the aromantic spectrum, but I’m not 100% positive where do I fit, so I label myself as aro flux.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not really. I’ve found that other artists are more open minded and accepting than most other people.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably that it isn’t an actual orientation. Most people think asexuals are just confused or repressed, or maybe even traumatized.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
To love themselves and take it easy. Figuring yourself out is a process and it comes with time. I took a long while to figure out I was asexual and an even longer time being comfortable with labeling myself. It’s okay if you’re not there yet, a long as you feel good with yourself.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Also, some of my older work is in my DeviantArt
Thank you, Ale, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.