Today we’re joined by Skye. Sky is a fantastic visual artist who specializes in drawing heads with colored pencils. She’s starting to work on drawing landscapes and nature. Skye is also planning to branch out into digital art as well. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I use Prismacolor Colored pencils currently, but I just got a Huion tablet so I’m hoping to begin digital art soon. I’m best at drawing people (mainly headshots) but I’m trying to do more landscapes and animals.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by aesthetics and moodboards, as well as random people I see on the street and other artists’ work.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I honestly don’t remember. I just remember always loving to draw and it’s always been a big part of my life.
I’ve always wanted to draw, but I’ve only just began to have the confidence to begin sharing about a year ago.
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 developing my style, so I definitely do not have and special features yet, but I have a few ideas in mind.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Accept that you probably won’t like everything you make, but that doesn’t mean it’s not amazing, because it is.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I don’t know the exact label, but I am definitely on the sex-repulsed side of the asexual spectrum and somewhere on the aromantic spectrum. I’m currently doing research to find my exact place.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not specifically in my field, but I have with family and other people. I usually just say that they can’t change who I am and that if they have that big of a problem with it then they have a problem with me and should just leave me alone then.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That people on the asexual/aromantic spectrum are that way due to a mental illness or traumatic past experience and that we should see a therapist to be “fixed” like we’re broken.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are not broken. All throughout life until I learned about asexuality I would hear people talk about who they had a crush on and who they wanted to date or have sex with and I never felt that. I never had a crush or a desire for a relationship and I felt so broken and different until I learned there were more people like me and I was normal.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I post WIPs on my Snapchat (skyberson4) and completed works on my Instagram (skyberson). But I do post other stuff on both, not just my art.
Thank you, Skye for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.