Today we’re joined by Jay Rubicon. Jay is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital mediums. They dabble in a few other arts including cosplay, acting, and music, but drawing is what they mostly focus on. Jay has a love of fantasy and most of their work reflects this. They are best known for drawing dragons and birds. It’s clear they’re 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 different things! But mostly I work on digital art. I specialise in dragons and birds, and bird-dragons, and any combination thereof.
What inspires you?
I’ve always been big into my fantasy. I love looking at other artists’ work and at nature. Clouds are especially good, because you can see things in them that might not appear otherwise. And people, the people around you are always good to inspire you to work harder. I know I’d probably never learn to draw elephants if my mum didn’t like them so much!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing since I was a tiny weeny thing, and I just – never stopped. I’ve known since I was that small that I had to do something creative, be it acting, writing, drawing – anything like that.
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?
Birds tend to come up a lot, and anything with wings gets drawn a lot. I do sign my work; it’s just more normal signature, but it’s got my ‘real’ surname on it, hence why I keep it fairly illegible!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Practice!! Okay, so I know everyone gets sick of hearing that, but it’s true. If you feel like you’re stuck, study things. Practice isn’t drawing the same thing over and over. Find a bunch of pictures of something you suck at, look at them, and try to draw them. You’ll get better, and it’s the best feeling in the world being able to make something you couldn’t achieve before!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
After a lot (a LOT) of debate, I now identify as a panromantic asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Generally I’m quite isolated in the work I do, and the friends I have are aware of it. Most of the issues I face are in day to day life, and it’s more ignorance – or people being unwilling to learn in the first place, who’s minds you’ll never change. It’s better to just accept that, and continue to be proud of yourself regardless, as hard as that may feel.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Either that we don’t really exist or that we don’t have sex. Obviously, we exist! And (not all of us, but most) are capable of having sex, just don’t want to for whatever reason – and any reason is valid.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Give it time. You’ll work it out. I’ve been through a lot of things, from a heterosexual woman to where I am now, as a gender neutral panromantic ace. You might think you’re ace then realise you’re not, or the other way. But you’ll figure it out, and you’ll find the right people!
The old quote stands true;
“Those who matter won’t care, and those who care don’t matter.”
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Ooh, free advertising! (I kid.)
Most of my art is over on http://rubicon-art.tumblr.com
You can also find my work on DeviantART, which contains the majority of my bird-dragon stuff. http://rubicon-art.deviantart.com
Facebook is also under Rubicon-Art! That’s what I go by in most places.
Thanks for taking a look!
Thank you, Jay, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.