Today we’re joined by Domonick. Domonick is a wonderful self-taught visual artist. They started out drawing characters from Transformers: Animated and have since begun drawing their own comics and webcomics. Their work shows an incredible amount of detail and is brimming with bright vivid colors. It’s clear they’re a passionate and dedicated 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’ve been drawing for eleven years, and almost all I’ve drawn since I started has been robots. I started to watch Transformers: Animated and that’s what inspired me to draw in the first place. Since then, I’ve been trying all sorts of tutorials to improve for the past few years, but for the most part I am self-taught.
What inspires you?
I want to tell stories that make people happy through my art! Because that’s almost all I know how to do. All I want is to make it so that at least one person’s day is made when they look at what I make.
I also take much inspiration from the songs I find, and I listen to them all the time.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I drew my first piece that made me feel like I could draw forever in 2007, when I drew a picture of Prowl from Transformers: Animated, and since then I’ve filled sketchbooks, notebooks meant for schoolwork, and dozens of sheets of printer paper with sketches and doodles. I always draw whenever I can, on whatever I can, and nine times out of ten I’m storyboarding for my comic.
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 usually jot down a lower-case “d” and the date on all of my art, but I also sometimes use the “B” heart from the title of The Bar Bots, my webcomic.
Other than that, I usually add a thick outline to all the characters I draw, and I digitalize my inked drawings through Medibang.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
You are good at art. Everyone is good at art in their own way and we’re all still learning. I’m still learning. And if someone says your art is bad, then they have a lot to learn themselves.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m fairly sure I’m sex-repulsed, because the idea of it has always scared me and made me very anxious, but I’m still discovering new things day-to-day.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not necessarily prejudice, but I’ve had a bunch of ignorance around me. A few of my friends still don’t understand the concept of asexuality, and they don’t get that romance and intimacy doesn’t have to be inherently sexual, but I’m trying to explain it to them eventually.
Besides them, I haven’t really encountered a whole lot of confusion.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I don’t love anybody enough or that I won’t be committed to a relationship. I’ve loved before, and I didn’t need sex for that.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’re you, and you’re the one and only person who can interpret how you feel. And if you feel asexual, then you can be asexual. However you discover you is the best way to do it.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I’m also constantly updating my Patreon at patreon.com/picklerocket!
Thank you, Domonick, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.