Today we’re joined by Cyr Pavleszek. Cyr is a wonderful visual artist who also does fanart. While he mostly draws his original characters, Cyr also draws some fanart for various fandoms. He uses drawing as an outlet and his work is brimming with bright colors and detailed expressions. It’s clear he’s a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art is a mix of original characters and fandom drawings. I tend to draw whatever comes to mind
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my art teachers and media I watch, such as anime, medical dramas, cartoons, and comics
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
My art started as a coping mechanism for chronic pain and mental illness, but I haven’t always wanted to be a professional artist. It came about recently when I took art classes and my teacher said I had a good chance of making a living professionally as an artist
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 don’t think I have a unique signature.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Just keep drawing, keep on doing it. Don’t think about it either! Overthinking your art could lead to you becoming self-conscious about your work and giving up. Don’t give up either!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I would say asexual, somewhere between asexual and demi-sexual. I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I don’t openly share my sexuality because of prejudice, when I do it’s to shut it down. I learned to handle ignorance by reminding myself that the person is usually uneducated. If they’re not willing to learn, I just ignore and move on.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we’re all prudes and can’t stand nudity of any kind. As an artist I look at naked bodies to better understand anatomy, I wouldn’t be able to learn without it!
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I know it’s hard, but once you finally accept and understand that you’re on the ace spectrum, and fully accept it as a part of you, it’s rewarding, fulfilling, gratifying. Please keep true to yourself and I promise it will all be worth it in the end.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Right now you can find me on a Tumblr-alternative called Writscrib under the username Cryptid, and I have my own website with my portfolio: http://www.cryptidartworks.com/.
Thank you, Cyr, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.