Today we’re joined by Dave. Dave is a wonderful writer and visual artist. For visual art, they enjoy clear shapes, preferring more functional design. When it comes to writing, Dave focuses on small details. They’re obviously 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.
My visual art tends to be… ‘functional’. I prioritize Clear shapes over polished details, to try and make it as easy as possible to tell what is what at a moment’s glance. I am often reminded of that one picture of the Kirby Developers holding up their sketches of Kirby, & how the drawing done by the Programmer is… not like the others.
I know that it isn’t anywhere near as good as other works that use shading, color, & more, but it makes me happy to draw it, & that’s what matters.
Writing is a whole other Story; I try to spare not a single overlooked detail when trying to design something.
What inspires you?
All kinds of things! Songs, Games, Books… I look at some of the seemingly most random of details, wonder, ‘what if’, & follow the train of thought to its destination.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
It’s hard to remember what exactly got me into Art. In kindergarten, I used to think that reading was silly, & spent all my time not-reading. Then, I agreed to read ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ for something silly; I think it was for a pizza reward…
And then I spent all my time not, not-reading.
Sometime between Elementary & Middle school, I started to slowly draw more, & read less-
And the rest is history.
On some level, I think I’ve always wanted to be an artist; when I was younger, I wanted to be a ‘genetic scientist’, because I thought it would be as easy to mix genes as it would be to mix colors. I knew what I wanted to do, I just was looking in the wrong place & gave it the wrong name.
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?
Not anything completely consistent as far as I can think of.
If I was to add a symbol to everything I draw though, it’d probably be a Segno, a musical symbol that shows where to begin again. The idea of a continuous cycle appeals to me.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Go ahead and draw whatever it is you want to draw, & write whatever it is you want to write.
If you are afraid that it’ll seem crude and/or embarrassing in the future, well that’s ok!
All that matters is that you enjoy making it. And if in the process of making it, you start to figure out ways to refine your craft, that’s just a Bonus!
Also, sharing your Art with others may seem frightening, but it can help you to line things up in your mind. Writing something and explaining something can be two very different things, & one can fuel the other.
Just be careful of ‘Hate’. Sometimes, people can be jerks, and while it’d take a whole lot more time to explain all of the exacts about the differences between constructive criticism, and someone just trying to hurt you by belittling your efforts, there is one little trick I found that tends to help figure it out…
If what someone said makes you want to make More art, then it was most likely positive, & should likely be listened to.
If what someone said makes you want to make less art, then it was most likely intended to try and get you to make less art, with no motivation for trying to help you involved. It no longer counts as ‘Art advice’ by this point, and should not affect your will to Create. Maybe show someone else next time.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have been incredibly blessed to have encountered very few ‘situations’.
The ‘worst’ I’ve encountered was with an Art Teacher misunderstanding me, but I handled it by carefully explaining the details, and they (at least on the surface and through their actions,) understood what I was trying to say.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That ‘Ace people don’t love/are totally unfeeling’. This is not true. ‘love’ is not defined as, ‘wanting to get in someone’s pants’. And if the things I experience while reading a good book, or hearing a good song aren’t feelings, then I have no idea what they are, but I’m glad to have them!
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It would depend on what kind of struggle they are dealing with, but mostly to not fight yourself to try and fit a label that just, doesn’t fit.
You are You; not a string of descriptors that have been written in ink.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I mostly have been posting stuff that pops up into my head Here.
Anything from drawings, to text blurbs, worldbuilding bits, game idea stuff, & more.
If you come to visit, I hope you can find something you like!
Thank you, Dave, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.