Today we’re joined by Ashley. Ashley is a wonderful visual artist and writer who enjoys drawing mostly original characters from her books. When she’s not drawing, Ashley loves to write thrillers and fantasy. It’s clear she’s a very passionate artist who loves what she does, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I love to draw and write. I love drawing people, primarily my book characters. I write many different genres, but the biggest ones are fantasy and thriller.
What inspires you?
My passion for writing inspires me the most. I want to make a difference with my work by including many types of characters. My goal is for my readers to be able to find themselves in my work, or see their specific traits represented. This goal is what inspires me to keep writing and to keep putting faces to my characters.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
When I was younger, being an artist had never occurred to me. Later, however, I began to love to read, and I soon realized how many different types of people can be represented through fiction. As for drawing, my love for animation is what sparked that interest. So, I guess you could say I became interested because of books and cartoons.
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?
The closest thing to a symbol I can think of would be in my writing: I always try to include a little piece of myself into any one of my characters. It can be anything from a personality trait, a sexuality or gender identity, or even traits I wish I had.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
My advice for aspiring artists is to always keep going. Keep pushing forward and doing what you love. It also takes time to improve, but as long as you keep going, you’ll see yourself getting better and better. Believe in yourself.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m demiromantic asexual, but I might be biromantic as well. Not entirely sure on that front.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t, mainly because I’m not out to anyone besides my close friends and a few family members.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That just because we experience no sexual attraction, it means we are never willing to do anything sexual.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It may take time to get used to your identity, and that’s totally okay. Also, never let anyone tell you your sexuality isn’t real; you are valid.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have a Wattpad where I post my books, however I’m mostly drafting right now. My username is PandoraOfficial.
Thank you, Ashley, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.