Today we’re joined by Sark, who is the 800th artist interviewed on Asexual Artists. Sark is a phenomenal fanartist and writer. He mostly draws, focusing on drawing characters in fandoms he enjoys. Occasionally, he draws people’s original characters. When he’s not drawing, Sark enjoys writing. It’s clear he’s an incredibly passionate and dedicated artist who loves creating, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Well, I’ve been drawing for about four years now, and I’ve been writing since, well, actually since I can remember! I usually focus my work on creating fan content as a method to express my enjoyment of things, but sometimes I draw people’s characters because I like seeing people get happy, honestly.
What inspires you?
A lot of things. One of my main inspirations is the works other people have created, especially music. I have playlists for all of my characters to get my writing and art in character for them. And sometimes I just go outside and see something beautiful. Most of the time I see someone do stupid things and it reminds me how great people are, and why I enjoy writing and drawing in the first place.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Well, I know it’s probably the tale of everyone ever, but really it was people. When I was younger- I think maybe eleven- I used to watch a lot of YouTube. It was a lot of gaming, all these wildly popular channels that were popular a couple years ago. I enjoyed them a lot, but the idea of making fan content didn’t occur to me until I met someone who became my role model. They made a lot of animations and art of these people, and they wrote stories about them. I thought it was really cool, so I imitated them. I was really bad at drawing and writing, but they were always really nice. They also were my introduction to the LGBT community, which obviously is really important to me now. I don’t know where they are nowadays, I lost track of them along the way, but they’re still my inspiration.
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?
My art is about as consistent as my memory, which is to say not at all, but my signature is usually a stylized S- I’ll see if I can show an example, I’m really mosh at description. Which is probably bad, considering I’m a writer.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I still consider myself an aspiring artist myself, but if I could look back at some of the worries I used to have about my content not being good enough, or my writing being cliche, I think I’d only say one thing. And that is that it doesn’t matter. If you’re just starting out, you probably think your art, or your music, or your writing sucks. And I won’t lie to you, it probably does. But it doesn’t matter. Anyone who looks down at people who aren’t as practiced as you yet aren’t worth your time. Because we were all beginners. Most of us still are, really. Just keep pushing the boundaries of what you can do until they grow. And then push harder. That’s what I’m doing.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Asexual Panromantic. I’m seriously mulling over my romantic identity right now, so I’m not sure about being pan, which I think is okay, but I’m confident in my sexuality.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Really no one in real life that I’ve worked with that are in the LGBT community has treated me any different than they would treat a gay man, or a lesbian, which is to say I’ve been treated really well offline. My works are, for better or worse, not really well known online, which I don’t really mind that much. It means I haven’t had anyone here really target me for my identity, though from other cases I’m well aware how nasty people can be when they can be anonymous. I’m trying to keep my hopes high that I’ll be able to make it in the art and writing world without too much backlash right now. I think as long as I keep thick skin, I should be able to do it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Really that we’re all one flavor. People really don’t seem to realize how a diverse of a group we are. Aces come from all walks of life, and we have all kinds of identities. I’m a trans man that lives in the suburban south, but I’m far from the only ace experience. It’s cool. Aces are a cool group of a lot of people, and I really like it. I wish more people thought about that before talking about us the way they do.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Really, whether or not you’re Ace is something only you can discover. But if you stay away from people who will try and influence you and just explore your identity, it can help you get into touch with how you feel about people. Don’t let people tell you who you are; only you get a say in that.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Sark, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.