Today we’re joined by Nikki. Nikki is a wonderful fanartist who does digital art and is an avid cosplayer. She mostly sells digital art at conventions, where she also shows off her incredible cosplays. It’s clear she’s a dedicated artist who loves what she does. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a digital artist & cosplayer! I sell fanart at cons, do commission work, and, well, build cosplays!
What inspires you?
For my cosplay, characters who I see part of myself in inspire me the most. Strong women, mostly. I’ve also just made cosplays because the character design/execution in the original media look cool.
For art, I find that real somber, sad scenes inspire me. I’m not entirely sure the reasoning, but it resonates with me more than happy, cheerful stuff.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been interested in art of any form, but I don’t think I actively wanted to be an artist until around 2 or 3 years ago. I also didn’t know I wanted to seriously do cosplaying until maybe a year ago! As for what got me interested in cosplaying, I think it’d have to be the utter confidence being in costume gives me. I love putting in hours and days of work into a cosplay, putting it on, and showing the world what I made with my own two hands!
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 that I can really think of! I do have a little trinket given to me by Guerrilla Games, the company who made Horizon Zero Dawn that I wear when I cosplay from the game! I also have a bracelet my best friend gave me that matches the aesthetic of the game that I wear, too!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Very cliched, but keep practicing! Nothing has to be perfect, in art, cosplay, really anything, so don’t stress the small details. That, and, if you put your heart and soul into your work, it will show, no matter your skill level.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am fully Asexual, and most likely greyromantic, but I’m not sure about that.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not that I’ve seen, but you never know what people say when you’re not there.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I think the most common misconception that I see is that it’s about libido or interest in sex, which isn’t the case. Just like there can be allosexuals can be uninterested in sex or have a low libido, an asexual can have interest in sex and/or a high libido.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
First and foremost, whether you’re asexual or not, that doesn’t change who you are. If you feel comfortable identifying as ace, that’s wonderful! If you don’t, you don’t have to! Maybe it will just take some getting used to, or maybe the label just isn’t what you’re feeling, and that’s perfectly okay. No one else can decide who you are, only you can. All I can hope for is that you love yourself.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Nikki, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.