Interview: Foster Eber

Today we’re joined by Foster Eber. Foster is a phenomenally talented animator who is currently majoring in animation at BSU. He’s currently the director of an animated short film at his college. Foster is incredibly enthusiastic about the art of animation, as you’ll soon read. If his work is anything to go by, this is an artist with a very bright future. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

From first glance you would think I’m a furry, but I’m not really. Well maybe I am, I’m not sure any more. I have just always loved anthropomorphic animals! I am primarily a 2D animator, but I dabble in the 3D animation as well. I really like the technical aspects of animation more than actually drawing though. Rigging, Simulation, File Saving Structures and what not. I eventually want to write and illustrate Graphic Novels with my friends. I LOVE telling stories, like it’s my jam. If your story is good, than it doesn’t matter what the art looks like (But I still want it to look good!) I’m currently the Director for our animated short film at my college, and I’m so happy I have been given that opportunity.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes a lot from my childhood. A lot of my work centers on the idea of being a kid and then learning how the real world works. Here is a non-ordered list of things I draw inspiration from.

  • EarthBound/Mother Series
  • Brave Little Toaster
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • My Elementary School
  • Boxes of Crayons
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • Birds
  • Undertale
  • Disney’s Robin Hood
  • Tea
  • My Grandparents House
  • ARG’s and Internet Horror Stories

I love the idea of stories that seem cute and silly that become horrifying and real. (IE Brave Little Toaster)

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What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I drew when I was little, but nothing serious. I didn’t want to be and “Artist” until I got re-introduced to drawing in 2011. I came up with a story explaining my Asexuality using animals while at a Swim Camp in Maryland. From there I started making a page everyday of this HORRIBLY DRAWN comic that I would pass out at school. It wasn’t popular but people seemed to love it. On a whim I applied to Ball State’s art program the next year and somehow made it in. (I still have no idea how) Animation and Graphic Novels are almost the same thing. They have a sequential element to them and so I thought that that would be the closest thing to a Graphic Novel major I could find.

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 really, I have this weird style though that I never thought of as a style until someone told me it was my style. All of my eyes are huge and the characters normally look like mushrooms.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I would say that if you want to be an artist you already are. There is no point where someone comes out and is like “Here is your artist certificate now go paint some fruit”. If you make a thing and show it to someone else and that person feels something you are an artist. It doesn’t matter how horrible it looks or what materials you use, you can’t get better without making things.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m pretty much just Ace. I have a girlfriend right now but we don’t have sex and that’s cool. I still want to get married one day, but sex is just meh to me.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Yes, but I try to explain it further using little stories and stuff. It is a hard concept for most to grasp. We live in a hypersexualized world and when that doesn’t matter to you it’s hard for people to understand. I like saying that everyone likes different types of music, but asexuality isn’t a type of music, it’s how loud you like to listen. And I’m pretty much a headphones around my shoulders and two notches up from the bottom.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

People usually say that I just haven’t met the right person and that I haven’t had sex. People assume that you are just nervous about it when I’m not nervous at all. Like I have never had the desire to eat a bucket full of egg shells, and I have also never had the desire to have sex with another person. Plain and simple.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Don’t think too much into it. You aren’t broken. You are the way you are and that’s cool! Just because the vast majority of the planet is one way doesn’t mean you have to be too. Sexuality isn’t just left or right, it’s up down forward backward and through space and time.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My Tumblr!
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/feber12

And Check out my Sweet Demo Reel!
http://feber12.tumblr.com/post/151038780830/okay-round-2-i-accidentally-uploaded-only-one

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Thank you, Foster, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Jessica

Today we’re joined by Jessica (who is better known as Master-Assassin-Den online). Jessica is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. She is also a 3D animation student and has the most wonderful enthusiasm for animation, which shows in her interview. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I do a lot of digital artwork and also do animations. The artwork I post on my Tumblr and DeviantArt are mostly personal work and are usually original character based work. They’re a variety of sketches, ranging from rough to refined, but I also do fully illustrated work, some of them I even animate or add special effects to when I have the time.

Being a 3D animation student, I also do 3D visual effects and animation. A little bit of 2D at times, I just don’t feel they are of posting quality to any of my blogs at this moment.

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Gwen

What inspires you?

Boy, a variety of things. Mostly fantasy based stories, mythology, ancient cultures, fashion, video games of ranging genres as well, their concept art is incredibly inspiring. Artists such as Edgar Degas, Alphonse Mucha, JC Leyendecker.

My own original characters also inspire me as I do create their own worlds, their stories, their friendships and relations. Making their world into something believable is my main goal when creating them.

That’s a whole lot of stuff, but really I think the most important inspirations are my friends and their incredibly creative characters which they have so happily let me draw sometimes, and interact with my own characters. My imagination and creativity would be nothing but shambles and ruin without them.

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Laiton

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid, drawing cartoons that were on TV and endlessly trying to perfect them. I drew so much that my teachers would confiscate my crayons from my desk. I always drew because I thought it was fun and silly, so I never really took it seriously until 9th grade and got my first graphics tablet, a dinky little (CTE-450) bamboo fun tablet, where I discovered the world of digital art. I also got into animation the following year when I found out my high school had an animation class, which I kept learning on my own after class, my teacher even let me teach a few times because I actually knew more about the program then she did after only half a semester.

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Vladimir

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?

No, I don’t think I do have any of those. I just have my own way of doing things I guess and if there are then I usually don’t notice things until someone points it out.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, draw what you love, and don’t let the number of notes or the quantity of followers get you down. They do not make the artist. What does is the fact that you go and create what you love and keep on doing it because you love doing it, that makes you an artist.

And the most important advice is practice, practice, PRACTICE! Even if it’s just a doodle a day, it still adds on to your drawing mileage.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Aromantic, Friendships are the best relationships for me.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

No, not really. I do have one commissioner/now friend who was curious and honestly didn’t know there could be people like that and he was incredibly and understanding when I educated him on the subject.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

I think that would be that we are just confused, innocent, or “do you think there could be something wrong with you?” and “You’ll change your mind when you meet the right boy/girl” “that’s sad that you can’t feel LOVE”. My favorite is when they think because you are asexual or that you aren’t sexually aroused by people or things in movies or comics etc. That you can’t enjoy them, hun I can like a nice pair of shoes without wanting to put them on.

It’s hurtful sometimes, but you can’t educate someone who’s not willing to understand or listen.

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What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Don’t listen to anyone who talks you down about it. You are not broken, there is nothing wrong with you. It’s OK not to feel romantic or have any sexual feelings for someone. You are normal and you are fine just the way you are.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

You can find my artwork on my Personal blog at: http://master-assassin-den.tumblr.com/tagged/mydrawings

And my two art blogs featuring mostly Original character art: http://itsavampiremasquerade.tumblr.com/

http://demondomain.tumblr.com/

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Thank you, Jessica, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.