Interview: Jocelyn Lyric Saravia

Today we’re joined by Jocelyn “Lyric” Saravia. Jocelyn is a phenomenally talented visual artist. They do a lot of fanart, using mostly digital mediums to create their art. When they’re not drawing fanart, Jocelyn does a lot of art for school and hopes one day to be a professional animator. It’s very clear they’re an artist with an incredibly bright future, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I usually do the art that is for the fandom such as Ouran High School Host Club, and I also do the art that’s required for school and lastly, the digital art. Also, I am an artist for furry fandom, not the dark side. I just usually draw the cute stuff.

I love to take art classes at any chances I get. You could say that I am kinda like a doujinshi artist and a student artist aiming to be in professional animator field

What inspires you?

My inspiration is around me. It could be my friends, my parents, my disability, or any theme that I am very passionate in. When I usually draw, I feel the sense of the passion to inform people what I felt or thought about in that time.

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

I have to tell the story about that. Haha, when I was in second grade, I had the some unusual dream. It showed the infamous Mona Lisa art in dark black room, and I was standing there in my pajamas. I felt some urge to create the art that could be great as her artist did. But I never finished it in my dream. When I woke up, I knew I wanted to be an artist. I always have been an artist for years. I am still chasing that dream to complete my art until my death.

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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?

Well, I don’t usually have the special or unique signature or etc, but I usually hide the subtle theme that people with mental illness or disability could relate and feel that they are connected to me and I want to really connect with them.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Remember, the old phrase worked for me: practice makes the work perfect (not literally, but you know what I am saying!) :D<

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Greyromantic Asexual , that’s where I identify!

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

Yeah, it’s hard. Some people tend to tell me that I am missing out the greatest opportunity that I could create work out of it or something. But that was the thing I ignore continuously.

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

The most common misconception about asexuality is that people feel that I don’t want a relationship, while I am actively look for one.

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

Hey, one thing I thought that I was broken or just had mental illness associated with that, that we are not broken or just have something that influence, that’s okay. That’s something we can try to cope or live in the style.

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

You can visit my work at Instagram in two separate accounts: at kagehime_sama for student artwork and the human stuff that you can totally relate and at lyricmelodysart for furry art and fun things and cute stuff. Or visit me at the professional website that I created on my own to showcase my works I did in school. :D<

Here’s the link: http://the-pragmatic-one-s-arts.webnode.com/.

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

Interview: Sami Mariano Vacari

Today we’re joined by Sâmi Mariano Vacari. Sâmi is a phenomenal visual artist who does illustration and animation. They’re currently studying animation at uni. They do some Overwatch fancomics and have an original webcomic entitled Dead Hearts, which is currently on a temporary hiatus while they finish up at uni. Sâmi’s work shows an incredible attention to detail and color, as you’ll soon see. It’s clear they have an incredibly bright future ahead of them. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I love designing characters and digital cut-out animation, but I also do illustrations and comics! I create mostly Overwatch fancomics for my art blog, at least they are the most popular thing I do and I try to keep them frequent. I’m an animation undergraduate in my last year of uni, I’ll be working on my conclusion short film for a year, and I hope I can create something very good to add to my portfolio!

I also have a webcomic project that’s currently on hiatus so I can focus on uni, it’s called Dead Hearts. The main character is an aroace trans woman, and it’s something that doesn’t follow her all the story but it has a big impact on how her life plays. It’s a project I’m hoping to go back to as soon as I can!

What inspires you?

What keeps me going forward is mostly the fact that I see so little of myself in animated TV shows. I’ve seen a growth in them the last years, but I see a lot of ace and non-binary characters alike being portrayed as robots or aliens. Very hard to find them as just common human beings who happen not to have sexual attraction. I try to create stories I would like to see myself.

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All Ponies

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

I grew up with anime, specially magical girl animes. I’ve always loved Sailor Moon, it’s still my number one show! My first serious piece of illustration was a Sailor Jupiter fanart when I was in fifth grade, and I’ve never stopped creating since then. When I discovered I could go to university and get a degree in animation, I didn’t think twice!

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?

I guess my work has a very cutesy feel to it, my color palettes all have pink in it somewhere. I’m fascinated by that fantasy sunset color palette with a pink-purple-blue gradient so they are pretty recurring in my work.

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Anamaria

 

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I guess, most of all, you need to be having fun with what you’re doing. I see many friends starting out and worrying too much about technique, and I see that hindering them from finding a style they can call theirs. You gotta have a base too but you can’t forget the creativity when creating.

Also, animation has a very interesting concept that is, why is your film important? We are asked this question when presenting ideas to producers and studios. Creating content for others isn’t only you fulfilling your artistic need to share your ideas, but it also has a big social impact when it is experienced by other people, an impact we sometimes undermine. I carry this very close to me when creating my work. What will others experience when they see you work? It can change your perspective.

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“Before Contact” story

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m pan-demisexual/romantic, I have always been, it’s just easier to put it in words now.

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

My animation classmates have been the best. I didn’t disclose me being ace to all of them, but the ones I did, were very understanding. But I also understand they are all pretty much outliers, and many others I know wouldn’t be too welcoming to it.

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Concept Aliens

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

I see the whole “humans can’t be asexual, they reproduce, they’re not plants” a very lot and it’s very annoying by the sheer plainness of argument. Also the whole “asexuality is just a phase” be it someone thinking that you’re just a late bloomer or anything else.

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Dead Hearts avatar

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

Take pride in what you are. It’s you and if you’re ace, it’s great! It’s not just some phase and it’s something very real for many people all around the world.

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

My art Tumblr is faeri-sami, and I also post frequently on my Instagram stories faerisami. Some of my comics are on tapastic too.

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

Interview: Shay

Today we’re joined by Shay. Shay is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in a cartoon style. She is a self-taught artist and is currently working to get a degree in animation. Her work has a masterful use of color and a sense of whimsy, which just makes you want to smile. She’s clearly a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Me Windbreaker Teal

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a self-taught digital illustrator and I’m pursuing a degree in 2D animation! I prefer to use a very Western cartoon-like style. Picking out bright or pastel color schemes is my favorite!

What inspires you?

I often draw my favorite YouTubers, my friends, and my two adorable dogs! I also do a lot of self-portraits. Lately I’ve been trying to create my own original characters, but those are all still a work in progress. When I’m not sure what to draw, I sometimes will come up with a color palette that I love and go from there!

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Amy Sick

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

I’ve always been interested in drawing, but I didn’t set my mind on really trying to improve until about 6 years ago. Growing up I would only consider more “practical” careers like graphic design or marketing. That is, until a year ago when it suddenly occurred to me that real people with real lives actually get to illustrate and animate for a living. And it made me think “Why couldn’t that be me?”

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Chica

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 typically, but when drawing myself I often include daisies somewhere in the illustration just because I really love them, and four-leaf clovers because I have a knack for finding them and they just seem to appear everywhere in my life. And it couldn’t hurt to have a little luck on my side!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t be afraid to try out elements of a style from artists you look up to. As long as you’re not tracing or essentially/literally claiming their work as your own, it will certainly help you discover your own unique style. Everyone’s signature style is just a conglomerate of things they saw and just thought to themselves “Wow! I really like that! I wonder if I could replicate that!” Trying out styles like that really helps you come into your own with time.

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Ethan Peace

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am asexual and heteromantic!

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

Not really, mostly just those that have never had the concept of asexuality explained to them. People tend to associate sex with something artistic, and therefore assume that all artists want that in their lives, which is not the case at all!

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Jack and Mark Dudebros

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

That it’s just being picky or that an ace person just “hasn’t found the right person yet.” If you’re asexual you don’t have any interest at all. I have never once in my life looked at someone and fantasized about having sex with them, and I’m in college. That has nothing to do with not finding the right person.

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

Please don’t stress about it too much! You may face some prejudice and ignorance about asexuality in your life, but at the end of the day you know how you feel, and nobody else can change that about you no matter how much they want to. You are not broken!

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

I’m most active on my Tumblr blog, but you can find me on these social medias:
DeviantART: https://sorrelheart.deviantart.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sorrelheart_jpg
Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/shaytastic

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Baylee Happy

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

Signal Boost: Weird Middle School Smells

Hi everyone!

Foster Eber was recently interviewed by this site (Tumblr & WordPress) and he has just completed work on his first animated short.

He has written a post on his personal Tumblr about it, found here.

So please, check out the video on YouTube and show Foster some love. It’s great and he put a lot of work into it, which shows.

 

Interview: Tiara Marshall

Today we’re joined by Tiara Marshall. Tiara is an amazingly talented animator who also does some illustration. She mostly works in 2D animation, which she pours an incredibly amount of time and effort into.. The amount of detail and care put into her illustrations makes for incredibly gorgeous and unique imagery, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

A lot of my work is 2D animation, and experimental motion graphics. It takes a lot of time to complete even a short animated piece so I tend to sketch and illustrate a lot more than animate.

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Blue vs. Red

What inspires you?

What inspires me the most is art that is overly dramatic and theatrical, so anything from photography, illustration, performance and musical. If it’s big and loud I’m in 100%.

Street art and graffiti is where I pull some of the most visual inspiration from. Amose (a French artist) and Sat One (an artist in Munich) are two artists I can always be inspired out of an art block by.

And for animation it’s all about Don Bluth and Chuck Jones, that acting and characterization give my animator soul life.

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

I grew up being dragged around everywhere by my mom and she’d always plant me somewhere with a box of colors to draw, so naturally I ended up in the traditional art field. Paintings, life drawing, sculpture ect.

It wasn’t until I was graduating from junior college that I had to come to a reckoning and decide what I wanted to do with my life. Art and dancing had been a huge part of my life since I was 3, but I suffered a lot of injuries from dance so I chose art for the sake of my health.

I was still in love with the art form of dance and moving figures when it finally dawned on me: “Ah! Animation is moving art!” An odd logic leap to decide your career on I admit, but it was enough for me. So I went to a four year college to learn animation and have had the pleasure of working as a character animator!

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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?

Looking at my art as a whole, I’d say it’s fairly disconnected with no unifying theme or symbols. The only thing that stays the same is my signature, which I’ll admit I spent a lot of time actually designing when I was younger. I mean, every artist is supposed to have a crazy cool signature, right?

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Classic Dracula

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

For all mediums of art, just remember the difference between constructive and destructive critique.

I always thought I was so tough for being able to stand up and take brutal critique, and by that I mean: “This is shit, all of it is shit. Why aren’t you focusing more and story and character development?” (whatever that means)

An actual quote from my professor, for which I was expected to defend my work and make changes based on class critique.

But that’s not being tough, that’s not even helpful feedback. And even while I believed I wasn’t letting their words affect me, it took years for me to be able to say “I am good at what I do” and mean it.

To know your worth and not let people take that from you is so important.

Yes, you’ve got to have thick skin come critique time, be it at school or at work, but I found there is a limit before it is just plain abusive.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m a heteromantic ace on the sex repulsed end of the spectrum.

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

Mostly ignorance. I have not encountered anyone being outright aggressive, though they are always quite adamant about their disbelief.

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Guess 2

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

It does not come up in conversation often, but when it has it has always been met with “That’s not really a thing right?” Correcting them has posed a challenge, but if they meet one ace now maybe they won’t be so aghast at the next ace they meet.

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

I think the best advice is to listen to yourself, and it’s OK to change your mind if you feel a different way later on.

Humans don’t work in absolutes, we work in ranges and on sliding scales. And if you find a place internally where you are comfortable with yourself, it will be easier to face the challenges the outside world might through at you.

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Inktober, Day 3

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

Both my animation and illustration can be found on my website: tiaramarshall.wordpress.com

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Armadillo

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

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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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: ZutaraBeliever

Today we’re joined by ZutaraBeliever. ZutaraBeliever is a first for Asexual Artists: she’s a stop-motion fabricator. Aside from that, she’s a phenomenal illustrator and animator. ZutaraBeliever has this wonderful enthusiasm that shines through in her work. Her art demonstrates a sense of whimsy and a real attention to detail. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Chris sticker base

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am an illustrator, animator, and Stop-Motion Fabricator! I love working with my hands and sculpting. I went to college for stop motion, but drawing wise, I am mostly self-taught.

What inspires you?

Honestly, other people. And things I love. I am a creative person, and if you look around, there are really cool people just waiting to be turned into your own characters. Everyone has a story to be told, and no matter what the medium, being creative is a great outlet for your stresses and ideas.

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Cutie Patoots

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

Yes! I have always wanted to be an artist. Cartoons were a huge inspiration. I remember that PowerPuff Girls was a huge influence on me! And, obviously, from my username, Avatar: The Last Airbender was a HUGE 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?

I love eyes. That sounds creepy, but I think they are the most amazing part of people. They are the first things I notice about someone.  I usually put a lot of detail in the eyes. I also love thick outlines. I will try to sneak those in when I can!

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Drag Trio

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

FANART IS OKAY TO DRAW! I can’t believe how many posts I see a day or how many times I hear my fellow artists rant or criticize younger artists about making or using bases, or making O.C.’s from fandoms, and it makes me so mad. EVERYONE DOES THAT. No one comes out of the womb knowing how to draw, or making cartoons, or comics, you have to learn. If you use a base, give credit. ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT.

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Ice Cream

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am a heteroaromatic Asexual!

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

Oh man. Yes. I have been kicked out of parades, support groups, I have been called a plant (cliché, I know). I have had people tell me that ‘There’s no way you can be asexual, you like dudes’.

I am 23 and still haven’t told my parents. I’ve talked about adopting instead of giving birth to kids, but that’s about as close as it gets. But, your parents and over ones may surprise you. We are living in a culture that is constantly changing, and though it may seem scary, tell someone. Tell someone, especially if you are being pressured by someone else. And don’t hate your parents if at first they don’t understand. Most parents automatic reaction is ‘Did I do something wrong?’ —‘Was it something I did that made them this way?’ Most parents want to try and understand, even if it takes a while.

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Sex Sticker base

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

That you can’t have a relationship if you’re asexual. Boundaries need to be set, like any relationship, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work.

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

One day, it’ll just hit you. I have had that moment, and I think every other ace has. That moment where you think ‘Wow…I really am Asexual’. Labels are nice. They really are, bring able to name something you feel is fantastic. And sexuality is fluid. Don’t worry what others think, and don’t let ANYONE pressure you into something you don’t want or aren’t comfortable with. OH! And make sure you prepare snappy comebacks if someone calls you a plant.

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

You can always send me a message on Tumblr or message me here:

https://twitter.com/ZutaraBeliever
http://zutarabeliever-art.tumblr.com/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyFandom

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Ace

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