Interview: Sierra Sonora

Today we’re joined by Sierra Sonora. Sierra is a wonderful visual artist and fanartist. She specializes in nature photography, taking pictures of local flora and fauna, showing the beauty of life in vivid color and detail. When she’s not taking picture, Sierra dabbles in fanfiction and fanart. She’s also currently endeavoring to write a novel. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with a bright future ahead of her, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

My art consists of a variety of mediums. One includes the photography of natural landscapes as well as nature, such as local Flora/Fauna. It also includes writing of both original work and Fanfiction. I also draw in what can be considered an Anime/Cartoon style of me, my friends, pets, and Fanart on mostly regular sketchbook paper with pencil/pen and colored pencils, or I will digitally upload my art and work on it with a paint program. I thoroughly enjoy singing, and write poetry, but have yet to compose any original songs-although I have written at least 3 parodies that revolve around different favorite pairings of characters from TV shows I watch.

What inspires you?

The need to create and channel my emotions inspire me to do all of the above. I often struggle with verbally expressing my emotions, but through art I can slow down and think things through-especially when I draw. The joy of others also inspires me, as I find happiness in making other people happy with my art. I find that when I share my art, whatever the medium, I feel a meaningful and spiritual connection with the ones I am sharing with and that connectivity is vital to me.

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

Ever since I was little, I enjoyed watching cartoons, reading books, and drawing. It’s hard for me to say that I’ve always wanted to be an artist, because what I do doesn’t really feel like “art” to me; I see it as a coping mechanism and a way to make others feel happy. Put simply, I view my art as a tool, and that prevents me from seeing it as what I feel “art” actually is.

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 do have one thing in my art that I include; it’s a simple necklace of mine that I’ve had for about 8 years now; a simple black nylon string with a silver eagle talon pendant holding within its three claws a white marble. This necklace is a special possession I hold, and I like to include it when I draw myself or a main character from one of my original works.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

As cliché as it sounds, I am going to say it anyway because it’s true: Don’t give up. Don’t give up on your art, whether it is photography, mixed medium, paintings, writings, drawings, fandom related, etc. Don’t give up. You, as a unique individual with your own perspective on life, your own unseen and secret views, have so much to offer to the art world. Whatever it is, it may not turn out quite the way you want it to the first time-this is only reasonable; you are new at things, and with novelty comes practice.

It may even take a long time to feel comfortable where you are on your journey in creation. I still have 10-year-old art lying around that makes me cringe every time I see them, but I keep them to remind myself of the journey it took to get where I am, and to propel me to work hard and push myself further. I highly recommend you do the same-keep your art, every scrap. You’ll be glad you did so later on down the road.

Another piece of advice that is repeated over and over again for good reason is this: Don’t compare yourself to other artists if it is only going to result in self-loathing or any form of negativity. It’s not worth it, and it won’t help you become better at your passion. Trust me, I know. I’ve done it, and it only made me want to quit art altogether and it would make me feel inferior/jealous. How terrible is that- to want to give up on something that brings you joy because you feel you are not adequate? To feel negative, nasty feelings towards others because I was not secure enough in who I was as an artist? It’s terrible, and unfair to yourself and the other person.

So I say this: don’t compare. Just create. If you must compare, try to do so with humility- recognize that you aren’t where you want to be yet and have patience with yourself.

My last piece of advice is this: Be kind to yourself and be kind to others; you’re not the only one struggling. Reach out to one another with love, offer emotional support when possible, and practice constructive criticism on yourself and others. You, as an honorary member of the art world, are here to uplift, inspire, create, and comfort through your works-whatever they may be. We need you, and you belong here. My sincerest hope is that this advice has been useful/helpful and uplifting to those who read it.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as an Aromantic Asexual. Personally, I find that when I am in a relationship, I can adapt to the other person and provide physical intimacy such as hand-holding, kissing, cuddling, even if I don’t necessarily feel a desire to do so, and when/if I marry, I am willing to provide them with the sexual intimacy that I know my partner will deserve if they are not Asexual themselves.

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

I’ve encountered, blessedly, a little amount of ace prejudice/ignorance. Generally, it was from people asking me how I could not want sex, and I generally would deal with it as such; I’d tell them I just didn’t find sex interesting, or I’d tell them I found things to enjoy out of life that was more fitting for gaining pleasure than sex, such as books, or video games, or eating. I was never called a freak, or anything of that nature, which is a blessing and I hope my experience helps others. Mostly the people who I have talked to were rather open-minded and just curious, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone. For those of you who have experienced ace prejudice, my heart goes out to you.

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

The most common misconception about asexuality that I’ve encountered is the notion that Asexuals just don’t want sex. Which isn’t true as we know- our orientation is about sexual attraction, not the actual desire for sex. Like other orientations, it varies for everyone. Personally, I don’t want it, but that doesn’t make me any more Asexual than someone who does.

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

You’re not broken. That is the most heartfelt advice I can give. You are not broken, and you’re not alone. The love songs will say you’re incomplete without that “special person”. It’s a lie. If you can find someone who is whole and spend the rest of your life happily with them, then wonderful. But you are not broken and you are not incomplete. You are you, and you are not alone- we’re here with you, flying under the same purple, grey, white, and black flag and we’re proud to stand with you.

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

You can find out more about my work through my Tumblr account, my username is “Willchild”. I don’t post much art or works there, to be honest, but I think after this interview I will if it can help bring joy to other artists and help them feel more secure about posting their own art. Please feel free to tag me in your art, I would be ecstatic to see it; or message me/ask me, from one artistic Ace to another.

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

Interview: FF2

Today we’re joined by FF2. FF2 is a wonderful visual artist who does a mix of original work and fanart. They’re a self-taught artist and tend to gravitate to fanart. They get inspiration from many different sources, like video games, anime, and movies. When they’re not doing fanart, they enjoy just sketching original characters. It’s very obvious they’re a dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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A Zoe sketch

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Please, tell us about your art.

Um… Okay! It’s mostly fanart of things I like (video games, anime, movies, etc.), but sometimes I’ll draw and share OCs and stuff! I do a lot of sketches and doodles (school is very energy and creativity-draining, so usually I have just enough to doodle and sketch), but sometimes if I REALLY have the energy for it I’ll make full drawings! Those are usually my favorites! (Example: A screenshot re-draw of one of my favorite Attack on Titan scenes. Took a few days but it was worth it in the end because it came out really well!) But… Drawing sketches is fun too! I also really like drawing my OCs, even if I keep… NOT drawing them! (I get so many good ideas of things to draw with them but then it’s like “Wait that’s beyond my skill level-”)

What inspires you?

Well, it’s mostly anime, actually! Originally I took inspiration from like… Sailor Moon, but now – albeit it’s STILL anime – , I’m taking more references from Studio Ghibli films (specifically When Marnie Was There and Spirited Away), and the anime Attack on Titan. I’ve also been trying to make it look a bit more… realistic. Not, SUPER realistic, but like… (oh how do I explain this…?) just a bit more? Not like… in a way it would make my art style look weird or unnatural, but just enough so it makes it look BETTER? If that makes ANY sense? Plus, whatever I look at more often influences what I draw a lot. Like, say I played a lot of Pokemon recently. Then I’d probably be drawing a lot of Pokemon characters.

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

Uhh… Really, I’ve kind of been drawing for as long as I can remember. Like… We have pictures from when I was three and we had this… thing – I’m not exactly sure what is was – and it has a little marker that worked with water, so when you got it wet, you could DRAW on the mat and stuff, and in the picture I’m just scribbling away. I guess I just really liked the idea of making my own pictures? And I never really dropped it…! I’ve always liked drawing, but I haven’t ALWAYS wanted to be an artist (Right now for example, I want to be an author!), but there was a phase when I did.

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 don’t really have a special, unique signature, but I do have some things that I think make my art… My own and easier to recognize I guess? I think it’s the way I do eyes? Or at least, that’s what I think and what a few friends have told me…

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Joking aside, please practice, or take a class! Seriously, like… say you wanted to be a professional athlete or something. You’d practice to get better at that right? So… Why should drawing be different? Also, DO NOT ignore guidelines. They can REALLY help. And, another thing… Try tracing guidelines over pre-existing images. Don’t… Don’t POST those or anything, but do that on your own practice, because it can help you get an idea of the anatomy and stuff.  I know there’s this whole mindset of “If I EVER trace anything ever, even for practice than I’m Bad and an art thief!” but like… That’s not true! If you need to practice anatomy and want to trace something for a better idea of how it works, then try that! Again, just don’t post it.

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He is not a threat to humanity!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Sex-repulsed ace. (Probably panromantic too? I don’t want to say for sure, though…)

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

In… my field? I assume this means art. If so then no. Though… I have some ace OCs and I’ll probably make a lot of emphasis on that and if anyone is rude because god-forbid someone has ASEXUAL OCS, then I‘ll probably just ignore them?

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

Either… “oh so you don’t have any emotions/empathy/whatever?” (which is blatant lie. And also a really stupid thing to say.), and “that’s not a thing, you’re just making a sexuality up for attention.” (more lies.)

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

DO. NOT. RUSH THIS!!! You don’t HAVE to have a label if you don’t want one! You think you might be ace but then you find out you’re not? That’s fine! It doesn’t make you bad!! You think you’re something else and then find out your ace? That’s fine, too! Figuring yourself out takes a while! Also… For anyone told this because ew ace discourse, YOU AREN’T INVADING LGBT+ SPACES OR “STEALING” RESOURCES OR NOT A “REAL LGBT+ PERSON”. YOU ARE VALID. If ANYONE says otherwise, just ignore ‘em. They are NOT worth it! I know it’s hard but really, what they’re doing is kinda pathetic, you know?

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

My art Tumblr! It’s https://ff2-draws-stuff.tumblr.com/!! I post art and WIPs there, so if you’d like to see more of my art, check it out!

Thank you, FF2, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Olivia

Today we’re joined by Olivia, who also writes as Staronet. Olivia is a wonderful fanartist who loves writing fanfiction. She loves writing stories about the anime she enjoys. Her current love is Yuri on Ice. Olivia has also written some poetry, but fanfiction is where her passion lies. She’s a dedicated writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am a fan-fiction writer, for the anime that has taken my soul, ‘Yuri on Ice!!!” but I also write my own content as well. I guess I could count this by saying I am a published poet, and I hate writing poetry.

What inspires you?

I think it first started out as something just cause but now I am inspired to keep writing after getting comments asking for me. As well as aspiring to write like one of my favorite fan-fiction authors, Authormagrant.

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

I actually didn’t ever set out to write fan-fiction ever. I use to think it was weird, no offence but that was how younger me felt until my friend admitted she read it. Then my curiosity was peaked and I had to read some and whelp here I am now, I don’t regret it one bit as I have met so many people through it.

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?

Sadly I am not that cool to have anything special.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Just go for it, don’t hesitate and stop yourself from doing something you want to. You want to write a novel, do it. Create art or join a dance group. Do it. I jumped in on mine and have not only had a wonderful time doing it, it’s also helped me with my writing because I can get feedback. Don’t see yourself short, you’ve got the talent to do it.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am just ace straight.

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

I thankfully have not as I have not really come out to a lot of people but I have with one of my friends who accepts me for who I am. The only thing I think would count would be my friends making a couple jokes about it a few months back, I sat there in silence and basically prayed they’d stop.

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

I don’t understand or can’t make sexual jokes. I am the queen of sexual jokes here.

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

You don’t have to rush things, it’s okay to not be for sure right now. You have your whole life ahead of you to help you figure it out and if it never happens that is okay as well. Just know that you are loved and will supported in the LBTQA community. I love you all and my Tumblr is always open to anyone who needs to vent.

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

I am so bad at updating my Tumblr but at sassy-potato-of-wonder is where I tend to try and link my new chapters or fics. My AO3 account is ‘Staronet,’ as for the poem well sorry that poem will never see the light of day again.

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

Interview: Battle Korbi

Today we’re joined by Battle Korbi. Battle Korbi is a wonderful young writer and visual artist from Croatia. He does a lot of writing in both English and Croatian, though not as much is posted just yet. When he’s not writing, Battle Korbi enjoys drawing and takes a lot of inspiration from anime. His work is brimming with color and an impressive use of lines, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to him for taking time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

First of all, hiya. My art… I am a hobby writer, and a really “sketchy” sketcher, so to say. When I want to talk about my literal skills, I like to point out that I am having a bit of a tough time writing on both English and my native language. I love to write stuff on English, purely because there is a chance of posting it online in the far grimdark future, and I could let total strangers see it and rate me according to my skills, and not who I am. Yet I also like to doodle with Croatian (my mother tongue), because, my works then actually get seen by who-I-know are real people, but as always, some people don’t like to criticize their good friends, so I might not get to see if I am really that great in the first place.

About my drawing skills? Yeah, I guess that is interesting. I like to take inspiration from anime, cartoons, more serious stuff, you name it. Few of my drawings here are random and don’t have a thematic that joins them. I don’t focus on a specific thing when drawing in general, but I guess my speciality is “caricatures” and making animesque characters out of… everything. I often go overboard with detailing, as I simply cannot stop adding those itsy little bits that make my scratchings look more complete than ever. Sometimes the amount of details would end up excessive, and to anybody who is not me what started as several lines ended up as mashed potatoes. I like to experiment with every type of visual media, and can safely say that I have made at least one of every type. Are they good though? Unsure. Are they mine and by default awesome? Totally. (Am I over-confident? I guess…)

Point is, I am a absolute noobface who is kinda good at everything, but not really a meister of anything. What is good that almost everybody I know draw for shit so by default I have amazing skills and flattery fuels me 😀

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What inspires you?

Depends on what has been happening, what had my eyes touched when wandering, what thoughts had been cycling through my dreams or inside my very lucid mind. I don’t have a stationary muse I could always refer to, I most likely harvest a single “sensation” and make stuff out of it, and then plant another seed and go on to another “sensation”. I remember that something flared up in my this summer when I decided to start doing a bunch of yaoi/yuri art. Stories and drawings keep pumping out of me, even though I had no “usage” of them. I had to remove all the art though, because… well, how would you feel if you find out your sibling has been drawing gay/lesbian softcore porn for quite some time? I reckon, not good. That is just a example though, one of many.

Currently I am leeching of WH40k, drawing Dreadnoughts and Space Marines whenever I get to it. I am also trying to imitate Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure, and I have a good knack of it, I may say. With regards to writing, currently I am trying out comedy, lashing out hurricanes of puns and silly jokes. My favorite “Airplane!”-esque joke to use is: “It sprawled all over the floor. Carpet, of course.” Or “He was soaked from tip to toe. From rain of course.”. Basically, rev up the situation like something dramatic was going on, then dispel it by playing Captain Obvious. This works with some context though.

 

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

Lemme see… When I got a connection to the internet somewhere in my first year of high school, and a bit before, I started writing. I had been reading a lot of books before I “went online”, and was writing a bit too on paper. This single, quite slow and unrealiable thread of kilobites (yes, kilobites) where my only connection to the world out there. I found some creepypasta groups on Facebook, and I hit it off from there, writing incredibly bad stories filled with Mary Sues, miracles, and explosions. They sucked. Be it grammar (from bad English), the way story unfolded, or the way I told the stories. They never got much attention, but I kept on writing and posting every day, till I got better and better. I still dream of being a successful writer, but not really a full-time novelist, because such dreams are a bit unrealistic with my caliber.

About drawing? Yeah, I guess I picked up a pencil as a kid and just… did stuff? I guess I got complimented for my amount of details and whatevs. Out of boredom I gave my pencil, later my ink pen, a revisit during my later years of middle school, and just drew stuff every day til I learned to be a bit better than before. I might not have a soul of a artist, but damn whoever tells me I haven’t worked hard enough. I guess I want to be a proud author of a good comic someday… or a cartoon, or manga, or anime. I have not decided yet, but that doesn’t mean I should not warm up and exercise every day.

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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?

Eh, not really. Depends on the mood and the piece though. I might feel mystic sometimes and put “out-of-sight” details that don’t mean anything but a pat on the back for those who find them. I do like to pull references a lot. Like, it is easy to pull references to some anime/manga/games/shows/movies when you are living in a environment filled with people who cannot tell. Whenever I am writing on Croatian, and whenever I know that whatever I am writing will be read by someone. I make sure to pop as many references as possible, and try and pick up any reaction that implies that someone understood a reference. There had been a few people who got them. We became friends soon enough (my other friends became friends for other reasons, no worries).

Anything beside my basic signature (The weird number 8 with a K, two guesses to who it refers to) is quite rare to find in my works. Even I cannot find them. I reckon because I don’t do them too much. Sometimes when sharing my work I might get over-excited and spill the secret stuff almost immediately.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

First of all, create. Like, don’t take a break unless you have a important exam coming up, or if you have a big project to complete, or if you are crushed underneath work, or if you are getting ready to repel a siege attempt on your fortress, or if you are worrying about looting that store without being seen by zombies… Point is, create. Not every artpiece can be shown at a gallery or in a bookstore, they might be stored somewhere moldy and dusty, or incinerated, but the point is, if you won’t bother creating big stuff, take some time to practice your technique.

Also, if you are having issues with your creativity, try and tapping into your inner kid who considered Transformers to be super duper cool. If not Transformers, some other cartoon. Either way, you don’t have to make mind-boggling, ground-breaking or any other way “deep” art all the time. Take some time to relax, draw a super cool robot with flamethrowers and chainguns, or write a cheesy action scene with a hammy protagonist, or play a piece that could be used as a background music for a intense wizard duel. Make a sculpture of a space marine goring a alien. Alternatively, if you don’t like exciting and explosive stuff, then draw/write/play about/whatever something calm and simple, like flowers, animals, friends hanging out, sunrise, sunsets… Not every piece you make has to have a deep meaning behind it, nor does it have to trigger philosophical thoughts, breakthroughs or inspiration.

Last bit, learn to find, capture, tame and calibrate your intrusive thoughts and emotions. How many times a day you cross the road imagining yourself getting hit by a airplane (okay, maybe you don’t)? Just about how many times did you see a funny-looking person walking down the same road as you? And just about how many times did you imagine “Gee, what would I do if a terrorist came here and started shooting?”. Simply put, everyone daydreams. Once you learn to find these thoughts, you capture them, down on the paper or keyboard, or under a pencil. Then, you have to tame those nasty buggers, make them feel natural. This in itself is a process different for everyone. You might find it super easy, or tougher than a nail. Then calibrate those thoughts, make them a centerpiece of your new artwork, or implement them in your existing projects. It takes a while for all of this to happen, but remember, you are the one doing your art. No one is telling you that you should not bother doing anything else related to art. If they do, screw them. Caterpillars become butterflies, so do new artists become good artists, once you get enough time, sunshine, water, protein and whatever else.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual… Bit gray I guess? I like shipping people and I find some people hella cute, but it never advances from there. I would like to throw in the “romantic” word here, but dunno where…

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

 

As in environment itself or the art community? Since I dunno anything about the second, I might give a rundown of things going on here around here. I had grown up in a religious environment, if not religious, then surely quite conservative. I myself am a Christian man, a Catholic to be more specific, and I cannot see any blame within my brothers and sisters when they become confused about my orientation. Specifically, I only told my classmates in high school that I am asexual. Reactions were different. Technically, I was the same as everyone else, as long as I did not like other guys, I was fine. There were some confusing moments, but high school kids can be accepting of that. And I still chuckle a bit from the time one of my friends said “Stop being asexual! That isn’t good!” in a tone of voice similar to the one given to people that text-and-drive.

I still have not told my family about it, though. Seeing how my (a)sexuality might impose a great deal on the dynasty (honestly, just a few huffs and puffs), I decided to keep that bit of info for myself. I would still like to have a wife and have a family, but I guess it would be tough when sex is virtually non-exist to me and physical attraction is a thing worth swapping for cake.

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

None other than a confused look and a “So… you like dudes?” or “So… your wiener is wrong?”. Seeing that I made a wise choice of hiding my orientation from people who don’t need to know, I have not got many troubles. I can still pour out some gold nuggets:

“So you don’t want kids?”: No, I would actually love to have kids. That are mine as well! No one is going to be a genetic father to my kids but me! I just don’t like the sex thing :3

“You sure you are not straight and pretending?” I guess I am sure. I mean, why waste time getting excited over people just because of their genders? Also, since when became all about sex? There is life beyond bed, people, and it is beautiful!

“I am sure you won’t be when you…” Nah. Thanks for considering though, but still, I have to refuse your kind gesture.

“You should stop watching anime, see what is happening to you! Next day you might decide to be a dragon or something.” Nah, if given a choice of what I would become, I would rather become a Aztec god of fitness thank you.

But these lines above are just what my closest friends asked. Everyone else just shrug their heads.

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

There will be people who will try and “convert” you, especially if you are a good friend to them and if you live in a conservative setting like me. Don’t let them confuse you though. Unless they are actively using drugs on you, remember that only you are in control of your willpower. Brace through, and be ready to hug the sunshine first thing in the morning!

I also like this line: “There is life beyond bed”. I like it a lot. Why? Because it implies a lot of things. Like, if you decide to head out and explore, you would see all those little things that matter in life, details that make a bigger picture more beautiful. The social media and the internet tries to make it all about sex. If you get laid enough, you are cool. Remain a virgin, and you are useless mess of tears. But that is just depresso propaganda limiting people from their inner lights, just to bring them down and break them. Depressos are trying to get through everyone, me, you, your friends and family. They want to blame you for things out of your reach, and use this guilt to claim superiority. They want to take your passion, and break it, so you can become like them.

The world needs passionate people to keep moving around the sun without trouble. The happiest people are the ones who keep with the world’s currents, the way the water moves, the way the rocks remain still in face of trouble, and the way fire heats. That doesn’t mean you should watch news 24/7. No. Just be passionate about you do. Be happy about what you do. Take criticism where its due, and discard the bad things. My father says; “It isn’t about doing what makes you happy, but being happy with what you are doing”, and my “There is life beyond bed” applies perfectly.

Anywho, check yourself for your asexuality. If all the conditions apply for you to fit on a spectrum, then you are fine! Asexual people are still people, people who can love others all right. It is just that we had been blessed with a opportunity to see daily life without sex, and to see where the true beauty lies. If you are a artist, a total noobface or a pro, you should be able to see what makes beauty beauty, and what makes sex sex, and how to capture each.

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

Uhh, I surely like to write a lot, hope I didn’t bore ya, fellow aces! Either way, you guys can check my lousy FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/battlekorbiart/ (Be warned, I don’t upload everything I make here, only when I remember it)

I guess, I would appreciate it if you people checked out my absolutely empty Tumblr blog: https://thy-battle-korbi.tumblr.com/

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

Interview: Wolf

Today we’re joined by Wolf. Wolf is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in digital artwork. They do a lot of photoshop and also draw comics. Wolf is also a talented fanartist. Wolf shows an incredible amount of enthusiasm in their work. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’ve sadly been digging myself deeper and deeper into the hole of digital art. I used draw traditionally up until I got my wacom tablet. After that, pencil and paper were out of the equation. But whenever I do draw digitally usually it results in a really weird photoshopped picture, fanart, something that’s really anime, etc. I draw whatever I’m feeling at the moment. So I’ll draw a silly short comic if I’m happy. Or I’ll draw a really serious picture that holds a lot of meaning to me when I’m sad. But I try to arrange it so that other people can understand it, so that they understand the feeling I’m trying to convey.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by a lot of things. (One time I got inspired by a Dorito chip) But most of the time I get inspired by music and people’s personalities. With music, I use it to enhance my emotions. (If that makes any sense) So when I’m drawing something that has a sad tone I’ll listen to a sad piano song on repeat. Now with people’s personalities, I think of it as if I’m a comedian on stage. And my audience is a canvas of personalities. I’m trying to entertain my crowd, make them feel the emotions I’m trying to get them to feel through jokes. Now trade comedian to artist and trade jokes with my art and you get a satisfying reward of making a connection to someone else. Whether that connection was big or small, short -lived or forever.

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Day 4, bonus

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

I think I always had an interest in art ever since I was a kid. Stuck at home with only a box of crayons and an infinite stack of paper allowed me to draw out my imagination. So that started my love for drawing. Then at some point I experienced my first episode of an anime. I still remember the name of it to this day. But the fact that I could experience the world of someone else inspired me to draw more and come up with even more ideas to draw. But then I hit the point of time where I could draw digitally, and that was the real start of sharing my work with others. So I would receive more than just the reactions and opinions of my peers, but with random people from the internet. And that was the point of time where I began to enjoy seeing people’s reactions to the emotions I tried to convey in my pieces.

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’m still trying to find a signature to stick with. (I’ve already gone through four. Haha) But I would like to try incorporating something with my little imaginary companion, Derpy Wolf. Since they’re like a mascot of mine.

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Huggies – Napstablook

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

References are what they are REFERENCES. Use them. They are practically screaming you to use them. Now when people say it’s bad to use references, they’re wrong. We all have to use references. How are you going to learn to draw the human body without looking at it? You can’t. Unless you have photographic memory, but even with that ability it takes a lot time to learn how to draw anything.

Draw a lot. It can’t hurt. Even if it’s really bad. (I photoshop the most stupidest things sometimes) In fact draw silly things to take a break sometimes. Late on looking back at your old work you can laugh at it.

Try out different styles/ brushes/ tools. Explore a little. It helps you in finding your style.

Now we all do this as artist. We all look at someone else’s work and compare ourselves to it. Instead of telling yourself, “Man I’ll never be as good,” Or, “Man this person isn’t that great.” Instead of doing all of that tell yourself, “What are some strong points they have that I can improve on?” Having that kind of mindset will help you take a step in improving your art.

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I Don’t Even

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as a triple AAA battery. Haha, as in I identify as a Aromantic Asexual Agender person. I’ve been aromantic, asexual, and agender for a long time. But only recently I’ve found those terms and community that I could relate myself to.

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

Actually not really. But I do sympathize with those who do. (Because I’d totally be your weird friend.) I think from a young age when other kids began to ‘like’ other kids, I would find myself really confused. Since I would never look at anyone that way. Instead of liking someone as a ‘significant other’ I would like someone as a ‘friend’. But I never received any hate from anyone. Nowadays only a few people know I’m actually an asexual, but it’s not in an ignorant way. It’s because the information is irrelevant to them because I’m not considered as an ‘asexual’ friend, but just a ‘friend’. (If that makes any sense)

There was only one time when someone told me, “You just haven’t found the right person.”

And I responded with, “Oh I’ve found the right person for me alright. And that person is me!” Or something along the lines that asexuality doesn’t exist. But then I usually find myself joking about how their genitals don’t exist. Or joke about why they would be talking about asexuality if it didn’t exist. (It’s really fun)

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Outertale – Asgore

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

Sometimes I get the occasional, “Asexuality is an excuse for not getting laid.” “Asexuals are just freaks.” “You can’t have a stable relationship without sex.”

I just laugh. (One, I would be a minor. Two, what’s the definition of normal nowadays? Three, yes you can. It’s called friends.)

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

You are you. No one on earth knows you better than yourself. Not even your parents. So YOU decide who you are. NOT others. But expressing yourself is another subject. You can express yourself openly if you choose to do so, but just know that sometimes there will be people who judge you. Just ignore them. Since honestly they are not worth your time. Spend your time with people you trust, who support and care for you. Now if you don’t have anyone like that, seek out maybe some clubs, maybe even adults you can trust, or even people that are safe to talk to online.

Just remember that there will come a time where you’ll meet someone who really cares for you. (Like me…)

Oh, and yes. Figuring out who you are and why takes time. There’s a reason why you are even trying to do so. It’s because biologically your brain is developing. You might not find the answers right now, and you don’t need to be in a rush to do so. Yes it will seem like a struggle but what can you do when all you can do is wait? Take your time. Everything takes time. If you pace yourself you’ll find an answer that is way more matured than a rushed one.

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Okami

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

This is my Tumblr. (Feel free to talk to me. Don’t worry I don’t bite.)
This is my Deviantart. (You can also contact me here, but I’m on Tumblr more these days.)

My Color
My Color

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

Interview: Hevendemo

Today we’re joined by Hevendemo.  Hevendemo is a versatile artist who does a bit of everything.  Ne does a lot of animation and is inspired by the anime style.  Nir work is really interesting to look at, as you’ll soon see.  My thanks to Nem for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

My art is really just about anything I want. It is mostly anime like due to it being more easy to draw than realism. I consider myself a jack of all trades in art, so I can animate, sculpt, and do all sorts of things in digital anime traditional art. I’m not that great but I’m still refining.

What inspires you?

Music inspires my mood, I tend to draw based on my mood. Everything inspires me to be honest I have random thoughts and then I instantly want to draw it down.

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

I’m aspiring to be an animator, so Hayao Miyazaki gotten me interested, and the folks at Nintendo. They see their products as both entertainment and art, so I want to become one of them.

I wanted to be many things when I was young, but when I was nine years old, I wanted to be an animator and I am still walking that path.

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Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I have a signature that is always in my work, and I am currently working on webcomics, though they are not published anywhere yet.

My advice, though, is to keep an eye on the flowers, that’s one of the few. There are many more but that is one I are able to reveal.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Never think you’re the best, you will stop improving. Confidence is great, it will impress everyone, no one likes a down-talker. Don’t judge people’s work.

If you want to improve, don’t give up. Everything new that you make is always better than the last one.

Time will do its job, be patient and soon you will walk amongst those who you look up to.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am Asexual Demiromantic. Probably autochrissexual as well.

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

I have had people tell me “that sucks,” or “You’re missing out” and “… like plants?” Also the whole “time will come, you haven’t met the right person” and all that junk so I remain quiet and look at them until they feel really dumb.

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

That we reproduce like plants and that we haven’t met the right person yet.

Oh, and the thought that we will never have sex.

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

Believe what you believe, ignore their ignorance.  Just ignore them, or educate people.

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

These ones are personal and I will chat with you on~ these are more my daily life and interest. My art is organized, and I show progress on latest works and previews of new ones.

https://www.facebook.com/hevendemo?_rdr
http://hevendemo.tumblr.com/
https://twitter.com/hevendemo

This is strictly art (but I will chat)

https://www.paigeeworld.com/u/heavensdemon
http://hevendemo.deviantart.com/
https://instagram.com/hevendemo/
http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=5986148

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