Interview: Sam

Today we’re joined by Sam.  Sam is a wonderfully talented visual artist who works with both traditional and digital medium, though she prefers working with digital mediums.  Her art is her outlet and she creates some really beautiful images, which are quite nice to look at.  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 both digital and traditional art, but I prefer to do digital art. My art is something that helps me through a lot of things in my life, it’s kind of like my own kind of coping mechanism.  My style can change very dramatically but there is always a little piece in my art that always stays the same, like when I draw hair or the way I draw eyes. I practice maybe to frequently!  everywhere I go I have my one – of my many – sketchbooks with me or I will bring a sharpie to a party and make cool funny designs on everyone’s cups. I’m super big into character design and think it’s like my own way of kinda of re-inventing myself. My art is basically a part of who I am.

What inspires you?

To know that one day I will put my art out on the internet or go to a convention and sell my art and have a young artist come up to me and tell me “Your art is amazing, you give the inspiration to keep drawing” because so many artist give me so much inspiration to keep going even when I felt like giving up and I want to make someone feel the same way.

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

I got interested in art and drawing because my mom she used to want to be an artist she went to college for an art major but she sadly only took a year and dropped out, but she always kept her old life drawings and they were amazing. When I was home alone I would always drag all 15 of them out and try to replicate all of them and I just never really stopped but we sadly had to get rid of them when we had to move but I still have one left and it’s actually still hanging in my room and whenever I get an art block I always go back to that life drawing and try to replicate it to this day. No at first I wanted to be spider man, then I wanted to be a princess, then I wanted to be the king, and then I wanted to be an artist.

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 only have one and I only use that occasionally but usually I will just put my signature.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

YOU are not an aspiring artist, if you are passionate about drawing and you draw every day. You. Are. A. Artist and don’t ever let anyone else tell you that you not! Always push yourself to draw things you’re not comfortable drawing. You’re terrible at drawing arms or hands? Go to your local library or bookstore and look at all the anatomy book and keep drawing arms or hands until you are great at it. Draw at every opportunity you got doddle in a notebook during class, or even draw on you cup with a sharpie at a party. Remember to always to keep pushing yourself.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m proudly Asexual – Biromantic

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

Not really, but I have heard very acephobia in my family like “They don’t exist.” or “Ha honey those are called plants not people!”. I handle it very quietly. I just don’t chime in when my parents talk about anything LGBT+ community because most of it I do not agree with. I told my mom I was Ace once very subtly I don’t think she heard me. I want to keep it that way.

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

That we are nonexistent or we just need to the right person.

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

You are not broken. You are amazing. Always be proud of who you are, never let anyone ever tell you that you “Haven’t found the right person.” If you’re in a relationship and you come out to your partner as ace and they DON’T accept you. Run and find someone who accepts YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE. Never “Fix yourself” for someone. Be as stubborn mule and stand your ground as a proud ASEXUAL (or whatever you go by)

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

You can find my work on my Tumblr: http://willedmushroom.tumblr.com/

If you want to see daily sketches and other drawings you can always go to my Twitter: at CuteAndDrawing

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

Interview: Beth Murten

Today we’re joined by Beth Murten, who also goes under the URL hawkeyetoo.  Beth is an incredibly talented visual artist who makes the most adorable clay dragon sculptures.  The Peggy Carter and Angie Martinelli dragons are particularly adorable.  Beth works in a number of other mediums as well and her work is absolutely beautiful.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

Mainly I make little polymer clay dragons, inspired by Chris d’Lacey’s Last Dragon Chronicles books. I’ve made Glinda and Elphaba dragons for some of the cast of Wicked (Louise Dearman has 2, Nikki Davis-Jones has 1, and I have a Glinda in reserve that I intend to give to Gina Beck when she performs at a town near me at the end of the year.) and I also gave Peggy Carter and Angie Martinelli dragons to Hayley Atwell. I’m very proud of that.

I do offer commissions for these dragons.

I also draw a lot. Often animals that I know. My cat is a regular model, as are some more exotic animals that I’ve had the pleasure of working with (I’ve been a Zoo Management student for the past 2 years and now I’m trying to get a job as a full time keeper.)

My boyfriend’s Mum also got me into papercutting. I’ve incorporated it into some of my drawings, creating windows from quotes and letting the pictures behind show through. Most often though I do regular papercuts. Sometimes from templates, sometimes inspired by pictures I’ve seen. I have a few ideas floating round my head at the minute, which I hope to work on soon.

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What inspires you?

I’m a Scout Leader, so I spend a lot of time outdoors, and even though I’m no good at landscapes and can’t draw the beautiful views I get to see, it still helps me come up with a lot of ideas. The scouts are some of my biggest fans, and I get a lot of encouragement from them. Quite a few own some of my dragons, and the Explorers (the 14-18 yr old section) are among the few who’ve seen my earlier drawings (I got a badge for that.)

I’m also really inspired by mythical creatures, hence the dragons. I love to give them bright colours and make them all unique. My little brother knows this, and often shows me cool pictures, or drags me downstairs to watch the Dragon cartoons. He also has a lot of my works. Mostly the earlier ones that didn’t work out how I’d hoped, but also some specially made for him.

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

I’ve always loved drawing and crafting, ever since I was old enough to actually do it. Art was always a subject I enjoyed at school, but I sometimes got frustrated that everyone seemed to be so much better at it than me. I think now it was just that I hadn’t figured out what was going on. I still haven’t, really.

My Grandma got me into papercrafts because she started cardmaking, which she’s bloody amazing at. She encouraged me to make cards for my parents and close friends, and I’d often use her scraps to make little pictures and stuff. Then Josh’s mum started papercutting (she’s really good at that too!) and I was curious, so she put together a starter set for me for Christmas.

The dragons were inspired by Chris d’Lacey’s Last Dragon Chronicles books, where one of the characters makes little clay dragons (whose names all begin with G, a tradition that I tend to keep with my dragons), which are secretly alive. The books caught my imagination, but it wasn’t until a few years after reading the first three, when I finally found them in a bookshop and finished the series, that I decided it’d be cool to make my own dragons. Sadly, mine don’t move or blow smoke rings when they’re annoyed, but they ARE very cute!

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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?

Not really. I’m trying to get into the habit of signing my work with a cute little dragon drawing, but I maybe need to simplify it a little bit first.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I’m still working on building myself up properly myself, but I’ve learnt a lot since high school. Mainly that practice really does help. I was terrible in high school, but I’m pretty good now.

Also, you might not be good at, let’s say drawing, but try your hand at other things and you’ll find something you’re great at. My dragons are a hell of a lot better than my portraits.

There’ll always be someone willing to give you praise and encourage you. And that helps more than making a couple of pieces that you’re proud of.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m asexual and biromantic

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

Not really. I don’t exactly hide my sexuality, but I don’t go around shouting it from the rooftops either, because I kind of think it’s nobody’s business. So only a few people, close friends and my boyfriend, know.

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

A lot of people seem to be under the impression that Asexual people don’t want to have relationships at all. Sure, some people don’t. But I’ve been in a happy relationship for 4 years now, and I couldn’t imagine my life without Josh. See, it’s possible!

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

It really doesn’t matter! Sure, being able to put a word to how you feel is great, but it’s not the be all and end all. Your sexuality is not everything you are. And anyway, you’re not broken, sometimes people just feel this way. Just like sometimes people like boys, sometimes people like girls, sometimes people like both, or more than that. And sometimes, people don’t really like anyone. That doesn’t mean you’ll never have a partner. And there’s always that quote, which is always true: “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

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

On the tag on my blog: http://hawkeyetoo.tumblr.com/tagged/beth%20draws%20stuff

On my dragon’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bethsdragons

And on my DeviantArt: http://bindah.deviantart.com/

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

Interview: Katie Hill

Today we’re joined by Katie Hill.  Katie is an amazingly talented visual artist who sent along a striking painting.  She is mostly a painter and is heavily influenced by artists like Vincent Van Gogh.  Judging from the painting she sent along, she is a wonderful talent we’ll see more of in the future.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I do a variety of subjects in my paintings, usually fictional characters, but other days, it is just a representation of what I feel when I start the project. I also draw things, but painting is my go-to medium.

What inspires you?

I am heavily inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. I love how his painting express freedom, yet at the same time, they express inner emotion. I have always admired how painting, allows you to be free, and do whatever you want.

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

When I was younger, I was already doodling before I could write. When I was growing up, my parents gave me tips to improve my drawings, and introduced me to painting by age 6. I don’t really remember what got me interested in art, I just know that it’s something that I’ve always done.

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 don’t really have anything special that I do, but I would like to start incorporating one soon.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Honestly, all I have to say, is that you should go for it, and have fun. Don’t let anyone stop you. Live your dream, and be the person that you want to be, not who everyone else wants you to be.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as a Bi-romantic Asexual.

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

I haven’t encountered any yet, and hopefully I never will, but that is more than likely just a pipe-dream.

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

The idea that we are asexual, simply because we “haven’t met the right person.”

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

Only you can know for sure what you are, and if anyone ever claims that you “are just confused.” or “haven’t met the right person.”, then they just aren’t worth your time. Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you are broken, or unimportant, simply because of your sexuality. Just remember, there will always be someone out there who loves you for who you are.

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

I don’t have an official place you can go to yet, but I do post updates on my latest paintings on my Instagram account: @katie.nerdist

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