Interview: Jess

Today we’re joined by Jess. Jess is an amazing fanartist who draws inspiration from a variety of sources. Their main inspiration comes from video games and movies, but they also draw images inspired by webcomics and music. They have a fascinating style and the images they sent for the interview are gorgeous. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

My art consists of mostly just fanart for video games, webcomics, movies, music, etc. My art often has decently thick and cartoonish. Just the way I enjoy to draw.

What inspires you?

A lot of things, really. Video games and movies are often my biggest inspiration, but sometimes music also inspires me. So when I have art block, that’s where I look.

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

I think it was my family who really inspired me to become an artist. Ever since I could hold a pencil, I’ve been drawing. I never really thought about it when I was young, but now that I’m older (yet still pretty young), I’m really considering taking art as a career. No matter tough it may be.

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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?

Not particularly, other than my signature which is the small ‘qt’ with a heart and a spider hanging off it if that’s what you want me to talk about.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Draw what makes you happy, Unless it’s hateful towards other people. Other than that, just draw what will make you happy. Don’t let others judge you for what you draw, or try an control what you draw, cause that’s not cool. People can be jerk wads sometimes and you just have to learn to ignore them.

That’s really all the advice I can give from my personal experience as being a young artist.

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Irving

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Ace/Aroflux!

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

Not really, not yet at least. I just hope I can keep this streak of staying away from negative things towards my sexual orientation in the future!

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

Probably one of them is that ‘we just haven’t found the right person yet’. Sorry, what? That’s just rude. Also one that peeves me off is thinking asexuals can’t feel love. An asexual can feel love, bro. Sexual orientation does not instantly equal your romantic orientation.

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

Don’t rush yourself to try and find what you are. Don’t label yourself either, identify as whatever makes you feel comfortable, you can change what you call your orientation as much as you flipping want to. Just be yourself, and don’t let anyone push you down. You’re gr8 m8.

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

The only place for now is my art blog, (at) questionable-tarantula, I post my art there, even if it isn’t super often. I suffer from art block a lot, so I try my best.

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

Interview: Kali

Today we’re joined by Kali. Kali is a phenomenal artist who does 2D digital art and dabbles in animation. She’s influenced by a number of things and is quite passionate about her art, as you’ll see from her enthusiastic answers. It’s always fun to talk to passionate artists. Kali sent a bunch of interesting images to go with her interview and they demonstrate quite an amazing imagination. 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 2D digital artist and I’m currently at college learning animation. I draw in a very anime and cartoon influenced style and love things with lots of color! I see myself probably going into storyboarding or writing my own personal comics after graduating.

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Eye Symbol Character

What inspires you?

Some of my biggest artistic influences would probably be the animation studio Laika. All their stop motion work is so inspired! Their attention to even the smallest details and their maturely themed stories reel me in every time. Another big influence is cartoons like Over the Garden Wall and Steven Universe, they are both just absolutely wonderful shows with great characters. I am heavily inspired by music, if I’m drawing I’m sure to have some music playing and I would love working in animated music videos someday. Artists that have really inspired my work include Akiakane the Japanese animator, illustrator and songwriter, her style of colouring is fantastic. The webcomic author Nozmo writes fantastic stories with a very original style and I also love the way the artist NotMusa on Tumblr does proportions.

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For You

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

I have always been in love with the idea of being an artist, but it wasn’t until I got older and started getting into webcomics, anime, and adult cartoons, that I really started to see myself actually striving to become one. I guess even when I was younger I was more interested in an adult style of storytelling. I guess I decided on animation because my mom says as a kid my eyes always used to light up any time I was watching an animated movie. Recently she told me that they still do.

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Melanie

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 have this eye symbol I draw all the time, both on the corner of notes or on characters. I am probably going to try to incorporate it into a comic at some point.

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Mikasa

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I would highly recommend copying styles that inspire you. A large deal of my skill and style I obtained by copying artists from Deviantart and Tumblr that I really enjoyed. After time you begin to pick and choose and develop different features of peoples styles until it becomes something your own.

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Pastel Pink

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am asexual aromantic.

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Silhouettes

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

I haven’t had any prejudice in my field yet, everyone in my animation classes I have told were very understanding and one even had a friend who was also aro. I have faced some heteronormativity at home, though. The classic “you just need to meet the right person!” and my mom’s boyfriend keeps hinting about guys. I’ve learned to mainly ignore it and just go online or talk to friends for a bit. Just go feel the acceptance and chill because trying to explain myself has become a long circle of annoyance. I think some people might just never get it. I mean sex and romance is such a huge thing in society, how are you supposed to combat someones understanding of that in one afternoon?? Here’s hoping over time people will start to get the idea.

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Sketches

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

Probably the idea that asexuals are all completely disinterested in sex. This misconception made it even harder for me to discover my ace identity because I have a libido but no real sexual or romantic attraction (which can be very confusing let me tell ya).

Also the misconception that all asexuals don’t understand sex. I have a very crude sense of humour, one of my all time favourite shows is South Park. So when I tell people I’m ace, they’re like ‘how can you be asexual? You make sex jokes all the time!’ and I’m like ‘yeah, sex is ridiculous why wouldn’t I want to laugh at it??’

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Textures

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

A lot of the asexual community repeats the idea ‘labels are for you’ and I feel like this is something I still struggle with. I guess I spent so long assuming I was straight it’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that I am queer. Just know that no ones going to tell you you aren’t what you say you are. And if they do, don’t bother with them.

Also if you ever worry about finding love, it’s out there. I am eternally grateful to have found my two best friends. I love them more than I thought I could ever love anyone and they accept me in every way.

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

I haven’t set up commissions yet, but I’m planning on doing so soon. In the meantime send me a message if you want anything done and I’ll see if I can deliver (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

Also if you have any more questions you’d like to ask me, on asexuality or art or anything feel free to message me, I’m always up for making new friends online.

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http://www.redbubble.com/people/kali-reyno
https://www.instagram.com/kalireyno/

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Stevonnie

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

Interview: Amy

Today we’re joined by Amy. Amy is a wonderful young artist who specializes in digital art. She has dabbled in watercolors and does some animation as well. Her work demonstrates an enthusiasm and love of drawing, which is always great to see. Amy is definitely an artist with a very bright future. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m currently an almost sixteen year old traversing through high school, with a love of art stemming from late primary, when I got bored in maths and picked up a pencil to amuse myself.

The mediums I predominately use are digital, both using my iPad (without a stylus) and my laptop (using a graphics tablet) to paint and animate short gifs.

I also dabble in watercolour, due to the influence of my grandfather, who also paints, and I enjoy it a lot!

In terms of my style, it is quite cartoony, due to the influence of my love of animation, and fits the fact I often draw more fanart than anything else.

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What inspires you?

As I’ve mentioned, a lot of my inspiration is drawn from animation, as well as videogames, particularly Nintendo ones! Other things like space and nature, particularly the sky, often inspire colour palettes and the tone of pieces.

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

I haven’t always wanted to be an artist, in fact when I was in primary school I wanted to be a meteorologist or vulcanologist! I was massively interested in weather and natural disasters, and still am.

What made me want to draw a lot started in late primary, in maths class boredom, and the fact I’d always enjoyed art class! The fact that a lot of my friends liked art helped a lot as well.

I only recently tried animating, and that made me realise that that was something I wanted to do. Currently my drawback is lack of a proper animation program, but I’ve found a few ways around it!

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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?

I always sign my art with my Tumblr and Twitter names, but other than that nope!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give up if your art isn’t as good as you expect, you just have to work on it a little each day, and it will add up! You might be discouraged by parents or other figures, that say that art isn’t a “real” career choice or job, use that as motivation to prove them wrong. Art jobs are hidden, but they are there, people just don’t realise what exactly art jobs are. The road to good art is a hard one, and I’m nowhere near the end, as there is no end. Just keep believing in yourself and you can draw, paint, sculpt, act, sing and write anything.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m gray-romantic asexual.

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

Personally, not really, being a high schooler means I don’t have a job that is currently very serious, due to me working at a pub as odd jobs and clean up duty…

However outside of jobs, I haven’t encountered much prejudice that’s outright against asexuality, more just compulsory sexuality statements in classes and such. I tend to ignore it, as I don’t particularly want to teach a vocabulary lesson to a class I don’t even like or trust.

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

Probably the whole coupling aromanticism with asexuality and treating them as the same.

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

You are not alone, and your asexuality is not the core of your being, it is a small part in a sea of many other things that make you, you. Your orientation is valid, and so are your feelings about it whether they be good or bad, just try to find a bright side, it helps a lot with accepting it.

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

I have a personal Tumblr at silvergarnet12 that I reblog art from my art only blog at silvergarnet12art.

I also have a Twitter silvergarnet12, as well as an account on an app called SketchClub, which is accessible online, with the name “SilverGarnet“.

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