Interview: Wolfie

Today we’re joined by Wolfie. Wolfie is a phenomenal makeup artist who uses makeup to create extraordinary looks. She has done a number of different things with makeup, from standard beauty to more fantasy and horror related looks. She has also done special FX makeup. Aside from makeup, Wolfie also dabbles in a couple other mediums as well. She’s a passionate and dedicated artist, 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.

One of the things I do is makeup and special FX. Be it beauty, fantasy or horror. I mostly do whatever has caught my fancy that day or week. I have done photoshoots, short films and even a wedding or two with my makeup.

Which plays into my other mediums, such as drawing and painting. I have a ton of sketch books filled with art, some I give away and the same with my paintings.

Along with costuming which has been trial and error. As for my leather working I am still a beginner, which I was learning from my aunt and now my dad. Also have been dabbling into jewelry making.

What inspires you?

When I was a kid, fantasy (books, art etc.) and music played in a big part in my creativity.

Along with a rich family heritage that led to being a Pagan Witch, lets me see the beauty in magic and life that goes into my art.

My Aunt also who is deceased now, was also a big inspiration to me.

Being a writer and creative person herself, part of the LGBTQ+ community and Pagan, she always encouraged me to not give up and to pursue what I love.

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

Ever since I was little girl, I was always drawing and then moving onto other things as I got older. Heck, I even wanted to be a manga artist at some point!

As for my makeup and special FX, I give that one to my family. We have always been big on Halloween and doing creative costumes, which led to me eventually finding conventions in my late teens. It would also be my early 20’s to mid-20’s that I would go to makeup school for it.

Which I am always learning new and creative ways to improve.

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?

Mostly just my name and other account names I would hid in it, or just smack dab where you can see it.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Just go for it. Self-doubt will happen where you think you art, or you’re not good enough.

But it will be, maybe not in your eyes.

But others will love your art even if you think they don’t.

Never compare yourself to another, each of us is unique and different. We go at our own pace and our artistic journey happen sometimes now or a little bit later.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am a proud Asexual Pan romantic 29 year old.

In my early 20’s I thought I was just Pansexual, but that didn’t seem right to me.

It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that talking with a friend, that they said “Uh Wolf, I think you may be Ace.”

So I looked it up and it started making more sense to me. While giving me a feeling of relief that I wasn’t “broken”.

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

Oh boy, in my makeup field I have, since it slipped out one time during class.

And mostly I just educated them, while being calm about it and maybe a ‘wee’ bit of Sass when they asked a personal/ignorant question. But mostly, I just refuse to apologize anymore for being who I am.

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

“Well, how can you be in a relationship if you don’t have sex?” Is probably the most common thing I get.

Again I just calmly answers/educate, or (at times) Sass back with a witty clap back that makes them go “Oh! I see! Sorry about that.”

But it is also just standing my ground and not letting other tell me “oh but you just haven’t met-”

“Or have you seen a doctor?” etc.

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

It may seem you’re alone and others tell you that you are broken, but you are not.

Don’t let anyone tell you differently, this is your journey of discovery and your identity is real.

For your community sees you and you are loved, valid in your right to not be silenced or harmed as you keep learning who you are.

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

My Instagram which I welcome anyone to join me! wolfie_shieldmaidenswitch

Deviantart: Moonlightwolfos

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

Interview: Lex

Today we’re joined by Lex, who also goes by Ceinos. Lex is a wonderfully versatile artist. They’re an aspiring writer who specializes in short stories and flash fiction, both of which they’re quite passionate about. Aside from writing, Lex also dabbles in crafts and does some jewelry making. They’re also starting to do some cosplaying and costuming. Lex is incredibly enthusiastic about art, as you’ll soon read, and is obviously incredibly dedicated. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Chrys earrings
Chrys Earrings

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am mainly a writer, especially of short stories and some flash fiction.  I haven’t been published yet (aside from self publishing online!) but I’m working on getting together a collection of ‘expanded’ fairy tales that I can try to get published.  I’d love to write novels someday but right now I don’t have the endurance to do that.

I also do some crafting on the side, mostly jewelry making and a little bit of costuming/cosplaying (I’m working on getting more into it!).

What inspires you?

Almost anything can inspire me to write a story, from a dream to a piece of visual art to a story prompt. Most of my stories start out as an image in my head based on my inspiration, and putting that image into words is what kicks off the writing process.

Jewelry that I make is usually based on a specific person that I intend to give it to.

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

I’ve been telling myself stories since I was very young, and my love of reading was probably a big help in wanting to write.  As I get older, looking back on the way reading and books have influenced my life, I want more and more to have a positive influence like that on other people.

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?

None that I can think of, although maybe incredibly detailed descriptions of scenery count? Since I’m usually writing from an image in my head, I want to try and give my readers that same picture, if I can.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice, practice, practice! I know you’ll hear it a lot, but it’s the only way you’ll get better. If you feel really stuck, put it down and look at it again the next morning.   Don’t throw out your work, even if you don’t like it—you can look back on it and see things you did well and things you want to change. And most of all, don’t let anyone (even your internal critic!) stop you from doing something you love to do.

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TJ Bracelet

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’d call myself very asexual.  I’m also sex-repulsed.

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

Definitely a lot of ignorance.  There seem to be so many people who think that Relationship = Must Have Sex, or that it’s something that everyone wants, and it’s very tiring to be reading and enjoying something and then suddenly the love interests are sleeping together, or sex is being described as the be all end all of love and relationships, or the existence of ace people is being ignored.

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

Mostly that it’s the same as aromanticism. I get a lot of surprised, “You’ve dated people? But I thought you were ace!”.

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

You’re not broken, there’s nothing wrong with you.  If you need someone to talk to, there are lots of us here who can help.  Don’t let yourself get pressured into anything you’re not 100% comfortable doing.  And don’t worry about if your labels or identity change: the possibility that they might doesn’t invalidate the fact of how you feel about yourself now.

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

I maintain two Tumblr blogs: draconiclore.tumblr.com and pallis-cat.tumblr.com.  I also go by Ceinos on Archive Of Our Own: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Ceinos/pseuds/Ceinos

Feel free to come talk to me!

martin necklace
Martin Necklace

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

Interview: Brenna Pryor

Today we’re joined by Brenna Pryor.  Brenna is a phenomenal cosplayer and an extremely talented digital artist.  She does a lot of fanart and judging from the quality of her work, she’s an incredibly passionate artist.  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 is inspired by things I love and what goes on around me. I draw things that come to mind and I draw fanart from fandoms I’m very active in. Cosplaying is also another big part of my life. I’m always finding new characters to cosplay as and the process of making the costume and wearing it proudly at conventions knowing I crafted it myself is probably one of the best feelings in the world.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by many things. I’m inspired by my friends, my boyfriend, fellow artists, my emotions, my fandoms, etc. These things keep me going with art and motivating me to never stop. My fandoms inspire my cosplaying. Every time I enter a new fandom and find a favorite character I immediately want to cosplay them and I get to work. I have many cosplays and fanart of many characters that I love.

Bipper
Bipper

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

I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I don’t really know what got me started on drawing but I could just never stop. I would draw and draw and fill up many sketchbooks. I began cosplaying when I discovered it at age 12, around the same time I discovered anime. I cosplayed L from Death Note and I really enjoyed it! My family wasn’t too keen on it though, especially since the character I was cosplaying wasn’t my gender. I was pretty torn up about it, considering my family made me quit cosplaying. I made a revival when I was about 16 and started getting serious about it at age 19. I have been an avid cosplayer ever since and have made costumes!

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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 my artist’s signature which is a PR, the initials of my tumblr URL “punkrockula”

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Never give up. Even when you feel like you should. There will be times where you may feel inadequate. You may want to quit art because you aren’t at the skill level you want to be. I’ve been there. But always keep trying. References are your friend, and practice. I know it seems like it doesn’t help, but trust me. You WILL see the difference!

Juliet
Juliet

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am Grey-Asexual. I had a hard time figuring it out, first speculating if I was Demi-Sexual, or just fully Asexual, but discovering the existence of Grey-Ace really helped my final decision of knowing where on the Ace spectrum I belong.

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

I have encountered prejudice from my family and coworkers. My father told me that asexuality wasn’t real, that I was making it up or that I just wanted attention. Coworkers would just roll their eyes at me and laugh at me, saying I was only claiming to be Ace because I am still a virgin and no one would sleep with me. I’ve encountered a lot of backlash for who I am, but as far as I can tell, what they say doesn’t matter. They may think my sexuality is fake but, hey, I’m happy. And their opinion doesn’t mean anything.

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

“You just haven’t met the right man yet” “Isn’t that just abstinence?” “Once you experience sex you’ll think otherwise” Basically anything that can be said about asexuality, I have heard. Including that I’m a terrible and selfish person and my boyfriend should break up with me because I won’t have sex with him.

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

You’re not broken. If you feel like you could be ace, whether it’s Demi-Sexual, Grey-Asexual, or purely Asexual or Aromantic, you aren’t broken. You’re not wrong for your sexuality, and no one can tell you otherwise. Be proud of it, and don’t listen to anyone who wants to ridicule you.

Stardust
Stardust

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

You can find my artwork here on Tumblr at punkrockula.tumblr.com/tagged/my-art

And you can find my cosplays at www.facebook.com/itsalivecosplay
Or at my Cosplay Amino: It’s Alive Cosplay
Or my Instagram: itsalivecosplay

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

Interview: Noah

Today we’re joined by Noah.  Noah is an amazingly talented artist whose passion lies in artisan crafts.  They do a bit of everything and their work is positively beautiful.  Just looking at it, you can tell how much love and care goes into each piece.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Selfie with Mask
Selfie with Mask

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’m an artist of all kinds! I paint/draw realistic pictures and abstract ones. I have a fondness for expressionism. But the work I’d like to showcase here involves mostly my artisan crafts. They bring me most joy while making them, and I’m most proud of the result. I make patterns for stuffed animals. I sew them both by hand and machine. I also like to do hand embroidery, knitting and crochet. I sell ribbon choker accessories and make certain clothing articles/costumery for the sake of fun. My art is purely autonomous as I cannot create things for commission purposes. That’s just not how my brain works, I want to create art because I love it and for no other reason.

What inspires you?

It’s very cliché, but the whole world inspires me. What I go through, what concerns me, what I see, what I want to explore. I’m inspired by artists from the past, artists in the now, nature, emotions, everything can inspire me to create something new.

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

I have grown up with a creative mother and grandmother. My grandma is my biggest inspiration when it comes to art, considering she practices many creative skills just like I do.  I think she inspired me while growing up to never be afraid to try something new. Because of this, being an artist is just a natural part of me. Everyone I know that described me always used the word creative. I don’t think an artist is something you necessarily become, but it’s something you are the moment you are interested in creating something. No matter your skill.

Mr. Moth
Mr. Moth

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 actually do not have any kind of special symbolism or signature. I am not an artist that works with a specific way. I like as much variation as possible. My painted/drawn art is either very rough or has very clean lines.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

When you see a piece of art that really amazes you, whether crafted, painted, acted, etc. a lot of work went into it from the artist. You might think ‘I could never do that’, but we mostly think that because it’s as if it takes the artist no effort. That’s not true. They have most likely spent years practicing their talent, and if not years, then they were just really intensely practicing it for a more short amount of time. The true way to getting better is practice. Never look down upon your own artwork, someone is already looking up to it hoping to once have your skill. You might also look up to someone, we will probably always look up to other artists, no matter how talented we are ourselves. So don’t put yourself down because someone else’s work is great. Just because their work is great, doesn’t mean your work can’t be great as well!

I also find it important to mention that most young artists are obsessed with acquiring a personal style. And while having a style is great and all, you will improve much more if you try out as many things as possible, not worrying on whether it’s consistent in style. You can worry about consistency in portfolio once you really want to sell your work. But before you get there, you will just need love and passion for what you do. That’s all it takes to be an artist.

Pom the Bat
Pom the Bat

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Demisexual, but I’m still questioning whether I’m not just fully asexual (I’m leaning towards answering yes to that question). This requires more thinking on my part but I am in no hurry.

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

In the field of art? Not at all. I am not one to make much conversation, let alone talk about my sexuality with strangers.

Brown Ollr
Brown Ollr

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

A hard question to answer. Maybe the myth that your partner deserves someone better than you. If you are in a relationship and it’s working out and you’re both happy. Then there’s no reason that you being asexual is an issue. And you can also have relationships with more people than just other asexuals. I’ve been in a relationship with someone sexual for already a year, just to point out how possible it is.

Splatoon Inkling
Splatoon Inkling

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

I know growing up I never fitted in with the crowd because of how focused everyone was on romance and sex. I want people to know that just because you don’t feel that way about others (not yet, or not at all), that does not make you abnormal or disordered. You’re okay. Love is more than kissing and touching each other in private places.

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

I’m really only found on deviantart for my artisan work. NoahCrafts.deviantart.com
And Noah-Art.tumblr.com for any artwork I feel like showing people.

I also have an etsy shop where I sell collars/chokers. They’re just pretty fashion accessories. I put extra care into making these as I’m a perfectionist and don’t want other people to pay for bad quality. https://www.etsy.com/shop/CollarAdoption

Unicorn Embroidery
Unicorn Embroidery

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