Interview: Skyler

Today we’re joined by Skyler.  Skyler is a wonderfully talented visual artist who specializes in traditional mediums, though she occasionally works in digital mediums as well.  There’s a fondness for animals seen in the pieces she sent to go with this interview and her use of lines is awesome.  Skyler definitely has a unique eye and a fun style.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Crybaby

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Please, tell us about your art.

I mostly stick to pen and the occasional digital drawings. I’m currently trying to work on using more color and learning to paint!

What inspires you?

Most of what I make is inspired by music lyrics and random thoughts.

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

Not really, I’d always enjoyed drawing but never saw any real future in it. There came a time where I realized how much easier it was to visualize my ideas rather than try to put them into words. I began drawing a lot more, and with the help of an encouraging art teacher I began to get better! I’ve now sold prints at a local art fair and am more than excited to keep learning and improving!

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Growing Up

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?

The only thing I can thing of is my tendency to incorporate plants into my drawings. I love plants, and I have several that act as sort of muses when it comes to ideas. They always seem to work their ways into my designs and have become sort of a repetitive theme.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Taking from a speech my art teacher gave- art is scary. Sometimes it’s hard to put yourself out there; your ideas, your opinions, your heart. Know your art is worth something, your not alone, and keep drawing!!

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Horseface

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I currently identify as asexual, though being young as I am, am still giving myself time to grow and change.

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

I’ve been fortunate enough not to have ran into any troubling situations so far, though that’s mostly because I have accepting people around me and I sexuality doesn’t usually come up otherwise. I have noticed that when my sexuality does come up, people are generally confused. A lot of people have never heard of asexuality, and I’m usually more than happy to explain!

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

That asexuality is just the mind and/or sex drive having not matured enough. Also the idea that asexual people can only be aromantic as well.

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

Remember, you are who you are! Never feel ashamed of your attraction or lack of, and remember no one else can tell you who you are or how to live. Know there are accepting and encouraging people out there, and keep on loving!

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

My Tumblr is HelloCervii (an overall art blog) and you can also search #hellocervii to find my stuff quicker! Thank you for reading / looking! ❤

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Ways to Go

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

Interview: Dirk

Today we’re joined by Dirk.  Dirk is a wonderfully talented visual artist who specializes in visual art and is a dedicated fanartist.  He also dabbles in animation.  He has a very unique style.  My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Alexandrite

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Please, tell us about your art.

Most of my art is fanart or art of my OCs. Besides drawing digitally, I draw traditionally and I animate some things. I never made any official animations, but I have made a few sketchy ones.

What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration comes from real life scenarios or songs. Lyrics from a song can usually motivate me to make a quick couple sketches based off of lyrics to a song. I go on and off with inspiration a lot. One week I may have a ton and not have time to create all of the ideas, and sometimes I will go a long while without anything but a mere sketch. Other artists also give me inspiration.

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

I have wanted to be an artist since around the age of seven, but I never took art seriously until earlier this year, around June, maybe a lit later or earlier. I don’t quite remember what got me interested in the first place, but what got me into this in a serious manner was the great art I see constantly. Ever since then, I have tried to get better.

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 can’t think of a symbol, but I guess I have a unique style to use to point out my work. If that is what we are talking about, almost all of my characters I draw have a similar nose. I don’t know. But for almost every character I draw, the nose is almost the same. I guess that counts.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I am an aspiring artist myself, actually. So, it would be hard to think. I would say think your art is good until you insist that you have something way better. I mean, if you draw something, and you find it good, don’t doubt that until you are certain you think you can do better. Don’t just draw something and quit.

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Carolina

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Grey-Aromantic Polyamorous Asexual

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

Yes. A while ago, a fellow queer person I meant said that asexual people have “an easy life” because they don’t have to go through conservation therapy, surgery, and aren’t killed because of their sexuality. It was pretty wrong (as in not correct and socially not correct). I handled it by trying to talk about it, but then just giving up whenever they wouldn’t listen. This has happened many times.

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

“Is that your boyfriend? I thought you were asexual.”
I know it’s a popular one, but I heard it too much.

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Neophyte

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

Be calm. If you insist on experimenting, go for it. If you decide to have a sexual relationship with someone to know if you are asexual or not, that doesn’t make you less asexual or less not-asexual.

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

I am found on many other sites, here are a few and what kind of work is on them!

My Instagram is @killjoys.never.diie. I rarely post there, but when I do, I post traditional sketches.

I have a PicartoTV. It’s DirkTriesToArt. I stream pretty often. If there are a lot of viewers, I stream longer.

I have a DeviantART (UrWhalecum) but I rarely post there.

I am on a site called Qfeast, and my username is Mettatons_Legs. It’s the place where I post my art first, share art updates, state when I’m streaming, and take requests.

My tumblr is dirk-tries-to-art (of course).

I also have a YouTube channel. I post my speedpaints there and my MEP Editing (if you like that stuff). When I finish animations, they go there!

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Rainbow Quartz

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

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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Final Character

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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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Wings

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

Interview: Aryn

Today we’re joined by Aryn, who is also known as Egg.  Aryn is a young and incredibly talented visual artist.  She tends to favor digital mediums though she also works with traditional pen and pencil.  She’s hoping to go into animation in college.  Judging from her enthusiasm and passion, we’ll see a lot from Aryn in the 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 work with digital media and traditional pencil/pen, the latter more recently. Most of the work I put out are one-off pieces due to time restraints, but I also do poster work at my business/media class in school. I have always been interested in doing animation and character design, I’m hoping to get accepted to the University of South Alabama in the fall to do such. I tend to produce a lot of fan art, seeing as most of that is the kind I’ve included, but I’ve gotten more into character design over the summer, I’m hoping to work on an animatic as soon as I get a new computer featuring one of them and one of my friend’s.

What inspires you?

For my general art, or just most creations in general, I’m inspired by shows and creations like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, or college shorts like Welcome to Hell. I really like the different approach to reality, specifically the latter two. I like the darker stuff while still, admittedly, being feminist in approach and delivery. Which, is honestly what most of my creations involve, non-fan art wise, that is.

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

Oh goodness, I’ve always wanted to be an artist, most definitely. When I was younger, I would either say “artist” or “witch” when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up by teachers and family alike. I’m not really sure what got me into the field, but when I was a freshman, I remember briefly being terrified about actually going into art and switching to saying “computer programmer” despite not having a clue about it other than Tumblr themes.

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?

Oh gosh, I generally just use my URL on Tumblr! I’ll probably switch to “egg” something, since I’ve been going by using that in my usernames more lately. Ironically, I consistently get asks on Tumblr saying “Every time I read your URL, I read “EGG.”” Which, I find funny, since it’s my nickname in real life.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice, practice, practice. And, never give up. Just earlier this year, my art style was levels below it was now. Find a style you’re good at, then practice it, then create one of your own, branching off from it. Earlier this year, my traditional art was definitely lacking in everything other than depravitystyle headshots. I started creating original characters with my friend and discovered that I can draw in Splatoon style, which I then developed into my own. I’ve been drawing since I was five, and I’m still learning, about to graduate high school. Never give up because you think you aren’t good enough, or at a level comparable to your age or other’s art.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Well, I’ve identified as asexual for over a year now, probably sometime of summer last year I found out more about the identity and found it fits me. I more recently, as in the past few hours of me typing this, am fully comfortable with identifying as aromantic, due to some personal happenings.

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

Oh gosh, aside from the general ask of, “isn’t that a plant thing, though?” not really! Once last year, at a business conference, there was a younger girl, though, she was nice and all, but despite me telling her that neither am I interested, but I have a girlfriend, at the time, and am ace, she kept saying, “Well, you’re lying about one or the other, you can’t be both!” and continued to feel me up throughout the entire thing.

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

“Isn’t that a plant thing?” is pretty much it! That and you have to be aromantic if you’re asexual, which, while in my case is now true, it isn’t overall.

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

Gosh, I only recently discovered myself to be last year! And like I said, I’m just now fully identifying as aromantic, previously demiromantic as default. Never feel bad for switching a lot, either! As a freshman, I identified as a pansexual, since it felt like a catchall, then lesbian, now ace/aro! The more you learn about yourself, the more you develop, the more you’ll change! It’s like changing your hair. I had long hair up until 9th grade, since I’ve been fluctuating the length ever since, becoming more and more comfortable with myself! And remember that just because you identified as asexual at one time, it doesn’t always continue to be true, just like every other sexuality!

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

Oh gosh, mostly on my Tumblr at http://e13g.tumblr.com/! I’m pretty slow to post it anywhere else, and even then, it’s outdated. I haven’t really posted my traditionals on Tumblr as of yet, but I’m planning on making an Inktober post at the end of the month.

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

Interview: Marcila Leslie

Today we’re joined by Marcila Leslie.  Marcila is a digital artist and an aspiring animator who is heading to college next year.  She makes quite a few GIFs and is obviously quite passionate about animation.  Judging by the work she sent and her enthusiasm, Marcila has an incredibly bright future ahead of her.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

The majority of my art is done through digital means. I mainly use MSPaint (for current lack of a better set up) and a Wacom Bamboo tablet to do my work. Most of my images right now are static but I do practice quite a bit making GIFs and working with animation tools seeing as how I want to become an animator, though most of this doesn’t get posted online. If I’m not drawing digitally then I’m sketching out characters or practicing drawing action movements via pen/pencil and paper.

What inspires you?

A bunch of things! My friends, other people’s works, movies and shows, music, the list is really long.

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

It took me quite a bit to figure out what I wanted to do exactly, but I’ve always known that it would have something to do with art. I went through a very long phase of depression where I lost all inspiration to do anything and I think that kind of set me back a bit, but when I sought help to get me out of the rut I met this little girl who just endlessly complimented my shabby art. Seeing her smile like that made me feel like I’d done something really good, it made me feel really good. I think that’s when i started to realize I wanted to be an animator, I wanted to do something to make a difference in people in the only way that I knew how, which was through drawing. I realized it was animation in specific that I was after when I tried it for the first time and felt some strange sense of being whole after seeing my character come to life on the screen and knowing it was me who did it.

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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 signature which is really just “Mar” connected in a poorly constructed scribble and an arrow at the end of the R, which is not meant to be the cliche devil’s tail, by the way. I tend to write the “M” in my name with an arrow at the end of it to look like the astral sign for Scorpio, for personal reasons, but it migrated over to the R in my signature since it’s all connected.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice. Please, practice. I know this is one of the first things that everyone in the history of anything ever says to people who ask for advice on art but when you start drawing and get to the point where you can compare your work now to work that you did one or two years ago you’re going to see the progress and it’s going to feel amazing. Seeing yourself progress is very important to artists I think because it lets you know that you’re not doing all of this for nothing.

Even if you’re not getting the attention you feel you deserve at any point or someone’s telling you that your art is trash you can still look back at everything you’ve done and look at what you can do now compared to then and know that they’re wrong and know that one day you’ll get there if you don’t give up.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am an asexual demipanromantic.

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

I’ve only ever had to deal with it personally once or twice (then again I’m not that open about it unless I can trust the person), and luckily for me it was just a couple of friends that didn’t really understand what it meant to be asexual and wanted to have me explain it. However, I have seen others deal with terrible abuse on the matter and it’s sickening, to say the least. Since it’s not happening to me directly, I don’t really have a way to “handle” it, but I will speak up for any asexual being told that their identity isn’t valid.

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

“Are you sure you’re asexual or are you just not ready to have sex?”

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

Please don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you’re not valid. I myself have been blessed enough that I haven’t had to deal with anyone telling me that what I identify as isn’t real, so I can’t really speak from experience and give you proper advice on how to work through those feelings, but I have been struggling to come to terms with the fact that I am Asexual for about 2 years. I can tell you that you do not under any circumstance need to rush the process of figuring yourself out, it takes time and yeah it is extremely frustrating but taking the time to slow down and take a few moments for yourself to try to figure out what it is you identify with is better than trying to conform to anyone else’s opinion, because in the end of it all your heart knows the truth no matter how much you tell yourself you’re something else and it’ll just make you depressed and anxious all the time.

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

My current works are always posted on http://mamrie.tumblr.com/, and my older work can be found on http://marganite.tumblr.com/search/marcie+draws! I have a webcomic that can be found at http://fireatwill.webcomic.ws/, but it’s at a standstill right now until I finish up my senior project in February.

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

Interview: Mick Greene

Today we’re joined by Mick Greene, who also goes by fiyhi.  Mick is an amazingly talented visual artist who works mostly in digital mediums.  They have a unique style and their work is stunning to look at.  The expression on the faces is absolutely remarkable.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

If I had to describe it, I’d say it’s a big mish-mash of colours, textures, and wacky expressions. I tend to exaggerate features and use a lot of different ways to highlight different characters like coloured noses, cheeks, fingers, and elbows/knees. Big curly hair is always fun. And of course a lot of anime sparkles. Sometimes there’s big bold lines, sometimes none, sometimes it’s coloured, sometimes black and white. People tell me they can tell it was me who made the art, that they can “see” me in it, but I certainly hope I don’t literally look like the characters, haha. I almost always work digitally with an intuos tablet and photoshop but I try to keep a painterly style when I can.

What inspires you?

My art has evolved so much throughout the years. It started off as a horrible lovechild of Johnen Vasquez meets Tim Burton. Then I went through my Homestuck phase (a four year long phase) and imitated popular fanartists. When I started drawing from life, I realized that I didn’t need to take directly from other artists to be a good one, I just needed to look at the world around me and try to inspire myself! I really love stuff with bright colours like flowers and succulents, and underwater things are also a huge inspiration. The one thing that’s never changed from the beginning is how much space inspires me (which is why my upcoming webcomic is set there!). I still take inspiration from other artists I love like Magnolia Porter, Michelle Czajkowski, Shelby Cragg, and Maya Kern to name a few.

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

Well, when I was really little I was convinced I was going to be a marine biologist (I thought dolphins were aliens and thought if I could just get close enough they would adopt me and take me to space). As I grew up, though, I realized that making art was something I really enjoyed and I just . . . kept doing it. I hope I’ll be doing it for a long time.

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 like to use a lot of star shapes in my art when I can fit them in and include varying little easter eggs for people to find. If you’re talking more along the lines of illuminati/conspiracy theory stuff then [RE҉DA̢C͢T̨E͘D]͏.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Oh gosh where do I begin . . . I’d say the most important thing is, if you really want to be an artist, if you know that’s what you want to do, then you can’t give up. You may hate your art and everything you do, other people may seem way better than you, but you can’t stop trying. You have to be like a steam train. As far as style goes, you can’t compare yourself to others at all. If you learn from studying life, your style will emerge on its own. It may take time but it will happen. And another good tip: try your best to thrive off negative critique. Let it inspire you to work harder, keep trying, and achieve your goals, rather than bring you down. It isn’t something everyone can do, but it will help you a lot in the art world if you can manage. Overall: learn from life, don’t let negativity knock you down, and keep trying!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I consider myself grey asexual and panromantic. It took me most of my life to figure out why other people seemed so focused on sexual attraction while I felt like it just wasn’t a big deal in my life. I’m glad I found a word for it, and that the info is out there for other people to find too.

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

I’m lucky to never have experienced any kind of ace-specific prejudice in my field or otherwise, mostly because it’s not usually something I talk about on Tumblr, let alone in real life. Most people find it “too complicated” so I just stopped trying to explain. Personally I’m comfortable enough to do this, but I feel like a change is really needed. People need to take the education on themselves instead of relying on others to do it for them. Remember: knowledge is power!

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

There’s a mile long list… People think you’re incapable of love, that you’re some kind of cold unfeeling robot (or b*tch especially if you’re dfab), that you reproduce like plants, or that you’re straight up a mean person because of your asexuality. This frustrates me beyond belief, especially considering what a simple concept it is!

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

You are valid. You are needed. You are loved. People may be confused, disgusted, or even hateful of you because of your asexuality. People may try to “convince” you, change you, tell you that you’re “too good looking to be ace” or that you’re wasting something by not wanting sex. You will come out of this struggle and be happy with yourself one day. You will find people who accept you and love you wholeheartedly. I love you and I don’t even know you! Everything will be ok. ❤

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

You can check out my art blog or my art tag on my personal blog!

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

Interview: Nycto Falcone

Today we’re joined by Nycto Falcone.  Nycto is a fantastically talented visual artist who specializes in anthro-Pokemon.  She’s quite versatile and enjoys drawing a variety of things.  She works mostly in digital mediums.  The images she sent to go with the interview are 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.

Well, digital artwork is my main. I tend to use multiple programs for my digital illustrations and animations, such as Paint Tool Sai and Flash. I started using Clip Studio Paint recently and it is really helpful! I hope to major in animation in college.

I mainly draw anthro Pokemon characters, due to me being in several roleplay groups for them. I’m getting back into drawing other characters again, though.

What inspires you?

Music, mainly. I have to be listening to something to draw decently. That and nice scenery, like forests and cities. Movies don’t really do it for me, since they’re professionals that worked with a team, and even though it’s great and smooth, I feel animations done by single people/amateur animators give me more courage to try doing something new.

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

I started drawing the moment I could hold a pencil, to be honest. I couldn’t stop; drawing on the walls, furniture, any and all of my papers (including schoolwork!). It was just my life.

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Map Part 35

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?

My signature is pretty plain. Just my name, Nycto. My signature has changed a lot over time, though. I finally settled on a name for myself after several years.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t compare yourself to others!!! I had an awful habit of that (and I still do, sometimes) and it just unmotivates you. Also, practice. You don’t get better unless you do it, and it may take a lot of time! Some progress at different speeds, so don’t get discouraged just because someone may progress or do something faster than you. It’s not a race.

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Mettaton

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Demi-Panromantic Asexual.

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

Oh yeah. Always with the “you just haven’t matured yet, you’re too young to know” or “you’ll find the right person and you’ll feel it”. I’m 18 years old, I’ve been through puberty. I don’t have sexual attractions to people, and that’s the breaks.

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

The puberty thing. Being “late bloomers”. It’s just not that hard to realize not everyone wants to bang.

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Piggy Pie

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

It’s not weird. It doesn’t make you broken or anything.

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

My deviantART account is where I’m most active artistically! http://haiioweens.deviantart.com/

I do post here, but I have yet to make an art blog where I post only artwork.

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You’re My Joan of Arc

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

Interview: Jam

Today we’re joined by Jam.  Jam is an incredibly talented visual artist and fanartist who does a lot of video game art.  Judging from the attention to detail in the work they sent along to go with their interview, they have an incredibly bright future ahead of them.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’m mostly a digital artist and I like to draw stylized figures and fanart of video games. I’ve also done some traditional work such as painting, sculpture and charcoal. Lately I’ve been branching off into more original work so I can build a college application portfolio. I want to expand into doing landscapes and environmental art, too (both 2D and 3D)!

What inspires you?

Video games are my main source of inspiration. I want to become a video game artist, so I’m always amazed whenever I see the work and the beauty in the virtual space of a game, or the concept art of the characters.

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

I only started drawing when I was a kid because my sibling started to, and I always copied what they did at that time. It’s thanks to them that I’ve gotten this far.

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Cake

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?

Nope! I just sign either my alias or my full name.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Instead of being disheartened when you see the work of more skilled or more experienced artists, I think it’s better to be inspired by them. For me, I would see amazing artists putting out absolutely incredible pieces of work, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be that good, that I wanted to improve. I very rarely started feeling down about my own art. Looking up to other artists is what helped me improve.

Also, don’t feel bothered about having a style! My drawing style changes all of the time. What’s important is to keep exploring new areas of art and to keep creating.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m an aromantic asexual.

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

Not particularly. I’m in a pretty tolerant community of artists, so there hasn’t been much prejudice. Although, there are many people I know who aren’t aware that I’m asexual.

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

A lot of people seem to think that asexuals haven’t found the right person yet, or that sexual attraction is like a switch that suddenly flips on when you’re older. I dated one person without realizing that I was aromantic and asexual because the media celebrated romantic and sexual relationships, and I was in love with the idea of being in love (I frequently pretended to have crushes so I could fit in with my friends and their romance troubles).  In the end, I learned that I just didn’t truly experience romantic attraction nor did I experience sexual attraction to anyone, and it was fine.

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Mee

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

I think it’s important to realize that experiencing “love” romantically and sexually isn’t that important. A lot of the time, people think that dating and loving someone is what it means to be human, but it really isn’t. Once I learned this, I became much more comfortable with my identity and my life. There is so much more to life than dating someone.

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

Here is my official website, which will turn into a portfolio site in the future. http://www.jasmineling.com/
Here’s my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/jasminelingdraws
I’m most active here on my Tumblr. http://jamdraws.tumblr.com/
And here is my YouTube, where I occasionally post sped-up recordings of my drawing process. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Ia0O1jideP4qAdvEwaRdQ

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

Interview: Sarah

Today we’re joined by Sarah.  Sarah is an amazingly talented visual artist who hails from upstate New York.  She specializes in animals and fantasy.  Her attention to detail is absolutely extraordinary.  I was truly awestruck at some of the animal portraits on her site (the tiger in particular is incredible) and the pictures she sent to go with this interview are also quite amazing.  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 focus mostly on animal and fantasy subjects, as well as fanart. I’ve done works in several different mediums, but my favorites at the moment are acrylic paints, oil pastels, and digital painting. For digital work, I use Photoshop and Art Rage for most things, while inkscape is my go-to for stock imagery and most of the designs I put on Zazzle.

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What inspires you?

Color, nature, the work of other artists, and music. I find sometimes a good song is what it takes to break me out of an art block.

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

When I was really little, my oldest brother brought home a “How To Draw Cats” book from the elementary school library. We spent a lot of time drawing together and comparing our progress. Eventually we both moved on to other things, until Toonami (an anime based programming after school on Cartoon Network) came around. He liked DBZ, and I was really fond of Sailor Moon. I drew pictures of her constantly–and they were terrible looking back, but it’s what really got me started. From there, I became a fan of the Legend of Zelda series and began drawing quite a bit of that. Shortly after, I started to spend a lot of time on Neopets, and began to enter art based contests on there. That time period was when I made the most improvement.

I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to do art full time, but I do commissions on the side to help flush out my budget a bit.

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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 sign my work, but that’s pretty much it right now. I’ve always wanted a brand of some sort, but I’ve yet to come up with a design I like. As far as features, I tend to use very bold colors. My art teachers would get frustrated with me because more often than not I would paint “from the tube” rather than bother mixing paints on a pallet. I prefer mixing right on the canvas, and using layers and opacities to bring out different tints of color.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep practicing! It really is like any other muscle or skill–if you put it down for a while, you regress and it take s a little while to get back into the swing of things. Everyone gets frustrated, everyone struggles with it now and then–even the artists you look up to.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual. Possibly aromantic, though I’m not opposed to the idea of a romantic relationship if I find the right person. I gave dating a couple of tries and felt incredibly claustrophobic and forced in both cases; neither relationship lasted more than a month.

I’ve always been ace, but I didn’t know what it was or that it was even something you could be until I was halfway through college. I took some sexuality quiz online and that was the result I got, and I remember feeling quietly stunned that I finally had some kind of answer to that nagging feeling that I wasn’t experiencing the same thing that my peers were.

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

Not so much in the art field, but I have faced quite a bit of ignorance otherwise. I rarely bring it up in real life, but the one occasion that comes to mind was during an annual training tour with my national guard unit. Somehow the discussion of sexuality came up and I mentioned I was ace and I immediately got bombarded with every ignorant reply in the book (it doesn’t exist, you just haven’t found the right guy, that’s a plant thing, I could fix that, etc.). I kind of just let the subject drop because they weren’t letting me get a word in, anyways, and I’m not fond of conflict. I’ve also had people in real life pressuring me about why I don’t prioritize finding a relationship. My mom likes to drop the “I want more grandbabies” line–she has no idea that I’m Ace, either–neither did the manager at work that decided she had any business asking me what I did outside of work and “how are you ever going to meet guys?”

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

There seems to be this idea that you have to be sex-repulsed to qualify as being asexual, when that isn’t always the case. I personally am not opposed to the thought of trying it (I mean, who wouldn’t be curious about something society shoves in your face on a near constant basis?), but because I don’t experience sexual attraction and I’m not terribly motivated to be in any romantic relationship, that kind of means sex isn’t really on my to-do list by default.

It’s my understanding that sexuality in general has little to do with the act of sex itself, and instead is used to describe what you’re attracted to naturally. An asexual can have sex and still be asexual, just as a gay man could have sex with a woman and still be gay.

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

You’re not alone.

If you’re like me, you wondered at some point if love was even real, or if it was just something in story books and fictional tales, and that people in real life were just playing along and didn’t actually feel anything magical. That view got me into a few hard spots while I was growing up, but I had nothing to go on but my own experience.

Obviously now I know why I feel that way, but I still feel like I’m missing out on something now and then. Just remember that you are capable of love; it may not be the same star-struck sort of love people describe–especially if you’re Aro like I suspect that I am–but you love people in a way that’s unique and special to you. Those closest to you will understand and accept that ❤

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

I have quite a few different platforms I use~

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sasust
Deviantart: http://selkie-gal.deviantart.com/
Weasyl: https://www.weasyl.com/profile/selkiegal
Tumblr: http://kitschmyart.tumblr.com/
And my website: http://www.sasust.com/

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

Interview: Mary

Today we’re joined by Mary.  Mary is an exceptionally talented fanartist.  She draws various characters from different fandoms.  Her attention to detail is absolutely amazing and the colors are quite eye-catching.  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 mostly fan art for various things, like Homestuck and the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I draw in pencil and color my pictures digitally.

What inspires you?

Well, inspiration can be a bit of a problem for me. Sometimes I go through month-long periods where I can’t think of a single thing. Eventually, I’ll be reading a book or hearing about a concept and thinking, “Hey! This would be fun to draw.” My sister has great ideas for drawing (she’s a writer), so I ask her for advice sometimes.

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

At some level, I’ve always loved art. When I was little, I liked making my own paper dolls and building houses for them out of cardboard. I wasn’t particularly GOOD at drawing, though, until about a year ago. At the time, I was into painting and poetry, but I wasn’t really skilled with words or paints. I saw a tutorial on Tumblr about how to draw arms and legs, and I started looking up more anatomy tutorials. I soon found myself drawing in the margins of my notebooks! Over many months, I developed my own art style and started posting my work online.

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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 actually haven’t thought about that. I don’t have one now, but I’ll think about it for future drawings!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I would say that you’re not instantly going to get better. Art may seem hard at times, but don’t tell yourself that you just don’t have enough “natural talent”. No one starts out good at anything, but with a little bit of effort, time, and practice, you can be great. 🙂

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m definitely asexual, and possibly aromantic or demiromantic, too. I’ve never really had a crush on anyone before, so I’m not sure.

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

In my field, not really. I’m not a professional artist, so I can’t speak for everyone in this field. In day to day life, yes. I’ve never “come out” as asexual before, but I have tried to make it clear to my family and friends that I’m not interested in dating anyone. My mom is probably the most okay with the fact that I may not get married or have kids, but even she  jokes about setting me up with one of my friends, and my dad is basically convinced every time I make a male friend that I’ll end up dating him. I generally brush off these comments and correct people, but it doesn’t always work.

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

Probably either that a romantic/sexual relationship is a necessary part of life, that asexuals just don’t know what they’re looking for yet, or that we’re all prudish or childish.

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

You know yourself better than anyone else, so only you can decide how you identify. Also, to anyone who’s been told “it’s just a phase,” it may be or it may not. Either way, it’s okay to change labels, keep the same one, or not use any at all. This doesn’t make your experiences and identity any less valid.

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

My tumblr URL is quietdoodling, and my art tag is marysdoodles. I also have a Twitter, but that’s a little more personal and I don’t feel comfortable sharing it publicly. If you want to contact me, whether it’s an art prompt, sharing some of your work with me, or just stopping by to talk, feel free to send me an ask! My box is always open, and I love receiving even anonymous messages

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