Interview: Marthe Ney

Today we’re joined by Marthe Ney. Marthe is a phenomenal and incredibly versatile artist who works in a variety of media. She’s from England and currently attending university where she’s studying Costume with Textiles and it sounds fascinating. She does a number of character-based textile drawing, character designs, costume and clothing illustrations, constructs costumes, and creates character-based textiles art. As if that’s not impressive enough, Marthe also does fanart and character art on her blog. Her work demonstrates an imaginative individual who enjoys her work. It’s clear that she has a genuine passion for art and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of her work 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 in quite a variety of ways and media. The more casual work I do, for myself or for my Tumblr blog tends to be character-based fanart, usually pretty rough sketches using pencil, occasionally adding colour and detail with watercolour ink and fine liner. I am also beginning to experiment with digital drawing and colouring.

I use an even wider range of media in the work I do for my degree- Costume with Textiles- for my illustration module I use largely the same media as for my personal work, mixed in with collage, markers, pastels and sculpture. The other work that I do tends to be fabric based, I am specialising in embroidery so I do drawings to inspire this using loads of mark making techniques and different media, based on the research and inspiration for the characters I’m designing for. When I am creating textiles samples I use different techniques of stitching, cutting, folding and embellishing (depending what we’re covering in workshops) on different combinations of fabrics to create samples based on my drawings and characters.

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What inspires you?

Usually stories and characters. Although I’ve been drawing for a long time, I really began to hone my skills and learn to draw properly through fanart, and drawing my favourite characters is how I’ve gotten all of my practice. Ironically enough a lot of my art is based on fandom ships, usually because the emotions of characters are what inspires me about them. The work for my degree (and hopefully my career one day) is based on characters as well, the script, the subtext, everything I can find out or theorise about the characters and then visual research that comes from that. Though I usually try work in some of my personal interests into it to give my own personal spin.

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

I have for a very long time actually, I think originally I wanted to be vet, then a journalist, and I settled on fashion design when I was about 10. I went to stay with my auntie for a while and didn’t bring any toys so I made myself a paper doll, and I kept working on it and adding to it for years, I stopped working on it a few years ago, it must have over 200 outfits and 15 different hairstyles. I did a GCSE in textiles, then an extended diploma in fashion and clothing and an AS Level in theatre studies, while I was at college I decided that the fashion industry just wasn’t for me, and that I wanted to go into costume instead. The drawing and fanart kind of came along side it as I started to experiment with art that wasn’t clothing based.

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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 really, I have my own style of illustration and drawing, which I guess has certain features and attributes but there isn’t anything that I consciously add and include.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Well, I still kind of am a young aspiring artist, but I’d say to work with references, find artist styles that appeal to you, and look to places like Tumblr or Pinterest for guides and tutorials, and keep practicing.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as completely aromantic and asexual, though I would like some form of relationship I guess? I’m not romance or sex repulsed, just a bit confused and weird about the whole thing. I have a preference for girls though so if I did have a relationship it would be with a girl.

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

No, not in my field. I’m out on the Internet, but there are only a few references to it on my art blog, and not many people in real life know. Not that I try and hide it, it just doesn’t seem to come up. Since a few people I’ve told haven’t reacted all that well, I don’t always like bringing it up if no one asks. Not that I’ve really faced prejudice, just some ignorant comments that could be kind of hurtful.

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

I’ve had pretty much everything on the ace bingo card. Pity, confusion, hurtful misconceptions about my ability to feel love. A bizarrely threatening insistence from a classmate that she was “going to come to your wedding when you get over this and tell your husband what you said and see how he likes it” which I didn’t really appreciate. But yeah, I’d say that the whole “unable to feel love” thing is the most common thing I’ve heard.

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

This is a tricky one, because I do still struggle with my orientation myself. One thing I do that really helps me is things like this interview and this blog, things that raise awareness and promote positivity. Because helping other people who may be struggling with their orientation or may not be aware of asexuality even though it applies to them always really helps me when I’m struggling in a kind of “fake it till you make it” way.

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

I have a personal blog at http://marthe-with-an-e.tumblr.com that is a bit of a random collection, but has quite a bit on asexuality, aromanticism and my experiences and awareness. But to find out more about my work and see more of my art see my art blog at http://teafortheheart.tumblr.com I’ll try and put up some more examples of my degree work to show some more examples of different media.

Thank you so much for featuring me and thank you for reading.

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Wildest Dreams

Thank you, Marthe, 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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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: Nico sanchez

Today we’re joined by Nico sanchez.  Nico is an incredibly talented visual artist who favors digital mediums.  They have a style that’s influenced by manga and western comics.  That combination of influences makes for very interesting visuals as you’ll soon see.  Nico does a lot of fanart and their love for art is quite apparent both in their work and in this interview.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I do a lot of fan work.  I love inking more than actually drawing or coloring and it shows!  I describe my art as a blend of western comics and manga influences.  It borders more on cartoony, but I try to keep some realistic aspects. I love drawing faces and pecs (haha). But I also dabble a lot in body horror. My art itself is still rough and I’m working to get to a level I’m content with.

What inspires you?

Mainly other artists/friends I see on Twitter and Tumblr.  Seeing such a huge collective of artists sharing and having fun gets me pumped to pick up my pen and draw.  More often than not mostly comics I read get me pumped to draw.  But what will always inspire me is a piece of artwork, where the lineart is the focus of the image and it’s lavish and detailed.

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

Actually, I got into drawing in high school, before that I wanted to be a horror writer. I was already into comics, manga, and cartoons (like obsessively). But I never really took interest in drawing till I met a friend, whom I still have the honor of calling my bestie for years now. He started drawing, and when he showed me his art work I was in awe and wanted to give it a shot as well. And as time evolved, I ended up loving drawing more then writing.  In fact, now I’m a terrible writer.

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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 think the only unique feature I have with my art is the way I ink and draw faces. My art is very simple (not in a bad way though).

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

It’s never too late to start. I started drawing in high school and have kept going since!  Also please, never let your perfectionism dominate you when it comes to art! Make mistakes! Step out your comfort zone. I allowed my own perfectionism to hinder me and I’m now working twice as hard to fix years of mistakes because of it.  It’s a constant learning process and failure is just a part of that.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m autochrissexual. I see things that I find sexually appealing, but I feel no desire to have sex at all.  Like I have things I find sexy or hot as hell, but the idea of having sex is uncomfortable to me.  Like I’m okay with drawing or consuming media that has sexual content but I disassociate when it’s the idea of me being physical with another person. If that makes any sense.

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

Not actually. Almost everyone whom I’ve drawn with or interact with have been open and understanding. If they held any prejudice towards me it’s never shown.

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

People treat us as if we’re immature children. Like our lack of a sex drive or interest makes us childish or pure. Which is not the case at all. There are sex repulsed asexuals and there’s nothing wrong with that either. But there’s no need to act like you have to cover my eyes when something in media gets raunchy. Sex does not make someone mature or an adult.

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

You are completely valid even if others in the LGBTQIA community don’t welcome you. Your are not sick or broken. You’re fine the way you are.  It can be tough in a world where media pushes sex and sex sells. But you are strong person.

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

Everyone can find more of my art on my artblog.
I don’t update as much, since my job is keeping me busy with the holiday hours. But eventually everything I upload on twitter goes here. Plus my artblog has links to all my stores and other blogs.
http://ermescostello.tumblr.com/

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

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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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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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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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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Me

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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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.