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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Interview: Epril SiDragon

Today we’re joined by Epril SiDragon (who also goes by Eppy).  Epril is a very versatile and talented artist who works in a number of mediums.  She does a lot of visual art, but also writes and composes.  Her pictures demonstrate a very unique eye, as you’ll soon see.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I draw, write, and compose, and sometimes paint, make digital art, and photograph.

What inspires you?

Music and stories inspire me, giving me characters and events, plots and words to give a picture.

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

I’m not sure where I started, I’ve been creating art most of my life. I’ve been drawing since forever, writing since 2nd grade, and composing since 1st.

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 think of is how i tend to include text in my art, whether it be lyrics or my own quote, used as a caption or background.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give up on your dream, and don’t let anyone tell you its unrealistic. Use other’s art as a motivator, and draw every day, whether it be a few lines or a complete piece.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual, though I am still slightly questioning.

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

I haven’t met any, other than people taking my anatomy studies sexually.

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

They think I’m a plant. Every time.

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

Don’t feel pressured to have to decide on something solid now. Sexuality is fluid, and it’s OK if your feelings change, or if you don’t know your feelings.

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

My art blog is eprilsart.tumblr.com, my deviantART is Epril-SiDragon, my Wattpad is RitualofDeadDragon, and I also have a separate blog which is eprilsidragon.weebly.com. My YouTube is Epril SiDragøn.

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