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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WORK

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.

Interview: Rachel Scott

Today we’re joined by Rachel Scott (who also goes by Angela Shepherd, FoxTail95, ThePsychedelicNinja, and Shusheries).  Rachel sent me an incredibly kind email and some really fantastic art.  She’s an incredibly talented visual artist who has a lot of passion for her work.  And it shows.  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 go through a lot of styles, but I think I’ve been sticking to a realistic and a cartoon style recently. I usually draw traditionally, but I’ve started working digitally recently. While I mainly draw, I also sing, write poems and stories, and participate in other art styles too. I think I do best with backgrounds as I’ve been drawing them longer than I have been people or animals, but I will draw almost anything that catches my imagination. A lot of my art is done through request, though that request may take a while to get too because I’ve got a schedule or because I forget to do it until I see it in my notes and remember that it is, in fact, a thing I still have to do.

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Ace of Spades

What inspires you?

Anything can inspire me. Usually I draw part of dreams I’ve had but didn’t know how to word, but other times I’ll draw things I saw in real life or things that I saw because I had glanced at something and thought it was something else. I drew a fish before because I was staring a shadow a cord made. If it catches my eye and makes me see something else, odds are I’ll draw that something else.

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

I honestly started drawing as a kid as a hobby because everyone else in my family draws. I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a pencil and I haven’t stopped yet. Drawing is still a hobby to me but it’s also something much more than that as well. It isn’t really a goal of mine to become a professional artist, but if I become one I’ll be fine with it too as its something I enjoy.

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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 do have an easter egg type watermark in my work but I use it mainly so people won’t try to take my work. If you find it though, good on you because it’s not hidden too well anyways but you could message me to see if it’s the thing I speak of. It’s not in all of my work though because I forget things very easily, so if you can’t find it, try another piece to see if its there.

I guess feature-wise I like to include dark settings if I can (such as the night) and I may have some kind of glow in my work or there might just be a lot of blue or black in the work. I just like dark or mysterious things and glowing things.

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Crystal

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

No matter what anyone says, don’t give up. Never give up on your art. Don’t be afraid to change your style or try new things. If it doesn’t work out, that’s fine, try something else. And just because your art doesn’t look like what you wanted it to look like, don’t get frustrated about it, try again later or redo it once you’ve gained more knowledge about what you are trying to do. Be confident with what you do. Even if it’s not the best thing you could do or you feel like you aren’t the best, be proud of what you can do and what you did do. Don’t judge you art based off of other’s art and don’t think you should give up just because someone else’s art looks better. They weren’t that good when they started out, they learned and they grew, and you will too. Just keep trying and never give up and you’ll do just fine.

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Disciple

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m aromantic and asexual. I’m probably closer to sex and romantic neutral, but it does vary depending on recent events, but I’ll never push my own opinions on others if I can help it.

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

I have actually, but I mainly get prejudice in life in general rather than for my art. With my art, it’s usually “you aren’t attracted to people so why are you drawing them as attractive” or something along those lines or I’m told I shouldn’t write, draw or even talk about people in romantic or sexual situations. If I even state that someone is attractive, I could get some hate thrown at me for “lying” or “leading people on” and I’m treated like some innocent child a lot of times for who I am. In general life, I typically am called a tease or that I’m playing hard to get. I’ve gotten my fair share of threats from people or “jokes” about how they should try to “fix me” or “show me what I’m missing out on.”

For the more threatening people, I try to block them or ignore them and in real life I stick around a group of friends when around them or avoid the places they go. With the non-threatening people, I typically try to sit down with people and explain to them the LGBT+ spectrums, the difference between aesthetic, sexual, romantic, platonic, and sensual attraction, and what I am and what I am not and let them ask questions. If they take a while to understand, I’m fine with helping them understand.

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Mew

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

Probably the biggest misconceptions I’ve come across are
a) that we are all innocent children who have to be protected from the horrors of the sexual world
b) that we are just confused and don’t know what we want and that we will change our minds eventually because we are late bloomers
c) that aces are repulsed by sex and will never have it or that we are just celibate
d) that we need to be fixed and that we are broken

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Nyx

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

You will figure this out. You may decide you are something one day only to change your opinion later, and that’s fine. You just learned more or you changed, that doesn’t make you any less valid. You may experiment or try things and feel like it isn’t right, but that’s okay. I honestly felt broken my whole life and still felt unsure even after I learned what asexuality and aromanticism is because I felt like it wasn’t okay to be this, but it is. You may feel like you can’t love, and that’s fine too.  It’s really completely fine to identify as this, even if you didn’t before.

You are not broken, you are valid, and you will be okay. Just take a moment to breathe, you will figure this all out, and you will be fine.

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Stiles

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

I am mainly active on my Tumblr, but I am also on Deviantart and I upload there whenever Deviantart isn’t busy being buggy. You can send an ask to my Tumblr any time you want and I’ll answer when I’m not doing homework. If you want me to answer privately, make sure to add that on too, and you can ask me anything and I’d be willing to reply. If you want to send me a singing or art request I’ll be down for that too.

Tumblr: http://shusheries.tumblr.com
Deviantart: http://foxtail95.deviantart.com
MLP Deviantart(Years old and just started being active again): http://nightmaredaydream.deviantart.com/
Youtube (Old singing videos and new speedpaints): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdTHi19Ow9bpoOvn71gwNFw

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Emmber

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

Interview: Wilson

Today we’re joined by Wilson.  Wilson is an incredibly talented visual artist.  They work mostly in digital mediums though they also work with some traditional mediums as well.  They sent along some really interesting pictures, which are quite fun to look at.  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 do a lot of digital art with minor bits of traditional pieces. It’s mostly fanart, if I’m honest, but it’s something I enjoy and others enjoy it as well. I get a lot of peace and happiness out of my work. I practice daily, both at the high school and college level, and I’d like to think all my art has a small piece of the same style. I’m one of those artists that you look at a piece and recognize it’s mine.

What inspires you?

Hard workers. I see people every day (fan artists or otherwise) who work themselves to death just trying to finish a commission on time, or drawing for hours and hours into the night just for fun. There are so many artists, animators, writers, singers, and others of all mediums who influence my art constantly.

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

I haven’t always wanted to be an artist. At first, I wanted to be a singer, then a teacher, and then a psychologist. I fluctuated on what I wanted to be for a long time until these last two years, where I settled on a Graphic Designer. I’m currently striving for a Graphic Design degree in college. What got me interested in art was certainly graphic novels. I wrote my own graphic novels (albeit they were in sixth grade when I had next to nothing within drawing experience) but I let nothing discourage me too much. I kept going and I’m still pushing past barriers to keep improving myself.

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 isn’t really that hidden or complex. As of recently, it’s changed to a sharp G mirrored into a trident shape. When it comes to a meaning, it doesn’t have one. Not everything has to have a rhyme or reason to it, but I’m sure it’ll gather meaning in the future. I always seem to include features that correlate in my art, it seems. Sometimes one art piece will look like another, solely because I figured out a good way to draw a specific part of the body or I found a background technique that looks great. It’ll mirror across several pieces I do until I find a better way to do that specific piece.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Never stop. No matter how much you think you’re a failure, that an art career will never go anywhere, that you’re going to amount to nothing, never stop. Draw once a day, either in a sketchbook or on the computer or on your notes for your math homework, always do one doodle a day. Don’t be afraid to try new things, new ideas, new styles, and keep pushing yourself.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I fall weirdly on all the spectrums. Asexual, Polyromantic, and a Demiboy.

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

In my field, kinda. It’s very rare, but I do find a lot of acephobia in my family life. I handle it through compliance, especially with my mother, and I just nod and smile. I have people who know and accept that I am who I am, and it doesn’t really matter what others think until it directly affects my job, my health, or my happiness.

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

That we’re broken. That we just haven’t found the right person yet.

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

Never give up. Be as stubborn as a mountain. Do not let them try to change you. You are not broken, and you are allowed to completely ditch someone you’re dating if they try to “fix you.” Seriously, if those words come out of their mouth, run far, far away.

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

You can find me on DeviantArt: TheSheGavin.deviantart.com/
Tumblr: TheSheGavin.tumblr.com
Or Twitter: twitter.com/TheSheGavin

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Mountain King & Queen

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

Interview: Shelby Miller

Today we’re joined by Shelby Miller, who also goes by Shubbabang.  Shelby is an incredibly talented visual artist.  She works in both digital and traditional mediums.  The images she sent along are quite intriguing and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of her work in the future, which is quite exciting.  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 work with digital and traditional pencil/colored pencil and have been interested in studying animation as well as doing character designs. A majority of the content I put out are comics, though I still also draw fantasy related characters or creatures. My style ranges a lot from cartoon-ish to slightly more realistic. I used to put out a lot of fan art as well but I’ve been trying to do more original work recently, and at the moment I have a webcomic that’s still in the early stages of the art process that I’m hoping to be able to start sometime next year.

What inspires you?

For non-humor based art I take a lot of inspiration from movies I adored when I was growing up. Specifically the older 2D animated movies that had unique or interesting art styles you didn’t see often like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, El Dorado, Prince of Egypt, etc. My comics however are usually based off of events in my life or everyday things, just with a bit of silliness added in.

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

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawing. I’ve still got sketchbooks from when I was in elementary school filled with doodles of random made up animals. It was around the time that I started to get praise for it that I thought “Hey, I think I could do something with this.” Of course I was around five years old and the praise was usually from adults trying to be nice I think, but regardless it helped me decide what to do with my life!

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Water Girl

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?

Since my art style tends to vary a lot, I don’t have anything consistent other than my usual watermark.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice as much as you can! Look up and gather references to use! No one starts out being amazing and if you get discouraged, try again the next day! You may not see the progress at first but when you look back there will be a huge difference. Another thing that helps especially if you’re drawing human figures is knowing a little bit about anatomy. One of the classes I took in college was anatomy and it wasn’t even art related, but it really helped me learn how bones and muscles move and look. Also, don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone when drawing. Try a new brush, a new technique, a new color, anything you don’t normally do and you might find out you like the result!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as heteromantic/asexual. It was actually recently I had figured it out and it helped explain a lot of things for me such as why I wasn’t into intimacy or why sex wasn’t such a big thing in my life. In fact I had no idea sexual attraction was a thing until I started looking this stuff up, because I’ve never encountered it before.

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

Well, not directly towards me. Though it’s because I identify as heteromantic that I haven’t announced it as much where I put my art out, mainly because I know there are people who think that doesn’t count as asexual. For the most part I ignore it because the only person who gets to decide what I view myself as is me.

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

That it either doesn’t exist or that people who are asexual don’t like anything romance or relationship related. I used to be bad about that as well when I first learned about it (which was 3 years ago) and it wasn’t until I figured out what the difference between sexual attraction and romantic attraction was that I actually realized that I might fall into that spectrum.

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

You don’t have to decide right now, and you can change how you feel. There are many different ways to experience the world of romance and sometimes it’ll take a bit to figure out just where you land on the spectrum. Even so, you’re still valid and I’m rooting for you.

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

Right now I post all of my work on my Tumblr at shubbabang.tumblr.com. In the future I’d like to have my own blog or site, but for right now I mainly use that.

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Lions

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

Interview: Joey

Today we’re joined by Joey.  Joey is an amazingly talented up and coming artist.  She has so many ideas and aspirations and that enthusiasm comes through in her interview.  Joey is mainly a writer, who is interested in creating original work.  She’s also a student at the Art Institute working towards her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design.  If her art is anything to go by, she has a 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.

I write mostly (okay, all the time). I have loads of ideas; I dabble in fanfiction a little, but I’m usually more inclined to write something more original. I’m actually working on a Peter Pan re-telling right now, and a book that I hope to be finished within the next couple of months or so.

I’m also a student at the Art Institute, currently getting my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. My art is mainly digital based, using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, but sometimes I sketch things when I get bored. I’m actually trying to get an online magazine about a queer podcast called “Welcome to Night Vale” off the ground right now, which will chronicle every episode in the form of articles and wtnv fanart. My main goal is to reach a broader listener-ship through the magazine by giving people who don’t like podcasts or who are Deaf the chance to be a part of a fandom that is perfectly imperfect.

What inspires you?

A lot of things inspire me actually. But its LGBT issues that inspire me the most. My writing and my art heavily feature a lot of LGBT themes because, honestly, that’s what I am. I’m a part of the LGBT community and I want to put those issues that we as a community face out there for the world to see. TV shows, movies, and podcasts also inspire me. I’m always coming up with new ideas or ways I can express my art or writing.

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

Ooooooh gosh. Here’s where the story begins. I’ve been writing since I was in middle school, and I started to get more interested in doing art (mainly digital art) when I got into high school. How I got interested in writing is actually a pretty funny story, because it involves Twilight and myself thinking I could write a MUCH better vampire romance than Stephanie Meyer could (by my standards I think I’m doing pretty well). Art, well, I’ve just always liked it actually. My mom was an artist when she was younger, and her dad is a professional portrait painter.

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?

In my art I sometimes use Pride symbols, like rainbows and such. In my writing…. Well, I don’t know if I have a special or unique feature really. I know I feature LGBT themes a lot, but I think I mentioned that already. I think maybe it’s that I put a little piece of myself or what I’ve always wanted to be into each of my favorite characters. Or maybe it’s that I’m very passionate about the things I write and you can see that in my writing.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Advice? I can’t even follow my own advice! But if you insist! I’d say the best advice I can give is just write or draw from yourself, meaning take all those things you believe in, all the things you love, all the things you admire, and try to incorporate them into whatever you do. I read a lot (I have three bookshelves full) and when I find something I like in a book, or something that connects with me on an emotional level, it stays with me for a long time and it impacts the things I write or draw. Like… okay, for example, I have depression and I’m part of the LGBT community, so those two things play heavily in whatever I write or draw. Those things are what I’m passionate about and, in turn, something I want other people to be passionate about as well.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as a Genderfluid Panromantic Asexual.

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

Well, not in my field, but personally I have. An ex I was dating at the time when I figured out I was ace reacted very negatively, and my best friend refuses to acknowledge the fact that asexuality exists.

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

That if you’re in a relationship, it’s not a true relationship if you aren’t having sex.

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

Just be honest with yourself. Don’t hide who you are. It’s not fun. I tried to deny myself as ace for several months after coming out because people kept telling me it didn’t exist. But ya know what? It DOES exist, and the next time someone says it doesn’t, why don’t you just give ‘em a good kick in the kneecap?

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

You can find me at a lot of places actually!

Deviant Art – http://tryingnormal.deviantart.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/TryingNormal

Archive of Our Own – http://archiveofourown.org/users/TryingNormal42

And finally, my Tumblr – http://tryingnormal.tumblr.com/

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

Interview: Manny

Today we’re joined by Manny.  Manny is an incredibly talented and enthusiastic artist.  She is an incredibly productive artist and her work is mostly digital cartoon with a few webcomics.  Manny also does some traditional abstract artwork as well.  She has such an admirable passion for art and obviously really enjoys it, which comes through in her interview.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Doodle Hand
Doodle Hand

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’ve got a super expressive and stylized thing going on, it’s like Fairly Odd Parents/DP meets Invader Zim and like 10 other styles that I referenced bits from and added my own spin to. I think I even have some anime hints in there. It’s still got a bit of refining to go through though since I got to get better at drawing slower and not making my lines so sketchy, and I gotta work a bit more on body/face diversity.

And then sometimes I go full on abstract with some crazy flowery/vine looking things. Those are nice for when I’m not into doing more serious comic work and just want to play around with shapes and patterns.

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Humans in Sexuality shirts (1), “Fighting Dreamers”

What inspires you?

Mostly the pet cats I’ve had over the years, and other people’s pets. Ever since getting my first cat (technically second cat for our family) I started taking my pets and other people’s pets and just making them characters in my series. It’s been years since then and even now I can’t stop taking people’s new pets and thinking “Okay how can I cameo them in my Fighting Dreamers series”

I think stuff like trees and crazy color combinations also inspire me but cats seem to inspire me the most.

Super Stewie is not Ready for This (Fighting Dreamers)
Super Stewie is not Ready for This (“Fighting Dreamers”)

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

I think it was just the idea of being an artist and making a story that I could animate. I don’t remember quite what started it but I think it was this Wallace and Gromit behind the scenes thing that showed how they made the claymations, and tiny child me was just like “OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING @0@” and I was hooked since. (that and my brother used to draw too and I was like “I WANT IN ON THIS” and 10 year old me started doodling everywhere).

And while I’m more on the comic side of things now, I would still be totally up for animating my characters in something if I had some help. Perhaps I’ll have one of my series as a TV show someday 😀

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TAKTAKTAKTAKTAK (“Fighting Dreamers”)

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?

EYES, everyone’s eyes are goddamn huge. Big ears and long tails are common too (at least with my cats)

Waking Verse ("Fighting Dreamers")
Waking Verse (“Fighting Dreamers”)

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Basically just draw like hell and FOR GOD’S SAKE AT LEAST LEARN BASIC ANATOMY. Trust me, drawing humans and cats and everything else is so much easier when you know where everything goes. Don’t use your style as an excuse to not learn about that important sketch structure stuff.

I speak from experience, I was adamant that my style was fine up until I started taking art classes in college. That was at least 8-9 years where I was drawing without sketches, with characters that didn’t even look human (at the very least my senior year of HS I made cat people that looked a little better than the humans with eyes at the top of their head that looked REALLY phallic). Meanwhile my cats were on the right track but for some reason I didn’t do undersketches for a good while.

If I had started with what my human drawings started looking like in like 2011-12 then maybe I’d be a little more refined by now.

Gang vs. Patches ("Guardian Ghosts")
Gang vs. Patches (“Guardian Ghosts”)

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m not entirely sure to be quite honest. I know I have to be somewhere between Demisexual and Asexual, mostly because I have online friends that are definitely not Ace and they talk about how they have the normal sexual urge things and other normal romantic stuff and I’m just like “… I’ve never …. experienced that … ever?”

Most of my responses seem to be for aesthetic reasons, like someone in a fantastic color schemed outfit or a really nice face/body build (bonus points if they have similar builds/hairstyles to one of my OCs). If I’m more on the Demi side I won’t know for sure until I actually become close enough friends with someone. But in the meantime I know that I’m in there somewhere.

… Sorry I’ve thought about this type of stuff a lot, usually comes after I think about the sexualities/orientations I made for my OCs and then I think “wait what even IS mine”

"Guardian Ghosts" Gang Sexualities
“Guardian Ghosts” Gang Sexualities

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

Not yet, I haven’t really gotten popular offline for people to really question it, and online the people I hang out with or see around in the sites I’m on actually on know that asexuality actually exists.

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

Mostly that Ace people are just “looking for the right person” so they could be fine with sexual stuff, and while that might be somewhat true for people more on the Demi side, most Ace people are generally just not interested in that kind of stuff.

I know I’m totally good with being single or at the very least super platonic with someone sometime in the future.

Possessed Max ("Guardian Ghosts")
Possessed Max (“Guardian Ghosts”)

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

RESEARCH! Even if it’s just character research or something, check out the different types of romance/sexuality things out there and see what fits you best. I know I only figured out that I’m in the Ace Spectrum because of my main guy, Max. I had heard about it before but never really looked into it until I thought “hey wait Max would totally have this”. And then I looked into it more and asked more people with it and as Max developed more, I started to realize that this same stuff sounded just like what I was experiencing.

Honestly I should’ve gotten the hint when all of my stories had main characters that were probably on the spectrum and I just didn’t realize it.

"Guardian Ghosts" Stick to Full Drawing
“Guardian Ghosts” Stick to Full Drawing

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

Plenty of places! I got a couple webcomics running and some other places with some art stuff

WEBCOMICS

Guardian Ghost (which features Max, who’s canocally Aro/Ace)
http://guardianghost.smackjeeves.com/

Fighting Dreamers (featuring Stewie, who’s Demi-R/Ace but hasn’t figured that out yet)
http://fightingdreamers.smackjeeves.com/

Tapastic (GG and FD are there too with some others)
http://tapastic.com/mannykat8x

GENERAL ART STUFF

Deviantart (Also has GG/FD)
http://catmaniac8x.deviantart.com

Tumblr (more doodles)
http://cm8x-arts.tumblr.com/

Society 6
https://society6.com/mannysarahtruax

Redbubble
http://www.redbubble.com/people/mannykat8x

Etsy (this has more of my traditional painted stuff)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MannyKatCrafts

YOUTUBE

General animation/speedpaint stuff
https://www.youtube.com/user/catmaniac8x

Vlog channel (this is newer and has less because my computer is awful) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBOVLXLvEt8qczkkGzP9fKw

Heart Covered by Vines
Heart Covered by Vines

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

Interview: Masha Tate

Today we’re joined by Masha Tate.  Masha is an incredibly talented visual artist who specializes in digital character/concept art.  They also draw a lot of dogs (so many adorable dogs!).  Aside from drawing, they are involved in roleplaying groups.  Their love of drawing really comes through and that’s always fun to read.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Trainers
Trainers

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a digital character/concept artist. The bulk of my work centers around character/species design, and way too much dog art.

I run, and co-run, multiple Roleplay groups, and spend quite a bit of time creating for those; new species, flavour art, things to make it all pretty and appealing to new and old players alike. On the subject of roleplay, I have over a dozen established characters, all of whom I spend far too much time doodling.

On the local aspect of my life – everything outside of the computer – I’ve made art for the local Juggling club, am currently working on a piece for an art show, and fairly regularly spend time doodling up little nothings for children and acquaintances.

Mix
Mix

What inspires you?

As you might have guessed by now, roleplay, certainly. A good story makes me want to draw way too many things. How much of that gets drawn, on the other hand, well, that’s a different story. But that’s what gets me going.

Alternatively, the multitude of games I play and books I read will occasionally spark something, but by and large, I’m more interested in things I play an active role in having created a concept of.

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

Again, roleplay cemented me in. I was twelve, thirteen, and began roleplaying with my first online friends after reading way too many fanfictions. I searched and searched, but none of the art I found looked even remotely like my character! And then there were those pesky little blurbs that said ‘do not reuse, not for free use’. I can’t even make my Dragon Age characters do mean things, I certainly couldn’t disobey that! (This being, of course, well before I understood what copyrights were, and how not to be a douchebag) So, clearly, the only option was to draw my own!

I got sucked into it. I had a bad home life, was lucky to have made two friends in school finally after years of transferring to new schools every three months…this was a constant for me, something that made me happy, and something that occasionally managed to net me some positive attention. Win-win, on top of, you know, finally having accurate (-ish. I wasn’t too great, as a tween!) art of my own characters!

I’ll be honest, though, even as a young child, I was always an artist. I spent all my time colouring, and eventually even getting frustrated with pre-drawn things and wanting to draw and colour my own things. I managed to get detention in kindergarten (What can I say? True bruiser here) and spend the entire time doodling dogs. In fourth grade, I argued so passionately with my teacher that clouds do, in fact, have shadows, that I was sent to time-out and not allowed to finish my project. I’ve always drawn, always seen more in everything around me than the layperson. Always.

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?

Not particularly! I probably should, hm?

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

The usual: keep drawing. Also, when that kid grabs your art and starts drawing huge tits on it, when those jerks tell you you didn’t draw the boobs big enough,  ̶p̶u̶n̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶ don’t let it get you down, they can’t see what you can, they have no bleedin’ clue.

Krin Compare
Krin Compare

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Plain old Asexual! My full identity can be described as ‘Asexual, Biromantic, Agender Transperson’.

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

Generally not among artists, no. It could also simply be that I don’t speak to enough people that I haven’t already essentially vetted, anyway. Well, I guess that’s how I handle it: I vet people before I really am willing to talk much, and make it known up-front that I will not tolerate their bigotry.

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

Personally, that I just haven’t found the right penis. Which is amazingly uncomfortable and makes me feel unsafe.

Nadya
Nadya

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

The best advice I can give is that, if it’s feasible, cut toxic people out of your life. This doesn’t just relate to asexuality, but it’s very helpful to do. It’s gonna hurt, it’s gonna suck, you’re gonna be alone and depressed at some point. You might even regret it. But in the long run, you will be happier. At least, that’s my experience. Take the plunge.

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

I have two main places where I post my art! I can be found on Deviantart and Tumblr! I’d strongly recommend watching both, as I post slightly different content to each at times. c:

Juggling Scottie
Juggling Scottie

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

Interview: Cinensis

Today we’re joined by Cinensis.  Cinensis is an incredibly enthusiastic and talented visual artist.  She works in both digital and traditional mediums.  Cinensis obviously loves her art and it shows in her work.  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 like to work with pretty much anything and everything. One day it’s going to be markers and ink while another is going to be mostly digital illustrations. I like to experiment with the media used though I have a strong attachment to traditional pen drawing. I am what you could call a “Fan artist” I like to use characters, cultural references/social problematics or anything that people can easily relate with to create my illustrations. I especially love strong symbolisms and try very hard to include it as much as possible in my artworks.

What inspires you?

Emotions. They can be either negative or positive, as long as a feeling is shown. I love the wide array of choice there is to find in that field.

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

Ever since I was very young, I always had an interest in Arts.  I have my first Art professor to thanks for that , she encouraged me a lot and gave me the motivation needed for the years to come!

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 a strong attachment to Wings , so you can find them often in my artworks, teehee!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I don’t think it will differ much from what anyone else has already said, though it’s important to remember that being envious is a normal feeling when it comes to the art field. You shouldn’t feel bad for being envious, as long as you use that feeling to get the motivation into getting better. Giving up is the only true failure, anything else is only temporary and makes you grow as an individual/artist.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

100% Original flavour Asexual Panromantic.

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

High school was a fest of those. People actually made “bets” with guys to ask me out and whatnot because they couldn’t understand my lack of interest in that sphere of life. It was a very humiliating experience, but it also thought me much on what to do in such situation and help others fighting similar things.

Being confident is the key, when people see your conviction and how strongly you fight for it, they usually back away. They may not agree , but they also won’t argue against it.

There was also relationships that ended because of the typical “ You don’t love me if you refuse to have sex, it’s been long enough.” situation. They hurt and leave emotional scars, but they also shape you to be a stronger individual that won’t tolerate that kind of negativity and intolerance.

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

“You are Asexual? That means you can’t love anyone?”

People seem to confuse Asexuality with Aromanticity. …

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

Never listen to anyone telling you that ”You just haven’t met the right person yet”  or anything else of the sort. It’s such a toxic mindset that is only applied to empower the one telling it. You are not broken. That’s the most important thing to remember, Your orientation is valid and doesn’t make you any less of a human being.

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

www.facebook.com/Cinensisartwork

http://cinensis.tumblr.com/

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

Interview: Rinshuu

Today we’re joined by Rinshuu.  Rinshuu is a versatile and talented artist from Denmark.  They are mostly a visual artist, but also enjoy writing fanfiction.  They’re also interested in music and their enthusiasm for all these fields is wonderful.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Although I am not a professional, I like dipping my feet into all kinds of arts. I mostly do fan work, but I have also done original work for smaller projects and so on.

I am mainly a digital artist, musician, writer, and game creator. I am mostly inspired by Japanese art (in the shape of manga, etc.), but I appreciate all kinds of art when I see them.

As for the things I draw, it’s mostly manga and I’ve taken commissions for this as well. I also animate sometimes, but it’s not something I’m especially interested in.

The musician part is kind of abstract. I use the Japanese vocal synthesizer software “VOCALOID” to create covers of existing songs. I also like remixing, arranging, and covering songs as well.

My writing and game creation is closely connected, since I write visual novels and illustrate them myself. It’s not really anything serious yet, but I’d love for it to become something more serious in the future.

What inspires you?

Personally, I think other people inspire me a lot – and this is both my friends and other artists. I love creating things for my friends, especially at special occasions. I also like being recognized for what I do, because who doesn’t, really?

When I see some really good art…. Or play a really good game… or listen to some really funky music… I just feel like creating things for myself! I want to create things that make other people feel inspired too. To be honest, it’s quite a give-take situation, just in a much nicer way than the words insinuate.

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

I’ve always loved creating art. Ever since I was little, I strived to be better and better at drawing and I wanted to show my art to people. When I was younger, I wrote stories for my family to read. I also made art and hung it up around my school so people could see it. It’s always just been deeply engraved into my being.

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 don’t really have anything in particular. I create what I think feels right at the moment and then work out the details later. I really like incorporating eyes and people into my works, but it’s not something I necessarily focus on.

When it comes to writing, I admit that I somewhat biased when it comes to genders and sexualities. I try my hardest to include all kinds of people into my work, because I believe in diversity in things like that. I also have a certain affection for asexual characters, since I feel like I can relate to them very easily.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I would just tell them to keep doing what they like and improving their arts! Art shouldn’t be tedious, or at least not to an extreme extend, so have fun with it. There’s lots of time to improve, explore and broaden your horizons, so focus on having fun while doing it.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am completely asexual (is that even the correct term?), but I am panromantic. I have never felt sexual attraction to anyone, not even people I have loved.

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

I haven’t actually met any prejudice about asexuality. I’ve had some of my friends I’ve come out to question it a bit, but it was never actually anything offending – just curiosity. My lack of prejudices might be because I am somewhat quiet about my sexuality. It’s not like I am ashamed about it or anything, I just don’t see any reason to bring it into every conversation. However, I make sure to always inform new friends about it, simply because I like giving them the upper hand.

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

The most common/annoying (yes, they’re the same thing) is that all asexuals hate sex. Or find it disgusting. I especially hate when my friends ask things like: “Does that mean you find sex disgusting??” No, it really doesn’t. I just don’t feel like partaking in the activity.

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

Don’t worry too much about it! If you think you’re asexual and realize you’re not, it’s totally okay! Discovering who you are is an important step of your life, and although some people might have some elitist ideals about sexuality (“How can you be bi when you’re dating a woman?? You’re obviously a lesbian!”), it doesn’t matter. What matters is how you feel about yourself.

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

My Tumblr is thegourmettsukiyamashuu, my Deviantart/Pixiv are Rinshuu. Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

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

Interview: Painted Vulture

Today we’re joined by Painted Vulture.  Painted Vulture is a fantastically talented visual artist who has a passion for mythical creatures.  Their work is quite stunning to look at.  The use of color is absolutely beautiful.  My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Antelopey
Antelopey

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I mainly work with digital and traditional art, but lately I have been trying new things like clay and 3D modeling. A large portion of my work is dragons or other mythical creatures, but I also draw dogs and cats every now and then.

What inspires you?

I’m heavily inspired by nature, and the patterns within nature. It’s fun to play around with existing patterns and turn them into something new.

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

I became interested in art because I wanted to be able to recreate these imaginary dragons I had in my head, which is a little silly, but I was in second grade at the time. I have always wanted to be able to draw ever since I can remember, although it is a bit frustrating at times.

Blazing Spirit
Blazing Spirit

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I have a signature that I sign all of my art with. It was originally based off of a wing, but now it looks more like a key, and above it I write “SDL”. Those aren’t my initials but I made it up in sixth grade because I wanted to start signing my work but my mom didn’t want me using my real name. It stands for snake and dragon lover, which is a tad embarrassing to admit because it sounds so childish.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep drawing! Everyone hits a rough patch with their art where they feel a little hopeless, but all you have to do is keep searching for ways to improve. Also, don’t let art get in the way of your happiness. It seems like strange advice, but I have seen a lot of artists (myself included) stress themselves out over a piece of art, or become worried they can’t draw a fully finished piece every day. Art can be tiring, it’s a huge mental workout and a strain on your wrist. Don’t be afraid to take a break!

Fizz
Fizz

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as asexual and possibly aromantic, but I’m still a little questioning.

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

Not in my field specifically, but definitely in life in general. I’ve definitely gotten my fair share of “you’ll change your mind”, “you just haven’t found the right person yet!”, and “Everyone wants to get married”. It’s best to handle it by trying to explain first. Sometimes people just need to be introduced to the concept. If you have explained your sexuality to them and they still pressure you to get married, ect. Then it’s best to tolerate them or distance yourself from them, which can be hard sometimes, but arguing with someone who is not willing to understand you is not worth your time or effort.

Luxray
Luxray

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

I haven’t really encountered a lot of misconceptions, mainly people either have no idea what it is, or they are ace themselves.

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

Sexuality can be a fluid thing, you don’t have to decide on one thing and then be that sexuality for the rest of your life. So if you want to identify as asexual, don’t be afraid to! People change a lot throughout their whole lives, and orientation is a huge part of that. Just make sure that whatever you identify as, it makes you happy.

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

I post the most on my instagram: https://instagram.com/painted_vulture/ but it has personal posts too. My deviant art ( http://paintedvulture.deviantart.com/ ) is where I post only finished pieces of art.

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