Interview: Lindsey Alvord

Today we’re joined by Lindsey Alvord, who also goes by Mudora. Lindsey is an absolutely spectacular visual artist who creates some absolutely beautiful imagery. She specializes in fantasy and her elves and dragons are absolutely gorgeous. There’s so much character in her work and going through her portfolio, the viewer sees an amazing imagination as well as an incredibly skilled and enthusiastic artist who loves what she does. 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’m a fantasy nut. Dragons, elves, magic, fantastical landscapes, you name it: I blame my wonderful mother for such things. Dungeons and Dragons and video games also add to the craziness.

I mostly do traditional sketching and digital painting, but I have backgrounds in watercolor and acrylic as well. I like fast mediums, as I work quickly. That likely adds a sense of impatience to my process… but there you are.

Forest Thicket
Forest Thicket

What inspires you?

My family for sure. They inspire in the encouraging and loving kind of way. I’m also SUPER inspired from videogames, other professional artists, the old masters, J.C. Leyendecker, nature, and a whole myriad of things. I would also say the Legend of Zelda inspired me back into art, so big kudos there.

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

I’ve been drawing since I could hold something remotely like a pencil in my hand. Since the age of 8, I knew I wanted to work in art. Later on down the road, I understood that I absolutely loved videogames, and that I wanted to design for them. And, I’m helping out game designers do that now!

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Lijering

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?

As far as I know, the only thing I add is a signature, but only to commissioned work. I used to sign everything, but I trailed off of that. Not sure why. Maybe I just don’t like my signature.

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Midna

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

If you want to be an artist, you can’t stop being one. What I mean by that is if you stop drawing because you feel like you’re not good enough, you’ll never reach the level you want. Don’t think that the masters ever stopped learning their craft. The only reason they were masters at all, was because they didn’t fall in the face of adversity.

Be patient with yourself. You will grow in time.

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Tarot Collection

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Totally and completely asexual: I am asexual and am sex repulsed. Totally love other people getting together though. Just keep it away from me!

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The Warden’s Return

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

Not yet, as I haven’t really talked to anyone about it unless they were already aware of what I meant. I have told my mother, who was very confused. But after a couple of times she understood what I was talking about.

So, as of now, I have dodged that particular ugliness.

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

The one I’ve encountered is the common, “Oh that’ll change when you find… THE ONE.”

I’ma tell you this, folks. I thought I was going to marry a guy, because I did love him. But, I was not sexually attracted in any way to him. It does not change when you find THE ONE. So, dodged a bullet there in that case.

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Winter Walk

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

It’s okay to be sad about finding this out. Life puts a lot of expectations on you, and sometimes some of the things you thought were going to happen to you won’t as a result of finding out your orientation. I, for one, was accepting of it, but still have bitterness toward it. I’m not ‘normal’. It’s no longer easy for me to participate in conversations about relationships. Heck, I have to hide a major aspect about me to a majority of people still. There’s a lot of things that come with realizing who you are, and how you are. The hard part is learning to cope with the realization.

But in the end, I am happier to know what my body wants… or in this case, what it doesn’t want. And the fact that there is a name for it, that I’m not as alone as I thought I was, makes it better to embrace something new.

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Wound

 

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

You can find me on here at mudora.tumblr.com. I also have a portfolio website: lindseya.portfoliobox.me. Tumblr is probably the best place to get to know me on a semi-personal level, though. If you don’t mind crazy folk, that is. Whatever you find there, I hope you enjoy! I aim to please.

The Forest Queen
The Forest Queen

Thank you, Lindsey, 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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Wolf

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!

Water Girl
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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Expressions

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.

Lions
Lions

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