Interview: Iranka

Today we’re joined by Iranka. Iranka is a phenomenal artist who does a bit of everything. While art is mainly a hobby, Iranka has a variety of talents that she enjoys using for her creative pursuits. She does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. She depicts a variety of subjects, both fanworks and original ones. When she’s not doing visual art, Iranka enjoys playing music or writing. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I do a little of a lot of things. Mainly, I paint and draw fanart, original characters, or real life people or things such as flowers and scenery. I’m also a pianist and flautist, and I also like to write – particularly short stories or just creating characters/worlds.

What inspires you?

It could be anything really, often a film I have seen, other artists, or nature.

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

I can’t remember how I got interested in drawing actually, I just know I’ve been drawing for fun since I can remember. As for music, I got jealous when my sister was learning piano so I wanted to learn too. I haven’t always wanted to be an artist, and I still am not quite sure what I want to do, but I really enjoy doing it. I also really love the idea that something I create could touch someone or make something happy, so that’s what I aspire to do. I think that realisation hit me while watching some Studio Ghibli movies, because they’re so beautiful and explore such amazing and important themes. So yeah, although art has mostly just been a hobby to me, if I could do anything it would be that.

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?

No, I don’t have one.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep trying! The more you do it, the better you will get, so don’t give up! It’s okay if you get a block sometimes and can’t seem to create anything; it will pass. Some of your art will be bad too, and that’s okay too, because no one has to see the bad stuff, you just learn and improve from it. No one is perfect on their first try.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am definitely asexual but I’m still not 100% certain. At the moment I’d say I am pan/demi romantic asexual.

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

Personally I haven’t experienced any prejudice. I’ve had the odd few people not believe me, or tell me I “just haven’t found the right guy yet”. One person said they thought I can’t be asexual because I “dress like a girl.” Yet to understand how that relates to my sexuality but yeah

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

That we are all prudes, all hate sex, that we just haven’t found “the one”, or that asexuality means you just don’t want sex. Oh, and that asexuals are just “special snowflakes on Tumblr” or something.

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

It’s okay. There are lots of people either online or in real life who could help you figure out your orientation or come to terms with it. I found out I was asexual only after researching stuff online and finding other asexual people’s stories that I could relate to a lot. Forums like AVEN can be helpful. Also, know that you don’t HAVE to come out if you think doing so would hurt you, like if you know your parents are against the LGBT+ community for example.

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

I am at iranka on Tumblr, and at iranka.art on Instagram 🙂

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

Interview: Jill

Today we’re joined by Jill. Jill is a phenomenal amateur photographer who has some absolutely stunning work. Her photography demonstrates a keen eye and a love for the art form. While she favors nature and portraits, Jill is versatile when it comes to subject matter. She has a great enthusiasm 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.

Well, I’m an amateur photographer! I got my first DSLR camera about a year ago and I’ve been doing photography as a hobby for 2 years.  My preferred subject matter is usually nature, portraits, or a combination of the two! I love flowers in particular, just ‘cuz there’s something really delicate about them that really speaks to me.

What inspires you?

Without going too far into detail, memories and time really inspire me! I love being able to capture moments in time through my prospective and preserve them forever, even when I forget those moments eventually (I have a really bad memory, haha).

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

I used to go for walks around my town a lot as a kid, and seeing sunsets and flowers and other “fleeting” things made me really sad for some reason. When I got my first camera, I finally figured out that I was sad because I couldn’t remember these moments forever; and that got me really interested in photography.

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but not a photographer; I tried drawing, painting, dancing, the whole nine yards before I got to photography.

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?

No, not really! If anything, I take a lot of pictures of flowers, I guess.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Just go for it! If you think you won’t be good at something, do it anyways! Nobody starts out great. But if you’re really passionate about something, that’s something you can’t just learn; but you can learn to be really good at whatever field you love. You know? Just go for it!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as asexual, panromantic, and semi-sex repulsed.

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

Not necessarily in my field, since I’m only an amateur and I don’t interact with other photographers all that often. But in general, a lot of people are ignorant to asexuality and don’t respect my boundaries, which really upsets me. Usually I try to ignore it or educate people if possible.

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

I’ve found that a lot of people are under the impression that asexuality is a new thing that only exists on Tumblr, and is therefore “fake” (“how could you live without sex?!”). It can be pretty disheartening at times.

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

Don’t change yourself for anyone. If someone isn’t comfortable with your asexuality, you don’t have to deal with those people. Don’t stay around people who don’t care enough about you to understand you, y’know? And don’t feel like you’re broken or weird. You’re valid. And cool as heck.

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

I have a Tumblr! My URL is http://memoriesofaforgottenplace.tumblr.com/

I also have a Deviantart under Jillipenny, but most of my work is posted on my Tumblr while only some of it is on Deviantart.

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