Today we’re joined by Ella. Ella is a wonderful visual artist and a prolific writer. Xe do a number of forms of writing including short stories, poetry, and novels. When xe are not writing, Ella loves to do visual art. Xe are a versatile visual artist, doing everything from painting to graphic art to ink illustrations. It’s clear xe are an incredibly dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to xir for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I write novels, short stories, freeform poetry and songs as well as ink illustrations, graphic art, paintings and concept art.
What inspires you?
Both the natural world and much of architecture. I draw from the westerns, horror, steampunk, fantasy and post-apocalyptic genres for concepts, palettes and settings.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
As soon as I was able to hold a crayon I’ve been drawing, and when I was able to write I began writing. I’ve been doing this for almost my whole life, and I’ve always wanted to make it my career.
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?
None that I can think of, which is a shame. I should come up with some.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Practice your craft. Get the basics down, know the bones of what you’re doing, and you have to know the rules before you break them. Once you know them? Go wild. Everything takes time to learn, and nothing is going to be completely how you want it at first.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Asexual, though I’m probably closer to demisexual or grey-asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m insulated enough that I haven’t dealt with it as a confrontation thing, but I do experience the vast misunderstanding and ignorance about asexuality a lot.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Either the celibacy misconception or just not knowing what it is.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to be like this. You aren’t broken, or flawed, or sinful for being like this.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Ella, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.