Interview: Laura

Today we’re joined by Laura. Laura is a phenomenal architect from Colombia. She frequently uses 3D simulations and images to create the concept of the project. Aside from that, she does a number of other sorts of visual art including linoprinting and painting. Recently, Laura has started dabbling in cosplay and miniatures, both painting and creating scenery for miniatures. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and talented individual, 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’m a 27 years old Architect. Concerning this job I like producing 3D simulations and images (renderings) and creating the concept of the project, which includes lots of free-hand drawings. Besides that, I do linoprinting, painting, sketches, I’m starting to produce some cosplay pieces and props, miniature painting and the scenery for these miniatures. Since I began Architecture school I’ve been producing special pieces and exploring works that use our real space and always bringing some kind of questions about how to bend or interrupt the daily routine.

What inspires you?

Even though I watch a lot of films and Japanese animation, I probably use these media to create a repertoire of concepts. Usually when I’m listening to new music, if the song isn’t too abstract and if I feel a connection, there may be inspiration to create a drawing. Most of the time the urge to produce any kind of piece is born from random things I live: it may be something someone said, an image I read the wrong way…

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

Ever since I was a kid I loved drawing and painting. A cousin of mine is a painter and decorator, she was the one who taught me how to use oleum, acrylics, the basics of drawing and everything related to these arts.

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?

Recently I’ve started to introduce a golden Mickey Mouse in my renderings.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t stress about making your art your way of living. It is ok if you want to keep it as a hobby or something you deeply enjoy by yourself without sharing it.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I used to identify as Demi-sexual… but now I’m just leaving it at grey-sexual.

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

Ignorance. People don’t know that Asexuality is a thing. I explain to them what it is about and if they are interested I explain in more detail. I always make it clear that every person that identifies within the spectrum live asexuality their own way and that my explanation comes from what I’ve lived.

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

That an asexual is a person that simply doesn’t like having sex. Of course, they don’t know how sex repulsion works or how a person that places themselves on the ace spectrum experiences the world.

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

It is fine if you discover your orientation “late” in your life, especially with asexuality because it is something most people don’t talk about.

It is fine if you think that because of being on the spectrum you have trouble identifying how you feel about someone. Most people are driven on how they feel sexually towards other people and so they know really fast if they like someone else or not. When you’re asexual (or on the spectrum) sometimes you realize you have feelings for someone else after a long time and the other person may think you’re don’t have any interest in them. You can explain to them or just live with the certainty that that person wasn’t meant for you. (of course, if you’re not aromantic too). BUT don’t use this as an excuse to stay in your comfort zone

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

https://www.behance.net/lauravanegas

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

Interview: Alyssa Furtado

Today we’re joined by Alyssa Furtado. Alyssa is a young artist who is remarkably talented. She is a visual artist who works with a number of different mediums, everything from digital to charcoal drawing. Even though she’s young, her work demonstrates someone with a keen eye. It’s clear she has a very 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 still feel as if I am fairly new to the art world. Even though people say I am good for my age, I feel really behind. Maybe it is, because I’m always really hard on myself. But besides that, I like to work with a variety of mediums. I have done print making, digital art, paintings, and charcoal drawings. When I started to take my art seriously, I noticed that a lot of my portfolio surrounded around when I discovered I was asexual, and coming out to the people around me. since then I have enjoyed making most of my art as stories about being asexual, even if it is not completely noticeable when you first look at it.

What inspires you?

My sexuality has to do with a lot of the art that I make. But there are other things, like my anxiety that pushes me to do better. I also love to listen to classical music when I am doing art, and I am obsessed with Van Gogh. I sound like such an art nerd, but I can’t even defend myself. I am one, and will always be one.

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

When I was younger my uncle used to stay at my house, and he would bring his portfolio. Since then I have been mesmerized with artists, but it was not until I started high school that I tried it myself. To be honest, I wanted to be an archeologist when I was younger, and I would draw dinosaurs all the time. When my mom gave me a Barbie doll, I had my plastic T-rex tear her head off in the first day. You could say she was not happy with me.

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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 am constantly worried that someone will steal my art! So I always try and include my signature. This is what it looks like:

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Seriously, do not give up. I remember one time I had spent hours drawing something, and I showed my friend who is also an artist. Then within 15 minutes she whipped up something that was 10 times better than mine. I felt like crap, and completely ashamed of what I made. But after years of just practicing every day, I am now applying for art school and I actually love what I make. There are days when I panic, and think I will end up as a hobo on the street, but I always try and remember that nothing else makes me happy. Even though I could have applied to a medical school, or became the hottest farmer in town, I knew that nothing else would make me as happy as my art does. And even if you don’t want to do art for a living, and it is just a hobby, never let it dwindle away, because it is more important than you think it is.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as just asexual, but I am panromantic.

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

A lot of people like to think that we don’t face any phobia, but honestly that is a complete lie. I unfortunately don’t have a family that supports my sexuality. I came out to my mom, and she said what most ace kids get. She said “it’s just a phase. One day you’ll find someone who will change your mind”. Like I said, a lot of people experience this as an asexual. I also came out to a friend once, and she asked me when I was going to go to a doctor to get it fixed. Usually I don’t get insulted so easily, but I was a bit irritated so I explained to her why that wasn’t ok to say. Then she said I didn’t understand her point of view, because being asexual was a disability. Obviously, this is not true, so I was very angry. Luckily I am pretty level headed, so I did not freak out, but I have not talked her since then.

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

One of the things that people don’t understand, is that we can still feel romantic attraction. I have dated people before, and I have loved someone. I understand why it is confusing for people who are not asexual, because I find their sexualities confusing also.

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

I would say that you should do as much research about it as possible. It helped me a lot when I had a better understanding of what other people experience. This also helped me feel like I was not alone, because I knew that what I am feeling is not fake. Once I found out I was asexual, I have met 2 other people who are ace, and 3 other people who are on the ace spectrum.

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

You can follow my art account on Instagram called at acedthis. I post most of my art, and I have my own original characters. My favorite character is named Row, and he is ace. (You will see a lot of him) There is also my Tumblr account, acceptanceofthenerds.tumblr.com, but I do not post my art on there often.

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

Interview: Iulia

Today we’re joined by Iulia. Iulia is a phenomenal visual artist who does both drawing and painting. Her work shows a touch of surrealism and it draws the viewer in. As I was going through the images for the interview, I was struck by the really intriguing dream-like quality found in many of them. Iulia has an incredible grasp of colors and lines, which 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.

All of my art is traditional art consisting of drawings, paintings or a mix of the two. I like drawing people the most (and by that I mean females haha), either normal looking or magical creatures. I have also started drawing backgrounds more, now I can’t even imagine drawing something without one. I can’t say that I necessarily have a style set in stone though considering my drawings don’t really have a pattern.

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What inspires you?

Mainly music (like any other artist I guess), but there are also things from my everyday life that I take, add a magical twist, and then transform into drawings. I also like traveling by car, in the backseat, just me, alone, with my thoughts. I had so many ideas just from that.

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

When I was a kid, I didn’t really like drawing or crafting I wasn’t what you’d call a creative child not even close since I was into math and science. But I met a person whose drawings really inspired me to create. I remember that when I was in middle school, I wanted to be a fashion designer, I think it was my biggest dream. Now I don’t want that anymore, I don’t know what I want to become (maybe a comic book artist) but what I know is that I want to create.

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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, though I draw a lot of daisies (since they’re so easy to draw) and they appear in many of my drawings.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Well besides the obvious advice “practice a lot”, they should try to make as much original art as possible and believe in their ideas. Don’t be afraid to explore your creative minds (◡‿◡✿)

(I don’t know if I should give advice though since I’m just an amateur)

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Just a normal asexual. (I might be aromantic too I’m not sure yet)

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

Not really because I don’t usually talk to people about this, because I don’t have a reason to. I only talk about my orientation with people I believe will understand me.

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

The well-known “you don’t know until you’ve tried”. Or most of the time people just don’t believe you and call you an attention seeker.

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

It might help you to join the community that’s already building up on Tumblr and other social media just so you won’t feel like you’re alone. Let us spread our pure unsexualised love.

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

This is my personal blog: http://becreativeblog.tumblr.com/

And this is my recently made art blog: http://daisies-salad.tumblr.com/

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