Interview: FurvaNoctua

Today we’re joined by FurvaNoctua. FurvaNoctua is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in drawing characters and party members from RPGs and Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. Aside from character art, FurvaNoctua draws things from cartoons and games. They draw both in a cartoon style and a semi-realistic style. It’s clear they’re a passionate and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I really enjoy drawing my characters and other party members from the DnD and Pathfinder RPGs I participate in as well as fun scenarios that happen in the sessions. I have also started to sometimes draw animal mash-ups, I’ve drawn a lot of stylised owls, occasionally do some small comics and sometimes draw things from games and cartoons. I enjoy drawing with my girlfriend and draw stuff for her sometimes.

I do a lot of traditional drawing as well as digital. I often fluctuate between mostly drawing traditionally or mostly drawing digitally. I most often draw in a cartoony – I guess also semi-realistic – style. Sometimes I do some more realistic stuff.

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What inspires you?

Cartoons, webcomics and video games I like, and just a lot of art I come across.

I often get motivated to draw by watching Doodle Date from YouTube. It’s a couple who draw together and it’s just really relaxing and uplifting to watch!

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

I have always loved drawing and been fascinated with the process of creating animated movies/cartoons, comics and video games. Since I was a kid I wanted to make video games, but I thought that couldn’t be a possibility.

I’m not currently actively pursuing making video games, but I plan on trying in the near future. Even if I’m just going to make a small game on my own, for myself, I’m definitely going to do something with video games!

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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 have made signature that looks like a small owl with an F and N for wings (to stand for FurvaNoctua) that I often forget to sign my work with. Otherwise I don’t think so.

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Katrine sketch in colours

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

As someone with depression and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder, so ADHD without the hyperactivity) I have struggled a lot with actually getting around to draw when starting any task feels impossible and overwhelming, especially a few years ago. What I found helped was to not beat myself up for not drawing and instead just soak up any information about art that came my way. Even if I wasn’t drawing often I could still learn a lot about drawing while being too low on energy. I watch drawing tutorials on YouTube, read any drawing tutorial I come across, examine the colours/lines/light of any drawings I like and look at how they are build. Besides learning a lot, it might also give you inspiration/motivation/energy to get drawing yourself! But either way you learnt something and probably had some relaxing time for yourself in the process.

I felt this helped my art grow a lot after I got out of (my equivalent of) high school and got more time and energy to focus on drawing. I had gotten a lot of knowledge about drawing and now I could really try it out in practice, which was really nice.

So, focus on getting to a better place, passively take in any art tips you come across, do art if you can, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. You will have plenty of time to improve.

Another thing I have struggled with which is tied to what I have already talked about, is feeling like I’ve fallen behind and not being where I could have been if I could have just drawn regularly. What I feel has helped me feel happy with where I’m at (but still excited about improving of course) is imagining showing a recent piece to my younger self. Who hasn’t wondered how much their skills will have grown in a few years? If you could actually answer your younger self and show where you are now, they would flip out (for many reasons, but let’s focus on the art)! “Those hands look so good!” “I love this character, they are so cool!!” “I can’t believe I will get this far!” “I’m so glad to see I’ll get better at poses.” You might wish that you were further than you, but I’m positive your younger self would already be very impressed. Knowing my younger me would be happy with where I am helps me be happier with where I am too.

I focused on drawing, but I think both things can apply to about all art and I hope it helps someone.

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Mona and Shy Plague Knight

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m aroace and feel zero percent sexual attraction and romantic attraction.

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

Not specifically in regard to being asexual, but being sex-repulsed certainly creates some struggles. I’m not very good with nudity, so learning to draw proper anatomy still feels difficult to me as most common ways to improve is to do things like croquis. A lot of artists I have asked about good ways to learn anatomy that isn’t croquis have almost all told me that croquis is really just the way to go and everyone can be uncomfortable at first, but you quickly get absorbed by the drawing. They don’t tend to get that I wouldn’t just be uncomfortable, but most likely will have a panic attack before I get the chance to draw… I have however gotten some nice resources from a nice fellow ace artist recently (who doesn’t share this problem, but can understand how it’s difficult), and I’m excited to look at them further!

I find it difficult to find good resources on my own. Having something like croquis, but have the models be in underwear so the anatomy is still very clear, would be nice, but I don’t quite dare to search for people in underwear on the internet.

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

Probably that aces don’t have sex or that aces and allos can’t be in any lasting relationships because the allos would leave at some point because they would eventually want something the aces can’t give.

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Owl lake from dream

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

Take your time and don’t do anything you don’t want to do. The expectations and pressure of society might make it feel like you should just go do some stuff you don’t want to in order to be normal and happy, but that’s not true and it won’t help. So just listen to yourself and take your time.

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Veta – First and Recent

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

Anything that I post goes on my Tumblr: https://furvanoctua.tumblr.com/
My Instagram, where I post anything that isn’t digital art: furvanoctua
My Redbubble shop: www.redbubble.com/people/furvanoctua.

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Zelda

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

Interview: Dancey

Today we’re joined by Dancey. Dancey is a wonderful artist who has been drawing for going on five years now. They enjoy drawing in a cartoon style and dabble in other forms of visual art like clay figures. When they’re not drawing, Dancey is very into game development. They currently work with RPGs and visual novels. It’s obvious Dancey is a very talented and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I do a variety of creative activities, but the main ones I do are game developing and drawing. I was never really interested in making my own art look realistic, so I usually go for a more cartoonish look in my drawings. My art style is pretty simple, it usually doesn’t have any shading in it, though I am practicing shading my art. As for game developing, I usually make RPGs and visual novels, and I’m currently doing everything on my own, because why not? I’m also planning to improve on animating, which is hard to do with my slightly low patience and being unable to finish the first frame.

What inspires you?

A lot of things, actually, sometimes from other games and drawings, but I also get inspiration from things you generally wouldn’t expect to get inspiration from. Though, one person I have to mention is my sister, who is also an artist. She inspired me to start drawing myself, so I had to thank her for that. There were also people who inspired me to try to get better at art, and because of these people, I got to where I am now. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop there, though, there’s always room for improvement!

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

As I said with who and what inspired me, my sister was the one who got me into drawing. She draws quite a lot, and I decided to follow in her steps, and found that I really enjoyed drawing, so it started turning into a hobby. I didn’t really think much of drawing until I was 7 years old, in which I started drawing more, and I started to put effort into improving, then that’s when I wanted to become an artist.

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 do, though I don’t really put it on my work often. If you’re wondering what it looks like, think of the letter ‘D’ turned to the round-side down, then put an upside-down ‘W’ on the top of it. It should look something like a cat.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Be passionate about your work, if you’re not drawing because you like to draw, then you don’t have to draw if you don’t want to. If you want to draw, then you can, and you shouldn’t let people stop you. Ignore the people who put you down, and cherish the people who support you!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am a panro ace.

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

Only once, and it was while I was talking to my so-called friends, who I actually don’t see as friends anymore after thinking about things. When they asked about my sexuality, I said I was asexual, in which they didn’t know what it meant. I told them what it means to be asexual, and they replied, “It’s not possible to not have a sexual attraction, you have to be attracted to someone.” It did annoy me, but I decided that they weren’t worth my time if they were just going to say that. So I would just ignore people when they say things like, “It’s impossible to be ace,” or, “You just haven’t found the right person.” My ‘friend,’ I can live life my way, and you don’t have to control it, so mind your business, and I’ll mind my own.

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

That asexuality doesn’t exist, and/or that aces aren’t LGBT+. They are, people just don’t believe it, which I find upsetting.

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

Well, likewise with art, ignore those who put you down, and cherish those who support you. Those who don’t support you aren’t worth your time. You get to live your own life your way, and they can’t control the way you live.

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

My main account on Tumblr is Danceykitty, and my game/comic/etc. development side-blog is Cat Pause II. I also post my artwork on Deviantart, my account is Danceykitty, likewise with my main Tumblr account. Also look out for art in the Cat Pause account, as I post art there as well, which are often previews to the characters and story in the form of drawings, though I also post character references and concepts, sprites, and sometimes just random drawings. I also post updates about my games, and their progress. There’s not much, but there might be more soon.

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