Interview: Cheshire

Today we’re joined by Cheshire. Cheshire is a phenomenal visual artist and an aspiring animator. They do both digital and traditional art, favoring messy materials for traditional art. They absolutely love to draw and doodle, whether on paper or on their iPad. Their work shows a remarkable amount of detail as well as a wonderful use of color. It’s clear they have an incredibly bright future ahead of them, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’m an aspiring animator and generally fun-loving digital and traditional artist. I mainly doodle on my iPad (Due to my lack of a laptop), as well as in my sketchbooks (Three of them, lol). I enjoy working with pencils and watercolour paints, and because I tend to do a lot of self-referential and colourful artworks I usually go with the messiest materials (Hence, watercolour).

What inspires you?

Pop culture, Personal experiences, music and the world around me. I’ve been heavily into popular culture since my constant-cartoon watching as a child (Nothing’s changed.), which is why my art style tends to be a mix of both styles close to anime and western cartoons. In terms of personal experience, that all tends to be related to my darker artworks, and the ones inspired by things that have made me anxious or generally feel like crap emotionally. Music is because of my all-over-the-place music tastes, as for instance I could be drawing something completely cute when listening to a sweet love song, or something violent or angry when listening to metal (Which is most of my playlists), or something inspired by a musical. The world around me could just be someone’s outfit, an animal I saw, or the landscapes I come across on my adventures to and from home.

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

I never really had any role models for getting into art until I got into my junior year of high school. I had always like drawing, and have been doing so since I was five, but I never really wanted to pursue a career in it until I started looking into watercolour art at the start of eleventh grade, and then animation at the end of that year. I wanted to be a music teacher (I am terrible at music), a juvenile justice worker, a youth counsellor, but eventually settled into animation, as I felt that it was the best way to improve my art and share the stories I make up with people.

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?

Nope! It’s not that I have a simple trick I’m not willing to share, but more that I just… don’t have one? I tend to do whatever I want with my art and what people see is what they get. There’s no secret to it.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Your art is unique to you. Your style, your methods, your materials, they are yours. If you spend all your time comparing yourself to other artists you tend to be discouraged, and honestly, that’s the last thing you want. What you do what to do is look at other people’s art and their methods and be inspired, as in ‘Oh, I didn’t know I could do that’. Don’t compare yourself to someone who is probably also in the same boat as you. You’re doing your best, and even though that may not seem like much, it’s enough for you. And even if you don’t like that one piece you did, someone else will, and may even see it in a way that you didn’t.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m pan-romantic grey-ace. I don’t really know where I am on the spectrum. I mean, I’m not attracted to anyone in a sexual way, but I’m not totally against the idea of doing-the-do. I’m not sex-repulsed at all, but I’d only do it if I as completely sure I could trust the person I was with.

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

More just ignorance than anything. No one really knows how to understand it and I’m terrible at explaining it. Even then, I don’t upfront say ‘Oh I’m ace”, but more let it out later as I know the person. I honestly find it easier to just say ‘Oh I wouldn’t do a one-night-stand with anyone, and generally just… don’t feel a need to do it at all?’ It’s hard to explain to people when I don’t really understand it myself.

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

That I’m celibate. Like no, sweetie, I’d do it, but I just don’t feel like it. That’s all it is. I’m not resigning myself to a vow of celibacy because boy howdy smooching people is a nice feeling and I’m lonely and would love an s/o, but I just… don’t care about sex?

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

It’s okay if you’re confused. Your identity doesn’t have to be your defining point, so there’s no pressure to really understand it. It’s also okay to tell people. They may not explicitly understand what you’re dealing with, but telling someone can help you deal with what can be extremely stressful. And if people tell you that the A in the full LGBTQ+ acronym means ‘Ally’, tell them to fight you. The A can stand for Ally, Ace and Aro and no one can take your identity away from you.

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

My Instagram, Art Amino, DA and Tumblr!

I don’t use my Tumblr much lately due to school stress, but it’s serpentine-jellyfish. Between all the memes I post, I sometimes post my art there.

My Insta is where I post a majority of my art, from doodles to fully-completed works. I should get an art account, but honestly? I completely content with posting everything on the one account. My Instagram is serpentine._.jellyfish (temporarily changed for Halloween: https://www.instagram.com/serpentine._.spookfish/)

Art Amino I don’t use too much as it takes up space on my iPad, and is Serpentine Jellyfish. I post a lot of stuff there when I do have it.

My DA is the different one, and is Thoughtful-Melonlord. I don’t post there very often at all, as I’m generally just too lazy to log back in and out, and when I do post, it’s using the iPad app, which has terrible interfacing by the way.

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

Interview: Renessa Jones

Today we’re joined by Renessa Jones. Renessa is a wonderful crafter and visual artist. She does knitting, perler art, and charm making. When she’s not crafting, Renessa enjoys drawing. She has filled out a number of sketchbooks and has a great deal of passion, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Furry Video Games

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I do several mediums of art. I knit, make charms, perler art, and draw. Drawing and knitting are probably my favorites. I started both to assist with my anxiety and both have helped greatly. I have a large stack of sketchbooks climbing half way up my bed room wall.

What inspires you?

Let’s see, TV mostly. Television, movies, and characters I love. I draw cartoons mostly. Now with knitting, I’m inspired by who’s getting the knitting project, their favorite colors and things. I make cute things because cute things are adorable!

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Hipster Tad

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

Like I said I took up knitting to help with crippling anxiety.

However, when I was little we were so poor we couldn’t afford to pay for electricity one month. My mom taught me how to draw cartoons since there was no TV. She taught me how to draw a bear head, a dog head, cat head, and Mickey. I practiced because I wanted to be as good as my mom. Then when I was in high school my mom told me she wanted to draw as good as me and this made me happier than anything.

I loved drawing since I was a kid. I was never paying attention in school because I was drawing. There is nothing better than seeing an empty page then almost like magic there was a drawing.

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Jesse and Matt

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?

Not especially, I do sign my digital art with my initials RJ.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

PRACTICE! I didn’t think I was any good when I was little. I drew pictures ALL the time and over time I got better. I practice drawing faces and hair a lot so I can get better. I need to practice drawing hands cause you practically have to sell your soul if you want to draw nice hands.

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Owlly 2

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am a heteroromantic asexual.

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

My mom tries to understand but I know she thinks I have something physically wrong with me. She thinks I will get over it when I’m older. My friend says once I’ve had it I’ll change my mind. I haven’t met any prejudice yet luckily, but then again I haven’t told many people.

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

That you just need to have it to like it. That doesn’t seem right to me. Even if someone has never had sex they should be able to say whether they are interested or not. I’m not interested, in fact the idea of myself doing it makes me physically nauseous some times.

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Stanley and Sakura Kissy

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

It’s OK to not like it. You are not broken or alone. You are not any less of a person. You can still fall in love if you have romantic feelings. You can have a relationship with love and not have sex because sex does NOT equal love. If you’re with someone who just loves you because they will get sex they are NOT worth your time. You are better than that.

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

My Tumblr is sosospoopy, feel free to send a message and say howdy ^ ^ I tag my art renessadraws and renessaknits

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Wirt and Beatrice Wings

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

Interview: Will

Today we’re joined by Will, who also goes by Parzifals Judgement online. Will is an amazing visual artist who does a lot of stylized illustrations and small comics. His work is brimming with vibrant colors and remarkable expressions. Will is a very passionate artist who loves what he does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Meet the Artist 2017
Meet the Artist 2017

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I mostly draw stylized illustrations and small comics. I really enjoy digital art’s flat colors and bold lines, and traditionally I like using markers and soft blending. I can also do some small craft things, like make sketchbooks, though that’s more of a new thing.

What inspires you?

I love fairy tales, villains, pastel gore, mythology, monsters, Arthurian legend, and fantasy. I also draw a lot of inspiration from modern superhero comics and deconstruction stories! It’s just really fun to explore the limits of certain ideas, and I enjoy putting it all into comic form, because it tells a long, involved story.

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Capra Spring Banner

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

I didn’t really start drawing seriously until I was 14, and funny enough, theater and self-inserts got me into that. I really started making stories and characters back then and hardcore got into the idea of having my own stories to tell then. After that, I didn’t really know I wanted to be a visual artist until I was in college- I thought I wanted to be a writer, but I just kept drawing as a hobby and eventually after my senior project was a comic, I realized that I really enjoyed drawing comics as an art form.

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Lam’s New Fireproof Armor

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 don’t know if I have anything special, but I have a watermark and signature that I use that’s a combination of a P and a J. It’s honestly not the most creative thing, but I enjoy drawing it.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I could say blah blah, learn your foundations, follow your dreams, blah blah, do what you love, but I think my first advice is if you have a thing that you enjoy doing with your art, whether it’s making speedpaint videos, or selling prints on RedBubble, or making sketchbook videos, or making a webcomic, whatever it is. Start early. Start now. Having a strong foundation early on really helps, and it’ll give you a goal to work towards. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you start now, you can get good habits earlier.

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Will Icon 2017

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

It’s complicated. My general labels are asexual aromantic, but I’m pretty sure I’m some sort of male-leaning demi-grey-something for both, so I also just use queer.

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

I don’t … really understand the latest anti-ace discourse, especially from within the LGBTQ+ community. It really confuses me and I don’t really understand it, and people always seem to wonder what my thoughts as an ace person are on the issue. I tend to just avoid that specific discourse and say that I’m not going to share my opinion on it, but it saddens me to see infighting.

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Luke Ranger Ribbon

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

Asexual people don’t belong in the LGBTQ community, currently, but before that, it was “A in LGBTQIA+ Stands for Ally.” Honestly, besides those two, people around me just don’t seem to understand it as a concept, so for better or worse, I don’t get many other irritating misconceptions about asexuality.

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

It’s okay to not know right now. It’s okay to not know for a while. Labels are something to help you, personally, not a thing you have to keep for your entire life. Maybe you won’t be ace tomorrow. Maybe you’ll keep that label forever. Either way, It’s okay.

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War Machine Star Garnet

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

I have an art blog here on Tumblr at http://will2draw.tumblr.com/  a Deviantart at http://parzifalsjudgment.deviantart.com/ and an Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/parzifalsjudgement/

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Light on the Sea

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