Today we’re joined by Sophia Hodgson. Sophia is an amazing young visual artist who does a mix of original work and fanart. She uses bright colors and lines to bring vivid images to life. She’s a talented and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My work takes 3 forms: fan art, assignments, and anxiety. My personal work tends to revolve around feeling like an outsider, feeling empty, or feeling useless. I like using bright colors and big shapes.
What inspires you?
Dynamic lines, pretty colors, simple forms, and because I’m a student, deadlines,
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Not always. For a while I wanted to be a teacher, then I wanted to be a police officer, then a librarian, etc. I don’t think I settled on artist until Freshman year of high school, and even then I wasn’t totally sure. I got interested because it’s always been a fun thing I enjoyed doing, and I think I’m pretty good at it!
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?
It’s weird, but I’ve been including fish in my work a lot lately. Especially goldfish, I love painting goldfish. There’s something about their blank stares that lets you project any emotion onto them.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Draw things you hate. Do things you hate, and don’t hesitate to ask for help! I hated painting for years but now oil and watercolor are some of my favorite media. I realized I had never really learned how to use them and sometimes it’s nice to have someone explain how you actually use turpentine.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not in my field, no, day to day life is a different story though.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I’m too young to know I’m asexual, despite everyone else my age being perfectly capable of knowing if they are straight or not.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Asexual doesn’t mean alone and neither does Aromantic! Romantic love isn’t the only kind out there, and anyone who doesn’t respect you isn’t your friend.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Sophia, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.