Interview: Hope

Today we’re joined by Hope. Hope is an amazing special effects artist who does incredible work with makeup. She also creates moodboards. Her SFX is eerie and graphic, something straight out of a horror movie. She’s a self-taught artist and is clearly very talented. It’s obvious that she’s an incredibly passionate and creative artist, 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 am a self-taught special effects artist. I learned what I know mostly through YouTube videos but I’m constantly learning more and always improving. I really love special effects because it’s a medium to express myself in a unique cool way. I think that special effects has really helped me to embrace my creativity and my uniqueness because I think that society has a little box that they want girls especially to fit in and that’s just not me.

What inspires you?

I think the things that inspire me most are the amazing creations of other people and often things I read about in books. Special effects is such a rare but amazing hobby and it’s so cool to meet others that share that love that I have. Often I will see a really cool look on Pinterest and then recreate it with my own special twist. I also really like imagining what a wound would look like in a book and then bringing it to life.

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

I first started finding out about special effects when i found this YouTube channel called glam and gore. Before this I had seen SFX in movies and pictures of Halloween costumes but I never really never thought of it as something that was accessible to me. When I started watching this channel it was like a whole new world was opened to me. I thought it was crazy how someone could make a wound so realistically out of cotton, latex and paint. Halloween was right around the corner so I figured “why not it looks like fun” and bought some basic supplies. That why not was the beginning of my new found passion for SFX makeup and an amazing hobby that allows me to be myself.

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

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

The biggest piece of advice I can give is not just to be yourself but to do it for yourself. Because the moment you do things for other people is the moment that you lose a piece of yourself. If it makes you happy do it! If it doesn’t or makes you feel bad stop and figure out why. If you can fix the problem and continue in a healthy way do it. If you can’t then stop. Your health is your first priority. Your happiness is the first priority. Your art is for you. If you love it and other people love it amazing. If it makes you happy even though others hate it continue. There are always going to be haters in the world so that’s why you have to be your biggest fan.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I proudly identify as biromantic. This means that I don’t have sexual attraction to anyone but I have romantic attraction to both males and females. More on the male side lol.

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

Not really in my field but a lot in general. In my personal life my parents are well meaning but they keep telling me that I’m too young to know that I’m ace and I might change when I’m older.

In general there is a lot of stigma about bisexuals and asexuals and whether they are LGBTQIA+ (It’s literally in the name) so being both means double the amount. I think all sexualities are equally important and shouldn’t get hate. I believe the best thing to do is to make your point once calmly and if they don’t listen let them look like the jerk and idiot. Don’t bring yourself to their level.

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

That asexuals will change or need to be changed.

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

You are valid. You are loved and amazing. Don’t listen to anyone who says that you are too old or young or too anything. The only qualification for being ace is not having sexual attraction. That’s it! Having sex doesn’t make you less ace. Masturbating doesn’t make you less ace. Fantasizing doesn’t make you less ace. Having romantic attraction doesn’t make you less ace. There is no such thing as a fake ace. You be you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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

My main blog is at thefightingfangirl but if you just want to see my SFX work my side blog is at monsters-gore-andmore.

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

Interview: Sophia Hodgson

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.

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WORK

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!

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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?

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.

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Nine of Swords

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual/Aromantic

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?

My Instagram is xx_g0ldf1sh_xx and my art Tumblr is xxg0ldf1shxx!

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

Interview: Adèle

Today we’re joined by Adèle. Adèle is a phenomenal visual artist who does both digital and traditional art. They do a lot of drawing and painting, usually a variety of subjects. Their work tends to have a bit of a surreal flair, as you’ll soon see. 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 mainly produce physical or digital artwork, the subject matter varying depending on whatever I feel like producing at that particular time.

What inspires you?

Inspiration can come from the weirdest places, for me at least. Sometimes I’ll spend weeks smoothing out the composition for just one piece, and sometimes I’ll see a tree or a bird and think “gotta go sketch, NOW!”. I’ll take inspiration where I can get it, which I think is why my pieces can tend to vary so much.

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

I have always enjoyed painting, drawing- producing any kind of artwork, really. Something about the thought of creating something just from my brain appeals to me. Funnily enough, it wasn’t until after I stopped doing art academically that I realized just how much I loved it.

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Salad Ugh

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?

There’s nothing concrete, aside from my signature I think. I did go through a phase of including odd stripy socks in all of my works a few years ago, but they feature much less often now.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

If you can find the balance between doing artwork to put yourself out there and doing it to make you feel better, there’s very little else you need to know. Also, don’t let anyone tell you that your form of artwork isn’t valid.

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Zombie Briar Rose

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as Aromantic Asexual.

For me this means never feeling sexual attraction towards anybody, and never getting romantic feelings towards anybody either. I wouldn’t rule out dating somebody if I ever wanted to, but it hasn’t happened yet.

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

Very little, and none that couldn’t have been avoided with sheer education about asexual people. I tend to handle it by either trying to provide that education, or just accepting that there are always going to be people who oppose me for various reasons: and it shouldn’t be my responsibility to work at pleasing them.

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

That it’s a choice, or that it’s somehow less valid than other orientations.

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

It’s perfectly okay to take your time with figuring yourself out, and coming out after you do. It took me six months and a whole lot of soul-searching to be okay with the fact that I’m asexual, but I’m perfectly happy with it and myself now. I’d recommend speaking out, if you can, so that you’re not alone in it. Also, should anyone want to, my inboxes are always open and I’d love to help in any way I can.

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

My Etsy shop is here- https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AdeleSianArtwork
(use coupon code- ASEXUALART for 10% off)
My art Tumblr (where I try to post my works) is here- http://adelesianartwork.tumblr.com/
My main blog, in case anyone did want to come chat, is here- http://excitablesatan.tumblr.com/

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