Today we’re joined by Cyr Pavleszek. Cyr is a wonderful visual artist who also does fanart. While he mostly draws his original characters, Cyr also draws some fanart for various fandoms. He uses drawing as an outlet and his work is brimming with bright colors and detailed expressions. It’s clear he’s a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
My art is a mix of original characters and fandom drawings.
I tend to draw whatever comes to mind
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my art teachers and media I watch,
such as anime, medical dramas, cartoons, and comics
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
My art started as a coping mechanism for chronic pain and
mental illness, but I haven’t always wanted to be a professional artist. It
came about recently when I took art classes and my teacher said I had a good
chance of making a living professionally as 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 don’t think I have a unique signature.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Just keep drawing, keep on doing it. Don’t think about it
either! Overthinking your art could lead to you becoming self-conscious about
your work and giving up. Don’t give up either!
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I would say asexual, somewhere between asexual and
demi-sexual. I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I don’t openly share my sexuality because of prejudice, when
I do it’s to shut it down. I learned to handle ignorance by reminding myself
that the person is usually uneducated. If they’re not willing to learn, I just
ignore and move on.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we’re all prudes and can’t stand nudity of any kind. As
an artist I look at naked bodies to better understand anatomy, I wouldn’t be
able to learn without it!
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
I know it’s hard, but once you finally accept and understand
that you’re on the ace spectrum, and fully accept it as a part of you, it’s
rewarding, fulfilling, gratifying. Please keep true to yourself and I promise
it will all be worth it in the end.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
Right now you can find me on a Tumblr-alternative called
Writscrib under the username Cryptid, and I have my own website with my
Thank you, Cyr, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.