Interview: Fishtanks

Today we’re joined by Fishtanks. Fishtanks is a wonderful visual artist who also does some writing. They mostly do fanart, but also do original work. When they’re not drawing, Fishtanks is working on a webcomic and also does zines. They’re very enthusiastic, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I am mostly a fan artist of a company called Rooster Teeth,
but I also do Original pieces, Zines, animatics, and you heard it here first,
I’m working on creating a webcomic right now!

What inspires you?

My inspiration for a majority of what I do is a mix of
determination and stubbornness. If I want to do something someone tells me I
can’t I work ten times as hard to do it! I have people watching me every day,
and I want everyone who does watch me to know they can do whatever their heart
desires.

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

I actually never thought that I would be an artist in any
capacity as a child. I was interested in engineering and medicine! What got me
interested was in my sophomore year of high school, I started talking to my now
best friend. He was always by himself drawing, so to get closer to him, I
started drawing! Once I started, and my best friend encouraged me, I was
hooked!

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 sign all my works of course, but nothing particularly
special!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

If someone says you can’t do something, do it anyway. Prove
them wrong. Work harder to get there. Know you can do anything you want when
you work harder and look at things from a new perspective.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Regular ol’ asexual

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

I have had a few times I have had to stop talking to people
I enjoyed messaging because they either said aces aren’t real, or they don’t
belong in the LGBT+ community, as well as left group chats.

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

Me complimenting a person or saying “She’s cute” and someone
responding “But you’re ace.” Ace people can think someone is cute or attractive

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

It’s totally okay to be confused and questioning, and I even
encourage it! Do not worry about saying you are something and then change it if
you think it is wrong. Also, it is okay to not have a label for who you are,
you are you, not a sum of labels!

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

I post most on my Tumblr: http://emptyfishtanks.tumblr.com/
And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClB2m2taU60U_br8hQ7P4og
But I also have Twitter: https://twitter.com/emptyfishtanks
And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fishtanksart/

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