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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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