Interview: FF2

Today we’re joined by FF2. FF2 is a wonderful visual artist who does a mix of original work and fanart. They’re a self-taught artist and tend to gravitate to fanart. They get inspiration from many different sources, like video games, anime, and movies. When they’re not doing fanart, they enjoy just sketching original characters. It’s very obvious they’re a dedicated artist, 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.

Um… Okay! It’s mostly fanart of things I like (video games,
anime, movies, etc.), but sometimes I’ll draw and share OCs and stuff! I do a
lot of sketches and doodles (school is very energy and creativity-draining, so
usually I have just enough to doodle and sketch), but sometimes if I REALLY
have the energy for it I’ll make full drawings! Those are usually my favorites!
(Example: A screenshot re-draw of one of my favorite Attack on Titan scenes. Took a few days but it was worth it in the
end because it came out really well!) But… Drawing sketches is fun too! I also
really like drawing my OCs, even if I keep… NOT drawing them! (I get so many
good ideas of things to draw with them but then it’s like “Wait that’s beyond
my skill level-”)

What inspires you?

Well, it’s mostly anime, actually! Originally I took
inspiration from like… Sailor Moon,
but now – albeit it’s STILL anime – , I’m taking more references from Studio
Ghibli films (specifically When Marnie
Was There
and Spirited Away), and
the anime Attack on Titan. I’ve also
been trying to make it look a bit more… realistic. Not, SUPER realistic, but
like… (oh how do I explain this…?) just a bit more? Not like… in a way it would
make my art style look weird or unnatural, but just enough so it makes it look
BETTER? If that makes ANY sense? Plus, whatever I look at more often influences
what I draw a lot. Like, say I played a lot of Pokemon recently. Then I’d probably be drawing a lot of Pokemon characters.

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

Uhh… Really, I’ve kind of been drawing for as long as I can
remember. Like… We have pictures from when I was three and we had this… thing –
I’m not exactly sure what is was – and it has a little marker that worked with
water, so when you got it wet, you could DRAW on the mat and stuff, and in the
picture I’m just scribbling away. I guess I just really liked the idea of
making my own pictures? And I never really dropped it…! I’ve always liked
drawing, but I haven’t ALWAYS wanted to be an artist (Right now for example, I
want to be an author!), but there was a phase when I did.

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 really have a special, unique signature, but I do
have some things that I think make my art… My own and easier to recognize I
guess? I think it’s the way I do eyes? Or at least, that’s what I think and
what a few friends have told me…

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Joking aside, please practice, or take a class! Seriously,
like… say you wanted to be a professional athlete or something. You’d practice
to get better at that right? So… Why should drawing be different? Also, DO NOT
ignore guidelines. They can REALLY help. And, another thing… Try tracing
guidelines over pre-existing images. Don’t… Don’t POST those or anything, but
do that on your own practice, because it can help you get an idea of the
anatomy and stuff.  I know there’s this
whole mindset of “If I EVER trace anything ever, even for practice than I’m Bad
and an art thief!” but like… That’s not true! If you need to practice anatomy
and want to trace something for a better idea of how it works, then try that!
Again, just don’t post it.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Sex-repulsed ace. (Probably panromantic too? I don’t want to
say for sure, though…)

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

In… my field? I assume this means art. If so then no.
Though… I have some ace OCs and I’ll probably make a lot of emphasis on that
and if anyone is rude because god-forbid someone has ASEXUAL OCS, then I‘ll
probably just ignore them?

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

Either… “oh so you don’t have any emotions/empathy/whatever?”
(which is blatant lie. And also a really stupid thing to say.), and “that’s not
a thing, you’re just making a sexuality up for attention.” (more lies.)

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

DO. NOT. RUSH THIS!!! You don’t HAVE to have a label if you
don’t want one! You think you might be ace but then you find out you’re not?
That’s fine! It doesn’t make you bad!! You think you’re something else and then
find out your ace? That’s fine, too! Figuring yourself out takes a while! Also…
For anyone told this because ew ace discourse, YOU AREN’T INVADING LGBT+ SPACES
OR “STEALING” RESOURCES OR NOT A “REAL LGBT+ PERSON”. YOU ARE VALID. If ANYONE
says otherwise, just ignore ‘em. They are NOT worth it! I know it’s hard but
really, what they’re doing is kinda pathetic, you know?

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

My art Tumblr! It’s https://ff2-draws-stuff.tumblr.com/!!
I post art and WIPs there, so if you’d like to see more of my art, check it
out!

Thank you, FF2, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.