Interview: EpicRosalina

Today we’re joined by EpicRosalina. EpicRosalina is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. While she mostly does digital art, she also dabbles in traditional art, using mostly alcohol markers. Her style draws its inspiration from anime. EpicRosalina mostly draws her own original characters (she also dabbles in writing), but has drawn her friends’ characters on occasion. It’s clear she’s a very passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I work with digital and traditional art but I much prefer
digital over traditional. When working with traditional art, I use alcohol
markers. I work using an anime style as it’s what I’m most comfortable with. I
mainly draw my own characters however I sometimes also draw some characters
belonging to a friend of mine. I’m trying to get back into writing by starting
a new book soon.

What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my characters’ personality
and backstories. Some have pretty messed up pasts. I turn those moments into
illustrations which is fun since I get to experiment with different poses and
backgrounds. Other times, inspiration just comes out of nowhere. Some doodles
that I do get turned into illustrations.

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

I would casually draw starting from the age of 11 mainly
because of a close friend of mine who is skilled with her art. I aspired to be
as good as her and so I started taking art more seriously. It was around that
time when I discovered anime and so I also took inspiration from that sort of
art style. I only wanted to really be an artist when I saw that my art was improving
and had people complementing it.

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 do have anything special that I try to
include in my work.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t think that to be an artist, you must be “Born with
artistic talent.” I wasn’t talented at all but I kept practicing and practicing
till I reached a point where I could say “I made this and I’m proud of this.”
Use whatever you need whether it’s references or models. Do whatever you need
to keep you motivated and constantly finding ways to improve.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as Asexual Demiromantic though I do find myself
questioning it sometimes

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

I have encountered some ignorance. I have been told that I
just need to find the right person and I don’t belong in the LGBTQ+ community
but I try my best to ignore it my surrounding myself with people who support
me.

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

People who confuse Asexual with Aromantic. I’ve encountered
people who think that just because I’m Asexual, it means I don’t want to be in
a relationship however it’s quite the opposite. I’m fine with being in a
relationship however I don’t want to have any sexual relationships

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

If you’re struggling then give it some time. Some people
figure out their orientation much sooner than others but that’s ok. If you need
to experiment to find out what you identify as then go ahead. Don’t think that
you have to abide by a label.

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

You can find my art on my DeviantArt, Instagram, and sometimes my Tumblr at EpicRosalina. My upcoming
story will be posted on my Wattpad which is also EpicRosalina.

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