Interview: Iranka

Today we’re joined by Iranka. Iranka is a phenomenal artist who does a bit of everything. While art is mainly a hobby, Iranka has a variety of talents that she enjoys using for her creative pursuits. She does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. She depicts a variety of subjects, both fanworks and original ones. When she’s not doing visual art, Iranka enjoys playing music or writing. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, 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 a little of a lot of things. Mainly, I paint and draw
fanart, original characters, or real life people or things such as flowers and
scenery. I’m also a pianist and flautist, and I also like to write –
particularly short stories or just creating characters/worlds.

What inspires you?

It could be anything really, often a film I have seen, other
artists, or nature.

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

I can’t remember how I got interested in drawing actually, I
just know I’ve been drawing for fun since I can remember. As for music, I got
jealous when my sister was learning piano so I wanted to learn too. I haven’t
always wanted to be an artist, and I still am not quite sure what I want to do,
but I really enjoy doing it. I also really love the idea that something I
create could touch someone or make something happy, so that’s what I aspire to
do. I think that realisation hit me while watching some Studio Ghibli movies,
because they’re so beautiful and explore such amazing and important themes. So
yeah, although art has mostly just been a hobby to me, if I could do anything
it would be that.

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?

No, I don’t have one.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep trying! The more you do it, the better you will get, so
don’t give up! It’s okay if you get a block sometimes and can’t seem to create
anything; it will pass. Some of your art will be bad too, and that’s okay too,
because no one has to see the bad stuff, you just learn and improve from it. No
one is perfect on their first try.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am definitely asexual but I’m still not 100% certain. At
the moment I’d say I am pan/demi romantic asexual.

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

Personally I haven’t experienced any prejudice. I’ve had the
odd few people not believe me, or tell me I “just haven’t found the right guy
yet". One person said they thought I can’t be asexual because I “dress
like a girl.“ Yet to understand how that relates to my sexuality but yeah

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

That we are all prudes, all hate sex, that we just haven’t
found “the one”, or that asexuality means you just don’t want sex. Oh, and
that asexuals are just “special snowflakes on Tumblr" or something.

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

It’s okay. There are lots of people either online or in real
life who could help you figure out your orientation or come to terms with it. I
found out I was asexual only after researching stuff online and finding other
asexual people’s stories that I could relate to a lot. Forums like AVEN can be
helpful. Also, know that you don’t HAVE to come out if you think doing so would
hurt you, like if you know your parents are against the LGBT+ community for
example.

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

I am at iranka on
Tumblr, and at iranka.art
on Instagram 🙂

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