Category: actuallyasexual

church-of-goatbunny: Alright, everyone… the go…

church-of-goatbunny:

Alright, everyone… the goatbunny tarot is FINALLY done.

-78 cards based on my original watercolors.

-The cards are about 2.75 x 5.25" a bit longer and narrower than standard tarot cards).

-The backs of the cards are a pearlescent cardstock and the fronts are matte (which means I’m gluing them togther, but it makes for a sturdier card!)

-They come with a booklet of the meanings (upright and reversed)

-It’s all packaged in a tuck box in the same pearlescent cardstock.

-Everything is hand assembled so I’m making every deck on demand.

They’re $70 USD till the end of the month, then they’ll be $80 and up in my shop. As for now, you can DM me to order. I’ve factored shipping within North America in the price. Extra cost for International!

I’m so excited to finally share this with you guys!!! 🖤💚🖤💚🖤💚🖤💚

An Announcement

Hi everybody!

Sorry for being MIA, but there haven’t been many interview requests lately. I have a couple that are ready to posted and I just need to schedule and upload.

I had a wonderful time at ACE Comic Con and I am still on cloud nine. It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was incredibly busy and as a result, I am worn out (in the best possible way).

I hope you lot don’t mind, but I’m going to be taking a week-long break from posting just to rest and recharge my batteries (and smile as I remember the amazing experience I had).

I will still reply to any emails I receive and please (PLEASE!) keep sending me interview requests!

Interviews will resume next week. And I’m going to have a special announcement very, very soon (involving an art show specifically for ace-identifying artists).

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I do love this site and chatting with all the asexual artists who contact me.

Thanks, everybody!  🙂

Interview: Linz Vandermeer

Today we’re joined by Linz Vandermeer. Linz is a phenomenal writer who has recently gotten into cosplay. They mostly write fanfiction, but they started out writing poetry and stories. For the cosplay, they’ve only recently started dabbling in it and enjoys it. It’s clear they’re a passionate 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.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, it’s
almost a compulsion with me. I started with poetry, some bad, some even worse,
and then branched out into stories. Eventually, through my love of comics and
movies, I ended up in the realm of fanfiction, and that’s where I’ve focused
most of my attention for the last 3 or 4 years. The other thing I have really
started to get into is cosplay, and though my sewing skills are not the
greatest, I have a great group of friends to turn to where my abilities are
lacking.

What inspires you?

I get a lot of my inspiration from daily life. I take a
situation that I’ve encountered, and wondered ‘what would such-and-such a
character do in my place’, and ‘how could this have gone worse’? It’s like a
little mental exercise, and then before I know it I have 1200 words on a page.
When I am cosplaying, I try to find a character that really calls out to me,
someone that I can see a bit of myself in.

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

Even from a very young age I wanted to be a writer. I used
to write stories with my friends about the adventures we would go on if we
didn’t have to be in school, or if our parents were actually super spies, and
things like that. As I got older I realized that I didn’t want writing to be my
job, it was my mental escape from life and to put pressure or deadlines killed
my creativity. Cosplay naturally evolved from my love of roleplaying games like
D&D. I took part in a LARP (live action role play) for almost a decade
before health issues made it too difficult, and that’s where I really started
to learn to build costumes.

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 like to use British cuss words, they’ve always entertained
me and I grew up watching shows like Monty
Python
and Red Dwarf, so that
coloured my view of humour. More than that I like to take one scene and add
more description than necessary, really make it the centerpiece of my work. I
also rarely have sexual content in my fanfiction, which makes it a bit of an
oddity.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

When you are writing, write for you. That way any person who
likes what you have done, that’s just a bonus. Art should come from inside of
us, and serve us, the rest of the world is a distant second. Do it to make
yourself happy, that’s where the best art comes form.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am a panromantic asexual and agender individual.

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

There’s a lot of pressure towards sexualization and
romanticism in writing, and fanfiction in particular. I occasionally get
pressure to add sex scenes, and I will the odd time concede and add them, but
it always feels wrong to me. I have no interest in sexual actions, so I’m not
certain that I can really build them appropriately or accurately.

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

I find that for the most part I encounter a lot of confusion
over the fact that my partner and I have been together for almost six years.
We’re both asexual, and though we live together we have separate bedrooms
because I am an extremely restless sleeper. When people hear that we have never
even kissed (I’m touch-averse), they assume we are more like friends that live
together, but it’s not that at all. I love and adore my partner, and being with
her is very different than being with even my best friend.

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

Struggle is natural. I grew up in a world where asexuality
didn’t exist, and where even more standard queer identities like gay and
lesbian were barely discussed. I tried on a lot of hats when I was trying to
figure out who I was, but it wasn’t until I found asexuality that I felt
comfortable and that it was ‘just right’. Don’t be afraid to change your
identifiers when they don’t suit you anymore. Sexuality is not only a spectrum,
but it flows and changes as your identity and personality develop.

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

I have some of my old poetry up on Deviantart at https://www.deviantart.com/cavannarose
and my fanfiction is up on AO3 at https://archiveofourown.org/users/CavannaRose

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

Interview: NotAVampyre

Today we’re joined by NotAVampyre. NotAVampyre is a wonderful YouTuber who specializes in media analysis. She makes videos analyzing TV shows, films, and even musicals. Her videos vary in length and subject matter, but all are incredibly interesting. It’s clear she loves what she does. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a video maker on YouTube where I create analysis content
about movies, musicals, and television shows like Degrassi, Steven Universe,
and Peter Pan. The type of video
ranges from review to talking at length about one aspect that I found notable
in a work.

What inspires you?

The things other artists create. They are the catalyst for
what ends up in my videos, whether it be positive or negative. I’m also
inspired by other video creators who paved the way for me to see YouTube as a
viable place to start making art, and who helped me consider ways that I could
further the genre of videos I make. I haven’t fully implemented the fruits of
this consideration yet, but I hope they see daylight in the near future!

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

I’ve always wanted to create art, but I never found a medium
that fit. Drawing was fun but I never wanted to practice, and poetry was a
great outlet but relied too much on inspiration. But something clicked with
YouTube analysis. I’ve always had deep thoughts about my favourite fiction
stories, but as a shy introvert, I had nowhere to voice them. I also had no
idea that other could be interested in these type of opinions until my friend
showed me other people doing what I was already doing in my head. Talking at
length about art and why I feel the way I do about 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’m still finding my style, so at the moment I do not,
though it would be fun to have!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep looking for your style. If something doesn’t fit, don’t
give up on your creativity. You will find a place tailor made to you skills and
that need your personal touch that only you can give. Just don’t use it as an
excuse to not practice though!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m biromantic asexual. That’s actually really nice to say
having gone 23 years of not knowing there was a name for how I felt. While not
entirely sex repulsed, I don’t care much for it and truly could live without
it.

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

Luckily, I haven’t encountered it in the comment section of
my asexual related videos. I’m certain though that it exists on YouTube, but
just not in the channels I subscribe to. If and when it does come up, I’d try
to clear up misconceptions if the person is just honestly misinformed.
Information and representation is key to ending ace prejudice.

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

That all asexuals don’t want sex, and therefore asexuality
is not a sexual orientation. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be fore
aces who love sex but are constantly told that it makes them not ace.

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

You’re not broken. It’s okay if you don’t fit in a clearly
outlined box. People are often more complicated than that, and even those who
seem secure in their labels are questioning. Explore yourself, and if a better
descriptor comes along, welcome it. You weren’t lying. You were figuring
yourself out.

I went 23 years thinking I was just a super mature probably
straight girl, and discovering that I am asexual only re-contextualizes my
past. Not invalidates it.

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

Most of my work can be found at youtube.com/notavampyre, but I’m
hoping to start uploading videos to Tumblr as well.

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

Call for Interviewees

asexualartists:

asexualartists:

asexualartists:

Hello all!

Once again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind of a reminder:

ASEXUAL ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!

I’m always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all kinds of artists are welcome.

This is including but not limited to:

WRITERS: all genres and forms are welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re all welcome and you all have something to offer.

VISUAL ARTISTS: Self explanatory, any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching, drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).

FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.

FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors, cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features, documentaries, etc).

PERFORMANCE ARTS: actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.

DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque, belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)

MUSICIANS: playing instruments, composing, singing, anything involving music

CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice is food. If so, you’re welcome here.

CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)

All levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer and therefore I want to interview you 🙂

If you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

If you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address (laurenjankowski27@gmail.com)

This site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run out, this site will remain as a resource 🙂 Updates will continue as long as there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.

Thank you, everybody.

Hey everyone!

Still open for interviews. And I just want all you amazing, talented, wonderful artists who have already been interviewed: you are making such a difference. Giving an interview may seem like a small thing, perhaps even insignificant, but believe me when I say that so many aces have found comfort and inspiration in your words. I have received numerous messages about how much this blog means to people, especially to aces still coming to terms with their identity. That’s a truly wonderful thing 😃

So please, keep those interview requests coming!

Hey everyone!

Still need more interviews, but just a reminder: I don’t respond to interview requests via reblogs or comments. If you are interested in being featured on this blog, please email me: laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

All ages, races, religions, genders are welcome. If you’re on the ace spectrum and you create, I would love to interview you for this blog.

ALL aces are welcome on this blog! It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist, a professional, a dabbler, a student, aspiring or experienced. Your art is important. Your voice is important.

So please, keep those interview requests coming 😀 <3

Call for Interviewees

asexualartists:

Hello
all!

Once
again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post
calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind
of a reminder:

ASEXUAL
ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!

I’m
always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all
kinds of artists are welcome.

This
is including but not limited to:

WRITERS: all genres and forms are
welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t
matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or
established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re
all welcome and you all have something to offer.

VISUAL
ARTISTS:
Self-explanatory,
any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching,
drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).

FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory
category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any
and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.

FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors,
cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features,
documentaries, etc).

PERFORMANCE
ARTS:

actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.

DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you
can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque,
belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)

MUSICIANS: playing instruments,
composing, singing, anything involving music

CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice
is food. If so, you’re welcome here.

CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can
think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)

All
levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just
starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer
and therefore I want to interview you 🙂

If
you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance
it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me
at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

If
you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address
(laurenjankowski27@gmail.com)

This
site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run
out, this site will remain as a resource 🙂 Updates will continue as long as
there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.

Thank
you, everybody.


Hey everyone! Still open for interviews. And I just
want all you amazing, talented, wonderful artists who have already been
interviewed: you are making such a difference. Giving an interview may seem
like a small thing, perhaps even insignificant, but believe me when I say that so
many aces have found comfort and inspiration in your words. I have received
numerous messages about how much this blog means to people, especially to aces
still coming to terms with their identity. That’s a truly wonderful thing 🙂
So please, keep those interview requests coming!


All ages, races,
religions, genders are welcome. If you’re on the ace spectrum and you create, I
would love to interview you for this blog.

ALL aces are
welcome on this blog! It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist, a professional, a
dabbler, a student, aspiring or experienced. Your art is important. Your voice
is important.

So please, keep
those interview requests coming 😀 <3

Interview: Laura Welch

Today we’re joined by Laura Welch. Laura is a phenomenal musician who makes a living as a pianist. She mostly performs for musical theater and she also plays at the local dance studio for the ballet classes. Laura plays a wide variety of musical styles and has even performed as part of a symphony orchestra on occasion. It’s a clear she’s an incredibly passionate and dedicated artist who loves what she does, 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 am a musician – a pianist, specifically. I am classically
trained, though nowadays I am highly experienced in playing a multitude of
genres, from your typical “classical” fare to jazz to modern-day pop. I make a
living primarily through playing piano – something I try not to take for
granted as not everyone can say they live off doing something they love and
don’t really consider “work.” I play for a church service (sometimes two) every
Sunday morning, and I currently accompany ballet classes at a dance studio. In
the past I have accompanied voice classes held at various schools in the area,
and at one point I was part of a thirteen-piece jazz orchestra as well as a
ragtime band. Occasionally I am given the opportunity to play in the local
symphony orchestra, but it does not happen too often.

Currently one of the biggest presences in my life where my
talent is concerned is the theatre community where I live. I played my first
musical back in 2007 – I was freshly nineteen, I recall – and after that I was
quickly absorbed into the world of musical theatre. Since then I’ve played for
a plethora of shows (I stopped counting about three years ago), and I’ve even
gotten to music direct a small handful of them! I can’t see myself stopping any
time soon, so long as I am available and can be put to use.

What inspires you?

I find much of my inspiration comes from the people I get to
work with in whatever environment I happen to be playing in. In theatre, it’s
the actors, crew, and musicians I get to perform alongside. In the dance
studio, it’s the teachers and students whose movements are supported by my
playing. In both of those cases there’s a feeling of collaboration for me; we
are creating something together by
combining our respective talents, whether it’s for an audience or for ourselves
in that moment. The challenges that come with playing alongside other people –
be it other musicians, dancers, vocalists, or whoever – push me to do better,
to be worthy of working with these other performers who have dedicated
themselves to their own crafts and are working just as hard to do well by them.

I also get inspired by particularly moving pieces of music,
especially ones that are adept at conveying an emotional story. I am a huge instrumental score/soundtrack
junkie, whether it’s from films or video games or what have you, and it’s not
uncommon for me to shut myself away in my bedroom with my phone and a pair of
earbuds and just sit and listen for
an hour or three. Doing so when I have the time is relaxing for me, but it also
reminds me why I do what I do and why I love it so much. Having a story told to
me through music alone reminds me that I’m capable of doing the same, and what
a pleasure and privilege it is to be able to reach someone else’s mind and
heart through something that I can create.

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

I’ve always held a fascination with music, even when I was a
very young age. At this point I really don’t remember always wanting to be a musician, but when I was seven my parents
asked me if I wanted to take piano lessons and I recall taking to them
immediately. My parents got me this tiny little keyboard to practice on, and
once it was apparent that I was getting better and better – and fast, at that –
my teacher urged them to buy me an actual piano. (Spoiler alert: they chose to
make the investment, and I bet they’re glad it paid off!) As time went on I got
more and more invested in being able to play the piano, so much so that I left
other hobbies and commitments behind (including playing softball and learning
to play the trumpet). It got to the point where it followed me to school, so to
speak: I got my first real shot at accompanying in sixth grade, when I learned
to play a song we were singing in choir and was then allowed to accompany the
group at a concert. More opportunities arose in middle school when I joined the
orchestra and jazz band, and by high school I was both singing and playing piano in the choirs I had
joined. By the time I was nearly a legal adult I had clearly decided that yes,
this was definitely the path I wanted to continue taking.

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’m not sure if calling it a unique feature is correct or not,
but I’ve developed this one tendency that pops up when I’m involved in musical
theatre that people have come to associate with me: I have to see to it that the production’s band/orchestra gets a name.
I just do. Every musical has a band, and every band needs a name. It’s silly,
but I’ve found it can be a bit of a bonding experience among the musicians (and
even the cast and crew) when it comes to deciding upon one.

Often times the names will be inspired by something from the
musical in question; sometimes it’s a line of dialogue, sometimes a lyric, and
sometimes even a tempo marking in our music. Two years ago when I music
directed a production of The Rocky Horror
Show
, we named our band The Satanic Mechanics (inspired by a lyric taken
from “Sweet Transvestite”). Last year in a production of Little Shop of Horrors, inspired by the brief gore featured at the
end of the first act, we called ourselves Gut Buckets (but you can’t just say
it; you have to sing it to the tune of the Hot Pockets jingle). And recently
for a production of Chicago, we had
two drummers splitting the five-week run between them, which essentially meant
we had two different bands, so we needed names for both of them! We ended up
alternating between The Spread Eagles and The Dirty Bums (both names having
been pulled from one of the show’s most famous numbers, “The Cell Block
Tango”).

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It’s easier said than done, but try not to let your mistakes
and insecurities discourage you from practicing your craft. Growing up, I was
very much a perfectionist concerning just about everything I did, and I
practically crippled myself with doubt whenever I hit too many walls when it
came to practicing piano. I could be very impatient with myself, and it took me
years to allow myself the courtesy of
making mistakes without beating myself up afterwards. It doesn’t mean that I
don’t still occasionally have bad days where I get frustrated with myself. If
it does happen, though, I do allow myself some distance from whatever hurdle it
is I’m trying to overcome before I attempt it again. Practicing in anger does
me no good at all, and brief time away can help refresh my mood.

One other thing I try and make sure I do when practicing is
give my weaknesses twice the time that I give my strengths. Sure, it’s fun
playing the passages I’m good at over and over again, but that intimidating
section I’m still struggling with will continue to be difficult if I never
actually practice it. Yes, it will be tedious and slow-going and I may not
enjoy it at first, but before I know it a week will have gone by and suddenly
it’s that much less intimidating! Why was I ever afraid of that section in the
first place? It’s so easy now! Because I gave it time. Slowly and in small increments, yes, but time nonetheless.

Photo by the Humboldt Light Opera Company (https://www.hloc.org/)

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am gray-romantic asexual.

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

I’ve never encountered prejudice in my field. I was never
really worried about judgment from within the theatre community, considering
the vast diversity of orientations and identities I’ve seen among the people in
it. Though I publically came out as asexual about four years ago, I’m sure
there are still plenty of people I work with at places like the dance studio
and the church I play for who have no idea I’m ace. The topic of my orientation
is not one I feel comfortable just diving into without good reason, though if
it happened to come up I think I’d be fine with divulging the information. The majority
of people I work with outside the theatre community are pretty broad-minded, so
I’d like to think I wouldn’t encounter any prejudice from them either.

I’ve only personally experienced a couple of moments of
ignorance, and outside my field at that, but it was never anything hurtful. One
instance was a person not knowing of the existence of the asexual spectrum (who
listened intently when I offered to explain it to them), and the other was a
person making a (mostly) harmless generalizing assumption about asexuality in an
offhanded comment while in conversation with me.

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

The idea that because a person is asexual, it means that
they don’t desire – or even understand
– relationships at all is one that
I’ve encountered enough that it’s starting to give me a headache. I’ve seen it
perpetuated in various forms of media, from fanfiction to comics and then some.
It feels like too many people zero in on the misconception that asexuality = NO
SEX, and then too many of those people continue on and assume that without sex
there can be no relationship, which is utter bullshit.

People can be asexual and enjoy and desire sex, just as they
can be asexual and not enjoy or
desire sex. People can be asexual and feel and desire romantic love, just as
they can be asexual and not feel or
desire romantic love.

The lack of sexual attraction towards others does NOT automatically disqualify the
possible desire for romance and/or intimacy.

The sooner the general populace starts to understand this,
the less headachy future me will be.

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

You do not have to
figure yourself out right now. You have time. Some days it will feel like you
needed to figure shit out weeks ago but the answer is nowhere in sight. Some
days it won’t bother you at all. Just know that solving the puzzle that is you
often takes more than a day. Sometimes it takes months, or even years. It’s
possible you may never figure it out completely. But know that in the end,
regardless of everything, your feelings are still valid. It sounds cheesy, but listen to your heart and your body. If
it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. If you think it feels right and you feel
safe, maybe give that something a shot.

And if in the end using a label makes you feel that much
more comfortable, use it. If the idea of using labels is uncomfortable, then
don’t. You are no less valid regardless of what you do or don’t do. You are
you. And you matter.

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

I don’t really have an online space dedicated to my craft.
(I keep telling myself to make an artist page on Facebook or post recordings on
Soundcloud, but so far no dice.) I do, however, occasionally post things on
Instagram (at flamingo.hate.marshmallows)
related to my adventures in musical theatre. I’ve got two shows in the works as
we speak, so there should be some fresh musical-related content added soon!

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

Interview: Ashleigh Nicole

Today we’re joined by Ashleigh Nicole. Ashleigh is a wonderful young up and coming visual artist who is currently studying illustration at uni. She specializes in character, concept, and storyboard artist. Her work is beautiful, showing an amazing use of color and line. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a second year Illustration student and my work focuses
on concept, character and storyboard art, but I also like to create random
illustrations of my own. I also want to move into comics at some point!

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by plants, superheroes and fantasy- they
feature a lot in my work. But I also watch other people’s work on Instagram and
twitter and I enjoy getting inspiration from their work too whether its colour
pallets that I didn’t think of exploring or a brush technique.

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

I have always drawn, but I was actually set on becoming a
fashion designer since year 7. I changed degrees before I started because I was
filling sketchbooks more than I made clothes in my gap year and thinking about
selling my art. I still like fashion so maybe I’ll go back to it at some point.

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! I feel like I should though!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Learn anatomy, perspective and colour theory. I still
haven’t done that to be honest but I’m on my way!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I just go by asexual- sometimes demisexual but very rarely.

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

I have encountered people (not in the creative sector just
in general.) that think it’s a choice…I have no words. Asexuality is still a
bit unknown in the wider world so it’s mostly a general prejudice towards
LGBTIA+ people that I’ve seen.

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

Many people don’t seem to understand asexuality as a
spectrum. People have different levels, if’s buts and whys and don’t experience
things the same as another person.

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

Find people like you! Whether that’s online or in person,
speaking to people who share similar experiences is great!

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

I’m on Tumblr, Instagram, and YouTube under the username
mashmato!
My portfolio is http://ashleighnicole.myportfolio.com

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

Interview: Ellison

Today we’re joined by Ellison. Ellison is a phenomenal actress and an aspiring writer. She writes mainly poetry and short stories and hopes to be published one day. When she’s not acting or writing, Ellison enjoys to work on her visual art. She draws and sketches frequently. It’s clear she’s a dedicated artist who really loves to create. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I dabble in lots of art forms, but mainly pursue theater,
writing (poetry and short stories), and drawing. I’ve been in multiple
productions, most recently A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
and will be playing Penny in You Can’t Take It With You this fall. If you’d like to contact me
about doodles, sketches, poems, or stories, please contact me directly on my
Tumblr:   wellnoduhofcourceimafangirl.

What inspires you?

I get a lot of my inspiration from my past and experiences
I’ve had, a lot of which were bad. I also take motivation from close friends
and one that not many people seem to talk about, but the media I consume. I
read all the time, almost always fiction. In a well written book there might be
a storyline that inspires me or the way something is described, I just have to
sketch it out.

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

I’ve always loved art, in some form or another and I’ve been
a performer, or depending on who you ask, a drama queen, as long as I can
remember. I wanted to be an artist but not until high school did I actually
think about making a career out of it. Little kid me would’ve been okay with
princess, but really wanted to be a spy. Currently I’d go for taking deep
breaths and making it through the day because the future is big and loud. As a
career, I think I’d be most likely to pursue my writing.

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, I’m pretty boring. Though, now that I’m thinking
about it, I should totally come up with one. I’m always willing to listen to
suggestions.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

No matter your art form, never stop. Ever. If you practice
your art every day, you’re an artist. If you only practice one a year, you’re
still an artist. I’ve been at an art school for over two years and I still
invalidate myself as an artist. You’re not an imposter, you are good enough. And if anyone tells you
otherwise, contact me for a hug plus I’ll fight them.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Currently I identify as asexual but I’m still trying to
figure myself out. One of the biggest problems I’ve had is feeling like it is
just a phase, or maybe I am just doing for attention. I still struggle with
that. It’s okay if you try on labels to see what fits you. It doesn’t make you
a liar or an imposter. All I really have to do now is figure out how to take my
own advice.

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

I haven’t. I hear the stories about acephobia and I haven’t
experienced any yet and I have to remind myself that everyone’s experiences are
different, and that doesn’t make you wrong.

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

That Aces can’t have or don’t like sex. It’s not about
whether we enjoy, or even have sex. It’s not about sex drive, nor about whether
we think someone is beautiful or hot. We just don’t experience sexual
attraction. That’s it.

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

Talk to people that understand. Talk to people who love you
regardless of how you identify. Try as hard as you can to love yourself and
remember that it isn’t anyways easy. Remember you aren’t alone. You will find
love as you are, whether it’s physical or romantic or platonic or familial or
self-love. You’re amazing.

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

To see my work or ask about commissions, contact me at my
Tumblr:    wellnoduhofcourceimafangirl.

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

Interview: Raven Jay

Today we’re joined by Raven Jay. Raven Jay is a phenomenal visual artist who is currently studying at uni. They mostly draw fanart and original characters. They currently have a fascinating webcomic entitled Anthrel, which is summarized as follows:
“A comic series following the lives of the
Anthreligions; immortal personifications of the world’s religions,
sects, and other spiritualities.”
(It updates on Fridays). It’s clear Raven is a very creative and 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.

I’m a visual artist and illustrator, and most of my work is
cartoonish. I draw a lot of both fanart and my own original characters and
ideas. I have a few webcomic ideas in the works, and my current one is named Anthrel!

What inspires you?

My current favourite shows to draw from are Voltron: Legendary Defender and Boueibu, but most of my inspiration
comes from religion, magic, and art history!

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

I’ve wanted to be an artist since primary school! I remember
spending most of my time ignoring chances to socialize so I could sit and draw.
My drive to draw – especially comics and illustration – became a lot bigger in
high school because of friends I made and my supportive art teacher.

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?

A lot of my original work centres around religion and
mythology and the beauty I see in it, and my webcomic is about personified
religions, so I guess that’s a recurring theme I have?

My physical artist signature comes from a messy stylisation
of my deadname; I just kept it because I’ve been using it for so long and it
doesn’t really look like a word anymore. That being said, I forget to sign half
of my art anyway.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It might sound cliché but don’t give up on art because some
people think it won’t amount to anything; instead, keep making art because they
think that. My father used to tell me I’d never make a living out of art, and
his girlfriend’s friend once laughed at me for wanting to be an artist as a job.
But now I’m at uni studying a creative industries degree and building art into
a career, so the joke’s on them!

Also, don’t forget how important art theory is. Not only
does art history tell you where you came from, it can inspire you too.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m just asexual. I’m also sex-repulsed but don’t mind
talking about/drawing sexual themes within certain boundaries.

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

Though I’ve experienced ignorance from peers, I haven’t
experienced much prejudice, as most of my network is my university cohort and
close friends. Normally I deal with ignorance by just politely explaining what
asexuality is! Most people understand after that.

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

The most common misconception that I’ve encountered, I
think, is that all asexuals are by default sex-repulsed. Though I am, I know
not every ace is, and we all have different comfort boundaries for any sort of
physical affection.

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

Always remember you’re valid in your asexuality. Maybe
you’re questioning where you sit on that spectrum, and that’s okay, and maybe
you’ll wake up tomorrow and realise you don’t identify as ace at all! We learn
more about ourselves and about sexuality all the time; what matters is knowing
that identifying as ace or aspec right now is a valid thing to do, and you
don’t need to prove yourself to everyone.

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

You can find my art at draweththeraven on both Tumblr and Instagram! I also have a
website, draweththeraven.com, which I try to update regularly (aka, I never
update it). My webcomic Anthrel is at https://tapas.io/series/Anthreligion.

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