Category: concept art

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: Ash Kleczka

Today we’re joined by Ash Kleczka, who also goes by Umber online. Ash is a phenomenal visual artist, an all-around fantasy enthusiast. They love using visual art to tell a story and highlight beauty. Their images show a unique style and a very vivid imagination. It’s clear Ash loves to create, 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 fantasy illustrator, a painter, concept artist, and
all around enthusiast… I was going to add more to that statement, but
honestly I think ‘enthusiast’ about covers it. I get really excited about
concepts that are self-reflective in some way, or that highlight an unexpected
beauty.

I really try to create art that tells a story.  

What inspires you?

Nature, mythology, the occult. Things that are taboo or
archaic. I’m also deeply inspired by role-playing games like D&D and the
character building process.

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

The simple, inelegant answer is that I got into visual arts
because I was dissatisfied with the attractiveness of some characters from a
video game I was into at the time – and I wanted to make characters that would
appeal to me.

It’s an ongoing struggle haha.

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?

My super-secret naming convention for pretty much any
character I’ve ever created ever is to try to match their
personality/appearance/some interesting feature to a bird or other natural
flora or fauna and then I build their name around the scientific binomial of
that thing.

So for example, one character named Cyril Alcyon is based
around the belted kingfisher megaceryle
alcyon
. Another is named Melia Edarach which is taken from the chinaberry
tree, or Melia azedarach.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

My advice is to just keep going. It’s OK for things to not
look exactly as they do in your head, or to be dissatisfied with where you are
with your art. It means that you have room to grow! Stay open to new ideas and
roll with the punches. Art, like life, is full of happy accidents.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Grey-Ace/Pansexual

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

I’m not particularly open about my sexuality in the
workplace, but the few times it’s come up typically end with the person I’m
talking to feeling sorry for me. It’s not hateful – just a lack of
understanding. So I try my best to explain that it’s not a negative part of my
life experience. It’s just an orientation in the same way that being gay, or
bisexual is.

I have encountered prejudice
in my personal life however. One instance was in my last D&D
campaign. I played an ace/aro character, and was met with some questionably in-character commentary from
another player. That was really the first time I’d encountered something like
that in the wild before, and honestly…I’m open to advice myself.

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

That it’s something to be fixed.

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

Find people you trust that you can talk to, and be patient
with yourself. Sometimes it’s not as simple as just being one piece of the big
sex/gender pie. Sometimes you’re a triple decker slice of pie with whipped
cream and cherries.

I’ve found it really helpful to talk to my husband (who’s
allo) to see where we differ. Sometimes the answers you’re looking for are in
the empty spaces between two truths.

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

I have a website umbertheprussianblue.com!

You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter at ThePrussianBlue

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

Interview: Ella

Today we’re joined by Ella. Ella is a wonderful visual artist and a prolific writer. Xe do a number of forms of writing including short stories, poetry, and novels. When xe are not writing, Ella loves to do visual art. Xe are a versatile visual artist, doing everything from painting to graphic art to ink illustrations. It’s clear xe are an incredibly dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to xir for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I write novels, short stories, freeform poetry and songs as
well as ink illustrations, graphic art, paintings and concept art.

What inspires you?

Both the natural world and much of architecture. I draw from
the westerns, horror, steampunk, fantasy and post-apocalyptic genres for
concepts, palettes and settings.

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

As soon as I was able to hold a crayon I’ve been drawing,
and when I was able to write I began writing. I’ve been doing this for almost
my whole life, and I’ve always wanted to make it my career.

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?

None that I can think of, which is a shame. I should come up
with some.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Practice your craft. Get the basics down, know the bones of
what you’re doing, and you have to know the rules before you break them. Once
you know them? Go wild. Everything takes time to learn, and nothing is going to
be completely how you want it at first.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual, though I’m probably closer to demisexual or
grey-asexual.

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

I’m insulated enough that I haven’t dealt with it as a
confrontation thing, but I do experience the vast misunderstanding and
ignorance about asexuality a lot.

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

Either the celibacy misconception or just not knowing what
it is.

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

It’s okay to be like this. You aren’t broken, or flawed, or
sinful for being like this.

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

You can find me on Tumblr at blackcatwhitewolf.tumblr.com,
my art blog, or on Deviantart, also blackcatwhitewolf. My AO3
is potato_being.

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