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Interview: Battle Korbi

Today we’re joined by Battle Korbi. Battle Korbi is a wonderful young writer and visual artist from Croatia. He does a lot of writing in both English and Croatian, though not as much is posted just yet. When he’s not writing, Battle Korbi enjoys drawing and takes a lot of inspiration from anime. His work is brimming with color and an impressive use of lines, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to him for taking time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

First of all, hiya. My art… I am a hobby writer, and a
really “sketchy” sketcher, so to say. When I want to talk about my literal
skills, I like to point out that I am having a bit of a tough time writing on
both English and my native language. I love to write stuff on English, purely
because there is a chance of posting it online in the far grimdark future, and
I could let total strangers see it and rate me according to my skills, and not
who I am. Yet I also like to doodle with Croatian (my mother tongue), because,
my works then actually get seen by who-I-know are real people, but as always,
some people don’t like to criticize their good friends, so I might not get to
see if I am really that great in the first place.

About my drawing skills? Yeah, I guess that is interesting.
I like to take inspiration from anime, cartoons, more serious stuff, you name
it. Few of my drawings here are random and don’t have a thematic that joins them.
I don’t focus on a specific thing when drawing in general, but I guess my
speciality is “caricatures” and making animesque characters out of… everything.
I often go overboard with detailing, as I simply cannot stop adding those itsy
little bits that make my scratchings look more complete than ever. Sometimes
the amount of details would end up excessive, and to anybody who is not me what
started as several lines ended up as mashed potatoes. I like to experiment with
every type of visual media, and can safely say that I have made at least one of
every type. Are they good though? Unsure. Are they mine and by default awesome?
Totally. (Am I over-confident? I guess…)

Point is, I am a absolute noobface who is kinda good at
everything, but not really a meister of anything. What is good that almost
everybody I know draw for shit so by default I have amazing skills and flattery
fuels me 😀

What inspires you?

Depends on what has been happening, what had my eyes touched
when wandering, what thoughts had been cycling through my dreams or inside my
very lucid mind. I don’t have a stationary muse I could always refer to, I most
likely harvest a single “sensation” and make stuff out of it, and then plant
another seed and go on to another “sensation”. I remember that something flared
up in my this summer when I decided to start doing a bunch of yaoi/yuri art.
Stories and drawings keep pumping out of me, even though I had no “usage” of
them. I had to remove all the art though, because… well, how would you feel if
you find out your sibling has been drawing gay/lesbian softcore porn for quite
some time? I reckon, not good. That is just a example though, one of many.

Currently I am leeching of WH40k, drawing Dreadnoughts and
Space Marines whenever I get to it. I am also trying to imitate Jojo’s Bizzare
Adventure, and I have a good knack of it, I may say. With regards to writing,
currently I am trying out comedy, lashing out hurricanes of puns and silly
jokes. My favorite “Airplane!”-esque joke to use is: “It sprawled all over the
floor. Carpet, of course.” Or “He was soaked from tip to toe. From rain of
course.”. Basically, rev up the situation like something dramatic was going on,
then dispel it by playing Captain Obvious. This works with some context though.

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

Lemme see… When I got a connection to the internet somewhere
in my first year of high school, and a bit before, I started writing. I had
been reading a lot of books before I “went online”, and was writing a bit too
on paper. This single, quite slow and unrealiable thread of kilobites (yes,
kilobites) where my only connection to the world out there. I found some
creepypasta groups on Facebook, and I hit it off from there, writing incredibly
bad stories filled with Mary Sues, miracles, and explosions. They sucked. Be it
grammar (from bad English), the way story unfolded, or the way I told the
stories. They never got much attention, but I kept on writing and posting every
day, till I got better and better. I still dream of being a successful writer,
but not really a full-time novelist, because such dreams are a bit unrealistic
with my caliber.

About drawing? Yeah, I guess I picked up a pencil as a kid
and just… did stuff? I guess I got complimented for my amount of details and
whatevs. Out of boredom I gave my pencil, later my ink pen, a revisit during my
later years of middle school, and just drew stuff every day til I learned to be
a bit better than before. I might not have a soul of a artist, but damn whoever
tells me I haven’t worked hard enough. I guess I want to be a proud author of a
good comic someday… or a cartoon, or manga, or anime. I have not decided yet,
but that doesn’t mean I should not warm up and exercise every day.

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?

Eh, not really. Depends on the mood and the piece though. I
might feel mystic sometimes and put “out-of-sight” details that don’t mean anything
but a pat on the back for those who find them. I do like to pull references a
lot. Like, it is easy to pull references to some anime/manga/games/shows/movies
when you are living in a environment filled with people who cannot tell.
Whenever I am writing on Croatian, and whenever I know that whatever I am
writing will be read by someone. I make sure to pop as many references as
possible, and try and pick up any reaction that implies that someone understood
a reference. There had been a few people who got them. We became friends soon
enough (my other friends became friends for other reasons, no worries).

Anything beside my basic signature (The weird number 8 with
a K, two guesses to who it refers to) is quite rare to find in my works. Even I
cannot find them. I reckon because I don’t do them too much. Sometimes when
sharing my work I might get over-excited and spill the secret stuff almost
immediately.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

First of all, create. Like, don’t take a break unless you
have a important exam coming up, or if you have a big project to complete, or
if you are crushed underneath work, or if you are getting ready to repel a
siege attempt on your fortress, or if you are worrying about looting that store
without being seen by zombies… Point is, create. Not every artpiece can be
shown at a gallery or in a bookstore, they might be stored somewhere moldy and
dusty, or incinerated, but the point is, if you won’t bother creating big
stuff, take some time to practice your technique.

Also, if you are having issues with your creativity, try and
tapping into your inner kid who considered Transformers to be super duper cool.
If not Transformers, some other cartoon. Either way, you don’t have to make
mind-boggling, ground-breaking or any other way “deep” art all the time. Take
some time to relax, draw a super cool robot with flamethrowers and chainguns,
or write a cheesy action scene with a hammy protagonist, or play a piece that
could be used as a background music for a intense wizard duel. Make a sculpture
of a space marine goring a alien. Alternatively, if you don’t like exciting and
explosive stuff, then draw/write/play about/whatever something calm and simple,
like flowers, animals, friends hanging out, sunrise, sunsets… Not every piece
you make has to have a deep meaning behind it, nor does it have to trigger
philosophical thoughts, breakthroughs or inspiration.

Last bit, learn to find, capture, tame and calibrate your
intrusive thoughts and emotions. How many times a day you cross the road
imagining yourself getting hit by a airplane (okay, maybe you don’t)? Just
about how many times did you see a funny-looking person walking down the same
road as you? And just about how many times did you imagine “Gee, what would I
do if a terrorist came here and started shooting?”. Simply put, everyone
daydreams. Once you learn to find these thoughts, you capture them, down on the
paper or keyboard, or under a pencil. Then, you have to tame those nasty
buggers, make them feel natural. This in itself is a process different for
everyone. You might find it super easy, or tougher than a nail. Then calibrate
those thoughts, make them a centerpiece of your new artwork, or implement them
in your existing projects. It takes a while for all of this to happen, but
remember, you are the one doing your art. No one is telling you that you should
not bother doing anything else related to art. If they do, screw them.
Caterpillars become butterflies, so do new artists become good artists, once
you get enough time, sunshine, water, protein and whatever else.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual… Bit gray I guess? I like shipping people and I find
some people hella cute, but it never advances from there. I would like to throw
in the “romantic” word here, but dunno where…

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

As in environment itself or the art community? Since I dunno
anything about the second, I might give a rundown of things going on here
around here. I had grown up in a religious environment, if not religious, then
surely quite conservative. I myself am a Christian man, a Catholic to be more
specific, and I cannot see any blame within my brothers and sisters when they
become confused about my orientation. Specifically, I only told my classmates
in high school that I am asexual. Reactions were different. Technically, I was
the same as everyone else, as long as I did not like other guys, I was fine.
There were some confusing moments, but high school kids can be accepting of
that. And I still chuckle a bit from the time one of my friends said “Stop
being asexual! That isn’t good!” in a tone of voice similar to the one given to
people that text-and-drive.

I still have not told my family about it, though. Seeing how
my (a)sexuality might impose a great deal on the dynasty (honestly, just a few
huffs and puffs), I decided to keep that bit of info for myself. I would still
like to have a wife and have a family, but I guess it would be tough when sex
is virtually non-exist to me and physical attraction is a thing worth swapping for
cake.

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

None other than a confused look and a “So… you like dudes?”
or “So… your wiener is wrong?”. Seeing that I made a wise choice of hiding my
orientation from people who don’t need to know, I have not got many troubles. I
can still pour out some gold nuggets:

“So you don’t want kids?”: No, I would actually love to have
kids. That are mine as well! No one is going to be a genetic father to my
kids but me! I just don’t like the sex thing :3

“You sure you are not straight and pretending?” I guess I am
sure. I mean, why waste time getting excited over people just because of their
genders? Also, since when became all about sex? There is life beyond bed,
people, and it is beautiful!

“I am sure you won’t be when you…” Nah. Thanks for
considering though, but still, I have to refuse your kind gesture.

“You should stop watching anime, see what is happening to
you! Next day you might decide to be a dragon or something.” Nah, if given a
choice of what I would become, I would rather become a Aztec god of fitness
thank you.

But these lines above are just what my closest friends
asked. Everyone else just shrug their heads.

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

There will be people who will try and “convert” you,
especially if you are a good friend to them and if you live in a conservative
setting like me. Don’t let them confuse you though. Unless they are actively
using drugs on you, remember that only you are in control of your willpower.
Brace through, and be ready to hug the sunshine first thing in the morning!

I also like this line: “There is life beyond bed”. I like it
a lot. Why? Because it implies a lot of things. Like, if you decide to head out
and explore, you would see all those little things that matter in life, details
that make a bigger picture more beautiful. The social media and the internet
tries to make it all about sex. If you get laid enough, you are cool. Remain a
virgin, and you are useless mess of tears. But that is just depresso propaganda
limiting people from their inner lights, just to bring them down and break
them. Depressos are trying to get through everyone, me, you, your friends and
family. They want to blame you for things out of your reach, and use this guilt
to claim superiority. They want to take your passion, and break it, so you can
become like them.

The world needs passionate people to keep moving around the
sun without trouble. The happiest people are the ones who keep with the world’s
currents, the way the water moves, the way the rocks remain still in face of
trouble, and the way fire heats. That doesn’t mean you should watch news 24/7.
No. Just be passionate about you do. Be happy about what you do. Take criticism
where its due, and discard the bad things. My father says; “It isn’t about
doing what makes you happy, but being happy with what you are doing”, and my
“There is life beyond bed” applies perfectly.

Anywho, check yourself for your asexuality. If all the
conditions apply for you to fit on a spectrum, then you are fine! Asexual
people are still people, people who can love others all right. It is just that
we had been blessed with a opportunity to see daily life without sex, and to
see where the true beauty lies. If you are a artist, a total noobface or a pro,
you should be able to see what makes beauty beauty, and what makes sex sex, and
how to capture each.

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

Uhh, I surely like to write a lot, hope I didn’t bore ya,
fellow aces! Either way, you guys can check my lousy FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/battlekorbiart/
(Be warned, I don’t upload everything I make here, only when I remember it)

I guess, I would appreciate it if you people
checked out my absolutely empty Tumblr blog: https://thy-battle-korbi.tumblr.com/

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

Interview: Jana

Today we’re joined by Jana. Jana is a wonderful young artist who both writes and does visual art. Most of her writing is fantasy and historical fiction. When she’s not writing, Jana does a lot of painting and drawing. Her work shows a creative mind and it’s clear Jana is an incredibly dedicated 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 write stories and also I draw and paint. Stories are
usually fantasy or historical fiction, with dark motives, while my drawings are
more positive. I sometimes draw illustrations for my stories but that is rare
for me. I also draw Harry Potter fan
arts, as I am big fan of the story (and also I have written some fanfics but
they aren’t in English).

What inspires you?

I don’t really know. The inspiration just appears out of
somewhere. And then it leaves. Sometimes it’s a sentence I hear, sometimes an
internet joke or when I see the view from my window. It can be anything. I have
periods of time when I see inspiration literally everywhere and then it stops
and I don’t have any inspiration at all.

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

I think so. I remember I liked to draw and paint since I was
very little and I remember that in kindergarten I was usually drawing, instead
of playing with other children. And I still draw when I have the time (also if
I don’t have) and usually I choose drawing over chatting with friends in class.
With writing, it’s similar. I write stories during lessons in school because
it’s fun and teachers don’t tend to notice. They usually think that I’m just
taking notes while I really am creating a story.

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 always put my name on my drawings so no one can steal it
from me (if it’s drawn on computer, it’s usually very big). That’s what almost
everyone does I think. But other than that I don’t have anything like that. In
my writings I don’t think I have something like that. My stories are dark and
complicated, as are my characters, but that’s not that rare.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I am actually one of them, as I am sixteen, so to my fellow
young artist: make art, do what you love and don’t give up. It can be hard but
not giving up is worth it. If you love art, make it. Good luck to you (and to
every artist here, you don’t have to be young).

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am asexual.

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

Well, ignorance by my mum. I came out to here so I could
make terrible jokes and puns but it has gone a bit wrong. Well, she didn’t
believe me (she still doesn’t I think) and was quite rude about it, because “I
am too young to know” and “I can’t be ace if I have a boyfriend”. A few months
later she was trying to understand and was asking questions but I felt really
uncomfortable so I just left. But now I think I am starting to be a bit more
comfortable around her, like when we are watching some TV series and they
mention something sexual or say that someone is hot, I usually make a disgusted
face or ask “really??”. Apart from that, I’ve only seen it on social media and
it wasn’t directed purely at me but on the whole community.

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

As I said before, it was what my mum said, that I am too
young to know or that I can’t be ace if I have a boyfriend. Then of course
things said on the internet and not aimed at me directly, like it is a
disability or disorder or that we are plants. I like the last one the most.

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

To not try to unconditionally fit into a label. Take time.
You don’t have to find it out right now, it’s okay not to know. I know it’s
hard, I know it’s easier said than done. But don’t worry, you are not alone.
There are many other people who feel the same and there are many people out
there who will try to help you. Before I learned I was ace, I thought that I
was lesbian (because women are cute), then that I was bi (because the sexual
attraction I felt towards the two genders was equal – now I know it was zero).

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

I have an Instagram account but I don’t post much. I also am
at Wattpad but I have only one English unfinished work published. I will try to
be active on both social media (Wattpad is social media, isn’t it?) but I can’t
really promise anything because I don’t know how much time will I have. On
Instagram I am as Janethepurpleelf
and on Wattpad as Fialová
Víla
.

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

Interview: Aibne Hesarose

Today we’re joined by Aibne Hesarose. Aibne is a phenomenal visual artist who works mostly in traditional medium. They’re still developing their portfolio, but already demonstrate an extraordinary amount of talent. Their drawings are filled with detail and an incredible use of color. It’s clear Aibne has a very bright future ahead of them, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m still very much in a developmental phase of my work. On
the one hand I want to illustrate children’s books, and on the other I want to
be a tattoo artist. There’s nothing stopping me from doing both, except maybe
figuring out the logistics. In a sentence: my portfolio is in the teething
stage.

What inspires you?

Sometimes I’ll be watching a noisy blockbuster or an indie
horror film, or walking home and it will start raining, or I’ll be on a long
drive, and I’ll start getting ideas. At the moment I’m doing the drawtober
challenge run by vonn.art and gawki, and that has been a great push in learning
to elaborate on a prompt which is something I normally struggle with.

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

I have been drawing ever since I was really little, and
writing too, and I have always wanted to do both. It was only really after
starting my writing degree at university that I really began to appreciate how
much hard work, sheer luck and entrepreneurship is required to pursue a career
in a creative field. I still want to be an author/illustrator, though. Those
two areas are separate for me because, as creative practices, writing and art
are mutually exclusive. They each have their own process, and even when I’m
drawing something relevant to my writing, it’s like working from separate parts
of my brain.

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?

Because my style is still growing and changing, I haven’t
really had the time to develop a signature thing. I do tend towards blending
creepy or eerie characters with a calm, reassuring theme or palette, because
that sort of juxtaposition interests me. I like it when things aren’t as they
seem. It that adds to the visual narrative, and storytelling through art is
half the fun.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Work hard. Keep working. Even when you can’t see
improvement, even when you don’t feel like it, even when it isn’t immediately
rewarding. Keep going.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m plain old ace cake.

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

I’ve had the regular comments – you haven’t met the right
person, you should see a doctor, it’s probably hormonal, you’re just frigid,
you’re just trying to be label yourself, maybe you’re just closeted, maybe you
were abused, maybe maybe maybe. When I think it will help, I engage the person
and do my best to educate. When it’s obviously not worth the time, I tell them
to keep their nose out of my business.

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

Probably that it’s either denial, or a manifestation of
illness. Basically, that asexuality is something that needs to be fixed. In
relationships earlier in life when I was still figuring myself out, I had more
than one partner treat my disinterest in sex as if it were a personal betrayal
of some kind. I still battle sometimes with the automatic link people draw
between love and sex – for me, it is possible to be very much in love with
someone and not ever want to bang them. But unfortunately, most of the people
I’ve loved feel unfulfilled by that.

TL;DR: my asexuality should not be an obstacle for other
people – it is simply an aspect of me, and now that I’m a self-aware adult, I
hate that other people feel entitled enough to my body to get upset by it.

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

There is nothing wrong with you.

The world we were raised in has an attitude to sex that is not
healthy. Everything is both hypersexualized and infused with shame. Too much
significance is placed on losing virginity, how people have sex, who they have
sex with, and how many partners they have.

In a way, it’s a very good thing to be naturally excluded
from that shit.

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

My art is on Tumblr at http://aibne-hesarose.tumblr.com/ and
on Instagram at Instagram.com/Aibne.Hesarose

My writing blog is write-it-all-down.tumblr.com.

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

Interview: Mies Nestor M

Today we’re joined by Mies Nestor M. Mies is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in drawing characters, both their own and fanart. They started out doing mostly traditional art, but have recently started doing digital. They have an incredible amount of talent. The amount of detail in their drawings is extraordinary, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a cartoon artist on Instagram. I did majorly traditional art
in the past but due to minimal amount of space in college dorms for art
supplies, I have only really been doing digital art mainly for the last few
months. I enjoy making both fan art and art of my own characters. Making
characters is one of my favorite things about drawing. I don’t write about them
a lot, but I am very passionate about making unique and diverse characters,
though I laugh to myself that most of them are asexual.

What inspires you?

I have always been a fan of cartoons and anime, mostly shows that
are peaceful and revolve around characters and character relations, but mostly
in the way of friendships and family. Within the last year I’ve really gotten
into Dungeons and Dragons and I’m very inspired by both the campaigns I am in
as well as the ones I watch online. I feel like the parties that are made in
those games show great and loving friendships that are different from usual
media.

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

I actually hated drawing when I was young. I had a very “if I’m
not good at it now I’m not going to do it” mentality. I always enjoyed cartoons
and the like and eventually got around to drawing. I also had ideas for
characters and I couldn’t help but want to draw them.

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 a sucker for symbolism and wordplay. I tend to have characters
wear joke t-shirts as well as have color codes for certain characters of my
own. It’s nothing too big, but I love having little callouts to certain aspects
of a character

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep practicing. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Anything you want to
do will take time to get good at. Surround yourself with people to share your
art with too. There’s nothing that makes me want to draw more than my friends
telling me they enjoy my stuff.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am a Aromantic Asexual. I have never had any attraction I guess
haha.

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

I’ve only really had an audience of younger artists following me,
so I’ve never had any pushes to do anything I’m uncomfortable with in my art,
thankfully. As well as that, my art style is rather cutesy and “innocent”, so
I’ve never gotten any inappropriate comments or questions. I’ve talked about my
identity on livestreams, but everyone has been fairly kind.

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

Offline, I’ve definitely gotten a lot of the “you’ll find the
right person one day” stuff. I rarely explicitly state my identity, but I often
say “I’m not interested in dating/sex” and gotten quite a few confused and,
while well-meaning, demeaning responses. People seem to expect everyone to
experience attraction, and get confused and act sorry when you express that you
don’t. 

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

What you’re feeling is normal, and there are people out there just
like you.You don’t need to follow everyone’s expectations of what you should be
and take all the time you need to figure out how you identify and you are
always allowed to change whatever labels you use if you find a new one that
fits better or figure something out about yourself. That doesn’t mean you were
faking it or wrong, figuring out yourself is a process and it’s okay to take
your time.

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

I post on Instagram! My main account is ShadowGingerdapple and I talk about my own characters on ShadowOCdapple. If you want to find me on Tumblr I’m at ShadowSnowdapple!

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

Interview: SilverStarStrike

Today we’re joined by SilverStarStrike. SilverStarStrike is a phenomenal aspiring visual artist who works with both traditional and digital mediums. She’s currently experimenting with a variety of styles and does take commissions. SilverStarStrike is a dedicated and passionate artist with a very 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.

Well, I have been drawing actively for about 4 years. I mostly
draw digital art but I can work with traditional mediums. I am seeking to
expand my horizons with realism, 3D art, and other styles. I also take
commissions and don’t draw absolutely for free.

What inspires you?

Almost everything really, but I take inspiration mostly from
music and video games. As of right now, the game “Hollow Knight” is a huge
drive for inspiration. My previous biggest inspirations are “Wreck-It Ralph”
and “Ori and the Blind Forest.”

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

I haven’t always wanted to be an artist. I actually wanted to be
a paleontologist and a chef, but my interests in those fields died. Then when I
discovered “Wreck-It Ralph” it drove me to create characters and ever since
then, I have been drawing more actively.

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 entirely sure what you mean, but I do sign most of my own
works with my own signature. I also don’t have a logo, but I do have a pretty
common style that’s somewhat unique to myself, at least in my eyes.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep practicing, and don’t give up. You’ll definitely improve if
you put a lot of effort, love, and care into your work. If you just want art to
be just a hobby, that’s fine as well, but that doesn’t mean your art is worth
less than anybody else’s. Your art is wonderful, beautiful, and just downright
gorgeous.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I kinda personally lean on more of the asexual spectrum. I don’t
experience a lot of sexual arousal to anything, and honestly I even find myself
sex-repulsive and I don’t feel so good when I think about sex. Usually results
include nausea and just disgusting feelings in general. I don’t even wish to
have children in the future.

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

I have not yet actually, since I’m somewhat closeted about it. I
do post asexual relating posts that I honestly can relate to, and my sexuality
and pronouns are shown on my Deviantart profile. So far, everybody seems pretty
accepting of my orientation.

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

That asexuals are “broken.” I don’t believe in that. If they
don’t want to have sex or any of the sort, then that’s fine with me. They’re
all human beings, just like us.

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

Don’t try fretting over it, and take your time thinking about it.
Remember, your orientation is only just a part of who you are, and
doesn’t entirely define you. Whether you’re bi, het, homo, or even ace, you’re
special and beautiful.

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

Outside of Tumblr,
I have a Deviantart account with the same name, SilverStarStrike. I also
have a YouTube channel named Starflight
LunaSpirit
.

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

Interview: Cheshire

Today we’re joined by Cheshire. Cheshire is a phenomenal visual artist and an aspiring animator. They do both digital and traditional art, favoring messy materials for traditional art. They absolutely love to draw and doodle, whether on paper or on their iPad. Their work shows a remarkable amount of detail as well as a wonderful use of color. It’s clear they have an incredibly bright future ahead of them, 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 an aspiring animator and generally
fun-loving digital and traditional artist. I mainly doodle on my iPad (Due to
my lack of a laptop), as well as in my sketchbooks (Three of them, lol). I
enjoy working with pencils and watercolour paints, and because I tend to do a
lot of self-referential and colourful artworks I usually go with the messiest
materials (Hence, watercolour).

What
inspires you?

Pop culture, Personal experiences, music
and the world around me. I’ve been heavily into popular culture since my
constant-cartoon watching as a child (Nothing’s changed.), which is why my art
style tends to be a mix of both styles close to anime and western cartoons. In
terms of personal experience, that all tends to be related to my darker
artworks, and the ones inspired by things that have made me anxious or
generally feel like crap emotionally. Music is because of my all-over-the-place
music tastes, as for instance I could be drawing something completely cute when
listening to a sweet love song, or something violent or angry when listening to
metal (Which is most of my playlists), or something inspired by a musical. The
world around me could just be someone’s outfit, an animal I saw, or the
landscapes I come across on my adventures to and from home.

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

I never really had any role models for getting
into art until I got into my junior year of high school. I had always like
drawing, and have been doing so since I was five, but I never really wanted to
pursue a career in it until I started looking into watercolour art at the start
of eleventh grade, and then animation at the end of that year. I wanted to be a
music teacher (I am terrible at music), a juvenile justice worker, a youth
counsellor, but eventually settled into animation, as I felt that it was the
best way to improve my art and share the stories I make up with people.

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?

Nope! It’s not that I have a simple trick
I’m not willing to share, but more that I just… don’t have one? I tend to do
whatever I want with my art and what people see is what they get. There’s no
secret to it.

What
advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Your art is unique to you. Your style, your
methods, your materials, they are yours. If you spend all your time comparing
yourself to other artists you tend to be discouraged, and honestly, that’s the
last thing you want. What you do what to do is look at other people’s art and
their methods and be inspired, as in ‘Oh, I didn’t know I could do that’. Don’t
compare yourself to someone who is probably also in the same boat as you.
You’re doing your best, and even though that may not seem like much, it’s
enough for you. And even if you don’t like that one piece you did, someone else
will, and may even see it in a way that you didn’t.

ASEXUALITY

Where
on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m pan-romantic grey-ace. I don’t really
know where I am on the spectrum. I mean, I’m not attracted to anyone in a
sexual way, but I’m not totally against the idea of doing-the-do. I’m not
sex-repulsed at all, but I’d only do it if I as completely sure I could trust
the person I was with.

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

More just ignorance than anything. No one
really knows how to understand it and I’m terrible at explaining it. Even then,
I don’t upfront say ‘Oh I’m ace”, but more let it out later as I know the
person. I honestly find it easier to just say ‘Oh I wouldn’t do a one-night-stand
with anyone, and generally just… don’t feel a need to do it at all?’ It’s hard
to explain to people when I don’t really understand it myself.

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

That I’m celibate. Like no, sweetie, I’d do
it, but I just don’t feel like it. That’s all it is. I’m not resigning myself
to a vow of celibacy because boy howdy smooching people is a nice feeling and
I’m lonely and would love an s/o, but I just… don’t care about sex?

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

It’s okay if you’re confused. Your identity
doesn’t have to be your defining point, so there’s no pressure to really
understand it. It’s also okay to tell people. They may not explicitly
understand what you’re dealing with, but telling someone can help you deal with
what can be extremely stressful. And if people tell you that the A in the full
LGBTQ+ acronym means ‘Ally’, tell them to fight you. The A can stand for Ally,
Ace and Aro and no one can take your identity away from you.

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

My Instagram, Art Amino, DA and Tumblr!

I don’t use my Tumblr much lately due to
school stress, but it’s serpentine-jellyfish.
Between all the memes I post, I sometimes post my art there.

My Insta is where I post a majority of my
art, from doodles to fully-completed works. I should get an art account, but honestly?
I completely content with posting everything on the one account. My Instagram
is serpentine._.jellyfish
(temporarily changed for Halloween: https://www.instagram.com/serpentine._.spookfish/)

Art Amino I don’t use too much as it takes
up space on my iPad, and is Serpentine
Jellyfish
. I post a lot of stuff there when I do have it.

My DA is the different one, and is Thoughtful-Melonlord. I
don’t post there very often at all, as I’m generally just too lazy to log back
in and out, and when I do post, it’s using the iPad app, which has terrible
interfacing by the way.

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

Interview: Hill

Today we’re joined by Hill. Hill is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital mediums. She draws mostly people and dabbles in fanart, though she also enjoys drawing original character. She is currently working on a comic called “AVG” and plans to draw more comics in the future. It’s very clear that she’s a dedicated and enthusiastic 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 mostly draw people! Faces are my favorite part to draw;
it’s all about the wacky expressions! I started at a young age (about 3rd
grade) using traditional methods. I tried all kinds of mediums like pencil,
inks, paint…but my favorite for a long time was inks. I liked them because you
could create a stark contrast. I would draw characters from “One Piece” and “Bleach”
in inks all the time.

In high school I started the change from traditional to
digital art, mostly because my sister was doing it and so it was cool. I had no
idea what I was doing, but stuck with it. I currently use Photoshop Elements 12
and a Wacom Intuos Tablet. Doing digital art allows me to make speedpaint
videos set to music! I love creating comics and portraits of my own characters.
I have one comic that I’m currently working on, called “AVG” and several more
planned.

What inspires you?

Music is my greatest inspiration! I can hardly ever draw
without something playing. I feel like it adds more emotional strength to any
piece I work on. My best friend is a music teacher and she always inspires me
when she shares her knowledge.

I’m absolutely inspired by other artists! There’s so many
artists I look up to and have learned from, like: Eiichiro Oda, Tite Kubo,
Kohske, and Rebecca Sugar. They’ve each influenced my art style in some way. My
friends on DeviantArt have inspired me too! They’re always trying new things
and it makes me want to be better!

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

My sister is the person who got me interested in art! She
was drawing long before I ever wanted to. When we were little, we loved playing
with paper dolls and you couldn’t buy Pokémon or Digimon paper dolls, so my
sister drew them. I picked up art, because there were so many characters we
wanted to add and it would take a while for her to draw them all! I wanted to
help out! Next thing you know I was drawing celebrities with giant heads and
tiny bodies (they were awful)! It was always just for fun, but I really became
invested in art when I started reading “One Piece”. I wanted to learn to draw
the characters and I needed to practice for an upcoming art scholarship
opportunity. It worked out!

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 signature is my initials HRH with three lines through it.
I wanted to have a cool signature and played around with a bunch of options.
I’m not sure when I got to that one, but it stuck!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

What always helps me, especially if I feel art block coming
on, is sketching. Sketching has led to some of my favorite pieces. It takes
pressure off and can result in some really fun ideas! Always keep trying,
because in just a year you can make so much progress!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as Asexual. I don’t know where I am on the
romance end yet, that one hasn’t quite clicked like being Ace did. I had
originally identified as Demisexual, but when I explored Asexuality, I felt it
fit me better.

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

I haven’t encountered much prejudice or ignorance in my
field. I’ve really only told those I’m close with or potential significant
others. The only time I personally experienced it was when I identified as Demisexual
and someone I know said they “never heard of it, so it must be fake”. I wanted
to cry, so after that, I mostly kept it to myself. Since I’ve identified as
Ace, I’ve only had positive reactions from those I’ve told. I’m happy to be a
part of this interview, because it is a positive experience for everyone,
especially artists, in the community.

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

“If you haven’t tried sex, how can you know you’re Asexual?”
I just know. I don’t experience sexual attraction. I don’t mind talking about
sex and I am interested in the possibility, but I don’t feel I need it to
happen.

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

It’s okay to wonder about it. You don’t have to figure it
out, now or ever. It’s about what suits you and your needs and what makes you
feel comfortable. Either way, you’re always welcome in this community! You’re
valid and you’re loved! 🙂

I’m very proud to be a part of this community! I’m even
crocheting a scarf, though I dropped an abysmal number of stitches haha … I hope
that if you find yourself in this community, that you can be proud too!

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

You can find me on DeviantArt: https://drawuntooblivion.deviantart.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drawendlesstars
YouTube, where I post short animations and speedpaints: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-RyTP_dlLqlkuF2hBIEAIw
and my comic is on Tumblr: https://avgcomic.tumblr.com/
and my website: (where I also plan to share other comics) https://avgcomic.com/.

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

Interview: Gigi

Today we’re joined by Gigi. Gigi is a phenomenal and versatile artist who does a bit of everything. She writes a bit of poetry and she also has a running fan comic set in the Kirby universe. When she’s not writing, Gigi does a bit of visual art. She mostly does fanart, but she also does self-portraiture and some abstract drawings. It’s very clear that 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 like to write mostly, and I’ve started with fanfiction.
Ever since late 2010 I’ve worked on a fan comic called 20 Times Kirby, and my story with it is kinda funny. I started it
just ‘cause, literally, I had no expectations for it and I was only working on
it due to boringness, but soon I grew attached to it, to a point where I
actually started putting effort into it. The results are a pretty complex story
with multiple characters, almost 1000 pages, and almost 7 years of work, with
constant updates! In fact, the comic became more my own thing rather than just
me exploring the Kirby universe; the elements of the series are there, but they
aren’t extremely important. Looking back, this all is insane! But I love it;
working on this comic is my passion. I even plan on rewriting it in the future,
since I’ve made some mistakes in the past and I’d like to fix them.

I also like writing poems, both in English and in my first
language (Brazilian Portuguese). They are literally about anything, and I write
them when I suddenly feel inspired. I haven’t really published most of those,
but I’m starting to think I should.

Another art thing I do is drawing, usually fan art, but
sometimes self-portraits and some abstract drawings. Most of them end up as
sketches only, however. I’ve also more recently started to learn to compose,
but for now it’s mostly experimenting and trying to learn stuff.

What inspires you?

In general, videogames and music inspire me, but any kind of
art may do the trick as well. When I see something that I can tell that was
made with care and attention to detail, that motivates me to do something
similar. Also, whenever I find something I really like in any kind of fiction,
I try to make something similar to it happen in my stories, if possible of
course.

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

Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a huge imagination and I
would make countless stories in my head about literally everything. I would
never write them down, however, apart for one or two Pokémon fanfictions I only
drafted the beginning. Only when I started working in 20 Times Kirby, and got so attached to it, I stopped to think that
maybe writing had be my secret passion all this time. That’s when I actually
started to write stuff down, even if it’s just bullet points of a story. Seeing
friends and other people do other art stuff like drawing motivated me to try
these too, but writing will always be my main passion.

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?

Not really I think? Although I do love giving a meaning to
everything that happens in any story I work on, and connect all events whenever
possible too.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Never give up! Whatever the field of art you want to work
with, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll be a master at it on your first tries, and
this goes for everyone! I know that when you start, you already want to be very
good like the artists you see around, but it’s actually a long road, and those
people have travelled it. And you can do it too!

Also, don’t be afraid to rewrite stories, redraw drawings,
remake your songs, and so on. If you think you can improve something you’ve
already finished, you probably can, and you’ll learn more in the process!

Finally, don’t be afraid of criticism, it only helps, no
matter how much it may hurt. Take it and try to learn with it, whoever
commented about your work like that only wants to help you. However, if you
notice someone commenting about your work only giving negative thoughts,
looking like they aren’t trying to help, ignore them. Giving constructive
criticism is one thing, giving hate is another, and learning the different
between the two is very important.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m aromantic and asexual. Well, at least I think I am;
these are the labels I identify with right now.

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

Not really directly, and I guess this is more aro related,
but I do notice that lots of people comment a lot about shipping and have
gotten disappointed when I didn’t really do any real romance in my comic (yes,
even in a Kirby fan comic). Honestly… I just ignore them for most part. I
don’t avoid romance completely but I rarely use it, I don’t think this kind of
stuff is mandatory in a story.

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

The misconception that Asexuality is just a
“phase”, and that it will change when you “find the right
person”. That’s like telling a straight person they are going through a
phase, and will realize they are actually bi when they find the right person of
a gender they claim to not be attracted to. It makes no real sense and it’s
just trying to erase who we are.

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

First of all, no matter what others say, your orientation is
valid. You are valid. Don’t let others tell you otherwise.

Also, feel free to explore labels, if you think one doesn’t
fit you completely. If you asked me a year ago what my romantic orientation
was, I would have told you grayromantic, not aromantic. That’s because it took
me a while to truly identify as aromantic, and identifying as grayro for a
while helped me do that. Really, you don’t have to pick a label once and never
change it, change your labels whenever you feel it’s the right thing. These
labels exist to help us find more about ourselves!

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

20 Times Kirby can
be found here: http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=91583

I also have a Tumblr where I sometimes post art, although I
haven’t done that in a while. Either way, you can find it here: http://gigithoughts.tumblr.com/tagged/my-art. If I ever get around to post my other art stuff, I’ll
post about it in my Tumblr, but let’s see.

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

Interview: Brie

Today we’re joined by Brie. Brie is a phenomenal young aspiring artist who specializes in visual art. She enjoys drawing people, including some original characters, and dabbles in fanart as well. Her work shows an incredible attention to detail and a sense of whimsy as well. Brie is a very enthusiastic 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.

My
art is mainly people because, well that’s really what I know I can do. I like
to draw specific people as well as
making up and drawing my own characters!

What inspires you?

I’m
inspired by the pits of hell I called my brain as well anything I see around my
school and in my everyday life

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

To
be completely honest when I was little I really wanted to be a fashion designer
but I have always loved drawing and up until last year I hadn’t really done any
drawing but then I got really bored in my math class and I started up again! I
have honestly never been more thankful for a really boring 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?

The
only thing that really comes to mind is that I always put my signature
somewhere in my drawing, but other than that I can’t really find anything else.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Some
advice that I could give any young artists would be, and although it sounds
very cliché, but honestly don’t give up on what your working on, if you feel as
if you have no good ideas just draw or write about it anyway, even if it turns
out bad, DO IT ANYWAY!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I
identify as a homoromantic asexual

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

Sadly,
I live in a very Christian family and my grandmother is quite homophobic, so I
haven’t really told anyone save some of my close friends. Whenever I bring up
any form of conversation about asexual stuff, I get told “no you’ll find someone”
and stuff like that and honestly I have never had so many quick change
conversations about food in my life.

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

The
biggest misconception I find about asexuality is that most people think that
people who are ace have no emotions, and anytime anyone askes me so you don’t
have emotions right I just have to stare at them so a minute, then morph into a
purple dragon and fly away form the stupidity.

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

Some
advice I could give would probably be just go with what feels right, go with
the one that makes you genuinely happy and see where it goes from there!

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

My
art handle is mainly my Instagram at weirdonamedbrie. I’m planning on also posting some
work on my Tumblr at weirdonamedbrie-art!

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

Interview: Renessa Jones

Today we’re joined by Renessa Jones. Renessa is a wonderful crafter and visual artist. She does knitting, perler art, and charm making. When she’s not crafting, Renessa enjoys drawing. She has filled out a number of sketchbooks and has a great deal of passion, 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 several mediums of art. I knit, make charms, perler
art, and draw. Drawing and knitting are probably my favorites. I started both
to assist with my anxiety and both have helped greatly. I have a large stack of
sketchbooks climbing half way up my bed room wall.  

What inspires you?

Let’s see, TV mostly. Television, movies, and characters I
love. I draw cartoons mostly. Now with knitting, I’m inspired by who’s getting
the knitting project, their favorite colors and things. I make cute things
because cute things are adorable!

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

Like I said I took up knitting to help with crippling
anxiety.

However, when I was little we were so poor we couldn’t
afford to pay for electricity one month. My mom taught me how to draw cartoons
since there was no TV. She taught me how to draw a bear head, a dog head, cat
head, and Mickey. I practiced because I wanted to be as good as my mom. Then
when I was in high school my mom told me she wanted to draw as good as me and
this made me happier than anything.

I loved drawing since I was a kid. I was never paying
attention in school because I was drawing. There is nothing better than seeing
an empty page then almost like magic there was a drawing.

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?

Not especially, I do sign my digital art with my initials
RJ.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

PRACTICE! I didn’t think I was any good when I was little. I
drew pictures ALL the time and over time I got better. I practice drawing faces
and hair a lot so I can get better. I need to practice drawing hands cause you
practically have to sell your soul if you want to draw nice hands.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am a heteroromantic asexual.

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

My mom tries to
understand but I know she thinks I have something physically wrong with me. She
thinks I will get over it when I’m older. My friend says once I’ve had it I’ll
change my mind. I haven’t met any prejudice yet luckily, but then again I
haven’t told many people.

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

That you just need to have it to like it. That doesn’t seem
right to me. Even if someone has never had sex they should be able to say
whether they are interested or not. I’m not interested, in fact the idea of
myself doing it makes me physically nauseous some times.

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

It’s OK to not like it. You are not broken or alone. You are
not any less of a person. You can still fall in love if you have romantic
feelings. You can have a relationship with love and not have sex because sex
does NOT equal love. If you’re with someone who just loves you because they
will get sex they are NOT worth your time. You are better than that.

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

My Tumblr is sosospoopy,
feel free to send a message and say howdy ^ ^ I tag my art renessadraws and
renessaknits

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