Category: drawing

Interview: Ray Wyse

Today we’re joined by Ray Wyse. Ray is a phenomenal visual artist and writer. They mostly write fanfiction but hope to publish some original work in the future. Aside from writing, they are also a dedicated visual artist who enjoys drawing and painting. They do a lot of portraiture work and their art is extraordinarily detailed. It’s clear they’re a passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

My work varies, but I enjoy writing, drawing and painting.
My writing is most often fictional pieces with characters I’ve created, and
while I try and branch out with my artwork my strongest pieces have always been
portraiture. In all my work I try and integrate what I know, in terms of my
experiences and imagination. I’ll mainly referencing my artwork in this
interview as it’s what most of my time and my education is dedicated to!

What inspires you?

Other people inspire me. I’m driven by seeing creators do
what they love and doing it well, it really pushes me to try and be better.

But for choosing what I want to draw or paint I’m inspired
by perception. I find drawing exactly what I can see boring, and I want to
explore more emotive ways of portraying people and places. Usually this means
playing with the features of the subject matter, taking them away or changing
them through distortion or obstruction.

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

I’ve always wanted to create art. I’ve taken it at every
level available to me through primary and secondary school, but it’s only
recently at college I became determined to find some sort of career in it. I
think most of our everyday life is the way it is because of artistic people,
from film to advertising to product design, and yet it goes by unnoticed.
Almost every field has a need for us, and when I realized that it only helped
push my interest in the subject.

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 really? There are maybe certain things I always do
that I’m not aware of, but as someone who’s still trying to find their own
style and techniques I don’t think I have any repetitive patterns, but I
suppose I always draw specific attention to the eyes or the obstruction of
them. I feel like that makes or breaks a good portrait.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I would say that I know, I understand it’s frustrating
sometimes. There will always be others that are around your age, who you think
has work that surpasses your own. There will be times where you can’t get a
picture JUST right. But you have to realize that your art is always changing
and improving. It’s hard to notice day to day but try and redo a piece from
just a few years or even months ago to see how you’ve changed! Practice, there
isn’t a shortcut to progress! Support and learn from each other!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual, but I don’t know where on the
spectrum. I’m in a serious relationship, but I haven’t been for long enough to
know whether or not I could be demi. Currently I identify as a panromantic ace,
meaning I can have romantic attraction to any gender but sexual attraction to
none.

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

I generally encounter confusion when talking to someone
about my sexuality. It’s difficult, because as someone who didn’t find a label
that worked for them until their late teens, I spent a lot of my childhood
thinking I was ‘broken’ or otherwise ‘wrong’. And hearing it insinuated from someone
else saying ‘how do you know? Maybe you just haven’t found the right person,
etc. etc.’ can hurt a lot. Especially if coming from other people in the LGBT+
community.

But I have to remember I’m valid, and that’s what I tell
them. I calmly explain that I just don’t feel sexual attraction, I never have,
and it really isn’t a big concern. And if they don’t accept that, I stop
conversing with them.

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

The most common misconception is that asexuality is
comparable to practicing abstinence, as if sexuality is some sort of choice.
Another common one is that all ace people ‘become’ asexual after some sort of
traumatic experience

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

I would say it’s not your job to educate others, and it’s
okay to not have everything figured out! You’ll hear about how it’s a ‘phase’
at some point in your life, and this will suck. But remember that no matter
what, whether how you identify changes over the years or if a label you found
at 13 still works for you at 33, you’re valid.

I’m not going to tell you it isn’t a phase and you won’t
experience doubts. I’m going to tell you that if it is, that’s okay too.

Take time figuring yourself out, research the spectrum of
different sexualities, and don’t feel bad if things change. How you identify at
this moment is still 100% valid and don’t settle for anyone that doesn’t
respect that.

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

You can find more of my work on Instagram! I also do
commissions; my username is at Rachel.Wyse
<3

I’m hoping to branch into other social media sites soon, but
for now the majority of my work is on Instagram.

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

Interview: E.T.Vise

Today we’re joined by E.T.Vise. E.T.Vise is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in 2D cartoons and photography. He has recently gotten into filmmaking and is exploring that medium as well. It’s clear they’re a passionate and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I primarily do 2D cartoon and pen art but I do go into
photography and I’m starting to get into Filmmaking and the art of
filmmaking.  

What inspires you?

The world around us and how our brains are built with what
we feel & think.

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

Wanting to create something that said me and just the influx
ideas for art.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Make whatever the hell you want to make, grab a pencil and
paper and experiment and find your creative voice.

ASEXUALITY

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

No… not really that and I haven’t really been active in the
community but I’m sure as I become more active the situation will arise one
day.

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

That we don’t have any physical interaction (cuddling,
holding hands kissing etc.). I’ve had to tell people so many times “no it’s
just sexual things”

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

Embrace it and just know that this doesn’t affect who you
are as a person.

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

You can find more of my work on my YouTube Channel: E T V,
(and while there’s not much there right now a big project of mine is coming
soon so be on the lookout for that.)

Also my Twitter ETVtwutter
and my Instagram etvinstagrem
and my Tumblr, apersonwholikestodraw.  

Thank you, E.T.Vise, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Wolfie

Today we’re joined by Wolfie. Wolfie is a phenomenal makeup artist who uses makeup to create extraordinary looks. She has done a number of different things with makeup, from standard beauty to more fantasy and horror related looks. She has also done special FX makeup. Aside from makeup, Wolfie also dabbles in a couple other mediums as well. She’s a passionate and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

One of the things I do is makeup and special FX. Be it beauty, fantasy or horror. I mostly do whatever has
caught my fancy that day or week. I have done photoshoots, short films and even a wedding or
two with my makeup.

Which plays into my other mediums, such as drawing and
painting. I have a ton of sketch books filled with art, some I give
away and the same with my paintings.

Along with costuming which has been trial and error. As for my leather working I am still a beginner, which I was
learning from my aunt and now my dad. Also have been dabbling into jewelry making.

What inspires you?

When I was a kid, fantasy (books, art etc.) and music played
in a big part in my creativity.

Along with a rich family heritage that led to being a Pagan
Witch, lets me see the beauty in magic and life that goes into my art.

My Aunt also who is deceased now, was also a big inspiration
to me.

Being a writer and creative person herself, part of the LGBTQ+
community and Pagan, she always encouraged me to not give up and to pursue what
I love.

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

Ever since I was little girl, I was always drawing and then
moving onto other things as I got older. Heck, I even wanted to be a manga artist at some point!

As for my makeup and special FX, I give that one to my
family. We have always been big on Halloween and doing creative
costumes, which led to me eventually finding conventions in my late teens. It would also be my early 20’s to mid-20’s that I would go
to makeup school for it.

Which I am always learning new and creative ways to improve.

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?

Mostly just my name and other account names I would hid in
it, or just smack dab where you can see it.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Just go for it. Self-doubt will happen where you think you
art, or you’re not good enough.

But it will be, maybe not in your eyes.

But others will love your art even if you think they don’t.

Never compare yourself to another, each of us is unique and
different. We go at our own pace and our artistic journey happen sometimes now
or a little bit later.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am a proud Asexual Pan romantic 29 year old.

In my early 20’s I thought I was just Pansexual, but that
didn’t seem right to me.

It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that talking with a friend, that
they said “Uh Wolf, I think you may be Ace.”

So I looked it up and it started making more sense to me.
While giving me a feeling of relief that I wasn’t “broken”.

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

Oh boy, in my makeup field I have, since it slipped out one
time during class.

And mostly I just educated them, while being calm about it
and maybe a ‘wee’ bit of Sass when they asked a personal/ignorant question. But mostly, I just refuse to apologize anymore for being who
I am.

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

“Well, how can you be in a relationship if you don’t have
sex?” Is probably the most common thing I get.

Again I just calmly answers/educate, or (at times) Sass back
with a witty clap back that makes them go “Oh! I see! Sorry about that.”

But it is also just standing my ground and not letting other
tell me “oh but you just haven’t met-”

“Or have you seen a doctor?” etc.

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

It may seem you’re alone and others tell you that you are
broken, but you are not.

Don’t let anyone tell you differently, this is your journey
of discovery and your identity is real.

For your community sees you and you are loved, valid in your
right to not be silenced or harmed as you keep learning who you are.

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

My Instagram which I welcome anyone to join me! wolfie_shieldmaidenswitch

Deviantart: Moonlightwolfos

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

Interview: Jessie Cook

Today we’re joined by Jessie “Jess” Cook. Jessie is a phenomenally talented theater artist. She does a number of artistic activities: art, dance, singing, and writing. However, her passion in life is the theater. Jessie plans to study theater in college. It’s clear she’s a very talented artist with an incredibly bright future, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m involved with lots of different types of art. I draw and
write as a hobby, but I do dance, theatre, musical theatre, and technical
theatre at my school. I’m also in a Women’s Chamber Choir at my school. I also
work at a haunted attraction as an actor! I’ve done theatre for 6 years, and I
plan on studying it in college.

What inspires you?

The world around me inspires me, and my love and passion for
my art. I have a constant drive to do better than what I’ve done before.

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

When I was younger, I had always wanted to be an actress.
Like any kid my age, I wanted to become famous and have a bunch of nice things.
I did not realise how deep I would get into my craft. I started doing theatre
and musical theatre in middle school, and I immediately fell in love. I owe my
love for theatre to my middle school theatre teacher. She helped set the flame
that has given me my passion for what I do.

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 have any unique symbol or anything in my acting. I
do have a signature in my art, but it’s just my nickname in cursive. Nothing
too special!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Never give up! Your pace will be different than others,
everyone’s pace to success is different. Also, do not be afraid of rejection!
That just means your moment is not here yet, it will soon come! Keep improving
yourself and let rejection help you mold your art. Know the difference between
constructive criticism and nasty comments. Choose which comments to use, there
will always be those comments that you agree with and ones that you don’t. It’s OK!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as an Asexual. Not interested in that kind of
stuff.

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

My asexuality is not known by anyone. I’m still in the
closet when it comes to my asexuality.

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

The most common misconception about asexuality I see often
times is that “asexual people do not belong in the LGBT+ community”. It’s sad
that a community of inclusivity that preaches messages of being yourself and
embracing yourself shuns people who are asexual. People state that acephobia
does not exist, yet I see so much of it.

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

Don’t rush yourself to find an orientation. It is OK to not
know exactly what you identify with. It’s common to suddenly change your
orientation. Just because you don’t fit into a perfect mold of an orientation
doesn’t mean you don’t belong. It’s ok. Take your time. This is YOUR identity,
it’s okay not to know who you are yet!

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

People who are interested in what I do can find me on
multiple social media platforms! My theatre work is (sadly) strictly local, but
I love talking about my work to other people. Don’t be afraid to talk to me or
ask any questions. I don’t bite!

Twitter: at Jsle3
Tumblr: at Jsle3
Instagram (haunt page): at _cameliadoll_
Discord: at Jsle3#9381

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

Interview: Lexi

Today we’re joined by Lexi. Lexi is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in illustration. They enjoy drawing mostly lighthearted images and characters. Their work shows a beautiful use of line and color and the characters they draw are adorable. It’s clear they’re a dedicated artist who loves what they do. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

My art style changes a lot depending on what sort of mood I’m
in, but usually consists of silly drawings that I do for myself or friends and
evolve into bigger projects. I love making patterns and stickers a lot as well.

What inspires you?

I base a lot of my silly drawings on funny jokes or ideas
that me and my friends come up with but I also have lots of other artists that
inspire me such as kanahei and ssebong. I watch a lot of cartoons in my free
time and those inspire me as well for things like character design.

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

I grew up drawing, honestly. I’ve been doing it so much I
can’t even imagine doing anything else. If anything, I can only list here what
things have gotten me more interested
in my field. I took 3 years of graphics in high school and that sparked my
interest in pursuing a graphics related career, however I’m still deciding 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?

I have my signature I guess, but other than that maybe my
style?? I don’t include Easter eggs in pieces, as they look out of place to me
oops haha

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

You’re going to start out bad, it doesn’t matter how quickly
you learn, you can only get better. It’s alright to admire artists but don’t
compare yourself to them. And always keep practicing, you can never do it
enough. One of my favourite examples of practicing to get better is from
Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. (from his book, “Outliers”)

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual!

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

Yah, with people I talk to and even my family. My mom doesn’t
really think it exists or it’s just an “fake persona” due to my environment and
a few of my friends just aren’t educated on it. If they do say/assume something
incorrect I try to correct them but with a few of them, the point just doesn’t
get across.. I meet a lot of people who say they thought they were ace but just
realized they were around ugly people or something.. :/ Or they consider it an
excuse for not being desirable. I try to educate people as best I can, but
sometimes I just get tired of re-explaining.

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

That it’s just about waiting till the right time and/or
person comes along & that as an asexual I’m not interested in love,
physical affection, etc. I enjoy hugs and holding hand just as much as a
sexual. However past that I am a bit neutral haha

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

No one should or can tell you how you identify. You also don’t
have to come out to everyone you meet, or anyone at all. Do what makes you feel
comfiest & safest. It does help to find a place to talk about stuff though,
I have friends I talk to when I’m upset about things relating to being ace, and
while they’re not all ace they still support me and that’s what good friends
will do for you.

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

I’m on Instagram! At candy.shrimp and RedBubble
if you just look up “yaytso

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

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!!! 🖤💚🖤💚🖤💚🖤💚

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.

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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: goatbunny

Today we’re joined by goatbunny. goatbunny is a phenomenal visual artist who works in a number of different mediums, both traditional and digital. goatbunny has done shows in the past and has a number of different projects they’re currently working on, including creating her own Tarot Deck. It’s clear she’s a passionate and driven artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I
paint and draw using both traditional (pencil, ink, watercolor and illustration
marker are my main tools, but I also use gouache, acrylic, spray paint,
crayons, and pretty much anything else I find) and digital media (I’ve
recently gotten back into digital media so I’ve
been exploring more of that). I dabble in almost everything else, I’ll
try anything once. I’ve sculpted in the past, and I sew a
lot when I don’t really feel like drawing or
painting, by hand and with a machine. I am currently creating my own Tarot Deck
and collaborating with a fellow artist on a card game, activity/coloring books
and I have started to experiment more with non-traditional styles of animation
with him using “2-D”
type of puppets using cardboard and even felt. I have recently created my
second short film.

What inspires you?

I
try to gain inspiration from everything around me. I try not to focus too much
on other visual artists like myself as I try to avoid the trap of having other
drawing styles impacting my own too heavily. I am very inspired by music,
films, books, etc. I just try to be as observant as possible. Meeting up with
other creatives also helps a lot. I have a lot of musicians and artists, and a
couple of writers in my friend circle so I like to think we inspire each other.

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

I’ve
pretty much been drawing and creating since I was able to hold a pencil in my
hand. I have always loved cartoons, comics, animated film and even videogames
and had always wanted to be an animator, cartoonist, illustrator or character
designer when I was younger. I HAVE always wanted to be in a creative field,
even if I was steered in other directions. Even when I was studying the
sciences in school or during my short career in the medical field, I never
stopped drawing and now I can finally say that art is what I do full time.

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
can’t say that I really have a unique
signature, aside from signing “Goat”
when I do remember to sign my pieces. Lately I have been watermarking any
pieces I have posted publicly online, and have also been incorporating my
Goatagram logo in digital work (It’s
basically a pentagram with a goatbunny head – a bunny with goat horns).

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Just
keep creating. Even if you don’t end up being a full-time artist,
always make time for art. It’s not the easiest career choice. I’m
35 and have only been a full-time artist for the past 3 years, so I can feel
the difference, financially. I almost want to say my parents were right and
that you should find a steady, well-paying job but to be honest, I traded said
job for the sake of my mental health and I can say that, for the most part, it
was worth it.

If
you do choose art as a career, you may feel discouraged. You may feel like you
want to quit. You may even become disgruntled about what you see in the art
world. It’s important to remember why you create
and why it’s important to YOU. It also helps to
have a close, supportive network to help you through any of the rough patches
you may hit.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I
feel like I discovered asexuality waaaaay late in the game (early-30s) so I
found it really difficult to figure out where I fall in the spectrum. In
retrospect, I feel like I could be a grey-ace but it’s
hard to really tell what I really felt and what I thought I SHOULD feel. So I
generally just use the more general asexual term because I am at least certain
about that.

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

It’s
hard to say as I tend to keep my personal life out of my work for the most
part. My city has a large LGBTQ+ community, and a large arts community and they
both overlap. I have been invited to fairs run by queer artists through a
mutual friend but I feel like ace representation wasn’t
strong on there at all. The community feels very overtly sex favorable, and
most art is very inundated with social commentary, especially about sexuality,
gender and orientation. It even felt like there was even a certain “dress
code”. Since my art doesn’t
have any specific themes about gender or sexuality, didn’t
“look”
like them, and am cis in relationship with someone of the opposite sex, I didn’t
feel very
welcome. Not to say that I wasn’t, but I didn’t
feel very included by some of the merchants/organizers. I’m
not entirely sure if that counts, but it felt like if I didn’t
openly express my sexuality or orientation, I don’t
really count or am truly accepted. I tend to not let situations like that get
to me since I want people to relate to and judge my art, not who I am.

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

Of
the few people I came out to and had to explain it, the main misconception was
basically that I just don’t like sex. In the case of my husband
before we were married, he thought it meant that I didn’t/couldn’t
love him or didn’t want to have sex with him. After
having explained it a few times, he finally understood that I am capable of
love, but sexual attraction
is something I don’t experience. I’ve
come to realize that for a lot of people, it is very difficult to separate
sexual attraction, romantic attraction, love and the act of sex itself.

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

That
one’s tough, since I feel like I’m
still learning a lot about my own every day. I guess: Keep reading up on it. Do
some introspection. Be open to what you learn. Accept the fact that your
orientation may change. Just learn to accept who you and what you’re
going through at the moment. Finding community among others who accept and
support who you are and what you are experiencing will also help, whether it’s
in real life or online.

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

My Tumblr is http://www.church-of-goatbunny.tumblr.com/
And Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/churchofgoatbunny/,
but it’s mostly just posts shared from my
Instagram: at winner.gets.a.rake.
I
do have a Patreon which is a huge help for self-employed artists: https://www.patreon.com/goatbunny
Work can be purchased directly through me or my Big Cartel shop: https://churchofgoatbunny.bigcartel.com/

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

Interview: Morgan

Today we’re joined by Morgan. Morgan is a phenomenal artist who is currently studying to become a fashion designer. When they’re not studying, Morgan cosplays as a hobby and they also draw as well. It’s clear they’re an incredibly talented and dedicated artist with a very 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 am
studying to be a fashion designer and also cosplay and draw casually. I have
various designs as well as cosplays and art pieces.

What inspires you?

As a
cosplayer and artist, I am influenced by shows and characters I love and feel
passionate about. For original art and designs I am inspired by issues I care
about as well as interpretations of my environment and my own feelings. My
gender identity and sexuality also inspire my art.

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

I
was always interested in drawing, especially nature and humans. My passion and
creativity extended to my self-expression through clothing and led me to create
my own clothing.

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
necessarily. When I start to have more clothing designs that I have made and
created I plan to name my brand after my grandmother’s last name, because she
has always supported my art and all aspects of my identity.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Explore
different ways of expressing your creativity and don’t limit yourself to one
media. Even if you aren’t as experienced or skilled in other areas, trying
different methods opens new ways to interpret your feelings and your art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am
asexual and sex-repulsed.

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

Not
yet. Though I feel as though some of my family/friends doesn’t understand why
some of my art/designs are more revealing or “sexual” in nature when I myself
am not sexual.

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

That
being asexual (and/or sex repulsed) means you think sex and people who have sex
are dirty/wrong. I believe sex is a very natural thing and if all parties
concerned are happy and consenting, then that’s great. Do what makes you happy.
Just because there are people who aren’t into it doesn’t mean they are against
it.

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

Even
if you are worried that you might change your mind in the future or that you
should be sexually attracted to others, remember that your feelings and
identity NOW are valid, no matter what you have felt in the past or could
potentially feel in the future.

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

I
have an art Tumblr under the URL mmmdraws and a cosplay Tumblr with
the URL maeroncosplays. I also post a lot of my
cosplay/cosplay progress on my Instagram irish.i.was.dead. My clothing design Instagram is morrisroe_designs though I haven’t posted a whole lot on there yet.

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

Interview: Alex

Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderful artist who is a bit of a jack of all trades. He does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. He also does crafts and enjoys knitting and crochet, particularly long scarves. When he’s not doing crafts or visual art, Alex also makes music and can play the ukulele. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist who enjoys what he does. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I use my art to create things I think the world is missing,
whether it’s music, or extra-large scarves, or just a painting.  My art is my outlet, it’s diverse and
powerful (even when it’s just for me) and it enables me to express myself.

What inspires you?

The ability to create, to bring something into this world
that causes emotion.  When I knit or
crochet I am, more often than not, creating a gift to give to someone
else.  When I play my ukulele I hope that
someone listening can feel the emotions of the music.  I am inspired by the ability to make
something that was once missing from the world.

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

I had a friend in elementary school who inspired me to
create comics.  They were just stick
figures, but I had so much fun coming up with jokes and stories, that even when
I stopped creating comics I continued to draw.

At the same time, my family has always been very musical and
so, when my nana let me play her ukulele I decided I wanted have one too.

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?

Ah, no haha, I’m too inconsistent to do something that clever.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

At times it may seem tough, but art is an outlet, it doesn’t
matter if you think it’s good if you enjoy it.
What matters is if you feel good while creating whatever it is you are
making.  Improvement will come with
practice, for now, just enjoy the ride.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual and do not use the split attraction
model (SAM).

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

I’m rather isolated, and I do not bring up my asexuality
unless it is with people I trust, so as of current, I have not experienced any
prejudice from my fellow artists.

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

That asexual means you don’t like sex.  Which is false, different people have
different views on sex and just because I experience so sexual attraction does
not mean that I have no libido or interest.
But like I said, it’s different for everyone.

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

If you decide one that that you are not ace, that’s OK.  If you live your whole life never subscribing
to a label, that’s OK.  What matters is
your comfort and that others respect you.
I thought I was a lesbian when I was younger because if I didn’t like
guys I must have to like girls then right? But I allowed myself space to grow
and now I know I am trans and asexual.
There is always room to grow and explore, so don’t feel stuck with one
label.

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

My music is available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLHiHayKl58aLduLbGJShFw
And my art can be found here: Lukassskywalker.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art
And I have some things posted on RedBubble :D: https://www.redbubble.com/people/slothguard?asc=u.

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