Today we’re joined by Civvi. Civvi is a phenomenal visual artist who mostly does digital art. She does a lot of fanart, but has also done some original work as well. Her work is bright and colorful, making use of vibrant shades to make the drawings pop. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I do mostly digital art these days, I highly favor drawing
cute girls because, well girls are cute! I draw mostly fanart, as it was what
first inspired me to draw.
What inspires you?
The media I consume! Most of my urges to draw come from
seeing a character in a show and being filled with the desire to create my own
rendition of them. Fanart makes me really happy and I love sharing it with
other people who like the same things that I do.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I started drawing casually in middle school, 7th
grade, because I was so enamored with the Warrior Cats book series. I remember
the very first drawing I actually put effort into. I spent the whole school day
carefully sketching out a drawing of a cat, laying on her side with several
kittens around her, I used my thumb to rub the pencil and smooth the texture, I
started scratching through the notebook paper going over the lines too many
times. It’s probably been about 10 years since then, but I can still remember
the almost foreign feeling of pride I felt looking at what I had done. Until
then I had been praised for my intelligence and nothing else. Now I made
something, and creating felt good. I
did art very casually without trying to improve up through high school, and
only got semi-serious about improving my skills about a year or two ago. Since
then I’ve made such great progress I’m really proud of how far I’ve come!
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 I don’t really think so. Some friends have said that the
noses I draw make it easy to recognize my art? But my style is always changing
and shifting so I don’t settle on one thing for very long at all.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Do what makes you happy! For a long time, it made me happy
to draw without thinking critically about what I made and how I could improve,
and that’s totally fine! Then when that stopped making me happy, and I wanted
to improve, I started doing that. If you just want to draw the same
self-indulgent stuff over and over, don’t let anybody tell you that that’s
wrong or that you aren’t “allowed” to just draw for yourself. Whatever makes
you happy is the right thing to do.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify as asexual and biromatic.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Ah not really, not in real life at least. It’s always very
disheartening to learn that artists I admire and aspire to be like are aphobic,
but that’s just another one for the block list.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I’m not allowed to make dirty jokes! My sibling called
me “a weird asexual” for liking a song with a sexual meaning, and almost
everyone I’m out to has made comments about how weird it is that I make dirty
jokes “despite” being ace. My sexual orientation does not determine the music,
comedy, and media I enjoy! I have the humor of a high school aged boy and I
won’t let anyone take that from me.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
It’s okay, whatever you’re feeling, it’s okay. You’re not
broken, and you’re not alone. I wish I had heard about asexuality in high
school, it would have saved me so much self hatred. I thought I was so wrong
for not being like everyone else. But I’m not wrong for being me! At first I
thought I wasn’t “allowed” to be asexual because I had a partner, and we would
have sex, and sometimes I would enjoy it. But that doesn’t make me any less
ace! As soon as I learned that, and accepted who I was, I know it sounds cheesy
but it really did feel like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. It
feels so good to be me! I hope every questioning aspec person out there reaches
the point where is just feels good to
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Civvi, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.