Today we’re joined by S.R. Hunt. S.R. is a phenomenal fanartist who creates art for a variety of fandoms. She specializes in hand-drawn sketches and animatics, which I highly recommend visiting her blog to check out because they’re really cool (some examples: Guns and Ships, Farmer Refuted, Coco animatic, Coco animatic 2, It’s Quiet Uptown). Her work is brimming with color and an extraordinary amount of detail. It’s clear she’s a passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I’m a fan artist, mostly. I create hand-drawn sketches,
comics, animatics, and occasionally I dabble in photography and cosplay. I
strive to improve my craft every time I get inspired by a different piece of
medium, often times stepping outside my comfort zone just to get better (I
mean, how can you get better if you don’t step outside your safe, artist
What inspires you?
Tons of things! Most recently, I’ve created fan art for
Pixar’s Coco, Hamilton, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, and the occasional Pokemon drawing. But if I had to
pinpoint a specific inspiration, I’d have to say the animated works of Disney
and Pixar. I grew up with those movies, I was born a hop, skip, and a jump away
from Disneyland, and Finding Nemo was
the first movie I saw in theaters. When I was 15, I sent a letter to Pixar,
telling them that I wanted to work there when I grew up, and they actually
replied back! They sent me a letter telling me to become an intern when I
reached college, and they included an autographed photo of Finding Nemo signed by the film’s director, Andrew Stanton, and the
film’s producer, John Lasseter! I carried that letter with me every day for the
rest of my high school career as a reminder of what I want to do with my life;
create something that moves people. So, I draw, I create storyboards and
comics, and I try to improve so that one day I can walk into that building and
create something that’ll inspire and move millions of people.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I started drawing in elementary school. Just simple comics
drawn on notebook paper starring Pokemon and Neopets. I was never much of a
writer (I’m still not), but it gave me something to do when no one wanted to
talk to me. My doodling habit continued all throughout junior high and high school, and even though
I wasn’t as good as the other young artists in my class, I just kept chugging
along. When I decided I wanted to join the animation field, I didn’t really
have a specific job in mind. I wanted to animate, but I lack the nifty wacom
tablets and photoshop tools that every other animator on YouTube has. I’m also
not very detailed when it comes to my drawings (I’ve described my drawing style
as “glorified stick figures”). That’s when it hit me; storyboarding, the
blueprint for animation. So, with a pencil and sketchbook in hand, I began
making animatics. I began by making animatics set to songs from Hamilton, then silly little gags with
the cast of Coco. They aren’t as
polished as other animatics, but they get the job done.
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?
Oh…that’s a toughie…I’ve never really thought
about it…I guess it’s that my drawings are very round. There aren’t many sharp
edges. Even my signature is very round.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Draw what you want. Don’t let people tell you what
to draw. If they request something you don’t feel comfortable with, it’s your
right as an artist to say “no”. Don’t worry about the number of likes,
comments, notes, reblogs or whatever. If people like what you do and it gets
popular, great! Just don’t let that be the driving force for your art. When I
create, the thought of “will this be popular?” or “gotta keep the fans happy!”
never crosses my mind. I make it for me, and I make what I want to see. And finally,
work with what you got. I wanted to create animatics, but instead of sighing
and saying “I don’t have the technology to do such a thing…” I worked with what
I had. And what I had was a pencil, a sketchbook, an iPhone with a free movie
editor app, and an idea in my brain. Don’t let your financial situation hold
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I’m not sure what the technical terms are (my apologies),
but I’m interested in having a partner with no sexual interaction. Kissing is
fine, but no…ya know. I’ve never had a boyfriend or girlfriend in order to
learn my boundaries, so that’s where I stand at the moment.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t, actually, because it never really comes up. I can
only think of one moment where I brought up that I was asexual to a classmate
in high school, and he was very supportive. He said that he never met someone
like me, and that he was interested that such people exist. I’ll show my
support for my LGBTQ friends and fellow artists who are open about their sexual
orientation, but I don’t bring up my asexuality that often.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably that I’m not interested in a romantic relationship.
Like, I’m not interested in dating or getting married. That’s not really the
case. I would like to date, and I’d like to get married, but only with the
right guy (or gal, ya never know). I’m just not comfortable with…ahem “getting
it on”. There’s sort of a reason behind that, but I’ll spare you the details.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Don’t listen to the people who tell you being single sucks
or that being a virgin is dumb. It’s your body, and your life, and it’s okay if
you aren’t interested in a sexual relationship.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
Thank you, S.R., for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.