Category: visual art

Interview: EpicRosalina

Today we’re joined by EpicRosalina. EpicRosalina is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. While she mostly does digital art, she also dabbles in traditional art, using mostly alcohol markers. Her style draws its inspiration from anime. EpicRosalina mostly draws her own original characters (she also dabbles in writing), but has drawn her friends’ characters on occasion. It’s clear she’s a very passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I work with digital and traditional art but I much prefer
digital over traditional. When working with traditional art, I use alcohol
markers. I work using an anime style as it’s what I’m most comfortable with. I
mainly draw my own characters however I sometimes also draw some characters
belonging to a friend of mine. I’m trying to get back into writing by starting
a new book soon.

What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my characters’ personality
and backstories. Some have pretty messed up pasts. I turn those moments into
illustrations which is fun since I get to experiment with different poses and
backgrounds. Other times, inspiration just comes out of nowhere. Some doodles
that I do get turned into illustrations.

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

I would casually draw starting from the age of 11 mainly
because of a close friend of mine who is skilled with her art. I aspired to be
as good as her and so I started taking art more seriously. It was around that
time when I discovered anime and so I also took inspiration from that sort of
art style. I only wanted to really be an artist when I saw that my art was improving
and had people complementing it.

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 think I do have anything special that I try to
include in my work.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t think that to be an artist, you must be “Born with
artistic talent.” I wasn’t talented at all but I kept practicing and practicing
till I reached a point where I could say “I made this and I’m proud of this.”
Use whatever you need whether it’s references or models. Do whatever you need
to keep you motivated and constantly finding ways to improve.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as Asexual Demiromantic though I do find myself
questioning it sometimes

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

I have encountered some ignorance. I have been told that I
just need to find the right person and I don’t belong in the LGBTQ+ community
but I try my best to ignore it my surrounding myself with people who support
me.

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

People who confuse Asexual with Aromantic. I’ve encountered
people who think that just because I’m Asexual, it means I don’t want to be in
a relationship however it’s quite the opposite. I’m fine with being in a
relationship however I don’t want to have any sexual relationships

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

If you’re struggling then give it some time. Some people
figure out their orientation much sooner than others but that’s ok. If you need
to experiment to find out what you identify as then go ahead. Don’t think that
you have to abide by a label.

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

You can find my art on my DeviantArt, Instagram, and sometimes my Tumblr at EpicRosalina. My upcoming
story will be posted on my Wattpad which is also EpicRosalina.

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

Interview: Eliza

Today we’re joined by Eliza. Eliza is a phenomenal visual artist who also writes and does some performance art. Most of what she does is writing and fanart, including cosplay. Eliza also does some dancing and acting too. 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.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I work in multiple genres of art. I do visual art, fan art,
cosplay, writing, dancing, and acting. Specifically
I do fanart and writing.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is seeing other artists my age doing
amazing things, which gives me the hope to be like them.

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

I actually got interested in art by accident, but it still
happened. I’ve been an artist since I was 7 years old.

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?

Sometimes I put DS in my art

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Criticism is necessary, but don’t take it if it doesn’t help
you. No matter what people say, you will get better in art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as an asexual aromantic

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

I actually haven’t yet. Except for the occasional
‘asexuality isn’t real’ comment. I usually just ignore the comment or delete
it.

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

The most common misconception I see is that asexuality is
just an excuse for not getting laid.

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

Don’t let other people tell you what you can and cannot be.

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

Other than Tumblr, where my art is at either at Unis-Trash-Stash or at xthe-space-rebels,
I am also on IFunny as Uniway.

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

Interview: McKenzie

Today we’re joined by McKenzie. McKenzie is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in sculpture.. She got her start doing 2D art, mainly drawing and painting. She gradually shifted to working with metals, particularly steel and bronze. McKenzie is particularly fond of sculpting bugs. It’s clear she’s a very passionate artist. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

Most of my work right now is sculpture work, with mostly
metal and slowly moving into mix media projects. I used to do only 2D work,
with drawing and painting. My sculpture work right now is bugs, in steel and
bronze interacting with a mix media environment.

What inspires you?

My own imagination inspires my work, as well as what I have
experienced in life. Talking to other artists I find myself thinking of more
ways that I could create something that is visually interesting and can tell an
interesting story. It’s a little bit of everything from the mundane to even
something so complicated at emotions to difficult events in life.

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

I have always wanted to be an artist, there was never a time
in my life were I serious considered another path to walk. I find that I can
express myself easier in a visual manner. I always felt the need to challenge
myself and am willing to take the chance of failure to find my way.

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 think the only thing that I could think of is my signature
which is my initials. I write out MJ with a crazy flourish in the “J.”

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Just make art. If your stuck take a break and get your hands
into something you don’t have to think about. I find that if I’m stuck on a
piece a nap helps, or a walk too. Its okay to want to try a wide range of
things but finding the media that works the best with you is a great place to
start, because learning the inside outs of that area will make your work get
just that much better. I still have a lot to learn, I’m not even broken into
the business side of the art world yet.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as an asexual. I used to think that I was a Demi
but after thinking critically about myself I found that the title didn’t fit
with me.

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

I find that it can be subtle sometimes when talking with
artists about their work when it’s solely focused on sex and I don’t always
understand their reasoning. Most people I know and work around don’t bring up
their own personal sexualities so I haven’t either.

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

That we asexually reproduce. Though I wish I could clone
myself, because that would be more hands working on a project. Then more work
could be done… but then I’d have to feed more of my selves and that would get
far to complicated.

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

I’ve never been one to overthink what I am, for a long time
when people asked what I was I would say a question mark. It wasn’t something
that mattered to me until I was a bit order and around people that already
understood themselves to such a point of having a label. When I was in high
school it rather overwhelmed me when I started to do reach, and that was the
same time I first found the title of Ace. I quickly forgot about it, finding
that I wasn’t ready to think to much about who I was. In college, I am in a
period of self-reflection so it fit. I found the title and am slowly getting
used to wearing it. I love having a label now, I enjoy having a flag and a
community of close friends that I can be around. I would suggest having a
support net work if you can, or even one online if that’s the safest option for
you.

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

My Instagram is the best place to follow my work! I do a lot
of things and would love to share it with more people: Jerofkm.

Thank you,
McKenzie, for participating in this interview and this project. It is very much appreciated.

Interview: Erik Soriano

Today we’re joined by Erik Soriano. Erik is a wonderful visual artist from Miami, Florida with a very unique style. An emerging artist, he takes his inspiration from the Pop Art movement of the 60s and artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Having recently discovered his own asexuality, Erik has used his art to explore human bodies and sexuality through a visual medium. He started out doing mostly digital art but has recently branched out into acrylic paints. It’s clear he’s a dedicated artist with a bright future ahead of him. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WARNING: Some images in this interview contain nudity.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

Ever since I re-discovered myself as an artist last year, I
have been fascinated with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, which in a way, is
still prominent in our contemporary time. So far I have explored everyday
objects, as well as sexuality and the human body as subject matters. I also
have a fascination with typography as I am a graphic designer, and I love
seeing typography on the human body. I’ve mostly worked with digital software,
but I recently took on painting with acrylics, but I’m open to experimenting
with other idea as I keep discovering myself.

What inspires you?

As I mentioned earlier, Pop Art, the work of the masters,
Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Everyday objects, such as food,
videogame characters, ya know things that aren’t seen as “fine” art. But given
that I am asexual (like everyone else here I suppose lol) I am not afraid to
explore sexuality visually through art. I love the idea of sex, fetishes, or
deep desires, I think we shouldn’t be afraid to address those topics in
general.

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

I’ve always been a creative, and I’ve always been good at
sketching and drawing since I was little. I remember always drawing my favorite
cartoons while watching tv or playing with my Nintendo games, but I also remember
very vividly creating a huge art supplies case out of an empty pizza cardboard
box! I used to watch this art show on Disney channel called “Art Attack” and I
got crafty and creative with that pizza box, good memories indeed. Too bad my
mom threw it in the garbage a month later. Eventually I didn’t do art until
last year when I came back to it and started doing graphic design and
sketching, and here I am now. Still growing and learning but eager and
committed.

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 experiment a lot, so I wouldn’t say I have a signature
style yet, but I have found myself using the colors hot pink, green, red and
back and white a lot. I do have a logo that I used to brand myself as a graphic
designer but I don’t really include it in my art, nor do I tend to sign
anything. I let the art speak for itself haha.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t be afraid to follow your dream of being an artist of
whatever media or field you choose. Time passes by way too fast and you don’t
want to end up older and saying “what if I had tried it” the hardest but most
important part is actually starting instead of just saying “I will”. Also it
may sound overrated and cliché but always practice, experiment, until you
discover who you are and where you want to be. But most importantly, have fun
while doing art, or better yet, don’t do art- but be Your art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m sorry for
repeating myself but, Like I said. I re-discovered myself in 2017, both as an
artist and as a person. And after careful research and finding AVEN, I now
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?

So far I haven’t
really experienced anything bad since I rarely speak or get asked about my
sexual preference. But I would handle it normally and instead of getting mad if
I am mistreated, I would educate those people on what sexuality is and what it
isn’t.

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

The few people I’ve spoken to about my asexuality, just
think that this is a passing phase and that I just haven’t “met the right
person” if you know what I mean. They believe that it is impossible for a human
being to not be attracted sexually to anyone.

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

First, get to know and love yourself, if you ever feel weird
or that there something wrong with you for not experiencing sexual desire like
“normal” people do. Just remember that in your life, what you are and want
matter first, and also research online about what asexuality is, the aven
website is in my opinion the best source of information wherein you can
actually join forums and ask questions and there are answers, you can also chat
with fellow asexual people and such. But don’t feel bad for who you are, always
love yourself first and take things with patience.

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

I am emerging so it’s not like my work has yet showcased at
any gallery (I’m hoping it will happen soon) but you can find me on Instagram
at erikgsoriano, or my
main website: www.eriksoriano.com.

Thank you for having me! It has been a pleasure, and I’m
looking forward to reading other artists interviews on here.

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

Interview: Domonick

Today we’re joined by Domonick. Domonick is a wonderful self-taught visual artist. They started out drawing characters from Transformers: Animated and have since begun drawing their own comics and webcomics. Their work shows an incredible amount of detail and is brimming with bright vivid colors. It’s clear they’re a passionate and dedicated 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.

I’ve been drawing for eleven years, and almost all I’ve drawn
since I started has been robots. I started to watch Transformers: Animated and that’s what inspired me to draw in the
first place. Since then, I’ve been trying all sorts of tutorials to improve for
the past few years, but for the most part I am self-taught.

What inspires you?

I want to tell stories that make people happy through my art!
Because that’s almost all I know how to do. All I want is to make it so that at
least one person’s day is made when they look at what I make.

I also take much inspiration from the songs I find, and I listen
to them all the time.

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

I drew my first piece that made me feel like I could draw forever
in 2007, when I drew a picture of Prowl from Transformers: Animated, and
since then I’ve filled sketchbooks, notebooks meant for schoolwork, and
dozens of sheets of printer paper with sketches and doodles. I always draw
whenever I can, on whatever I can, and nine times out of ten I’m storyboarding
for my comic.

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 usually jot down a lower-case “d” and the date on all of my art,
but I also sometimes use the “B” heart from the title of The Bar Bots, my webcomic.

Other than that, I usually add a thick outline to all the
characters I draw, and I digitalize my inked drawings through Medibang.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

You are good at art. Everyone is good at art in their own way and
we’re all still learning. I’m still learning. And if someone says your art is
bad, then they have a lot to learn themselves.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m fairly sure I’m sex-repulsed, because the idea of it has always scared me and
made me very anxious, but I’m still discovering new things day-to-day.

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

Not necessarily prejudice, but I’ve had a bunch of ignorance
around me. A few of my friends still don’t understand the concept of
asexuality, and they don’t get that romance and intimacy doesn’t have to be
inherently sexual, but I’m trying to explain it to them eventually.

Besides them, I haven’t really encountered a whole lot of
confusion.

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

That I don’t love anybody enough or that I won’t be committed to a
relationship. I’ve loved before, and I didn’t need sex for that.

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

You’re you, and you’re the one and only person who can interpret
how you feel. And if you feel asexual, then you can be asexual. However you
discover you is the best way to do it.

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

I’m glad you asked! I have two blogs on Tumblr where you can see
my work: thebarbotscomic.tumblr.com and pickle-rocket-art.tumblr.com

I’m also constantly updating my Patreon at patreon.com/picklerocket!

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

Interview: Sweety Aurore Mutant

Today we’re joined by Sweety ‘Aurore’ Mutant. Aurore is a visual artist who does a bit of everything. They draw and paint, both digital and traditional. When they’re not drawing or painting, Aurore is writing and while they haven’t had anything published yet, they’re working on a number of stories. Aside from that, Aurore is also into crafting and writing fanfiction. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and passionate 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 art is quite diverse. I would say that my “main” medium,
as in the one I spend the most time on, is writing. I am working on two novels
and a short stories series right now (none are ready to be published yet
because I am a perfectionist) and in the meantime I work on a lot of
fanfictions (I have been writing a fanfiction about a 60s movie since July
2016, it’s about 75k words long now and not yet finished. Not yet published either,
because it needs to be perfect, by that I mean good enough). I am also writing
on a few Larp and video game projects right now. Yes, I multi-task. When I
write, I am mostly obsessed with the concepts of subjectivity and points of
view. How reality can change depending on who you are. (This must be why I love
Larping so much)

I also draw/paint, both digitally and traditionally. Fanart
and original art alike -plants, people, original characters,
commissions…-  I like pencil drawings
and watercolour the most, even though I try my best to draw with ink, because
it looks so gorgeous! Also Photoshop is my best friend, I spend several hours
in a row often to paint on photoshop the details of something.

I also like to take pictures -mainly of plants and people,
but sadly my old camera is dead and I haven’t yet found the money to buy a good
one again. I have a few filming ideas too (mainly co-ops) but again, lack of
material.

I also knit, crochet and sew, mainly costumes but also a few
clothing items for myself or friends. I did cosplay long ago, but decided to
leave the community,

Lastly, I also do happenings, of which there are rarely any
picture. My next one with involve old domestic objects and plants, I will try
to record its process.

What inspires you?

So many things! The people I see in the street, the world
around me, my friends and their awesome ideas (I remember painting Henry David
Thoreau as a hispter because of a university friend…), the Larps I play, the
video games I play, the books I read, the shows and movies I watch… I have no
shame about doing fanart and fanfiction, it is as worthy and honourable for me
than any other form of “original” art. (Yes, I am a proud believer in the
monomyth and the fact that there is no real “original” idea, and that the re-telling
and the ways of representing is the only thing that matters, hence the
important place of fan-work in my conception of art). Another source of
inspiration for me is also the social and environmental context (I am working
right now on an environmentalist happening).

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

What got me interested? Oh what a difficult question! I
began drawing and painting as soon as I could hold a pen, and writing once I
knew how to. I was a very curious child/teen, so I learnt to knit, crochet,
sew, embroider, and I soon made my own costumes and cosplays. Taking pictures
and filming came later, when I was in High School because I studied cinema and
arts then, and had access to good quality material. Writing for larps came also
later, when I was more inside the community but I remember writing roleplaying
games in middle school already.

I have always wanted to be an artist, yes. I tried to
convince myself that I wanted to do other things as jobs to earn money, but
yes, even studying for a Linguistics Masters like I do now, I know that in the
end, I am meant for art.

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 a signature I have been using since I was 13 or so,
and writing this I realise how long ago that was, oh my! It’s a “R” in the
right corner of the drawing/painting/picture, and at first I decided to use it
for three reasons: it is the only consonant of my first name, it is a homophone
of “air” which is my element, and it is the first letter of the pseudo I was
using back then. As time went on, I also realised it was the initial of the
first name of my idol and the rébus of the fictional character I relate to the
most (Grantaire in Les Misérables)…
two things I had not thought about at all when I chose that signature, and
because of that I like it even more!  

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Work, work, work. Fail, hate your work. Work again, be proud
for a day or two, hate it a week after. It’s normal to be proud of something
and then to hate it, it’s normal to be envious of other people’s work, it’s
normal to be discouraged, and it does not mean that you are not good. There
will always be people who are better than you, and people who will be worse and
jealous of you. Just keep working, and work for yourself. Do it for the fun,
for the art. No one will be mad at you if you can’t finish something, if you
abandon a drawing or a draft. If they are, they did not deserve you in the
first place. Your art should be made for your own enjoyment first. Be selfish.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as panromantic grey-asexual, or as I like to say
it, I love everybody too bad I don’t like them. I really need to be in a very
“special” relationship with the person to consider having sex with them, and I
noticed that is had a lot to do with how much I find them interesting on the
intellectual side of things.

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

I have, mainly ignorance, incomprehension and the same old
clichés than everywhere else. When I face an ignorant person in my field that is
open-minded, I handle it by helping hem understand what asexuality is. If the
person is, forgive my vocabulary, an imbecile that just want to cling to
clichés and not learn, I handle it with a raised middle finger,

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

The old “you haven’t found the right person yet/it’s a
phase” bullshit. What hurts the most for me is that I see such misconceptions
about aces in communities like feminists or LGBT+ that, I hoped, should have been
more open-minded than your usual human. I most of the time get this feeling
that people just don’t try to understand aces.

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

I would say… labels don’t matter, as long as you feel
good. You don’t have to fit into a category, what you feel and how you live it
-alone or with how many partners you wish- is the only thing that matters in
the end. Sexuality is fluid, don’t be afraid to change, as long as you feel
right about yourself. Also, you’re the only one who know yourself, don’t let
toxic people influence you towards anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

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

Mainly my Tumblr for my drawings/paintings: The Artful
DodgeR’s Tea Rooms (http://sweetymutant.tumblr.com/) because my
DeviantArt has been dead for too long. I will probably create a YouTube and
Twitch channel soon, but have not yet found the time to! To read me, there is
my AO3, Sweety_Mutant: (https://archiveofourown.org/users/Sweety_Mutant/pseuds/Sweety_Mutant)

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

Interview: Camryn

Today we’re joined by Camryn. Camryn is a young up and coming artist who specializes in visual mediums. She has worked with acrylics, markers, pencil, and watercolors. Camryn plans to study photography or painting eventually. Her art is beautiful, using vivid colors and demonstrating an amazing creativity. It’s clear she’s an artist with a very 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 do a lot of multimedia traditional art, but I started out
working with acrylics. Most of the time I make art that includes an animal in
some way. I also create artworks with giraffes. A lot. I may have a problem.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by other people’s creations, as do we all, but
I also get inspired from all of the political unjust that is happening
currently. I want to make a difference with my art in the future, I want
representation for everyone, not just people that fit in the binary.

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

When I was a little kid I had no idea what I wanted to do,
then one day I went to Painting With a
Twist
where artists do a step by step tutorial of how to do simple
paintings and I fell in love with it. I started taking classes both in and out
of school. Now that I’m in high school all of my elective are devoted to art.

I think I am drawn to the field because there are so many
different ways to create and no way is right or wrong contrary to what social
media tells us. Social media tells us to always be perfect and for our art to
be perfect. It’s OK for your art to look like crap. Keep creating and keep
going.

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 although I do create art with a lot of the same
things, for example: giraffes, elephants, and peacocks.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Considering I am a young aspiring artist, there is not too
much advice I can give. One thing I can say is practice as much as you can, and
use what’s happening in your life to fuel you. Whatever problems you have going
on in your life, use those issues to fuel your creativity. Another thing is
don’t be afraid to mess up because you will. Just keep creating.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as an asexual polyromantic. To make it easier for
other people I usually just say I’m gay. It sums it up for people that know
less to nothing about our community.

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

No prejudice, but I do experience ignorance. A surprising
amount of people just don’t know what asexuality is and I have to explain it to
them. I don’t mind explaining it, it just gets tiring having to explain who you
are and such a big part of you.

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

That we are plants. That aces are emotionless. We still have
feelings and emotions.

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

Do research! I was afraid of my sexuality and figuring out
who I was, even though I am commonly known as a confident person. I didn’t want
it to affect my life, but by ignoring it, it only affected me more. Own it. I
am a proud ace and commonly mention it in conversation. The more you say it and
own it the more you will accept yourself. The more you mention asexuality, the
more others will know and be aware. I’m so lucky to have such an accepting
friend group. many
of them are part of the LGBT+ community themselves and already knew what asexuality
was.

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

I am at camy19
on Instagram, which is my preferred social media. I am working on starting an
art Tumblr at camryntheace.

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

Interview: Katy L. Wood

Today we’re joined by Katy L. Wood. Katy is a phenomenal writer and visual artist who is from Colorado. She recently debuted her webcomic, which features two asexual main characters. Katy combines her visual art with her writing, frequently drawing character art and cover art. Her webcomic, Gunpowder & Pine, sounds like an incredibly intriguing mystery story. It’s 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.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

Hi! I’m an author and illustrator, so a lot of my art is
very interwoven with the stories I write. I do single illustrations, webcomics,
novels, cover art, and character art regularly. My work is mostly digital, but
I also do a little traditional work here and there, mostly pen and ink,
watercolor, and marker. I’ve had work featured in the Society of Illustrators
in New York, I have one self-published book, and I have a webcomic (with two
asexual protagonists!) that just started posting!

What inspires you?

I was born and raised in Colorado, a fourth generation
native of the state, and I come from a HUGE family. I grew up with so many stories
about settling the mountains and growing up off the beaten track, and I grew up
a bit off the track as well. It really fostered a sense of adventure and
exploration in me, and I try and pack as much of that into my work as possible.

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

It always seemed like the only possibility for me. I’ve
always told stories and done art, so making a career out of it was the natural
way to go. Admittedly I’m still working on the actual “making money” part, but
who isn’t?

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?

Hmmmm… not INTENTIONALLY. People tell me all the time that I
have a style, but I don’t see it (which I think is true for most artists,
you’re the last one to ever see your style). I do have one character that is in
nearly all my novels, though. His name is Kala and he’s my oldest OC, and I
always manage to sneak him in somehow. He’ll just be a random café worker or
voice on the radio in someone’s car or something. He accidentally became
important in one of my projects, though, and now he’s actually got scenes.
Whoops.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Make friends. Make all the friends. It doesn’t matter how
good your portfolio/novel is, your chances of getting your work out there in
the world are 1,000 times better if you have a good network to help you out.
Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people you admire, don’t be afraid to
ask questions. Talk to people and keep in touch.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual with probably a dash of bi-romantic leaning towards
women. Small dash, though. If all I ever end up with is a bunch of cats I’m
okay with that.

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

I think the biggest issue I’ve seen is in publishing for
novels. The industry has gotten a lot better about allowing queer content, but
they still have A LOT of catching up to do. Some people in the industry are
stuck in some very old grooves and the refuse to get out of them. At the same
time, there’s tons of awesome, forward-thinking people that are fighting
incredibly hard to change the system, and those are the people I seek out.

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

That the community doesn’t experience homophobia. I,
thankfully, haven’t (in relation to asexuality, anyways). But it does happen to
so many people and it can be incredibly harmful both mentally and physically.

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

You’re awesome. You deserve to be happy and secure in who
you are and how you love other people, and if those other people can’t accept
that it is okay to let them go.

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

My website (which
includes my newsletter!), Webtoons
where you can read my webcomic, my Tumblr,
and my Patreon.

Thanks so much for having me!

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

Interview: Mika Babineau

Today we’re joined by Mika Babineau. Mika is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in painting, both traditional with acrylic paints and digital. She is currently finishing up a series of portraits about the ace experience (having completed 6 out of 8 large paintings). Mika has also painted landscapes and her digital paintings mostly consist of demon girls and fanart. Her work is inspired by impressionism with her own flair. She’s obviously a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

Yo yo my name is Mika and I’m a Sheridan college graduate
living in Toronto, Canada. I do all sorts of things but my main focus is
acrylic painting and digital art! I do portraits and landscapes with my
paintings and fanart and demon girls with my digital art so you’ll get quite
the mix of everything coming from me haha but that’s the way I like it. My
paintings focus on colour energy and an impressionistic style while my digital
art is more simple with pastel colours. The art I really want to talk to about
today though is my “Ace and in your Face” series of self-portraits. Upon
realizing that I was asexual during my college years I felt the need to educate
and shed some light on the topic, a topic seldom, if ever, discussed. My “Ace
and in Your Face” series does just that. By painting portraits of myself I
explore various topic and themes pertaining to asexuality and answer commonly
asked questions. Both my frustration at the lack of understanding as well as
the pride I feel towards my asexuality are displayed in this series covering a
wide range of emotions

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from music, media and the people around
me. Music brings out great creative energy in me that keeps me motivated or
sets the tone of how I want the piece of art to go. Consuming all sorts of
media helps inform me of new ideas and ways to create art. I fully believe that
one of the most important parts of creating is being exposed to other people’s
creations. Finally I would not be able to do what I do without my amazing and
inspiring friends who are always working so hard and creating wonderful things.
They are truly an incredible group of people.

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

I did always want to be an artist but for a long time I
thought animation was going to be the direction I went in. I really disliked
painting in high school believe it or not. Then in college I was exposed to so
many different kinds of art and teachers who saw potential in my paintings. I
switched gears and now I’ve had art in all sorts of galleries and art fairs. It
goes to show you never know where life will take you.

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?

Hmmm not really a symbol per say but I would say my most
defining feature is my colours. It is the first thing people notice and I take
great care is making that jumble of colour turn into something recognizable
haha.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

A lot of people aren’t going to believe in you and a lot of
people are going to look down on the path you’ve chosen for yourself as if art
is some lessen purpose in life. You can’t let them discourage you. Art is
filled with no’s and rejections and hard times but if you want to make it you
need to be the one who keeps going. Believe in yourself, believe in your art
and never give up. You’ll find your audience.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I prefer to just call myself asexual plain and simple.

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

Not so much in the art field really. Paintings are always
about so many things so asexuality isn’t really a wild out there concept for
them I think. A new concept for them yes but not one they would have the
audacity to be prejudice about. I provide long explanations with each painting
so people are willing to learn. The ignorance I see is more from people on the
internet, I know, shocking. All you can do is remember that they are only a
small minority of voices and keep doin’ your thing.

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

I have a boyfriend and people can’t seem to wrap their heads
around how that works. It is like the most foreign concept to them. Love???
Without sexual attraction??? What?? It takes a while to explain to them how this
is possible but even then I think some people still don’t fully understand.

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

It took me a long time to come to terms with who I am.
Self-discovery is a process and you have to be willing to accept who you are.
There are tons of people out there who will accept you for who you are and I
know it feels like you are alone sometimes but you are never alone. Just know
this: you are not broken, there is nothing wrong with you, you are you and that
is beautiful. Just get out there, be proud and live your best life.

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

I have a website: http://www.mikababineauart.com/

As well as a variety of social media:

https://twitter.com/MikachuNinjamon
https://www.instagram.com/mikachu_ninjamon/
https://mikachu-ninjamon.tumblr.com/

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

nicoledraws: hello there, tumblr as you can se…

nicoledraws:

hello there, tumblr

as you can see, i’ve finally gotten around to making a proper post regarding commissions. before we get into specifics, keep in mind these are base prices and the complexity of the piece may be reflected in the amount agreed upon

I will draw:

  • ocs
  • fictional characters
  • sfw PDA
  • nudity

I will not draw:

  • sexual content
  • excessive gore
  • furries

further information will be under the cut:

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