Category: watercolor

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: 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.

WORK

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: Melissa Wilkinson

Today we’re joined by Melissa Wilkinson, who also goes by Art by Little Miss Luna. Melissa is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art. She frequently draws cutesy characters. For the most part, she has been drawing anime stuff for artist alleys but has recently branched out and done some drawings of plants. It’s clear she’s a talented and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m an unabashed anime fan, so I tend to draw cutesy stuff.
I’m working on refining my style and branching out into other areas but I
always come back to cute because, ultimately, it’s what I like. I’ve learned I
don’t need to apologize for it. I’m a mostly digital artist but lately I’m
trying to learn watercolors!

What inspires you?

I draw a lot of fan art so I love taking inspiration from
cartoons, especially ones like “Steven Universe” that are mature beyond their
core audience. Outside of fiction I take a lot of my inspiration from food.
There’s so many colors and textures present in the edible!

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

I took a graphic design class in eighth grade and I’ve liked
digital art ever since. I gave up on it to study hospitality when I went to
college, but ultimately I came back to it and got a degree in graphic design,
too. I didn’t always want to be an artist but I was always interested in
creative things like cooking and 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 used to have a silly little symbol I’d stamp in the corner
of all my drawings of a heart with bat wings. Now I just have a logo I use on
my business cards.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

The best advice I can give is when you’re working on
something and you’re starting to get frustrated, walk away. Take a break, take
a nap, breathe. You won’t produce any good work if you’re angry so come back to
it when you’re calm again. You can look at it with fresh eyes and try to figure
out what’s going wrong.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I used to identify as alloromantic but currently I’m going
by demisexual.

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

Not from other artists, no, but from my family, certainly.
Most of what I hear is that I’m confused or I just haven’t figured myself out
yet. Ultimately, I just have to accept that not everyone in my life is going to
understand me and that’s ok. It doesn’t really matter if they don’t get it so
long as I feel comfortable with who I am.

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

That it’s just a phase and that the internet has poisoned my
mind and made me think I’m a “special snowflake.”

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

Once, during Thanksgiving break from college, I was hanging
out with my friends from high school. They all started talking about their
sexual experience from their first semester in college and I felt so utterly
uncomfortable that I kept sneaking off into the bathroom, hoping that when I
got back they would have moved on to something else. Eventually I left and went
home and cried in my mother’s lap. I had no idea why I felt such a disconnect,
why I felt so lost. A year later I read about asexuality on Tumblr and I
realized that there was a word for why I was the way I was, and that there were
other people like me. The internet is your friend. You are not alone. Arm
yourself with knowledge and know that you are perfectly normal and there are
people who will support you. I’m one of them. Shoot me a message on any of my
social media accounts and I’ll be happy to talk things over! Ace artists have
to look out for one another.

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

Lately I’ve been mostly using my Instagram (at artbylittlemissluna)
but I also upload things to my DeviantArt (Little-Miss-Luna) and my
Facebook (at artbylittlemissluna)
and Twitter (at art_by_LML). I
also have an Etsy store (at artbylittlemissluna)
if you want to see the products I make and sell with my art!

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

dailyarospec-drawings: Aroflux watercolor!

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Aroflux watercolor!

Interview: Hana Golden

Today we’re joined by Hana Golden. Hana is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital art but also works in traditional mediums as well. She does character design, capturing expressions and emotions through a masterful use of detail. Hana also frequently draws canines and her ability to capture dog’s personalities with color and lines is amazing. She’s an incredibly talented artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m mostly a digital artist, but still work with a variety
of traditional mediums. I enjoy watercoloring, spraypainting, stippling, and
simple illustration work. I like to focus on expression cartooning, character
design, and heavily enjoy fanart as well. Canines specifically have also always
been a go-to for me and is one of the things I’ve always been known for. I also
like to create my own custom Funko Pop figures as another side hobby.

For my art, I’d say that I like to focus heavily on
expressions and making you feel what the character is feeling. When someone
feels the same emotion I’m drawing by looking at it, that’s the best thing.
Either way, I love drawing faces and just sketching in general.

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What inspires you?

Let’s see … kinda tough question cause there’s so much
that inspires me. From an early age, my oldest sister was an artist, and my
biggest inspiration and drive to improve. Now, I’d say that Disney/DreamWorks
is my biggest inspiration. Watching certain films and shorts just make me want
to push myself more and more. From the character design to the emotional
feelings you get when you look at a scene, that’s what I want to create. I want
to capture that one moment that made my heart pound, where I pause the scene
and just stare at the characters face for a long time. It was that face that gave me a feeling, and I
have to be able to do it too. I can get pretty obsessed about it actually,
haha. I’m just super into animation, and hope to animate again. I use to do it a
lot as a kid.

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

Like I had stated above, my oldest sister was the one who
got me into drawing. I wanted have that one thing in common that we could do
together. Watching anything animated/cartoon pushed me to draw those characters
constantly. I remember being in my room drawing the covers of old VHS Disney
movies, drawing Pokémon cards, really anything I could get my hands on. I was
just drawing all the time.

I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil, like most
everyone else, but I’m not sure to be honest. It never really occurred to me
that I could partake in making these
movies, or designing these characters. I’m not sure why, I guess it was never
pushed on me or talked about as something I could potentially be a part of, not
even by my teachers.  I knew I loved to
draw and wanted to do it all the time, but I never pursued it the way I feel
like I should have. My mentality about it was all wrong compared to how to feel
about it now, and I wish I had pursued it more seriously. For the simple short
answer, yes, I have always wanted to be an artist.

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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?

Honestly, there’s really nothing this deep in anything I do
haha. I have a simple signature that if it’s not out in the obvious, then it’s
small and hidden in the picture. I’ve never been a fan of putting my signature
on my work, but since I had multiple works stolen, I’ve gotten to the habit of
hiding it in the picture so it couldn’t be erased haha.

When I work on commissions, I really try to pull the
person’s personality (or animals) out on paper. I want people to see their pet, s/o, or themselves in my
work. I want them to feel like their personality is right there. That’s really
important to me.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Please, just don’t give up. I know it’s what everyone says,
but it’s so true. Too many people I know who use to draw and loved it, don’t do
it anymore cause they said they were intimidated by other artists, or just got
too down on themselves and came to a stop. It takes work, and you just have to
push past all that stuff and focus on you. Compare your work to your own, not someone else’s. Look at how far
you’ve come and embrace that. Just keep going.

Also, don’t be afraid of referencing/copying when starting
out. That’s how you’re going to learn such a variety of things and all the
different styles and types of art out there. You’ll develop your own style
eventually by dropping things that don’t work for what you visually like, and
picking up parts of others that you do and adding it to your own. Drawing from
life is important though to learn proper proportions, lighting, color, etc.
Don’t rely fully on cartoons or anime to teach you that stuff haha. It’s okay
to copy other people’s work as long as you’re not claiming it as your own, just
give credit where credit is due. A good rule of thumb I always worked from was
if you copied it, keep it to yourself. If you had help from another artist’s
work, credit it.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as Asexual. I’m not super sure if I lean towards
gray or not, but I’m comfortable just using the term Ace. Finding out there was
a word for how I was feeling, and that others were like me, was one of the most
important parts of my life. I can still remember how I felt the minute I typed
that word into Google and discovered its meaning haha.

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

Not really to be honest, at least not to my face. If
anything, with some people I just got a feeling that they didn’t truly believe
me or fully understand. It’s tough, because I want to have a family someday.
I’ve always wanted children, and people who know me, know that. When I told
them that I was ace, most of them will point out “You know how to get children,
right?” I hate when people say that because I’m not stupid, yes I know about
sex, I understand how it works, but I don’t like it, and don’t want it.

I even went to go see an Endocrinologist (a hormone doctor)
cause I do actually have an issue with my hormones. I asked her about my libido
and stuff like that (before I identified as ace, I thought my hormones were the
problem) and she told me that with the way my hormones are, I should have a
high sex drive and crazy libido. I laughed and cried the whole way home,
because that wasn’t me, and I still got no answers.

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

That we don’t want a family, a significant other, or refuse
to have sex in general. That’s not true for many people who identify in this
orientation, and for some, it is. There are many asexual people who want their
own children, want to be in a relationship, and even like having sex. All of
that is okay, being Asexual just means that you don’t feel sexual attraction.

For me personally, I still struggle time to time. I want to
be in a relationship, cuddle, hold hands, and I want a family. I just don’t
want to have sex so it’s tough when I tell people that cause they don’t
understand. Most people just tell me that when the time comes, I just need to “suck
it up and do it” if I want kids.

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

Don’t just ignore your own feelings and please teach others.
I went to great lengths to get an answer as to why I was afraid to be close
with my boyfriend, or why I didn’t feel anything when it came to kissing or
avoiding situations that would make the other feel like we could take the next
step in our relationship. It was awful, and not fair to either of us. It was
hard to admit to people I get more of a love feeling walking into an art store
or watching an animated movie, and then I got going on a date. In the end, it
wasn’t a doctor that helped me, but a person that I follow online who just
happened to use the word asexual in a sentence, and I decided to google it. I
wish that I was exposed to the idea that you don’t need to have sex. It can be scary when all of your friends and
people you are exposed to daily are all talking about something you just can’t
relate too. You look at your own life and see how old you’re getting, and you
haven’t had sex yet. It’s normal, and it’s okay to not want that in your life.  Just talk, educate others, and be open about
it! It’s important to teach people to listen to your own body, and don’t do
something because you feel you have too.

You’re valid and important, talk about it openly, because it
will help you to be more comfortable with who you are.

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

Sorry this got lengthy! I like writing. I post my art mostly
on my Instagram! You can
also follow me on my Facebook page, Sebatticus,
and my Tumblr Sebatticus as well
🙂

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

Interview: Kodiak Rain

Today we’re joined by Kodiak Rain, who also goes by Kodi. Kodi is a phenomenal visual artist who does a bit of everything. Ze enjoys colored pencils and watercolors mostly, although ze has worked with clay, acrylics, and oil paints as well. Kodi also illustrated a graphic novel written by zer son entitled
Trayvalle Tales

(it can be found on Amazon, here). Ze are incredibly passionate about art and zer work shows a remarkable amount of depth and complexity as well as a phenomenal use of color, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to zer for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I work with a
variety of mediums from oil paint to acrylic to watercolors, sculpting with
clay, drawing in pencil, ink or colored pencil or a combination of those,
pastels, charcoal, using a Wacom drawing pad to create digital art, woodcuts
and printmaking. Of all those things, I think my current favorites are colored
pencils and watercolor paints. I like how those methods are easy to use so that
I am able to work quickly without a lot of set up or clean up.

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What inspires you?

Nature is my
biggest inspiration. I wish to capture its beauty while also offering a
perspective on it that reminds others that we are part of nature and that
nature is alive all around us. Even more alive than we tend to give it credit
for on a daily basis. Emotions also inspire me. I want my images to evoke
feelings although I don’t always want to determine ahead of time what those
feelings will be. And finally symbolism inspires me. When working with images,
there are so many ways to express different ideas, emotions and messages
through symbols both ancient and more modern. It is fun to think about what
symbols are universal and what may be very individualistic.

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

My mother was a
professional artist all my life so I was exposed to art from the beginning. It
wasn’t what I dreamed of being, it was just something I loved to do and found
myself doing most, in fact with every opportunity I was creating something. I
was fortunate that I had access to so many materials and was encouraged by my
mom. I eventually discovered that I simply cannot live without making art. It
has been many things for me. It has been my saving grace, my therapy, a way to
tell my own story and the stories of others, a way to communicate my character
and a way to express things I find hard to say in words.

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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 often include
spirals because the spiral is found in the double helix of DNA and also in the
vastness of a galaxy. It has mathematical qualities and just seems to be the
most magical of symbols to me. I also like to draw eyes in my trees (not always
but sometimes) to symbolizes that nature is watching us and judging our
actions. I guess I am a bit of an agnostic pagan.

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What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Draw every day!
Try every medium! Find what you love and don’t stop. Develop tough skin so that
if you are criticized or critiqued, you will hear what is beneficial to you and
toss out what hurts. Do it for YOU.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I guess I am
somewhere between asexual and demisexual and often sex repulsed.

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

I find more
prejudice about being agender than asexual because I think people haven’t
wrapped their heads around the idea that someone can be genderless. I think
though that my sexuality doesn’t come up often enough for me to experience
prejudice, although I know that some people think that it means something is
wrong with me. I even had someone take it personally as if it were a judgment
about their sexual ability when in fact it has nothing to do with other people
and is simply all about me.

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

I guess that
being asexual means that there is something wrong with me physically or that I
just haven’t been with a good lover or found the right person. Also that I am a
prude. I am not a prude and can talk about anything regarding sex with an open
mind AND my asexuality is not about other people. It is all about me, what I
feel and how I identify.

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

Just be true to
yourself and know that you are healthy. What matters most is what makes you
happy, what makes you feel good about yourself and your life. Nothing else
matters as much as that. Remember that most of the time, people are projecting
their own experiences and ideas onto each other so know yourself and don’t
worry about what other people think.

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

I used to use
Tumblr under a different name but I have forgotten the account info for that so
now I have my own blog here on WordPress: kodiakrainblog.wordpress.com. It is fairly new but I plan to share my artwork and my life story there.
I hope you check it out and subscribe if you like what you see!

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

Interview: C. Reyes

Today we’re joined by C. Reyes. Cee is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in a lot of mediums. They do both digital and traditional art. They do some fanart and enjoy using pen and ink. Cee also does some mixed media work. They’re obviously very enthusiastic and dedicated to their art, 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.

Hello! Well, I think my art is varied in the sense that I do
both traditional and digital. Most of the pieces I post online are digital
(simply for convenience’s sake), but I like to do mixed media —watercolor,
gouache, and acrylic — and pen and ink (mostly Prisma and Copic markers, and
Micron pens). Lately, I lot of my digital work has been in the Steven Universe and D. Gray-Man fandoms as they are some of my favorite show.

What inspires you?

I have a lot of things that inspire me, and it’s all
dependent on my mood, to be honest. Steven
Universe
can get me in a very artistic mood due to the unique color choices
and art style. In addition, I love Gustav Klimt’s work—his pieces introduced me
to gold leaf and made me incorporate it into my art work. I’m also a big fan of
Leonardo da Vinci, and he inspired me to look more deeply into human anatomy.  

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

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been drawing. Looking
back on it now, as a child, I think what made drawing so appealing to me is
that fact that I could create
something with my own hands. Superhero twins shooting lasers out of their eyes
and fighting crime? Done. Doll that had animal best friends and drove a
firetruck? Finished. Even now, I look through the stuff I’ve done over the past
few years, and I always remember why I loved drawing it.

Awesome warrior amputee queen that rules justly over her
land in a castle of bones? Did that a few months ago, 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?

Now this I really have to think on. For my artistic style, I
think one thing that people always tell me that helps them identify a work as
mine is detailed lineart; they also say my range of colors, too. One thing that
I am very conscious of is my signature — first initial, last name, with the
date riding on the end of my signature. I always make sure I sign my stuff.

Recently, now that I’ve started selling some of my prints
and such online, I’ve been putting a crown with my signature as a play on my
last name and store/account name. (Rey = Spanish for ‘king’; crown = king)

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I would definitely say keep drawing no matter what. You
think your character’s arm looks wonky? Keep practicing on arms and look up references. Having trouble
understanding how watercolor paint works? Ask someone for help and practice.
Asking for help or looking up reference pictures is not cheating—it’s learning.

Also, do not throw away your old sketches or drawings. As
cringe-worthy as you may think they are (I’ve been there and I understand),
keep them. You’ll look back and see how much you’ve improved. In fact, I’ve
looked back to some of the stuff I made just last year and I can see an
improvement. You may not see it as the year progresses, but after that good
chunk of time, you will most certainly see it. No matter how small the progress
(you’re better at drawing paws, your tree finally doesn’t look weird, you
understand how water reflects, you’re progressing at drawing fur), progress it
progress. Keep at it! 🙂

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am a nonbinary person that identifies as
panromantic-asexual.

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

I haven’t encountered any prejudice per se, but I’ve come
across people who ask, “How can this character look like this? I thought they
were asexual.” They often mean, how can a character look pretty, handsome, or
sexy if they are asexual.

I usually just try to explain to them that just because a
person is asexual does not mean they cannot dress or look a certain way.
Clothes and appearance are just that—clothes and appearance.

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

I think I’ve come across two: 1) Asexual people are boring, confused,
and/or broken; and 2) Asexual people cannot enjoy romance or sex/sensation.

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

You are not broken, no matter what anyone tells you! You are
you, and you are just fine.

Asexuality does not exist stagnantly — it’s different for
everyone. One ace person may absolutely hate sex and be sex-repulsed (which is
totally okay), and another ace person may only like sex once they get to know
the person or persons, or have finally established feelings for them, a grey
ace (which is also total okay). In another example, one ace person may just
like the sensation of sex because it feels good, while another ace person may
not like sex with people but is comfortable taking care of their body’s needs
on their own. Both are valid and okay. <3

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

I actually have a few platforms where I can be found!

Art Blog Tumblr: http://el-c-rey.tumblr.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/el_c_rey/
(Misc. Merchandise) Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/el-c-rey?asc=u
(Prints) Storenvy: http://elcrey.storenvy.com/

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