Today, we’re joined by Pomato. Pomato is a very talented visual artist who puts a lot of her work on her Tumblr at http://dilapidatedragamuffin.tumblr.com/. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art varies a lot of the time. It’s very anime/Disney based initially, something I sometimes try to grow out of, but always come crawling back to in the end.
I love the character creation side of art, drawing figures in different poses and trying to pack in as much personality into an image as I can. I’ve noticed my art growing over the past couple of years, tipping more towards brighter, colours, pop art, and some horrific screen tone abuse (sorry not sorry).
Otherwise, I love drawing comics. If I can’t inspire someone with how my art looks, then I want to be able to make them laugh.
Also fan art.
Lots of fan art.
What inspires you?
And I don’t mean anything like I’m going to get inspiration from this piece of moldy cheese no matter what; more I mean, there’s no real one type of thing I draw inspiration from. There can be something about the colour of a thing, or the way it looks in a certain light, that just lights up this part of my brain, making it go, “Oooooh!”. Heck, I once held up my family when we were leaving a hospital because I wanted to take pictures of the filing cabinets in a passing room.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I was one of those kids who when I saw my friends doing something, I wanted to hop on that wagon, so I guess I’m not really 100% original [laugh]. I mean, I already liked drawing cartoons, but then I met a friend of mine in grade 3 who was so much better than me at what I was trying to do, and I instantly wanted to be able to draw like her. Not exactly the same, but, you know, on the same level. Then when I hit high school and year eight, my best friend started to get into anime and, well, I had to hop on that wagon too (no regrets).
Now art is just something I have to do. When I get bored, I draw something. I’m always trying to think of the next piece to make, or a funny joke to put into a comic.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I really should look into one of those, that’s a really good idea! I love putting little Easter eggs in my pictures, though they’re always based on the characters that are featured.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t necessarily wait for inspiration to strike if you want to draw. Sometimes you have to just doodle a whole bunch before you think of something that even remotely interests you. At the same time, feel free to take a break if you’re not feeling it. Go out! Get inspired! Look up a variety of art styles and embrace the ones you love. (Any by ‘go out’ I don’t necessarily mean outside, you can find some rad stuff just as efficiently on the internet.)
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not me specifically. It’s actually not really a question that comes up often.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it’s “the better one” or when people say things along the lines of “I wish I was asexual!” I don’t think any sexuality is better than any other one, and hearing this isn’t exactly the confidence booster it sounds like it is.
Also that people are ‘faking’ it to be considered ‘special’? I saw these posts online about how ‘everyone’ was trying to be asexual now and that it seemed like much more than the 1% they were told took up the population.
This kind of thinking is awful. If more people understand themselves because they’re learning about a type of sexuality that I, for one, only ever heard of through the internet when I was 20 years old, then that’s a good thing! Maybe it’s only 1% now because people who are asexual have never heard of it. Maybe they still think there’s something wrong with them. Maybe we need to get the word out more, instead of chastising people for identifying as it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I like to think of human identities like how I used to organize all of the pictures on my computer. I would have everything in this one folder called “pictures”, then start slowly putting everything together in their groups; only I wouldn’t stop. Eventually I would pretty much have all of these single pictures located in different, very, very specific folders [laugh].
Basically, human beings are far too complicated to be put away into folders. If you’re comfortable with a label, then take it, own it. If later on you feel you’re uncomfortable with it, you can change it, move yourself, own a different label. In the end, you’re not your sexuality, you’re you, and you don’t need to define yourself to anyone but yourself.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have a tumblr! With an art page and everything.
I should look into putting up more of a website.
Me and a friend of mine (alisonblogsthing.tumblr.com) are also in the process of creating a webcomic! Which can be found here: http://www.thejellybeandidit.com/ (All that’s there at the moment is our comic that we made for the 24 hour comic competition, so expect some more quality drawing up soon [laugh])
It’s about ace werewolves and trans vampires and bispooksual ghosts and gay fae all living together, all being adorable and hilarious and just trying to figure themselves out in the big bad world.
Thank you so much, Pomato, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.