Today we’re joined by Cyla. Cyla is a wonderfully talented visual artist who does a lot of sketching and knitting. She’s also a photographer on the side who often photographs cats for the rescue she volunteers at. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a varied artist for sure. I draw and knit mostly, photography on the side if I get an interesting subject. When I draw I prefer drawing people, mostly my D&D characters. My favorite part of the drawing process is inking, it is very relaxing and soothing process for me to get the lines just right. Photography mostly consists of cute cat photos for the animal rescue I volunteer with or scenic photos from vacations. My knitting is varied, dish clothes to elaborate lace shawls.
What inspires you?
Depends on the art. Drawing, like mentioned before, is usually my role playing characters. I find the human form fascinating and love drawing it. With knitting I love lacework in particular; I can just stare at lacework forever and I am just memorized by it.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Sonic fanart, of all things, got me into drawing at about the age of 10 or so. As I got older I dropped off drawing fan characters and started focusing on developing my own style. I picked up knitting and photography in high school, slowly expanding my techniques as I practiced. I always enjoyed art but didn’t really take it seriously until around 10 years old.
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?
Not really, I don’t have secrets in my art or anything.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep practicing and don’t get discouraged. Getting better at art is a slow process, but you are always improving. Knitting is pretty much the same; learning the techniques can be a steep learning curve at first but once you get your ah-ha moment you can easily expand on your techniques once the basics are down.
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?
I guess the beauty of coming out as an adult is that no one has been outright rude to me, mostly just people not knowing what it is and being confused.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
It’s celibacy and/or something common for women to experience. Ugh/
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t doubt yourself. I first had an idea that I was asexual when I was a teenager, but a friend told me it wasn’t a real thing so I ignored it until I was about 25. I knew I was different, but I kept lying to myself – don’t do that to yourself. Embrace who you are.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Oh I got websites lol
Thank you so much, Cyla, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.