Today we’re joined by Ireland. Ireland is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in digital mediums. She’s quite a versatile artist who does both original work and fanart. I absolutely loved scrolling through her artwork and admiring the skill demonstrated in it. This is an artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a huge fan in drawing things from paint tool SAI, or watercolour. I usually draw people in either semi-realistic or anime style. The people I draw are mostly OCs (Original Characters) or fan art. When I’m drawing people or characters, I like to draw or photograph scenic landscapes.
What inspires you?
Seeing art of realistic people or anime on Tumblr inspires me to keep improving. I really want to get noticed out there, and I’m hoping to get a scholarship for fine arts or a job from Bethesda or Marvel Comics. My lifelong dream is to be a character designer.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Ever since I’ve been watching anime in the sixth grade, I wanted to be an artist. The many variations and design that anime has always gets me interested because the art itself tells the story so perfectly.
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?
Most of the time, I have one eye completely covered by hair. It’s always been a signature of mine, and you can see it a lot on my OCs. It’s always hard for me to draw people with short hair or no bangs because it kind of forces me to draw the other eye.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
We’re only human and we will make many, many, MANY mistakes in our lifetime. However, don’t let these mistakes stop you from pursuing your dreams. One day, your art may be beside one of Van Gogh’s or Picasso’s. You will be known if you keep striving to be the best you can be.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a cupiopanaromantic asexual
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not really. I’m out to nearly everyone I know, and no one in my art class or online has shown any prejudice towards me. They all just agree when I say, “I’d rather be single and eat pizza, than have anyone touch me with their genitals.”
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
A lot of people tell me I’m too young to understand love and that asexuals are just lonely.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
This is your mind and body that we’re talking about, not theirs. No body. And I mean NOBODY, can tell you what you feel or what you don’t feel because they don’t understand or feel the way your mind and body does. You do. You understand and feel the way your mind and body does. So, don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re feeling is invalid. You are ALWAYS valid.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Ireland, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.