Today we’re joined by Kate. Kate is an absolutely wonderful visual artist who works almost entirely with colored pencils. She dabbles a bit with markers and some digital mediums, but prefers to stick with pencils. She’s quite passionate about her work and sent me the nicest email. There’s a wonderful sense of joy about her work, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
As Andy Biersack said: “I’m an artist and I make arty art art.” I either haven’t tried hard enough with other mediums and focus on traditional art with colored pencils or I’m only good at traditional art with colored pencils. Once in a blue moon I try my hand at drawing with markers, or digitally, or painting but I easily get frustrated with the look and go back to colored pencils. By no means am I the best, but I’m alright. I think.
What inspires you?
Well, many things inspire me. I’ve always found music really inspiring. Sometimes you can just see a picture in your head while listening to it, you know? My friends are a huge inspiration as well. They’re all amazing artists and I would love to be half as talented as them, they help me work hard and try new techniques or styles. I also tend to make my best joke-arts when I’m with them. *cough* the objects with legs. *cough*
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
As many little kids do, I had a dream as a child that with my stick figures I would become a famous artist known around the world for her unique style. Well, I’m not famous and I don’t have a unique style but I have continued drawing so, yay dreams. I think what made me truly interested though was when one of my friends noticed my slightly more detailed stick figures and told me I should post them online. (Luckily I waited a few years before doing so and got better in the process, though the things I posted first are still cringe-worthy.) It made me realize people actually thought I was good at drawing and gave me the boost I needed to do something.
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’ve always wanted to add a unique feature or symbol that everyone would recognize if they knew my art, buuut I never did and probably won’t for a while if ever. I think I’m just too lazy to actually think of something. Well, unless of course you count the long bangs that cover one eye just so I don’t have to draw two 😄
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Too many aspiring artists give up because people around them are “more talented”, don’t do that. Not only will you get better, but most of the time everyone’s their own worst critic. While you might think your creation is terrible in comparison to someone else’s, someone might love your piece way more. Man, I feel like such a hypocrite saying that because I’ve wanted to give up so many times, I’m really glad I didn’t though, so see? Don’t do it.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Well, I’m a sex-repulsed panromantic asexual. Woo!
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Online? No. In person? Still no. But outside of the field? Well that’s a different story. I’ve come across people who have thought asexuality didn’t exist, people who thought everyone was like that as a teenager, and people who were just down right rude about it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
There are tons of misconception but the one I’ve come across most often is the misconception that I can’t be in a stable relationship without the person cheating on me unless they were asexual themselves. That’s completely untrue, if someone really loves someone they won’t do that sort of thing. Plus, there are different asexuals, some actually like sex. so even if I go out with another asexual what’s stopping them from cheating on me? Nothing. Another thing, cheating isn’t just sexual either.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t worry about it too much, you have years to figure it out completely. Even if you identify as asexual now you might realize you’re actually demisexual down the road? Things change and you learn new things every day.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I actually have a Deviantart page. I’m ostringo524 if anyone wants to check it out. Fair warning however, there is art from two years ago on there that is pretty bad and there was a period of time where I stopped drawing and didn’t post anything and for some reason got better? So basically what I’m trying to say is all but ten pieces are pretty terrible. Yay!
Thank you, Kate, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.