Today we’re joined by Amy. Amy is a wonderful young artist who specializes in digital art. She has dabbled in watercolors and does some animation as well. Her work demonstrates an enthusiasm and love of drawing, which is always great to see. Amy is definitely an artist with a very bright future. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m currently an almost sixteen year old traversing through high school, with a love of art stemming from late primary, when I got bored in maths and picked up a pencil to amuse myself.
The mediums I predominately use are digital, both using my iPad (without a stylus) and my laptop (using a graphics tablet) to paint and animate short gifs.
I also dabble in watercolour, due to the influence of my grandfather, who also paints, and I enjoy it a lot!
In terms of my style, it is quite cartoony, due to the influence of my love of animation, and fits the fact I often draw more fanart than anything else.
What inspires you?
As I’ve mentioned, a lot of my inspiration is drawn from animation, as well as videogames, particularly Nintendo ones! Other things like space and nature, particularly the sky, often inspire colour palettes and the tone of pieces.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I haven’t always wanted to be an artist, in fact when I was in primary school I wanted to be a meteorologist or vulcanologist! I was massively interested in weather and natural disasters, and still am.
What made me want to draw a lot started in late primary, in maths class boredom, and the fact I’d always enjoyed art class! The fact that a lot of my friends liked art helped a lot as well.
I only recently tried animating, and that made me realise that that was something I wanted to do. Currently my drawback is lack of a proper animation program, but I’ve found a few ways around it!
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 always sign my art with my Tumblr and Twitter names, but other than that nope!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t give up if your art isn’t as good as you expect, you just have to work on it a little each day, and it will add up! You might be discouraged by parents or other figures, that say that art isn’t a “real” career choice or job, use that as motivation to prove them wrong. Art jobs are hidden, but they are there, people just don’t realise what exactly art jobs are. The road to good art is a hard one, and I’m nowhere near the end, as there is no end. Just keep believing in yourself and you can draw, paint, sculpt, act, sing and write anything.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m gray-romantic asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Personally, not really, being a high schooler means I don’t have a job that is currently very serious, due to me working at a pub as odd jobs and clean up duty…
However outside of jobs, I haven’t encountered much prejudice that’s outright against asexuality, more just compulsory sexuality statements in classes and such. I tend to ignore it, as I don’t particularly want to teach a vocabulary lesson to a class I don’t even like or trust.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably the whole coupling aromanticism with asexuality and treating them as the same.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are not alone, and your asexuality is not the core of your being, it is a small part in a sea of many other things that make you, you. Your orientation is valid, and so are your feelings about it whether they be good or bad, just try to find a bright side, it helps a lot with accepting it.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Amy, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.