Interview: Hana

Today we’re joined by Hana (who also goes by Hakobore). Hana is an incredible painter who also does quite a bit of drawing. There’s a beautiful simplicity to her images and a wonderful softness to the paintings. It’s obvious that she has an awesome imagination and a passion for her art. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

left the stove on
Left the Stove On


Please, tell us about your art.

I’m mostly a drawer/painter who is frantically trying to find out where I want my creative motivations to lead.

My favorite works are usually finished fast, very often a result of spontaneous spark of raw emotion.

What inspires you?

Photos of food with very particular lighting or flash settings.

And of course, my favourite artists’ works including many from Tumblr.

blue book 03
Blue Book 03

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I guess watching anime such as Nintama, Card Captor Sakura and Sailor Moon as a kid got the ground work done, but my mum used to take me to art galleries which I remember a few of them quite vividly.

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 make a lot of drawings based on my mental illness, and I feel like the six-legged cat I draw has something to do with it. It could be an embodiment of my anxiety, because since I got a lot better I don’t draw it as often.

blue book 20
Blue Book 20

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Become free from the idea that a good “deserving” paintings must be done on a canvas. It’s bullshit.

loose thread
Loose Thread


Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I used to think I was Demisexual when I first identified as being on the ace spectrum. But now I’m not sure anymore. Still discovering I guess! As for now I go as a Biromantic Asexual.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I once mentioned asexuality to my flat mates a few years ago and was gob smacked to find out they didn’t believe in such a thing. This was still when I hadn’t realized I was Ace, I just thought it was just a little less recognized as the Homosexual spectrum. It was even more shocking because one of my flat mates were gay. I was so taken by surprise that I couldn’t really say anything in defense. Although, I saw one of my said flat mates again just a few months ago and he confessed that he may actually lie somewhere on the ace spectrum too, which was really cool to hear.

blue book 26
Blue Book 26

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we do not feel the need for intimacy. Romantic or Platonic.

I’ve also noticed that we get lumped together with Celibacy.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Don’t think for one second that you have to have decided on a solid position on the ace spectrum to be valid, or to belong in the ace community. It’s no rush to find out, and it’s OK if you never find the exact term for your sexuality. You’re still part of the spectrum and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

blue book 28
Blue Book 28

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I am most active on Tumblr, ( but I sometimes post doodles on Twitter (hanpanmangaki) as well.

At the beach
At the Beach

Thank you, Hana, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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