Today we’re joined by Tristan. Tristan is an extraordinary visual artist who dabbles in a number of media. They are most fond of photography, but they’re also incredibly talented at drawing and sketching. The images they sent along are positively beautiful and brimming with passion. Tristan obviously has an eye for lines and color, which shows in their work. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Hm… I am not sure what to say about it. I am all over the place, I draw, take photos, make sculptures, I try to write and I have recently gotten into making aesthetics.
What I love the most is to take photos, but due to different factors I can’t do that as much as I would like. I would love to get more into making films, so that is a goal of mine.
What inspires you?
Going to sleep. No really, it seems like I am the most inclined to want to do things when I am about to sleep. So I try to hold on to the idea until I have time to do something out of it.
I get inspired to do fanart from either the books or movies I love or headcanons I run into. My other drawings usually come from me wanting to try something new or make something for someone.
The same goes for the sculpting and the aesthetics.
I also like to make pride stuff, in the colours of different prideflags.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have just always liked to create things. Mainly drawing and photographing but whenever opportunity presented itself for working with clay, or sow or anything like that I have been there.
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?
Oh… I don’t think so. Well, a friend and I use to joke about my drawings of people always having very expressive eyebrows so I suppose that could be one thing.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t be like me. Believe in yourself because you can do more than you believe. And everything doesn’t have to turn out perfect, the important thing is that you try and do what you love. As long as you like drawing, or writing, or making cosplays or whichever way you like to express yourself it is good.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as the far asexual end of the spectrum, so far I have never experienced sexual attraction and I don’t expect it to happen soon.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I actually haven’t. I don’t think it is because it doesn’t exist as much as I have been lucky.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That is it not human. Which is rather harmful since it gets in the way of people to realize that it is an identity that could fit them.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I would like them to know that it is okay. No matter where on the spectrum they are they are completely valid. I would also like to say that it is also okay to not know where on the spectrum you are, and that it is never too late to find yourself. You don’t have to get a concrete label to be valid and real.
If anyone question you, or asexuality, or both, try and remember that you and you alone can judge your orientation and that asexuality is very real and that no one else’s opinion on it matters.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I sometimes post at my main Tumblr blog oneringtoevolvequicker (http://oneringtoevolvequicker.tumblr.com/) and my side blog justanotherpendragon (http://justanotherpendragon.tumblr.com/). I tend to get super insecure so I don’t always post things, or it takes very long time though I plan to post some pictures of my clay sculptures soon.
Thank you, Tristan, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.