Today we’re joined by Martin. Martin is a positively fantastic visual artist who is so incredibly enthusiastic about their work. They do a lot of fanart, but also find great enjoyment in drawing original characters as well. They’re starting to dabble in fanfiction. Their passion for art truly shines through in their interview, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Trigger warning: There’s blood (or what looks like blood) in the first picture.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art means a world to me because it is the way I spend my free time and let my creativity flow, if I can say. I often complain about my artworks and find them “not so good” but the truth is I can see an improvement and that makes me happy each single time!
I mostly do fanarts to series I am currently into (for this moment it would be Tokyo Ghoul, One Punch Man and Marvel Cinematic Universe in general) but I am trying to write some fanficiton as well! I am not a professional artist, however it would be nice if I were able to publish a book or contribute to an art project one day.
Sometimes, I draw original characters, too! They are part of me, I must say.
What inspires you?
This is a hard question because I often wonder about it and cannot find a proper answer. I think it is everything and nothing all at once. Catchy song I have accidentally found? Inspiration. Heartbreaking fic I have just read? Inspiration. A view from a tram? Inspiration. I cannot list everything, honestly.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
When it goes to drawing I have been doing it since I was a little kid and I have never really thought about giving it up. Only recently I have started to take it kind of more seriously.
When it goes to writing though, I honestly cannot remember. I guess I was just bored and thought about something like “Hmm, how about writing? Sounds fun!” and then I sunk into it.
It is not like I have always wanted to be an artist, actually, it has never crossed my mind to be a professional until two or three years ago. To this day I do not know what I want to do but giving up art as at least hobby? Never!
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 put a tiny signature on my drawings! It consists of my initials.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
NEVER. GIVE. UP. Such a thought has came into my mind billion times already but hey, I am still going forward! I do complain, I even cry about “not being good enough” but people around me are supportive which helps A LOT. Even if you don’t have encouraging family or friends let me tell you there are many people out there in the world who silently admire your work and would do anything to brighten your day and help you keep going. Maybe you do not know them yet but trust me, they are closer than you think! So please, never give up on doing what you love.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I find it complicated even to myself but for this moment I go with simple “sex repulsed/sex neutral asexual”
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
In art field? No. In my close environment? Yes. It was actually one or two times when ignorance towards me for being asexual occurred and I think I handled it pretty well, then? I was upset, of course, but everything ended quite well.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I must be sick for “not wanting sex” and that “I will regret my decision because sex is the best thing in this world”. Only a few people know I am ace but only one said nothing about it. The rest, even after my explanation what asexuality actually is, seemed skeptical and indirectly called me “a special snowflake”. Because of that I am closeted to, well, almost everyone.
The most common misconception? That something is wrong with me and that I do it for attention. That sex drive = sexual attraction.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
To not listen to people who claim to know more about you than you yourself. It may be hard, sure, but why should we listen to people who call us “ill” or “weird” while they do not even understand the definition of the word “asexual”? Try to educate them on this matter and if that does not work, please, do not blame yourself. Keep going, show them you are brilliant and great the way you are, no matter what they say about you and your sexuality! Do not ever let them make you feel as a less of a human.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I publish most, if not all, of my artworks on my Tumblr, eroemo.tumblr.com! I sometimes post them fanfiction as well but I mostly publish it on my AO3 account, which is under same nickname as my Tumblr.
I am always open for any kinds of questions so if someone is interested about details, advice or just want to talk about the weather – you know where to find me!
Thank you, Martin, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.