Today we’re joined by Foster Eber. Foster is a phenomenally talented animator who is currently majoring in animation at BSU. He’s currently the director of an animated short film at his college. Foster is incredibly enthusiastic about the art of animation, as you’ll soon read. If his work is anything to go by, this is an artist with a very bright future. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
From first glance you would think I’m a furry, but I’m not really. Well maybe I am, I’m not sure any more. I have just always loved anthropomorphic animals! I am primarily a 2D animator, but I dabble in the 3D animation as well. I really like the technical aspects of animation more than actually drawing though. Rigging, Simulation, File Saving Structures and what not. I eventually want to write and illustrate Graphic Novels with my friends. I LOVE telling stories, like it’s my jam. If your story is good, than it doesn’t matter what the art looks like (But I still want it to look good!) I’m currently the Director for our animated short film at my college, and I’m so happy I have been given that opportunity.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes a lot from my childhood. A lot of my work centers on the idea of being a kid and then learning how the real world works. Here is a non-ordered list of things I draw inspiration from.
- EarthBound/Mother Series
- Brave Little Toaster
- Lakes and Rivers
- My Elementary School
- Boxes of Crayons
- How to Train your Dragon
- Disney’s Robin Hood
- My Grandparents House
- ARG’s and Internet Horror Stories
I love the idea of stories that seem cute and silly that become horrifying and real. (IE Brave Little Toaster)
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I drew when I was little, but nothing serious. I didn’t want to be and “Artist” until I got re-introduced to drawing in 2011. I came up with a story explaining my Asexuality using animals while at a Swim Camp in Maryland. From there I started making a page everyday of this HORRIBLY DRAWN comic that I would pass out at school. It wasn’t popular but people seemed to love it. On a whim I applied to Ball State’s art program the next year and somehow made it in. (I still have no idea how) Animation and Graphic Novels are almost the same thing. They have a sequential element to them and so I thought that that would be the closest thing to a Graphic Novel major I could find.
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?
Not really, I have this weird style though that I never thought of as a style until someone told me it was my style. All of my eyes are huge and the characters normally look like mushrooms.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I would say that if you want to be an artist you already are. There is no point where someone comes out and is like “Here is your artist certificate now go paint some fruit”. If you make a thing and show it to someone else and that person feels something you are an artist. It doesn’t matter how horrible it looks or what materials you use, you can’t get better without making things.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m pretty much just Ace. I have a girlfriend right now but we don’t have sex and that’s cool. I still want to get married one day, but sex is just meh to me.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Yes, but I try to explain it further using little stories and stuff. It is a hard concept for most to grasp. We live in a hypersexualized world and when that doesn’t matter to you it’s hard for people to understand. I like saying that everyone likes different types of music, but asexuality isn’t a type of music, it’s how loud you like to listen. And I’m pretty much a headphones around my shoulders and two notches up from the bottom.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
People usually say that I just haven’t met the right person and that I haven’t had sex. People assume that you are just nervous about it when I’m not nervous at all. Like I have never had the desire to eat a bucket full of egg shells, and I have also never had the desire to have sex with another person. Plain and simple.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t think too much into it. You aren’t broken. You are the way you are and that’s cool! Just because the vast majority of the planet is one way doesn’t mean you have to be too. Sexuality isn’t just left or right, it’s up down forward backward and through space and time.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
And Check out my Sweet Demo Reel!
Thank you, Foster, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.