Today we’re joined by Jules. Jules is a wonderfully talented writer who frequently works on rather large and ambitious projects. They also do a little drawing too. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do a bunch of writing as well as both traditional and digital drawing. The genre of my writing is usually fantasy, but I’ve started trying to write more realistic stories as well. My problem is that I have a ton of ideas at once, but I’m rarely ever able to find the inspiration to actually write any of it. There’s also a language barrier, since I’m multilingual with Danish as my first language and English as my second, and if I write in Danish, English-speakers won’t be able to read it, and if I write in English, my Danish friends and family might prefer to read it in Danish instead. So if I have to show people something I’ve written (especially my non-Danish online friends), I have to translate everything. That’s a bit demotivational.
Some of my projects also end up being super huge and time-consuming. An example is how I made an entire new language for a fantasy story I intended to write once.
I don’t draw very often anymore, but I both draw traditionally and digitally, as mentioned. I’m more experienced and comfortable with drawing traditionally, but drawing digitally tends to be easier and turn out neater (mostly because you have the nifty Ctrl+Z option). I mostly draw fanart lately, specifically for Steven Universe.
What inspires you?
The tiniest of things can inspire me. Sometimes the general concept of a movie, show, game, book or other things will inspire me, other times it’s a small element in it that’ll inspire me to write a short story around that element. An example is that I watched Tarzan a while ago and was inspired to work out a story with a feral child as the protagonist, lol.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I’m a self-taught artist and have never taken any kind of art or writing courses, but I always strive to get better. I stay as an artist because creating art is subjective and a great outlet for frustrations and ideas, and I’ve always had a need for telling stories. And I’ll probably always continue to have that need.
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?
Uhm.. Nope, not really.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
No matter how much it sucks to be an artist because you keep comparing yourself to others, you shouldn’t give up. No one can do what you do exactly the way that you do. And even if you don’t feel like you’re improving, you are. Every time you draw a doodle, take a silly photo, write a draft to a story, or something else, you’re +1 that thing better at doing your particular field of art! So even if you don’t like how one of your pieces turns out, try to view it as something you’ll learn from. No one is ever 100% happy with all of their pieces.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Biromantic ace/demi. Very sex-repulsed (however that changes sometimes).
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m only out to two people offline and no one I’ve met irl knows that asexuality exists, and other people I talk to online are generally pretty well-informed when it comes to asexuality and my online friends accept me as I am. So I haven’t personally experienced prejudice or ignorance against ace people in the writing or drawing community, but I feel like it’s pretty common for villains and robots and such to be called asexual, which isn’t a very healthy view on the concept of asexuality since villains are (usually) evil and robots are emotionless. Those aren’t the adjectives I’d most like to have associated with me.
I try to counter the bad representation with better representation, and make sure to create ace characters of all types, to show that anyone can be asexual, regardless of their other personality traits or situation in life.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most prominent thing I’ve been seeing online is the discussion about whether ace and/or aro people belong in the LGBTQ+ community. Another common thing is telling ace people that they just have to experience “proper” sex or whatever, then they’ll like it (also the mentality that ace people just haven’t met the right person yet).
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Sometimes it might be hard to accept that you’re ace and you might often feel alienated and weird, and that’s okay. Your identity is still valid and legit. It’s also okay if you thought you were ace but you realise you’re not! Sexualities can change, and it’s all right to try on different labels for yourself to find one that fits you.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My Tumblr: http://xylophonic-melody.tumblr.com/
My art tag is simply /my art.
My DeviantArt (inactive): http://wolfshadow97.deviantart.com/
My writing is currently not available anywhere, but if anyone is interested, I’d probably gladly show them something.
Thank you, Jules, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.