Today we’re joined by Jessica. Jessica is a phenomenal and versatile artist who is currently studying for a degree in graphic design. She mostly does digital drawing although she has done quite a few different forms of art. It’s very clear she has an incredibly creative spirit and a love for her art, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mostly draw, both traditionally and digitally, and write, but I also knit, am learning bass, did dance (tap, ballet, dance team, mostly jazz) from the time I was two until last year (with some breaks in between), and have dabbled in photography. A lot of my life revolves around some kind of art. Currently, though, I mostly draw digitally and will be getting a major in graphic design.
What inspires you?
Music (anything from classic rock to pop to alternative to punk pop), coffee (thank God for Starbucks), real-life events, fandoms, and staring off into space
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I used to draw on MS Paint during school (I’m homeschooled!), and my dad introduced me to GIMP, which was the big start of my digital art obsession. In middle school, I took a photography class, which introduced me to Photoshop. In ninth grade, I took a graphic design class, and since then, I’ve played around with all kinds of digital media, from photo editing to drawing, and I just feel like it’s what I’m meant to do with my life.
As for the second question, yes. I’ve been drawing since I was little. The style of art has changed (from illustrator to author to artist to graphic designer), but art has always been what I wanted to do.
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 mostly draw horses (as that’s all I can draw; guess that’s the curse of being the horse girl), and the eyes are cartoonish, so I guess that counts.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
The usual stereotypical advice: practice like there’s no tomorrow. If you draw, keep drawing until your fingers are calloused. If you’re a musician, lose your voice or make your fingers bleed. Practicing is the only way to get better. Also, if you have a way to sell or commission your work, do it! A little extra pocket money is always nice.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m an asexual panromantic
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Well, my parents basically told me I’m a late bloomer (it was implied more than anything). I doubted myself for a few months to a year before decided the joke’s on them and I’m ace af
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Well, I haven’t come out to many people, but almost none of them knew what it was, so I had to explain. Once they had it figured out, that was it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to experiment with your orientation. I went from asexual heteroromantic to biromantic to finally panromantic in about six months total.
Also, there will be people who reject your orientation just because they don’t know what asexuality is. Just brush it off and keep shining bright. 🙂
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Wattpad (pretty inactive): https://www.wattpad.com/user/_hawkstorm_
Art Tumblr (also pretty inactive): http://thewinterartist107.tumblr.com/
Non-Tumblr Blog: https://jlrstories.wordpress.com/
Thank you, Jessica, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.