Today we’re joined by Ashleigh Nicole. Ashleigh is a wonderful young up and coming visual artist who is currently studying illustration at uni. She specializes in character, concept, and storyboard artist. Her work is beautiful, showing an amazing use of color and line. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a second year Illustration student and my work focuses on concept, character and storyboard art, but I also like to create random illustrations of my own. I also want to move into comics at some point!
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by plants, superheroes and fantasy- they feature a lot in my work. But I also watch other people’s work on Instagram and twitter and I enjoy getting inspiration from their work too whether its colour pallets that I didn’t think of exploring or a brush technique.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have always drawn, but I was actually set on becoming a fashion designer since year 7. I changed degrees before I started because I was filling sketchbooks more than I made clothes in my gap year and thinking about selling my art. I still like fashion so maybe I’ll go back to it at some point.
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 don’t! I feel like I should though!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Learn anatomy, perspective and colour theory. I still haven’t done that to be honest but I’m on my way!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I just go by asexual- sometimes demisexual but very rarely.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have encountered people (not in the creative sector just in general.) that think it’s a choice…I have no words. Asexuality is still a bit unknown in the wider world so it’s mostly a general prejudice towards LGBTIA+ people that I’ve seen.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Many people don’t seem to understand asexuality as a spectrum. People have different levels, if’s buts and whys and don’t experience things the same as another person.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Find people like you! Whether that’s online or in person, speaking to people who share similar experiences is great!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I’m on Tumblr, Instagram, and YouTube under the username mashmato!
My portfolio is http://ashleighnicole.myportfolio.com
Thank you, Ashleigh, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.