Signal Boost: “Albenzauber“

Hello all!

I’ve got a special signal boost today. Carmilla DeWinter is an author who did an interview with Asexual Artists a while back (Tumblr & WordPress). She’s got a new book out entitled Albenzauber. Carmilla is also going to be doing a reading on April 23rd in Mainz, Germany.

Here’s all the information about the book:

“Albenzauber” (Elven Charms) is about the elf Nives, who has raised her prince Cir in the human realm after saving him from a coup. When she accidentally uses the elven charm on a young human male, thus driving him out of his mind, she and Cir return home to find a cure. There they find out that the usurper, beautiful and power-hungry Noctuola, is preparing a war with the humans. Cir is determined to save his heritage and asks a seer for help: They will have to find a human being, neither man nor woman, who is immune to the elven charms. This seems highly unlikely, until they meet the androgynous human mage Heilika. Heilika does agree to help them, while forcing Nives to question everything she believes about herself.

You’ll meet two aces, one of them genderqueer with female pronouns, plus everything a sword and sorcery adventure needs.

Unfortunately, only available in German.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.de/Albenzauber-Carmilla-DeWinter-ebook/dp/B06Y5CLPQ1/

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I’ll be reading an excerpt on Sunday, April 23rd, in Mainz, Germany. (Link for more info: https://carmilladewinter.com/2017/04/09/lesung-5/

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So if you’re in Germany, please go show a fellow ace some love!

Thanks, everybody!

Interview: Miranda Mundt

Today we’re joined by Miranda Mundt. Miranda is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in fantasy. She enjoys drawing mostly humanoid creatures and really loves experimenting with bright colors. Looking through the images she sent and her Tumblr, there is a remarkable beauty and bright liveliness to her art. Miranda captures an amazing amount of expression and emotion in her work, as you’ll see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

With my art I draw primarily fantasy art — focusing primarily on humanoid creatures (elves, angels, mermaids etc.). I enjoy drawing different expressions and pretty flowy things. I suppose the thing that I do most is try to do different fun/bright colors and color schemes. Still learning about that bit though, hah.

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What inspires you?

I have been inspired greatly by Disney as well as so many artists that I’ve seen on tumblr. Many artists who are also animators that have really beautiful expressions/poses. I am inspired to try and make my art capture a moment. Where you can see the movement. I also really adore seeing people’s unique characters or their creative take on already existing works.

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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 but only really started to think about it seriously in 6th-7th grade. Where I started developing original characters and trying to draw comics. Over time I switched from wanting to do comics to wanting to be an animator. So I attended VFS for classical animation and had the time of my life. Turns out that life had other plans for me however, I became a freelance illustrator and worked mostly in fan art posters and children’s books. I do adore it though, both experiences have allowed me to improve my work tremendously.

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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 guess my signature would be sort of the sketchy/quick line art, bright colors and usually some sort of splattery effect lol! I have a weakness for splattery effects.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I would say my advice would be to not pin yourself to one particular thing. I mean obviously have goals- but be open to finding new things that you love as you learn. For example- how I ended up doing kids books instead of animating. I didn’t fail in my goal to get an animation job- I just found a different thing that I was better at and more confident in. Also- on that note. Keep trying. Keep pushing. It takes a long time to build up the work needed to be ‘successful’ in freelance. And you’ll probably have to do some things that aren’t very fun, but you’ll get through it!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as Asexual Aromantic! (ace aro) for a while I just identified as asexual and was demiromantic. Before I realized it wasn’t that I was romantically open to everyone it was that I was romantically available to no one. I’ve felt way better about myself now that I don’t have to stress about that part of my identity.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

In my field it hasn’t really come up. Because I work from home over a computer so it never really comes up. I have mentioned it a couple of times to a couple of coworkers. One of them was understanding and seemed to get it right away, the other one I think… just sort of brushed over it. I think the most frustrating part is realizing that they all just assume that I’m straight.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That I will get over it. Or that it is a choice. When I explained it to my mother she seemed to understand before mentioning in a later conversation that I was “still young” and that things would change.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

My biggest bit of advice is to say… There is nothing that is permanent. While I don’t see myself being anything other than Aro-Ace for the rest of my life… The idea that once you subscribe to a label that it’s all that you can be forever is harmful. If you find peace in calling yourself Asexual, if even just for a while, then that is most important. There is a strong windfall of relief in calling yourself something you identify with.

Do not force yourself into ANY situations that are uncomfortable for you (I.E relationships/sex/etc) just for the sake of “proving” that you are Ace. If you believe you are, then you are. That’s that.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

http://miranda-mundt-art.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Mirandamillustrations/
http://mirandamundt.blogspot.com/  (older stuff, I don’t update it as much anymore)

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Thank you, Miranda, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Lindsey Alvord

Today we’re joined by Lindsey Alvord, who also goes by Mudora. Lindsey is an absolutely spectacular visual artist who creates some absolutely beautiful imagery. She specializes in fantasy and her elves and dragons are absolutely gorgeous. There’s so much character in her work and going through her portfolio, the viewer sees an amazing imagination as well as an incredibly skilled and enthusiastic artist who loves what she does. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a fantasy nut. Dragons, elves, magic, fantastical landscapes, you name it: I blame my wonderful mother for such things. Dungeons and Dragons and video games also add to the craziness.

I mostly do traditional sketching and digital painting, but I have backgrounds in watercolor and acrylic as well. I like fast mediums, as I work quickly. That likely adds a sense of impatience to my process… but there you are.

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What inspires you?

My family for sure. They inspire in the encouraging and loving kind of way. I’m also SUPER inspired from videogames, other professional artists, the old masters, J.C. Leyendecker, nature, and a whole myriad of things. I would also say the Legend of Zelda inspired me back into art, so big kudos there.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been drawing since I could hold something remotely like a pencil in my hand. Since the age of 8, I knew I wanted to work in art. Later on down the road, I understood that I absolutely loved videogames, and that I wanted to design for them. And, I’m helping out game designers do that now!

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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?

As far as I know, the only thing I add is a signature, but only to commissioned work. I used to sign everything, but I trailed off of that. Not sure why. Maybe I just don’t like my signature.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

If you want to be an artist, you can’t stop being one. What I mean by that is if you stop drawing because you feel like you’re not good enough, you’ll never reach the level you want. Don’t think that the masters ever stopped learning their craft. The only reason they were masters at all, was because they didn’t fall in the face of adversity.

Be patient with yourself. You will grow in time.

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Tarot Collection

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Totally and completely asexual: I am asexual and am sex repulsed. Totally love other people getting together though. Just keep it away from me!

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Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not yet, as I haven’t really talked to anyone about it unless they were already aware of what I meant. I have told my mother, who was very confused. But after a couple of times she understood what I was talking about.

So, as of now, I have dodged that particular ugliness.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The one I’ve encountered is the common, “Oh that’ll change when you find… THE ONE.”

I’ma tell you this, folks. I thought I was going to marry a guy, because I did love him. But, I was not sexually attracted in any way to him. It does not change when you find THE ONE. So, dodged a bullet there in that case.

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What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

It’s okay to be sad about finding this out. Life puts a lot of expectations on you, and sometimes some of the things you thought were going to happen to you won’t as a result of finding out your orientation. I, for one, was accepting of it, but still have bitterness toward it. I’m not ‘normal’. It’s no longer easy for me to participate in conversations about relationships. Heck, I have to hide a major aspect about me to a majority of people still. There’s a lot of things that come with realizing who you are, and how you are. The hard part is learning to cope with the realization.

But in the end, I am happier to know what my body wants… or in this case, what it doesn’t want. And the fact that there is a name for it, that I’m not as alone as I thought I was, makes it better to embrace something new.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

You can find me on here at mudora.tumblr.com. I also have a portfolio website: lindseya.portfoliobox.me. Tumblr is probably the best place to get to know me on a semi-personal level, though. If you don’t mind crazy folk, that is. Whatever you find there, I hope you enjoy! I aim to please.

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The Forest Queen

Thank you, Lindsey, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.