Today, we’re joined by stjarnor. stjarnor is an amazingly talented visual artist who works mostly in traditional mediums. stjarnor specializes in pen and ink drawings, which are quite stunning. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I typically work with pen and ink, mostly black and white, sort of minimalistic art. I love lines, and as such my work heavily relies on lines. I tend to draw people, and recently I’ve been included flowers in many of my pieces (my drawing style is sort of semirealistic, I guess). I do digital work as well, though less frequently than traditional, and when I do, it’s a mix of traditional/digital.
What inspires you?
There’s a lot that inspires me. Art nouveau really influences my line work, despite the lack of color in my work. Most of my inspiration, stylistically, comes from other artists, whether they are peers/friends, or artists I look up to (both living artists, and masters from the past). As for subject matter, my inspirations are all over the place. Music, folk in particular, seems to inspire me a lot, though.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve pretty much always been interested in art. I did it a lot for fun when I was younger, but I’ve gradually gotten more serious about it from about 2009 on. I did not always want to pursue a career in art, but I now I plan to be a fine artist/illustrator.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I do, it’s my signature! That would be the little square that can be seen on my recent works, featuring my first & last initials, plus the year the piece was done in.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
As lots of people say, study those fundamentals! It will really pay off in the long run, especially if you’re serious about improving as an artist. If you draw people, study anatomy, do figure/gesture drawing as often as you can. Go out and draw from life, as uncomfortable as it may be to do so. Learn to take advice! Especially if it’s coming from a more experienced artist. I was stubborn about this when I was younger, and I think it held my art back quite a bit. Last but not least, don’t stop drawing!! Try your best to draw every day, whether it’s just a small little doodle or ends up being your magnum opus.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Just plain ol’ asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have yet to encounter any prejudice due to being asexual in regards to my art.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The plant thing really bugs me, if that’s considered a misconception, due to the fact that it’s scientifically incorrect. Aside from that, the idea that asexuals are just “late bloomers”, and are really some other orientation (or similarly, that asexual isn’t/can’t be an orientation).
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
There are plenty of us out there (we may be just 1% of the population, but that’s still a lot!), many of us have gone through similar experiences. You may feel weird, or broken, as many describe it, but you’re not. So what you don’t experience sexual attraction? You’re a human being, and you don’t need to find others attractive to live your life to the fullest. If you’re young and don’t feel like you fit in because of your asexuality, just know that there are others like you, many of whom you can reach out to!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
All of my finished work goes up on my deviantART page, http://stjarnor.deviantart.com/
I do post to tumblr on my art blog, http://stjarnor-art.tumblr.com/
I have a portfolio as well at https://www.behance.net/stjarnor
Thank you, stjarnor, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.