Today we’re joined by Darius. Darius is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in making beautiful digital art. He specializes in photo editing and makes wonderful pieces with inspiring quotes on them. Darius loves creating, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I make art digitally. I would love to make things physically
but I’m afraid that I have a low aptitude for that. I like photo editing which
is a bit hard to describe because it can be so varying. I think the only
necessary component to photo editing is that a photo be incorporated. Typically
a subject is masked out and we use various softwares and applications to bend
that photo to our will and make it into whatever we imagine it to me. I know
that’s not the best explanation but it’s the best that I can offer (sorry), at
least for now.
For about a year now I’ve started using shapes to make art.
Basically what I do is I take shapes such as a square and triangle or maybe
even an inorganic shape and combine them in whatever way I want to make
whatever I want. For example, I may put an equilateral triangle on top of a
square to make house looking figure from the too. The example is very
simplified explanation of my process as for a given piece, I may use 100
different shapes and have a few thousand shapes in all in one photo. I can
change the opacity, stroke, shadow, height, width, color of these shapes to
give a piece even more depth or uniqueness.
I mainly make relatively simple pieces and put inspirational
quotes on them. I’ve always really liked those pictures quotes that we all have
seen somewhere on the internet. About 5 years back I thought that they were so
great because one could positively touch another with word in an art form. It
inspired me to start making digital art.
I’ve put my shape art and quote into one, combining the
things I love and sharing them with others in the hopes of inspiring them or
touching them in some way and of for my own enjoyment as well.
What inspires you?
I am mostly inspired by plants.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I’m not arting as a career or anything. It’s more of a very
time consuming hobby.
Though I have been paid to create local campaign posters and
you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you
include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Hmm, no I don’t believe so
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
I would like to young artist that perhaps aren’t as
confident or capable in the art to not give up. I encourage them to try new
mediums or to even make up their own.
I encourage them to try different art styles because there
are so many and just because one doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean they all
won’t. Most of all, have fun and love what you’re doing.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify as Asexual Aromantic
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve only realized my asexuality for hmm about a month now
and I’ve only told two friends who received me positively, so I haven’t had
much opportunity for that. Though I’m certain people in my life would tell me
that I’m a closeted homosexual or that I’m making it up. Something out there
like that. I’ve decided that I won’t really tell people, partly to avoid
predicaments like that but also because I feel people aren’t obligated to tell
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I’ve realized that most people don’t even realize that
They think that it’s something made up and laugh, but not
before bringing up asexual reproduction … sigh
I honestly haven’t encountered misconceptions because
everyone in my life either doesn’t know what asexuality is or has a great
understanding of it.
I’m sure I’ll encounter those with misconceptions in time. I
just hope that I’m equipped enough to better educate them
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Take your time and breathe.
If you’re not sure if you’re ace or not, you’re more than
welcome to use it as a title.
If you don’t know where you fall, that’s okay also.
Don’t feel like it’s necessary to give who you are a title
or a name. You don’t have to have one.
You don’t have to use the split attraction model if you
don’t want to.
You can be ace yet still enjoy sexual interaction with
Please understand that the only person who decides if you
are ace or not is you, no someone else.
You aren’t broken. You aren’t going to die alone. You’re
still capable of love. And you are very much loved by many.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I mostly keep my art to myself and friends but I do post
them on my Tumblr if I remember to.
Thank you, Darius, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.
SERIOUSLY GUYS. I know I’ve been saying it for years, but I legitimately want to do a metal podcast. Just shoot the shit with a few other people who know metal (and preferably have a niche different from mine; like, I know hair/glam/heavy really well, so it would be beneficial to have someone who really knows thrash, someone who knows new metal, someone who knows death, etc etc) and talk about current metal events. Because all the metal podcasts out there are run by old white dudes and honestly, we deserve better.
So yes? A viable thing to do? Like, the next step for my blog?