Today we’re joined by Taylor Jay. Taylor is a wonderful visual artist who is currently majoring in art. She shows an incredible amount of talent and her work is brimming with color and amazing details, as well as a fascinating use of lines and perspective. She’s obviously got a very bright future ahead of her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I’m still pretty new to the art world, and still have TONS
of learning to do! At the moment, I’ve been experimenting with anything and everything,
but I really enjoy nature and landscape photography. I also enjoy ink, though I
hope to learn how to create digital art soon as that’s what I’m majoring in. I
just need to get a better-functioning laptop!
The picture below are some of my favorite pieces thus far!
The upper left is Gazing, which is a
cat sitting on a fence staring at the moon (watercolor pencil). The one next to
it is a rough sketch of a future tattoo design done in Sharpie. Upper right
corner is a simple gardenia flower done in colored pencil. Below it is a moon
drawing done in ink and colored pencil. Bottom right is photography of mine and
my boyfriend’s hands, edited in multiple photo apps. Finally the biggest square
is my favorite at the moment. It’s named Uncle
Death, done in charcoal.
What inspires you?
My other art friends really inspire me. Especially my
roommate / best friend. She’s super artistic, and I hope I can be as good as
her someday. I am also very moved by David G. Ferrero, who is an illustrator
residing in Gijón,
Spain. He specializes in the art deco / art nouveau style, and I absolutely
adore that style. He does a lot of Disney, too, that is amazing. I also aspire
to be as good as him, of course with my own personal style thrown in!
What got you interested
in your field? Have you always wanted to
be an artist?
I actually didn’t decide to be an artist until my senior
year of high school. Before then I always admired art, but I thought I was a
crappy drawer. I honestly sucked at crafts and still do, and have never been
the best at drawing. However, around my sophomore year of high school, I fell
in love with the drama department. I was never on stage, but behind the scenes
making the show come to life. I loved the behind the scenes aspect, because the
audience has no idea how much us crew kids actually do (for the most part). It
got me thinking about how I would love to create this “magic” off the stage and
on actual movie screens. Thus me becoming a visual effects artist and / or
animator popped into my mind. Around my senior year, I decided that that’s what
I really 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 don’t think so? Not yet, at least. I mean, I do scribble
my little signature at the bottom right of my pieces. I’ll sometimes also
purposely make the piece look scratchy. I really like the rough-looking sketch
of things, so I guess that counts!
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
It’s okay to not be as good as others. Whether they have
more or less experience than you. Everyone has a personal and unique style, and
everyone progresses at their own pace. Have confidence in yourself, and
whatever you do, do NOT compare your work
to others! That will be the death of you, and I myself am still learning not to
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
As far as I know, I’m simply asexual. Not sex-repulsed, just
a low to zero libido. I’m not sure if there’s a proper term for it, actually!
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I have experienced it quite a bit with both friends and
potential partners. With my friends, they would always make comments about
these “hot” guys, or what they would do to the hot guy they saw at the mall. I
would always tell them that I thought he was attractive, but not hot.
I would also tell them that I have no desire to do anything with him, or I
couldn’t picture myself getting intimate with a crush. They would always tell
me that I “needed to get a boyfriend, then I would get those sexual urges”. Well,
I got a boyfriend in high school, and those “urges” still did not come.
With potential partners — I’m into guys — I would tell them
that I was asexual. I would tell them I’m not a sexual person and such. They
would either say they understood but still pressured me, or they would tell me
it was my excuse so we wouldn’t get sexual. I even had one guy say he would
“change me” after we went on a date… didn’t happen.
I’ve always just kind of brushed it off, though. Let people
think what they want to think. I know what I am and that’s all that matters. But
I finally did find someone. When I told him I was asexual, instead of making a
comment or saying he could change me, we stopped what we were doing and he
asked questions. He asked legitimate questions so he could get a better
understanding and not pass my boundaries. Now we’ve been together for nearly a
year, and I’m so happy.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Almost every time I have told someone I was asexual, they
immediately asked “So you’re never gonna
have sex? What about children of your own?” or “That means you don’t have sex at all, right?” Then I explain to
them how not every asexual person is sex-repulsed, and that there’s a spectrum,
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
It’s okay to be asexual, and to be “different” from your
friends. It’s okay if even the thought of sex makes you feel gross. It’s okay
to have a low sex drive, and it’s okay to fall anywhere on the asexual
spectrum. It is okay to be asexual. It doesn’t mean you’re broken, even if you have a history of being
sexually abused. It’s okay even if you believe you’re asexual, then discover
that you’re not. No matter what, you’ll be perfectly okay.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I actually don’t post too much of my work, or discuss it.
I’m still a little hesitant to post it. Though I do post a few things on my Tumblr
from time to time (you-look-beautiful-as-always).
I also have a photography Instagram: at bts.photography, but
other than that, I don’t post anything.
Thank you, Taylor, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.
“A) We met at a high school football game, and Zac introduced us, he’d been wanting us to meet. But she was like, y’know she’s a trendsetter, right? She’s very fashionable, we love the way she looks, we love it! But, at the time she was doing DIY stuff. […] She took fishnet pantyhose and had it draped around her. […] That’s maybe not that weird now, but in our little Christian private school realm, I was really confused. But, she was awesome.” - Taylor York on meeting Hayley Williams 15 years ago.
She would never send new songs, no. I hear them but has to be with her.
I remember when I did a song with her for her album, I was in San Francisco and they sent someone with a locked briefcase with an iPad and one song on it and they flew San Francisco and played the song I’ve done with her and asked if I like it and I was like ‘yeah’ and they took it back, that’s how I hear it.
Ed Sheeran for Capricho Magazine about Taylor sending him her new songs
You and I both know there’s got to be some greater storyline for you than “girl gets heart broken, was sad forever.” I think a nice one would be, “girl gets heart broken, was sad for a while but in her heartbreak she found freedom, friends, and the ability to look back and laugh at all she’d learned. She now lives her life on her own terms and still has fantastic hair.”