Asher (sherouuuu) - Super Special Interview #11
1) Introduce yourself!
Hi!! My name is Asher, but I also go by Sherou online!! I am a freelance artist and an aspiring writer, it is my dream to share the characters and stories that live in my head with the world.
2) Why do you do what you do?
I got into art pretty late. I didn't think much of art until I saw a classmate of mine drawing anime fanart, and I found their dedication to the craft really inspiring!! I was about 15 years old at that time, and so I'd say that I began my art journey pretty late... Even after that moment, I would only draw casually as at that point in my life, I thought I didn't have much talent for it, but as I continued to draw, I realized that I truly loved drawing. Whenever I find myself feeling down about my art I try to look back on my older art and see how far I've come!! There's a quote from the musical Hamilton that I find myself singing whenever I'm feeling down about my art that goes "Look at where you are, look at where you started." It always reminds me that art is a journey for everyone and that it's okay to make mistakes in this journey!!
3) Who or what inspires you?
There are a lot of artists that I look up to, but Omocat is one of my favorites!! They worked on the game Omori and I was blown away by how well they balanced their cute sketchy style with the psychological horror aspects of the game!! Another piece of media I would like to mention is the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica!! As an artist who enjoys cute girly aesthetics as well as horror concepts, it was amazing to see the anime intertwine the two themes so intricately and it really broadened my view on how to write stories and characters!!
4) How is your experience being a creator in Singapore?
I haven't had much experience as a creator in Singapore as I have not had the opportunity to booth at many events, but I will be able to booth more in the future so please stay tuned!! I would say that my most memorable experience would be my first booth at Doujima in 2019, even though I was still a pretty amateur artist back then, I was really grateful for all the help and support from my boothmates and friends that came to support me!!
5) What do you wish would happen in Singapore to help creators?
It's a wish, and wishes don't have to be realistic, so I would like to wish for a better art education in Singapore!! I always find myself regretting not having picked up art earlier, and to be very honest, part of it would be due to the art teachers that I had growing up. One of the most memorable moments of my secondary school art teacher was him telling me "Your art is so bad, if I used it to wipe the floor, the floor would be dirtier." and that discouraged me from it so much. That phrase still sticks with me to this day, and it always plays on repeat in my head whenever I'm personally feeling down about my art. I really would wish for art teachers who inspire and give children the dreams of becoming creators rather than tearing them down for not drawing the Mona Lisa at 14 years of age!!
6) What are your goals?
My dream is to someday share the characters and stories that live in my head with the rest of the world, whether it be via comics or games.
7) Where can people find and support you?
Please feel free to check out my cute illustrations on Instagram and Twitter!! My commissions are open, so if there is a character that you would like to see in my style, ask and it shall be given!! (with a reasonable price <3)
8) Anything else you want to share?
I will have a booth at the EOY Creators Festival this year!! It's my first time selling my art since Doujima 2019, and I have grown a lot as an artist and as a person since then, so I hope that I can show it off, please keep an eye out for me if you are attending!!
9) Give a shoutout to other SG creators!
I would like to shout out to some of my amazing friends who have been part of my art journey for a long time!! Please check out @yuhwiart, @noelhasla, @rumiaere, @layla_toffee, @b_i_s_k_a_, @milk_is_lactose and @jcqlnsart on instagram!!