*** Kodi painting by Aimee-Lesley Sim***
1. Name: Aimee Lesley Sim
2. Age: 21
3. Gender: Female
4. Location: England
5. Hobbies: Model railway, bird nerd, crochet, violin and sculpting,
6.Fursona Name: I do not know which character identifies as me.
7. Species: Canine / dragon.
FA link here:
Commission account: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/aimee-lesley-sim/
Personal Account: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/khodi
DA link here: http://aimee-lesley-sim.deviantart.com/
Other Gallery links here:
Picarto (streaming) https://picarto.tv/AimeesArt
8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
I can actually also pin point the person who inspired me to draw and help me decide “what I wanted to do when I grow up”. In 2008 I was on a social media website called, BEBO I was introduced by a school friend to role play. From then on, I primarily used it for alternative characters and role-play’s. I then stumbled on an artist, who went by the name of JC (a chow-chow) who drew anthropomorphic character and her character’s story and role-plays. I was so inspired and blown away by her images that I wanted to try it for myself.
I noticed people really started to like my art work. I got (and still do get) excited when people let me know that they like my art. Eventually the same friend who introduced me to BEBO also recommended that I upload my art work to Deviantart. I never knew about this website (keep in mind I was only 13 and I was exploring the internet) and I was much more at home.
All of this happened in the space of 12 months and although I was not as active on DA as I was on BEBO, I did have people asking for requests and art trades. I was so flattered people wanted to trade with me so I said yes. Someone approached me on deviant art asking if I would draw their feral tiger and that was when I made my first big sale of £20 at the age of 16. Looking back on it, I feel a bit silly but it was such an achievement for me. I won’t forget that.
9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
My first character that I created was Neytiri and she was inspired by a wolf, bird and dinosaur. She has developed a lot over the 8 years of drawing her.
10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
All of my character have at least one hobby or personal trait that stems from my own self.
Emma enjoy to garden; it is something I don’t personally do as a hobby but my mother and grandmother use to and enjoy gardening and I help out when I am home.
Loki is a relevantly new character, but he is a blue dragon who I like to see in the Assassins Creed Black Flag/ Rouge universe. I recently have been able to purchase the games and experience playing and I fell in love with the environment, story and art style!
Lucius had a hard upbringing, has a short temper and is more aggressive (that is where we differ) but he does enjoy half a bottle of Whiskey as do I. We’d defiantly have a round of drinks and he’d proceed to hit on me.
Neytiri: She’s my hippie character (minus the drugs), down to earth and spiritual. She probably best represents my physical body type rather than in character.
11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
All draw porn.
All fuck animals.
All dress up as animals.
12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
Sexually deviant and requiring to put a penis or vagina on everything! I’ve been approached by people wanting to do sexual role-play and to masturbate on skype calls. Single or in a relationship I’ve never been interested in that sort of thing and I’m too class for that nonsense. My boyfriend and I refer to these people as, “husky-butts” regardless of their “fursona’s”. I still get people requesting such sexual favours even though it is clearly stated that I am in a closed relationship.
13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Yes, many times. I try to reason with these type of people and give them a better perspective of the fandom but if that fails I just polity state that it is their opinion- even though a bit close minded on their part.
14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
Nope because I enjoy sharing my art work and I can make money from doing what I love.
15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Yes because drawing for myself and my own creations was one of the main sources of entertainment, coping mechanism (I was badly bullied) and helped me refine my own drawing techniques. I still experiment when I draw for myself, but now that I have a larger audience and appreciation for my work, I often offer experimental freebies to my watchers.
16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
I have a lot of characters and I am unsure to which I should label as my Fursona, so I’ll label a few of my characters
Neytiri; We would talk about how great mangos and apples are and proceed to fight over the last fruit. She’s a dragon, so she would win.
Emma: She would love to enthusiastically talk about gardening and her latest plant baby; I’d probably be interested and inquire if she has any apple trees.
Lucius: “SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, EVERYBODY!” We’d get drunk on whiskey “HEY, HEY”
Loki: We wouldn’t; he would steal me booty (by which I mean, whatever treasure/ gold that I am wearing) because pirate!
17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
I do not feel shame in showing my art work but over the years, I have become reluctant to. In secondary school and college, I received a lot of comments varying from, “You like fucking animals”, “You draw porn?” (at the time, I had never draw nsfw images) and just all around mean comments from fellow artists. I am now in university studying ba (hons) illustration and even though I do keep what I draw to myself, a few classmates did discover my furry art and it was met with encouragement and enthusiasm. My tutors do not think much of my current style (“unoriginal”) and I believe they look down on what freelance work that I do. I think they are under the impression I get $5 for hours of work. If only they knew.
18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling coloured bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
Whatever has the word “theft” in the name is surely bad, right? I, personally do not mind people using images as a reference but I think it is should be for personal uses only and not having it posted on the internet. I think if people are going to heavily reference an artist/s work, they should ask for permission.
I believe that it is easier for a beginner artist to learn how to copy simple lines of others work firsts, before trying to reference real life. However, I strongly recommend trying to research and observe into the “skeleton” of what they are trying to draw.
19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
I do draw both NSFW and SFW illustrations but I primarily offer SFW art work because I think there is enough pornographic imagery on the internet. I am new to drawing pornographic images and I have recently come to my conclusion that I do not like drawing it commercially.
I do not want to be ladled as a porn artist, but I have been enjoying drawing personal NSFW art for me and my boyfriend. I am not opposed to drawing NSFW images, but sometimes I feel that some artists only draw it because they can get well paid for it. I don’t people should draw porn because they feel that is the only way to make a quick quid (buck $). However, if someone enjoys drawing that type of images and can get well paid for it, then I say good for them! I only enjoy drawing such images for me and Nexooku.
20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
Yes, I sell my art work. I have been selling my images since I was 16 years old. One of my aspiration is to be able to support myself by solely relying on selling my art work. I am not sure if that is a possibility for me right now but I feel that I am going in the right direction.
I’m really flattered by being asked to write something for the blog and I really do like the concept of it. I think we could really make this blog special and we could offer a variety of tips, help and business advice. I am always open to sharing what I have learned over the years and if anyone ever needed help from red lining an image or constructive criticism on their image contact me over on;
skype (aimee.sim1) or
I remember how hard it was to start drawing and how frustrating I found it when artists would be rude and not willing to share some general advice. I think we should encourage people to draw and not deter people before they even try. I have my own little techniques that I like to keep to myself because they are style related, but I’d have plenty of advice from where to get software, valuable resources and some useful exercise that I was taught during my time spent studying at university.
***All art featured in the slideshow by Aimee-Lesley Sim***
For my own note, I would like to add that this was the most extensive interview that was ever submitted to me XD
But seriously, I really do admire Aimee as an artist. Aimee was actually the first person that I ever commissioned for my own character. I had bought artwork for my mate, and, in turn, she gave me money to get art from an artist of my choosing. I saw that Aimee was having a sale, and I had been following her on FA for awhile…so I commissioned her right then and there, sent her my reference sheet, and was lucky enough to watch her draw my character in a stream THAT VERY DAY. ❤
This might sound weird, but, that was a very magical moment for me…having come back into the Furry fandom with such an under-developed character…that was truly something, and, that moment has stuck with me since then.
So, not only is she a trusted artist with great, quality work…I have spoken to Aimee over Skype-call and have been to numerous streams to chat off-and-on while she works. What sets her apart from a lot of artists is that her customers are like her dear friends. She does not treat them as walking wallets (as I have seen other artists do). She cares for everyone in her stream, she jokes with everyone, and never leaves anyone out. Here and there she will set aside whatever she is working on if someone has a particular question on how she might draw something or how she might color something.
For instance…in one stream, I was drawing and could not do the partial side-face for a canine character. She asked me to scan what I had and she would show me some ways I might be able to fix it. Not once did she say my drawing was really wrong or that I had made any real mistakes. She merely gave me suggestions then showed me how she personally drew certain things. She offered real constructive criticism to help me with my drawing even though she had been in the middle of painting something else (view the mosaic below to see my before and after pic from the stream):
***Art/character is by (and belongs to) Amelia Rene Long***
As you can see, I took down notes of what she showed me in the stream and my drawing improved by 100% just with a few tips and tricks. She is not closed off to her fans or her customers, and she is always eager to joke, chat, and help in any way she can. She gives out freebies sometimes in streams and it’s always just a good time…always just fun 🙂
I think what is also exciting is how I have gotten to see her improve over the course of time. Granted, I only started watching her some time last year…but already I have seen her style and everything else change and improve so much!!! She is always trying to better herself…another reason why I consider her an amazing artist and why I will always recommend her for commission! Also, all the things mentioned above was why it was such an honor to me that she agreed to be interviewed.
Here are the two pieces I have gotten from her thus far (my first-ever commission and then a Valentine’s Freebie piece):
***Art by Aimee-Lesley Sim // Characters belong to Shewulf7 and Element02***
So there we have it, another “Furry Highlight” under our belt.
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As always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉 Thank you for tuning in!!!