RE: complexityHear me explain my poem 'Mutant' and discuss layers in my work hereRE: complexity2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't mind if you mistake brevity for simplicity.
I don't mind if you mistake something that reads effortlessly as something that had no effort put into it.
I don't mind if you mistake innovation for laziness.
I don't mind if you mistake new words for spelling mistakes.
I don't mind if you mistake me for a fool.
Because at the end of the day its the innovators who dare to do things differently, whether other people like it or not (and in my case they do), that make language new and exciting.
If everyone hated my work because it's weird and has elements of new things in it, I would still write it.
So why, on the same token, would I stop writing that way just because it's popular.
As I said, if you want to make those assumptions, that's fine, I respect your right to your opinion about my work, but I know differently. I know that almost every poem I've ever written
Anti-science fucktardationhttp://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/29/the-selfish-gene-the-broken-promises-of-the-human-genome-project.html (thedailybeast)Anti-science fucktardation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I would leave this comment directly on the site but I'm not going to sign up just to post one comment, especially not when the very first thing that happened when I went there was an attempted click-jacking. Assholes. However, I must get this off my chest before I explode with seething, pyro-kinetic fury.
I love it when people use the internet from a computer in the comfort of their air conditioned homes powered by electricity to complain about the "evils of science." It shows how hypocritical and ignorant they are. Hey, here's an idea- if you hate science so much, go live in a cave where the evil scary science can't get you. Or better yet, instead of blaming science for socioeconomic disparity, why not instead make efforts to ensure that everyone can share equally in its fruits? That is not at all impossible. Maybe if we spent less money CAUSING a l
CryingThis will sound so utterly ridiculous, but I will write it nonetheless.. I was just posting my congratulations on the lovely Synfull's page (they got the July deviousness award!) when I noticed I had congratulations of my own in my inbox. Startled I realised I'd recieved a DD this morning for my poem TattooCrying2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now this is my fifth DD, so why the emotional response? you may ask. Well the answer is simple, it is my first poetry DD.
I have had a DD for visual poetry, prose, macro photography and stock photography but never in my home gallery; poetry. Not only that but the DD was given to me by someone who has a meticulous eye for detail. BeccaJS never lets me get away with a half effort, so it feels like such an honour to have impressed her (theoretically!) with poetry . Not only that but I had a DD six months ago so have only been eligible to get another DD for five days!
So yes, I am posting the traditional sappy, sniffley, thank you guys, journal. Beca
PEN, INK, AND A FEW CHOICE WORDSI've been knocking around comics almost too long – at least that's how it feels sometimes, looking back at the comics I grew up reading, how they changed through my teens, my burgeoning career, through the nineties and noughties, to today. When I was a boy there really was an innocence we'll never recapture. Our eyes and minds were open to a bright and glittering future. We weren't as cynical, or as knowing. We believed a man could fly – we didn't question the science. We reached for the stars, watched with childlike wonder the launch of rockets and shuttles. We imagined hoverboards, gleaming silver catsuits, a utopian world peace seemed to be a global goal.PEN, INK, AND A FEW CHOICE WORDS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As I said – they were more innocent times.
The nineteen eighties put a stop to that. Alan Moore and Frank Miller started a revolution in the writing that changed comics forever. With art from Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Gibbons, and Miller penning much of his own work, a new deconstructive cynicism entered the mix, and questioned everyt
The Never Before Campaign for PalestineThe Never Before Campaign for Palestine4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Justice in Palestine
Gave us permission to publish and support their work on deviantART
We open two Gallery to support the Campaign on Support-Gaza-Aqsa
The Never Before Campaign for Palestine - Featured Gallery
The Never Before Campaign for Palestine - Favourite Gallery
Palestine: Never Before has a people suffered such an injustice,
yet displayed resilience and resistance - like Never Before.
Discussions on Palestine and the Palestinian cause have included attempts
to link it to the struggle of South Africans under the apartheid regime
the struggle of the Vietnamese people
the Algerian revolution or other just causes throughout history
The conclusion,however,was that it cannot be compared to any
*drumroll* ...SUSPENSE ETC. READ THIS DAMN JOURNALGUESS WHAT DEVIANTS?*drumroll* ...SUSPENSE ETC. READ THIS DAMN JOURNAL2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Deviants: *semi-enthused* What?
I'M GOING TO THE MYSTICAL LAND OF THE USA FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!
Deviants: the hell should I care?
GOOD QUESTION YOU
WANKERRANDOM PERSON. I'M GOING TO ANSWER THAT WITH ANOTHER QUESTION. LOOK OUTSIDE THE NEAREST WINDOW TO SEE EVERYTHING YOU LOVE. IT'S ALL BURNING. AND I DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE A QUESTION, I LIED ;D
So here's some informayshun for you all:
1. I shall be trying my best to update and such, I will be staying in New York and Chicago, I think both the hotels have wifi. If I don't, then I'm afraid you're just going to have to look at my gallery and old work *shock horror* I know, it's not ideal.
5. Anyone who resides in Chicago or New York, watch out.
3. I am going to crank my dA scope up to 11. From henceforth, I shall start critiquing poetry, collaborating with other poets, and perhaps most interestingly- I shall be doing Ekphrasis commissions- (writing poetry for visual pieces)- for the badass ar
Introducing Madefire Motion Books to deviantARTApr 2, 2013by spyedIntroducing Madefire Motion Books to deviantART2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
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Together with Madefire, we are releasing the Madefire Web Reader on deviantART in a new category on our front-page called "Motion Books.” You will immediately find a dozen Madefire Motion Books there, with more books released each Wednesday.
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THE PLANTHE PLAN:THE PLAN2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Because I've had a main client for a while who has provided 99% of my art income, I've let my online portfolios slip into a sort of personality disorder. Frankly, if any client went to my DA page after seeing something of mine he liked, he'd be really confused as to what I'm doing at all.
Since my art is all under NDA, I have to create new stuff for potential clients to see.
So it's time to destroy and reinvent my entire online presence outside of PixelFigs.
I'll be working diligently on getting 6-10 finished painted works up on my site over the next few months so that I can send clients somewhere legitimate that lets them see what I can do. My painting is worth getting hired for, but not if nobody sees it. So, painting blitz and hitting up my contacts, etc. will be the name of the game.
Once those paintings are firmly up and making me look good, it's back to 3D sculpting big time with the aim of relaunching PixelFigs in ~8 months. While that's happening, any freelance painti
On Grace"It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical will live the relation to another as something alive."- RilkeOn Grace2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I want to live in this quote.
I want to step out of my heart and go walking beneath the enormous sky. I want to pray.
bang! foosh! wow!going to be in the august issue. it made me laugh. hype? for poetry? hype! for poetry! alright then! http://emergeliteraryjournal.com/upcoming-contributors/bang! foosh! wow!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
i wish i had Breyten Bretytenbach's name.
Padmapani by Breyten Breytenbach
No your body is no prison
your understanding has petals
sweeter than moonlight
your hair is a secret
a banner against the light
two butterflies have settled
on the twigs above your nose
if only to upset my pen
and each ear is a beach
against the wash of tides
your eyes are two shelters in the desert
two tents with brilliant peacocks
and my eyelashes lament on your shoulders
your back is a glistening lance in water
and soon after dusk your small dunes
rose from my palms
your heart moves with the quick
soundlessness of chewing peanuts
your hands are tom thumb
and all his brownish friends
where your thighs meet your belly
struts a small proud plume
o hail to the jewel in the lotus
how sweet it
Album Covers.Heavy Metal really needs to make a comeback so that I can make a career out of painting album covers for them.Album Covers.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
That is all.
EjaculationThat got your attentionEjaculation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now who dares click the link?
ProgressArtistic slumps, and slumps in general, are a unpleasant part of life that many of us have had to endure. I think the impact of a slump depends upon how we handle it. As a few of you are aware, I have been in a slump since the 2012 holidays. To help relieve the effect of the slump I finally remembered advice I have given to and received from others:Progress2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Go to a museum/gallery/website and look at other art.
Clean your workspace for art making.
Make random marks, doodles, sketches. Just do. Making art for just the sake of making it can pull one out of a creative slump.
Surround one self with other creative people.
Do not over think art making.
Change your scenery (this could go along with cleaning one's workspace).
Take a journey. You do not have to go far. A journey could take take place near where you live.
I cannot remember all the suggestions so feel free to add to the list.
Though I have been in a slump, it does not mean I can stop work. I have agreed to paint a wolf statue (Howl for UW
I don't knowif I could ever actually be passionately in love with one person, because every time I read a beautiful poemI don't know2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I lose a bit of my heart to its author.
No fireI am trying to read the poems of established poets, largely academic poets. The main problem is their words rely too much on each other, rather than on what's behind or beyond the language, which the words are supposed to signify. Their sentences are precious, as in fragile. Lyrical, as in elaborate. Gentle, as in web-like. You don't get past the words to where you want to be.No fire2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There is a height to their language, a stature to their way of using words...a posturing, sometimes a pretense. I've always agreed that poetry involves a heightened way of saying things, but heightened in ways that simplify language rather than confound it. The right words lie at the edges of what language can do. They become more visceral, more tactile, more faithful to the experiences, images and emotions that started me saying things in the first place.
Poetry as a return to good things, on the terms and in the spaces I find most beautiful. I suppo
Best place on the web?I wanted to share a few facts about a company that is very dear to my heart:Best place on the web?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's been my favourite place on the web for about seven years now. It also has some impressive little-known stats - it's the sixth biggest social network in the world. It has 28 million users. It set the standard for the user icon, and incorporated the first 'like' button. It was also, apparently, the first social network, 12 years ago.
I love it because I find it to be a wonderfully positive environment - way less haters than pretty much any site I ever invested any time in. It's supportive of creators, whatever level they are at. It encourages diversity, and doesn't judge it's users, no matter what they are into (pretty much!), writers, artists and photographers all.
It also, many people don't know, sponsored artist's alley at SDCC, keeping it in the main hall, laying down a soft carpet to spare feet, and providing padded chairs. It sponsored Tr!ckster, and the Spectrum convention. It genuinely - and I mean
4 Kinds of StorytellingHere's an old journal from 2010 about storytelling. Because I have a lot more readers these days, I think I'm going to start reposting some of my earlier posts for my newer audience. So for you old timers, feel free to skip.4 Kinds of Storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In full disclosure, I slightly edited this journal to make it a little more balanced (while also fixing a ton of typos).
I feel like the word "storytelling" gets thrown around a lot in our industry. Yet when I look out there at some comics, I don't always see a lot of evidence for it.
It feels like people in comics pros--myself included--often use the word only because we feel like we're supposed to. Over the years enough professionals have been accused of being poor storytellers to the degree that everyone is now afraid of being a pinup artist as opposed to a bona fide storyteller. But it's not enough just to claim you're a storyteller.
Most people reading this probably h
ISLAM VS MuslimsVAST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISLAM AND THE ACTUAL PRACTICE OF MUSLIMSISLAM VS Muslims3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If Islam is the best religion, why are many of the Muslims dishonest, unreliable, and involved in activities such as cheating, bribing, dealing in drugs, etc.?
1. Media maligns Islam
Islam is without doubt a very good religion but the media is in the hands of people who are afraid of Islam. The media is continuously broadcasting and printing information against Islam. They either provide misinformation about Islam, misquote Islam or project a point out of proportion, if any.
2. Black sheep in every community:
I am aware that there are some Muslims who are dishonest, unreliable, who cheat, etc. but the media projects this as though only Muslims are involved in such activities. There are black sheep in every community.
3. Muslims best as a whole:
Inspite of all the black sheep in the Muslim community, Muslims taken on the whole, yet fo
Send me 3D, Sci-fi or Space Art DD Suggestions!Please help spread the word by adding this blog to your favsSend me 3D, Sci-fi or Space Art DD Suggestions!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
deviantART has given me the opportunity to perform two Community Volunteer positions here:
I am the Science Fiction and Space Art Community Volunteer.
I am also now the new 3 Dimensional Art Community Volunteer.
One of the duties of these positions is that I can feature artwork from these categories as Daily Deviations.
I browse through these categories daily in search of deviations to feature as Daily Deviations.
This feature is to help the artist and their work gain more exposure, and it's genre and/or medium gains more community awareness as well.
But I need your help.
Have you seen a work of art here on deviantART which you have found so impressive or otherwise interesting enough to deserve being brought to the attention of the community-at-large?
Do you know an artist of whom deserves much more exposure?
Would you like to put a smile on someones face and make their
Then you go offThen you go off writingThen you go off2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Searching for verses,
Bobbing for apples,
Hunting for game.
You write, you leave
When I cannot give you
The words. Loveless
Like a warm breeze
in a hot summer.
Your heart is somewhere
I cannot place.
I took poetry writing as my free elective this semester. I wonder how that will go. :]
Odessa Draw Annual Digital Art Event in OdessaEspañolOdessa Draw Annual Digital Art Event in Odessa2 years ago in Personal More Like This
El Viernes 23 de Agosto, se inauguró la exposición Odessa Draw en Ucrania, donde se expuso una de mis piezas en tamaño A2. La invitación me encantó, subió mi animo y mis ganas de diseñar, participar en grupos de arte etc... Pero ahora que me han mandado las fotos del evento ya es real, ver mi diseño expuesto en un museo de Ucrania la verdad es que levanta mucho la moral Me siento feliz y orgullosa de ello, es un pequeño logro para ahora seguir adelante y darlo todo.
Aquí os dejo también un enlace a su página de FB para que podais ver mas fotografías del evento.
Muchas gracias y un saludo!!
On Friday August 23, opened the exhibition Draw Odessa in Ukraine, where one of my pieces exhibited A2 size. The invitation I loved, upped my mood and my desire to design, participate in group art etc ... But now
ARTISTS REPEAT AFTER MEARTISTS: REPEAT AFTER ME.ARTISTS REPEAT AFTER ME2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I AM UNREASONABLY CRITICAL OF MY OWN ART."
Just keep saying it over and over. Print it out somewhere you can see it every day. Say it to yourself before you start working on anything artistic. Mutter it when you're in the car alone. Think it when you're in the grocery store.
Let's shake it off.
Trying to get back into the worldHey there! So, I know I disappeared there for a long while, taking most of my online presence along with me. I've had a lot of sweet emails and messages and things and legit, I didn't realise how long I've been hermiting until recently.Trying to get back into the world2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So here's the thing: Right in the middle of getting ready to launch the comic this past summer (along with new tumblr/twitter/etc.) I landed a new job/city and all previous plans were put on sort of a permanent halt until the frantic-ness of that all died down. Aaaand as that started to finally happen in November... I got hired on for the NFL Rush comic, the first two issues of which we had to crank out, double time. (Not that I'm complaining about work!)
Honestly, my personal art endeavors have been pretty lame as anything that hasn't been done for work (which is still under NDA at the moment) has either been rough sketching or technique studies. I'm learning a lot, but producing little in terms of final work.
Sometimes, I do post that stuff thou
Frost Bite : The Bazaar of the BizarreIn Toronto? Attend Frost Bite: a delicious cocktail of darker arts and crafts!Frost Bite : The Bazaar of the Bizarre3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Frost Bite is a holiday marketplace for any shoppers that like to support handcrafted and out of the ordinary gifts! We will be vending at this event. Drop by to be measured for a custom corset, or purchase something for a loved one. AND Corsets and Latex make great New Years Eve outfits!
Come shop, have fun, listen to some good tunes or just hang out. December 11th /2011 @ The Great Hall 1087 Queen St West!
FREE to attend!