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Physical Memory by akiestar Physical Memory :iconakiestar:akiestar 18 5
Literature
The Pear's Prayer
Pear our Father, who art on DeviantArt
Hallowed by thy name
Thy Fella come, thy will be done
In LA as is in Salamanca
Give us this day our LOLs and “Wut”s
And forgive us our constant drafts
As we forgive those who steal against us
And lead us not into stagnation
But deliver us from llamas.
(For thine is the artdom, permissions and the badges
Now and forever
AMEN.)
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The Mother City by akiestar The Mother City :iconakiestar:akiestar 13 4
Literature
White Space
What are the corners
    of a piece of paper
         than but a space for
              endless possibility?
What is a blank page
    from a single notebook
         than but a single
              universe of many?
Perhaps, as time flies,
    I'll find the strength to write
         more than what the world
              expects to hear of me.
I hope, pushing on,
    that I'll find who I am.
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Ends of the Earth by akiestar Ends of the Earth :iconakiestar:akiestar 39 4 The Fisher Girl by akiestar The Fisher Girl :iconakiestar:akiestar 22 8 Heroism as Love for Country by akiestar Heroism as Love for Country :iconakiestar:akiestar 7 1
Literature
Time and Patience
You come to realize
that time moves so quickly
when you fail to notice
that somehow, in light
of everything that has happened
in the last 31 days,
you don't stop to think
and ask yourself
the questions to be asked
when you look back in time
and see how much,
how well,
and how far you've grown
without even noticing it
pass by under you.
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Castle on the Hill by akiestar Castle on the Hill :iconakiestar:akiestar 15 11
Literature
Creative Crisis
I can't imagine taking the time...
To sit down and think of words
To put them all down into verse
To picture them as mental curds
Churning inside this restless mind.
To find a way to get this right
To ensure delivery's airtight
To build upon it, keeping it light
So that the idea, somehow, isn't lost.
To criticize myself for doing nothing
To drown myself in fear and loathing
To stop myself from teary moping
In a vain attempt to get something out.
...and not doing anything about it.
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Digital Insects by akiestar Digital Insects :iconakiestar:akiestar 9 2 The Gathering Place by akiestar The Gathering Place :iconakiestar:akiestar 28 11 City Lights by akiestar City Lights :iconakiestar:akiestar 23 10 A Twilight Orange by akiestar A Twilight Orange :iconakiestar:akiestar 20 13

Favourites

Kaldeoscopic Biscuit by batjorge Kaldeoscopic Biscuit :iconbatjorge:batjorge 70 41 Terminal by Ali Ries 2018 by Casperium Terminal by Ali Ries 2018 :iconcasperium:Casperium 392 20 Bones of Blight by MinnaSundberg Bones of Blight :iconminnasundberg:MinnaSundberg 2,404 47 Aria di Mezzo Carattere by theGrayStray Aria di Mezzo Carattere :iconthegraystray:theGrayStray 278 15 cloud by Zudartslee cloud :iconzudartslee:Zudartslee 295 2 dare by NanFe dare :iconnanfe:NanFe 510 7 The Seeker by Ellysiumn The Seeker :iconellysiumn:Ellysiumn 1,701 116 Coyote by Exileden Coyote :iconexileden:Exileden 854 25 Burning Crown by cobaltplasma Burning Crown :iconcobaltplasma:cobaltplasma 707 46 Venom by maskman626 Venom :iconmaskman626:maskman626 1,336 44 Power by Ellysiumn Power :iconellysiumn:Ellysiumn 1,422 94 Tiger by drakhenliche Tiger :icondrakhenliche:drakhenliche 251 17 Cold but cozy by TomTC Cold but cozy :icontomtc:TomTC 741 43 Japan by AnthonyPresley Japan :iconanthonypresley:AnthonyPresley 1,152 57 Titan by MaximeDaviron Titan :iconmaximedaviron:MaximeDaviron 416 32 Sol by Tapwing Sol :icontapwing:Tapwing 1,177 26

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Josh Lim
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Home is where the heart is. Los Angeles is home, but the Philippines is always in the heart.

I'm DeviantArt's Community Campaign Manager, so my job is to be our community's best friend. I certainly look forward to trying! :)

I speak English, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, basic French, basic Japanese and basic Hebrew, so try me. I may speak your language, and I may be inspired to learn yours if I don't know it yet. :D

Activity


Finally got a new memory card reader! Now I can start posting more photos. La la la la 
Physical Memory
A few weeks ago, I was in Guangzhou, China when I walked past by this place: the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Built as homage to the father of modern-day China, this place is as grand as it is stately. In fact, its grounds are a popular meeting point on weekends, especially in the morning.

It's not every day you get to see a building quite like this.
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Thursday Prompt: Man the Maker

Thu Sep 20, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, and welcome back to another Thursday Prompt, Core Members!

In last week's challenge, Living Canvaswe asked you to pay tribute to your favorite artists by creating art that was inspired by them. Here are some of the works that we felt best captured the style and spirit of those artists:

Weeklies #3-33 Toque Macaque by Aurelie-Charmeau    Simple Dreams (Innocent Vision II) v.2 by SlytherclawPadawan    Mr Dodge, RossDraws tribute by ELLRarte

InspyreI have a hard time
finding the words
to spin out a yarn,
ensnare emotions,
weave wholesome worlds,
and paint canvases
so vivid you could walk into them.
 
Fortunately, you can.
     Empty SkyGods can see a thousand skies
Every sky has thousand stars
Every star says thousand words
Of a song that no one hears.

The lines of an old nursery rhyme cross my mind
While I look at this sky that doesn’t do it justice
An empty sky, black and stifling like petroleum
Where the lights of the city have replaced the stars
Here the world is upside down
I have the sky under my feet
And a dark abyss above my soul
I spent my life trying to capture the sky
Inventing my stars on the field of dreams
But for how many stars we can ever draw
We’ll never be able to fill the sky
"Change the stars", someone said
But from here you see no stars
And no change is possible.
     My Life Raft - TornadoThere are only one, maybe two of you that really know one of my deepest, darkest secrets… and that is… I had a suicidal few months my sophomore year of high school. Now before you go thinking it was you or you know who it might have been… lets just say there wasn’t anyone from school that could have helped me because no one at school caused it! The person… the thing that caused it was… was the devil! No joke it was the devil! Or as my brother calls him… my dad. My dad is the reason, yes! Because of him I now have at least 10 different scars up and down my arms from cuts. From when I would grab a knife and cute my arms, over and over again. Tho it isn’t that simple. We will go back to the beginning… lets say… when I was eight, so eight years ago.
My brother and I had gotten into my father’s car because he brought a police man over to our house late at night because he was afraid that my mother would say that he couldn


Congratulations to Aurelie-Charmeau, SlytherclawPadawan, ELLRarte, HopefulZero, R-R-Eco and TornadoEllie
Their inspiring tributes have earned them $50 USD in DeviantArt Points each.

This Week's Challenge

This week, it's time for all of you to start crafting things!

This Saturday is the World Maker Faire in New York City. Maker Faire is a celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit, emphasizing creativity, originality and fun in making things as amazing as new science experiments, intricate arts and crafts, and wacky solutions to everyday problems. For this challenge, your creative limits will be put to the test, all in the name of good fun.

Create — and I emphasize the word create — the future through your deviations. Make or draw something that embodies what you think the future of the world will look like, whether it be a new product design, sketches of out-of-this-world fashion, or plans for the technology of tomorrow. If you're able to make it or build it in true Maker Faire fashion, even better!

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the Man the Maker folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.

  • Deviations found to be plagiarizing other works will be disqualified and removed.

  • If you are using stock images, deviations or styles not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, September 25 at 11:59 PM PDT (Los Angeles time).

  • You must be a Core Member as of September 19, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive:
  • $50 in DeviantArt Points

  • A free one-year subscription to Make:, the world's leading do-it-yourself magazine

Winners will be announced in a follow-up journal on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. Take the time to think really hard about what you want to make, how you want to make it, and how you think it fits into your idea of what the future will look like.

We can’t wait to see what futures you've created, and may you all have an awesome Thursday!




Thursday Prompt: Man the Maker
It's time for another Thursday Prompt, CoreMembersLa la la la 

This Saturday is the World Maker Faire in New York City, so for this week you're asked to create — and I emphasize the word create — the future through your deviations. Make or draw something that embodies what you think the future of the world will look like, and stand to win a free one-year subscription to Make: magazine and $50 USD in DeviantArt Points!

Show us your maker chops and start building the future today. Good luck! :D
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Stories of Strange Comfort

Tue Sep 18, 2018, 11:26 AM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Many of you may be wondering how I came up with “Know Hope” as the title of last week’s Thursday Prompt.

"Know Hope" is an album released by The Color Morale, a band that's very close to my heart. In times where I have found myself to be alone and depressed, they were the band I ran to. If you're into the heavy, emotional and often immersive sound of core music, they are the band for you. (In fact, the title of this journal is from one of their songs, "Strange Comfort".)

Although we were only able to choose six winning entries out of 200, that does not mean that your works are worth any less, nor is your struggle any less valid. Each and every piece submitted to the contest was, in their own unique way, a testament to the many different ways we've come to face our fears both individually and as a community.

So many pieces inspired us in the course of judging that it was extremely difficult for us to choose which deserved to win, and with so many wonderful pieces that didn't make the cut, it's only right that we give those pieces justice by showcasing them to all of you here on DeviantArt.

We're Here to Help, Always by Ranarh    Hope by volstorm    Anatomy of a Heart by Faesu    Light dwells in you!! by Ayumidragon

DA prompt entry by TheShadowCore    Everyone Deserves Love by SarahDarkrai    :: 1809 Reach by UnderworldPP

Lightworker-03 by lineofflight    Vessels by koil-13    Silent support(Contest entry) by Streetfair

MatterI wasn’t raised to believe in a god or an afterlife, and as life went on I found it progressively harder to believe anything other than the stuff in science textbooks. When you’re dead, your neurons aren’t transmitting impulses anymore, so you don’t experience anything. That’s it. It’s just like before you were born: no feeling, no thinking. And we play no true role in the universe; we all just exist. No deity stood outside the reality, crafting and honing humanity. Matter happened, and then life happened, and eventually humans happened, and that’s where we are now. So our lives are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and death isn’t a big deal after all. You’ll join the growing crew of dead organisms and the universe will continue doing its thing, disregarding your fate.
Sometimes, that concept hounds me. Even a slightly overwhelming thought can make way for the torrent of mental events: You won’t be sad when you&
     I Love YouJust a reminder that I love you.
Your soul aches, but all will be well:
You're strong of heart, and you can push through.
On dismal days coloured with gloom—
Thoughts sever the soul, and sufferings swell—
Always remember that I love you.
Despite dejection in all that you do,
Though dark despair seizes you in its spell,
You're strong of heart, and you can push through.
Dwell on sunny dreams, even if they are few,
Cling to hope's rays when you feel unwell.
Begin with this truth: I love you.
When bleakness taints the peace you once knew,
Though misery's clutches cage you in hell,
Your strong heart will always pull you through.
On dreary days when you think you'll fall through,
As dire thoughts churn like a carousel:
You must not forget that I love you.
You have a strong heart...
...and I know you can pull through.
     Meeting HopeIntense images flashed behind my eyes; dreams of what had been, and what things were to come. And yet, I could not see myself as I stood in front of the mirror. They said I was crazed, and perhaps I was, but I could not tell for sure. There was an battle raging for control of my mind, and I was not sure on where I stood in the midst of it all. It was a tug-of-war. I was being pulled back and forth through the mud; going from one side to the other. They were both me, and I unfortunately knew them both all too well, as the fought for my consciousness.
The euphoria, or what I believed it to be, pulled at my legs. The dolor of my thoughts yanked at my arms. They nearly ripped me in half as I screamed for release. Days, months, years; they never gave up. My mind’s threads of sanity were pulled loose from their fragile knots in both directions. I no longer knew what and how to feel. My story should have ended as I was being ripped apart from the inside out.
Then I met her. At first she


Sole SurvivorsYou'll watch the world, crumble and fall
The breezeblocks scattered in chaos being the sole survivor
However in this vast wasteland we call home
We find solace in the simple petty nostalgia we call decency
~
That very wasteland
Where the pillars stand tall
and there are two souls standing beyond the breezeblocks
and their hollowed hearts
~ A small shed with a pile of hay and wheat enough to eat and sprawl on
When the two survivors arrive at the shed
struck with a feeling one could describe as a hollow well
as they reminisce on the whey and dried reeds
~
What they recall deep behind their closed shutters
was the hard cold stones and the burnt grass that was past that shed
They remember the shovels and pretty pebbles that gleamed and glimmered like toothy smiles
They remember a figure in a room or hallway which in the end doesn’t matter
~
As they stand within their wooden capsule with salt coated eyes, dripping to the neck One forefront center, the other shunned to a reclusive corn
     Deepest Emotions (A Letter)I couldn't help but cry over the fact that you were gone.
You had so much to live for.
Loving parents, amazing friends, caring people.
But you gave it up.
You should have realized that there was hope for you,
a second chance for you.
I loved you like a sister,
but you should have seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
You were more than just a person, Alison,
I know that.
You were a sister, a daughter, a best friend, a girlfriend.
You just failed to realize it.
But, despite the fact that you're now gone,
I will live on not because of me,
but because of you.
You helped me become the person I am.
If it weren't for you I wouldn't be here.
I wouldn't have written this letter to you.
I wouldn't be who I am if it weren't for you.
You were an amazing person, and I hope you never forget that.
     A Flickering Candle in the Dark...It was raining, a cold, soaking rain that froze when it struck the tombstones, leaving ice streaks on the stones.  Christmas of 2013 had just passed, and here, the day after, I watched them lower a brother into the ground for his final rest.
We had been more like brothers than anything, thrown together to accomplish a certain task while we served together in the Corps, but that closeness and reliance on one another had built a bond.  His family had left, hell, everyone had left, but I stayed to talk to the "vault guys" as closed up the grave.  Years before, I had worked in the cemetery business and wanted it done right.  My brother was owed that.
So, as the rain sloughed off my dress blue cap- a uniform I thought I would never wear again when I left the Corps in 2012- I had time alone to think.  How did this happen?
In 2006, we had served together and a good mutual friend of ours was lost to drowning of all things, in Iraq.  A flash flood had flipped a veh


Gravity Lies: On Hoping for What We Do Not SeeIt cannot be understated, what a difficult thing it is to hold out hope for that which we cannot currently see or feel.
Yet two years ago exactly, that was the position I found myself in--suffering from the worst episode of depression and anxiety I had ever experienced in my life.  I felt as if all notions of past and future had fallen into a black hole, crushed and crushing into apparent nothingness, leaving me caught in an impossible and hellish now of abject hopelessness and terror, of time dilation stretched out unto an utter eternity.
This ran contrary to my entire self-definition until then.  Depression and anxiety had been my companions for a long time, but I had always ignored them and pushed ahead by sheer force of will. 
I was...and am...a warrior by nature.  But now...I had hit a wall, where on my own I could go no further.
Here I was, depression throwing up obscenely vivid images of suicide, anxiety amplifying the primal need to recoil
     ShineYou’re no stranger to pain.
You have struggled,
You have suffered,
You have fallen –
But, you are still here.
This isn’t the end.
You can stand up.
Hold out your hand –
Someone will reach back.
You are not alone.
You never were.
A star cannot see
How brightly it shines,
So I am telling you:
The sky would be dimmer
Without you.
Your light is irreplaceable.
Keep shining.
     Disjointed How do I use words?
Is there a combination,
A method I need?
Is speaking an art,    
without a melody,
    but just as much heart?    
Can I use it freely?            
But what do I know?
    No sense can I make of
The words you speak, 
    Often strange
        And so misleading.
I cannot help but to worry that
    I have misunderstood you
            And that you might
                                                be angry.
A maze
    Countless questions
        So far from the truth
Why can't I...
           


This National Suicide Prevention Month, I hope we all find the strength, the heart and the courage to find our hope not just in ourselves, but also in each other. And I certainly hope to continue doing my part, both on DeviantArt and outside it, to making the world a better place for all of us.

We have the power to build the world as we want it to be. Hopefully, in time, we can make it a better place for all of those who struggle as we all do.




Thursday Prompt: Man the Maker

Thu Sep 20, 2018, 12:00 PM by akiestar:iconakiestar:

Hello, and welcome back to another Thursday Prompt, Core Members!

In last week's challenge, Living Canvaswe asked you to pay tribute to your favorite artists by creating art that was inspired by them. Here are some of the works that we felt best captured the style and spirit of those artists:

Weeklies #3-33 Toque Macaque by Aurelie-Charmeau    Simple Dreams (Innocent Vision II) v.2 by SlytherclawPadawan    Mr Dodge, RossDraws tribute by ELLRarte

InspyreI have a hard time
finding the words
to spin out a yarn,
ensnare emotions,
weave wholesome worlds,
and paint canvases
so vivid you could walk into them.
 
Fortunately, you can.
     Empty SkyGods can see a thousand skies
Every sky has thousand stars
Every star says thousand words
Of a song that no one hears.

The lines of an old nursery rhyme cross my mind
While I look at this sky that doesn’t do it justice
An empty sky, black and stifling like petroleum
Where the lights of the city have replaced the stars
Here the world is upside down
I have the sky under my feet
And a dark abyss above my soul
I spent my life trying to capture the sky
Inventing my stars on the field of dreams
But for how many stars we can ever draw
We’ll never be able to fill the sky
"Change the stars", someone said
But from here you see no stars
And no change is possible.
     My Life Raft - TornadoThere are only one, maybe two of you that really know one of my deepest, darkest secrets… and that is… I had a suicidal few months my sophomore year of high school. Now before you go thinking it was you or you know who it might have been… lets just say there wasn’t anyone from school that could have helped me because no one at school caused it! The person… the thing that caused it was… was the devil! No joke it was the devil! Or as my brother calls him… my dad. My dad is the reason, yes! Because of him I now have at least 10 different scars up and down my arms from cuts. From when I would grab a knife and cute my arms, over and over again. Tho it isn’t that simple. We will go back to the beginning… lets say… when I was eight, so eight years ago.
My brother and I had gotten into my father’s car because he brought a police man over to our house late at night because he was afraid that my mother would say that he couldn


Congratulations to Aurelie-Charmeau, SlytherclawPadawan, ELLRarte, HopefulZero, R-R-Eco and TornadoEllie
Their inspiring tributes have earned them $50 USD in DeviantArt Points each.

This Week's Challenge

This week, it's time for all of you to start crafting things!

This Saturday is the World Maker Faire in New York City. Maker Faire is a celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit, emphasizing creativity, originality and fun in making things as amazing as new science experiments, intricate arts and crafts, and wacky solutions to everyday problems. For this challenge, your creative limits will be put to the test, all in the name of good fun.

Create — and I emphasize the word create — the future through your deviations. Make or draw something that embodies what you think the future of the world will look like, whether it be a new product design, sketches of out-of-this-world fashion, or plans for the technology of tomorrow. If you're able to make it or build it in true Maker Faire fashion, even better!

Once you’ve uploaded your deviation to DeviantArt, upload it to the Man the Maker folder in CoreMembers, then post it as a comment to this journal.

Rules

  • All works must be original works made specifically for the contest.

  • Deviations found to be plagiarizing other works will be disqualified and removed.

  • If you are using stock images, deviations or styles not your own, you must make sure you have permission to use those works and credit the artist(s) whose work(s) you've used.

  • Works must be submitted by Tuesday, September 25 at 11:59 PM PDT (Los Angeles time).

  • You must be a Core Member as of September 19, 2018 to enter.

For the official rules for this week’s Thursday Prompt, click here.

Prizes

Three winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive:
  • $50 in DeviantArt Points

  • A free one-year subscription to Make:, the world's leading do-it-yourself magazine

Winners will be announced in a follow-up journal on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality, and approach to the prompt. Take the time to think really hard about what you want to make, how you want to make it, and how you think it fits into your idea of what the future will look like.

We can’t wait to see what futures you've created, and may you all have an awesome Thursday!




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hosagu Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Bonjour :)
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finakiyomo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018
Hello, akiestar! I have something to ask about DA... It's really confusing me! XD

I hope you will be able to answer my questions. :)
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akiestar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, FizzyPinkBubbles! What questions do you have? :)
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finakiyomo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Hi, sorry for the long reply, I got caught up with something! :P

I was just wondering if the name changes of groups is gonna become available to the DA public?

Have a nice day! 
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montag451 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for faving!Nod Clap :artist:+fav +fav +fav
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rainbows2424 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there. There's this user that constantly tracks me down and spams me with rude comments like: "screw you you little shit". Name of the user is SpokenMind93. Could you please look into this and take action on her?
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:iconakiestar:
akiestar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, rainbows2424! Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

I'm sorry to hear that you're being harassed by another user, especially since we both know that that is behavior that we both know shouldn't, wouldn't and mustn't be tolerated on DA. However, while I am a staff member, I am not equipped to adequately address the situation at hand. :(

I would highly recommend that you reach out to the Community Operations team, as they would be the team best capable of handling the situation and making sure it is resolved. Please submit a Help Desk ticket that details your issue, and someone from Community Operations would be happy to assist you.
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Dissonant-Wasteland Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
No one is harassing him.

He's been harassing people, spamming and harassing them when he doesn't win a raffle.
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akiestar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, Dissonant-Wasteland! That's good to know, and this is why I stress that as someone who doesn't have all the facts on the ground, I am not in a position to judge their accusations against what really happened. :)
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rainbows2424 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welp, too late. They have decided to get the DA staff to permaban me.
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