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Constanza Manuel: Betrayed by Ines de Castro by diddles25, literature


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boys who love their grandmothers by learningtobefree, literature

Artist // Hobbyist // Digital Art
  • May 21
  • United States
  • Deviant for 13 years
  • He / Him
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I am open to commissions. Contact me with any questions by email- artistsam85@gmail.com

You can find my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BardicPainter

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bardicpainter/

I would say that if something interests me then I just have to depict it, and most of my illustrations are derived from stories that resonate with me; I have illustrated legendary and historical characters from several different cultures, in addition to some popular culture characters.

Another part of my work is that I seek to invert the stale theme of "men are strong, women are pretty"; even when the woman in question is a famous for her beauty, I want to give her the reins while the men that I paint are the ones who sit and look pretty.

Even when men are famous for their beauty, their other achievements are still acknowledged, a courtesy that I don't think is extended often enough to famously beautiful women; Hedy Lamarr, Audrey Hepburn, and Lena Horne, among others, were daring trailblazers and did so much good for humanity, but they are mainly remembered as glamorous celebrities.

In addition to making women the assertive ones in my art (and trying to substitute their deeds for their appearance in the equation), I seek to make men not just the eye-candy but also as sensitive, caring figures rather than the stereotypical stoic, square-jawed type.

Honestly, I'm a poet as well as an illustrator. I have a background in anthropology, which has shaped my art substantially, since I have always been interested in what makes people tick (and that includes how some customs are lost in translation across cultures).

My poetry is sometimes my own thoughts, sometimes it has little if anything to do with me.

I have taught myself Gáidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) since high school and write most of my poetry in it. I really began teaching it to myself partly out of interest in my ancestry and partly because I want to support endangered languages (in addition to endangered flora and fauna), and Gaelic really is a beautiful language that has really shaped how I write poetry.

Among other things that I have learned about language is that it is more than just a means of communication. A language is a window into an entire world; the Gaelic word for the Scottish Highlands, Gáidhealtachd, literally means "Place of the Gaels" since that has traditionally been the stronghold of Gáidhlig, while the Lowlands, Galltachd, literally means "Place of the strangers". Gáidhlig also lacks exact equivalents of "yes" and "no"; if somebody asks you if saw something, you would answer "saw" or "did not see".

Favourite Visual Artist
Steve Walker, Sandro Botticelli, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Tom of Finland, Hans-Werner Sahm (I was unknowingly introduced to his breathtaking art when I was little)among others
Favourite Movies
The Old Guard, The Lord of the Rings, The Impossible, Inside Out, Sometimes In April, Walk On Water, The Dark Crystal, Pride, Avatar, An Inconvenient Truth, Harriet
Favourite TV Shows
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance; documentaries
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Alessandro Safina, Mario Frangoulis, Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Axel Fernando, Patrick Fiori, Loreena McKennitt, Krishna Das, Joy Dunlop, Kathleen MacInnes, Griogair Labhruidh, The Chieftains, Navan, Siobhán Armstrong
Favourite Books
The Unknown Callas: The Greek Years; A Handbook of the Scottish Gaelic World; Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore; Rejected Princesses; Born on a Blue Day
Favourite Writers
Sappho, Howard Zinn, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jane Goodall, a scattering of others (I am a history buff, so I don't have a particular favorite writer)
Other Interests
History, anthropology, language, cuisine
For the last three months, I have been building my shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BardicPainter Check it out, leave reviews, feel free to purchase. I currently sell downloads, but am considering prints.
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Well, growing up gay on on the autism spectrum has not been an easy process for me. I have struggled with not just my physical, emotional, and romantic attraction to other men, but also with navigating social situations as carefully as I can, since I constantly find it difficult to read other people accurately. My poetry, and later my illustrations, are perhaps one could say are just me depicting what I would have liked to see as an adolescent: romantic love and emotional attachment between two men. Emotional honesty (and emotional intelligence) among men. I have written quite a bit of poetry and prose on romance between two men, and I am beginning to venture into illustration with that same subject. For that matter, I also use my art to invert the tired "men are strong, women are pretty" trope; I like to depict women with the reins and the men as the decorative ones. Depicting great legendary heroes in a sensuous way while depicting women famous for their beauty (among other
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Happy Birthday, even though it's a bit late.

ThanXXX for the Mathew Bourne Fav !

I really appreciate it!

Keep on Creating!

Stay Safe!


Mathew Bourne's Swan Lake Sketch

I will gladly do that! Thank you!

His rendition of "Swan Lake" really inspired me.



Thanks for the favs. :D

You're quite welcome! Thank you for the beautiful art!