How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I joined dA when I turned 13; I'm pretty sure it was a few days after my birthday. There's been a lot of accounts since then, but, the username change wasn't implemented until relatively recently, haha.
What does your username mean?
In Tales of the Abyss, Van Grants refers to Luke fon Fabre as a 'foolish replica'. I get the 'k' from my name, Zack. (Mostly because 'Replica' was already taken.)
Describe yourself in three words.
Tired, ambitious and scared.
Are you left or right handed?
What is your favourite type of art to create?
I really love drawing headshots. Facial expressions are really fun to mess with.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I'd love something painterly or more abstract; I'd love to not need black outlines anymore.
What was your first favourite?
Once again, to Replicka: The first one is in storage, so.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
While I gravitate to kink art on this account, I seem to gravitate toward things with bright colors and good execution!
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
That's actually really hard to answer. I really enjoy a lot of people, be it for their personality or art, but I honestly have to say that's blackenedkrono. She's ambitious, creative and wildly talented, mastering everything from painterly realism to cartoonish stylization. She pours her heart and soul into every piece, and it's mindblowing to me.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I'd love to meet up with Shinavar and GiaZeries again. Them bitches are fun. 8D
I would really love to meet up with / room with MorgiTheNaga though. We get along on this weirdly personal level without saying much personal at all. We just click, and I wouldn't mind having her live in my closet.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
When I first came to dA, I became friends with someone who shall remain nameless, if that gives you any indicator how this turns out. Them and their partner welcomed me and I rapidly became friends with them, and their friends; they had a Sonic roleplay group and allowed me in, which was nice, but what I really took away from it was my friendship with GiaZeries and Shinavar. Thanks to Shinavar I managed to get my shit together in my life; they're a stern friend with a life of hard situations. I managed to get the courage to move out thanks to GiaZeries, and due to time spent with her I managed to pick myself up time and time again. While the first life impact was fleeting, I'm glad these two were lasting friendships.
I'm also thankful for MorgiTheNaga helping me through rough patches in my life. While we really used to go at it at first, we've become fast and durable friends.
Not to mention, if it wasn't for dA giving me a place to post my art all those years ago, I never would have met my fiance, SilverXCIV.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
I've become reliable on my Yiynova and Manga Studio 5 at this moment, but, I really love my sketchbook. I just wish it had layers.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
My office; I doodle at work sometimes, but the real things happen in my office with my own thoughts.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
My favourite memory is actually a collection of memories, most of them stemming from some kind of disagreement. Fights are how we grow as people, but it doesn't make any of them any less hilarious in hindsight.
This has been yoinked from my tumblr for the sake of having an easier link, and so I can show people without the dA splashscreen.
Now this is not something I have gotten on tumblr as of writing this, but I get it in public moreso than anywhere else, and considering I direct a lot of people here when they ask about me, I figured it'd be nice to have it up. A lot of times people like to look through my college notebook because I draw on my notes and I always get asked that question and honestly I freeze up a lot because telling them the blunt reasons is a bad idea.
Here's the long reason.
So let's start with society - no, this is not a soapbox, this is simply a comparison. Provided you're a 'normal' person of a 'normal' persuasion (i.e you find the other gender appealing due to various factors, or your gender appealing due to various factors) you're very familiar with the thought of the perfect being rousing your interest. For a lot of people, seeing an appealing person is a precursor; you're not instantly turned on, boing, by seeing said person -
unless you are, in which case I'm pretty envious. You see the hot actor, the gorgeous movie starlette, and you fantasize. "I'd love for them to ________ to me."
This is where society widely dictates our appeal of 'hot' and 'gorgeous', however. The chiseled abs, the huge bust - there's nothing inherently sexual about the human body aside from the penis and the vagina, biologically speaking. Sex is sexual, so sexual organs are sexual. Your face, your ears, your chest and your ass have nothing to do with actual sexual reproduction, but we like them anyway. Now why is that? (There are several scientific theories as to this, but, for the sake of argument...)
If I can speculate, I think it's because sex gets boring. Penis + Vagina + Friction = Climax = Sexual Gratification. Humans are greedy creatures - we need more than just the PAENIS or VAEGENA in the end, so we find joy in other parts of the body as well - the breasts, the pecs, you know the spiel. We find each other attractive in different ways because... well, we have eyes - we have things to look at, and in a society where there's more to life than just eat, fuck, and have babies (like our ancestors) that's to be expected.
Different people like different things. Maybe your friend Todd is an 'ass man', or your friend Sindy loves a man with rugged facial hair, or you just melt at the idea of Captain Jack Sparrow taking you into his den for the evening. See what I mean? We all find different things attractive, and not all of them are possible; either by physical or moral barriers, there's a lot we can't do, so we leave it to the imagination.
Why? ... Well, sorry, but Jack Sparrow is kind of busy being super fictional.
Fiction is great - fantasies are encouraged in our world. If we can't have what we want, well, just imagine it and boom, you have it, even if it's temporary, even if the real thing would be better, you're going to eat your imaginary steak because it's all you have and god dammit that's good enough for you. First Manhattan, than the world, right? Right.
That's kind of where the blabber stops and I just cut to the chase - I'm attracted to people that don't really exist, like our fascination with the mass media figures who have been airbrushed into another species and plane of existence. I usually like animated characters because they fit my definition of 'attractive', but as I said before? That's... really not enough. At least not for me. Seeing them is glorious and exciting, but honestly it's not enough to raise the white flag. (I'd say I'm sorry for being crude but I'm really not.)
For some odd reason the stars aligned and decided I would forever enjoy heftier figures - I would forever enjoy things in pain and irritation, overall unwilling. I would forever find those disgusting things attractive in a fictional situation, on a fictional person who couldn't argue with me about my fucked-uppery - not because I already knew, but because they can't necessarily find where I live and kneecap me. (If they would I would die a happy man. ... Awwwwyissssss.)
So I like a lot of things - I like BDSM, I like toned men, I like women with huge breasts; I like forcefeeding to the point of impossible weight gain, I like the thought of a human being blown up like a parade float with their bodies vulnerable and exposed. Why? ... Honestly, I don't know why. Would I change it if I could?
... Actually yeah I would be all over that, but we're beyond that point. I like a lot of things, a lot of which I don't even draw because it takes practice to fuck up the human anatomy like I do. It takes a lot of irritated grunting to take all I've ever learned about anatomy and trash it for the sake of a boner.
It's annoying, it really is.
You like your things, and I like mine.
We're both terribly ugly people on the inside for liking people for their looks, but hey, people will be people, regardless. We're going to do what we're going to do, and provided touching myself in the shower isn't actually hurting anyone, quite frankly I don't give a shit what people think.
I like balloon-people. That is why I 'make them fat'.
( I'll be publishing another on my specific fetish for bursting/popping inflated chaps later on, this is all I have in me for the evening. )
Fetish Explanations: Who is FoolishReplicka and why does he do what he does?
Okay I got a lot of watchers - that's... pretty cool, actually - I love to share how messed up I am with like-minded people, but one of my real loves is when someone not in the 'fold' discovers me and is confused by what I do or what I enjoy. I figured I'd take a moment to explain, or attempt to explain, what's wrong with me:
Like many artists on deviantART (possibly more than you know), I am a fetishist. I don't draw nude or scantily clad females though because that's not my thing, to be frank; ever since I was a kid I enjoyed body inflation and things of the like and as much as I can blame cartoons I honestly have no idea where it started, I just know I've been coming out of the 'closet' about it for years, now, starting with my first deviantART account - Sonic-Loser. I started posting normal art, but when I found other people who had like-minded 'interests' I began to delve into it, myself, starting with my own character Kit and eventually moving on to Sonic, where I found my niche for years.
Finding like minded people made me feel less awkward about my fetish for seeing fictional people blow up like balloons in various ways; so I kept doing what I was doing and moving into other fandoms with it. However the more I drew it and wrote it the more I found simple inflation wasn't enough for me.
Here is where I talk to the fetishists who follow me as well as there's a huge in-fandom debate about popping/bursting and the like and I'm not going to take the time to explain my views every time I draw something containing it because it's a huge bummer; let me take a moment to get something across:
This is all fictional.
There seems to be a huge in-fandom confusion about popping causing characters to die, or get seriously wounded, and quite frankly I find it irritating because if I'm drawing that character in a fetish situation, odds are I like them - a lot. Just because I have a fetish for characters blowing up and having explosive endings doesn't mean they're gone for good out of anything; I mean, come on, is it really that hard to wrap one's head around?
Say I draw a comic where Chris is inflated and exploded; that doesn't make him dead because for one he's fictional and fictional characters can't die because they don't exist. So I will draw him again; it doesn't mean he's gone for good out of anything like I said, so I fail to see the fuss. Chris isn't real - he didn't actually puff up like a blimp somewhere and pop, so everyone can juuuuuuust relax.