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GenjiLim
Genji Lim
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Self taught artist and programmer currently developing a game (stay tuned).

FAQs:
  • Do you take commissions?
    No. I have been very busy lately, and have not had time to spare to take commissions.

  • Will you take commissions in the future?
    Maybe. When I decide I have the time for it, I will make a journal announcement and notify those who have made any previous requests of my availability to take commissions.

  • Can I use your artwork as part of a project I'm working on?
    Send me a note. There is a good chance I will let you use my work for another creative project.

  • Can I use your artwork to put on one or more items to sell?
    No. Unless I am compensated in some way, and with very few exceptions, I will not donate my artwork if it might be directly or indirectly used for commercial purposes.

  • What do you use to create your artwork?
    My digital illustrations are created with Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet.
Interests

Ever since I became acquainted with the work of Carl Sagan, his words, compassionate demeanor, and appreciation, understanding and reverence of the cosmos have become an integral part of how I have grown and developed my perspective about life and humanity's role in the universe. In his TV series, Cosmos, his description about the processes that theoretically took place over billions of years in order for humans to have come into being made me appreciate how amazing our species is. Based on what we've been able to observe about the universe, it seems to be extremely unlikely that lifeforms evolve to the point of gaining sentience and the intelligence necessary to study the cosmos in all its beauty. To quote Sagan: "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."

It is Sagan's work that has made me appreciate and treasure our species' existence, and, in turn, increase my pre-existing drive to make the world a better place. I gained even more gratitude for what I was and what I could do with my creativity, intelligence, and skills, and at the same time, I wanted to help others gain this appreciation as well. On top of that, I learned of another way to view our collective experience and history: to see ourselves from a cosmic perspective, where our entire history is a mere blink of an eye, and the impacts of any given human's lifespan, no matter how devastating their actions might have been, is but a small drop in a vast, chaotic ocean of events.

From this cosmic perspective, we humans are only microscopic specks on a tiny rock orbiting a relatively ordinary star. The rest of the worlds in the cosmos, inhabited or not, wouldn't even have the slightest care if we were to wipe ourselves out tomorrow. And the graveyard of a planet we leave behind will be for other, more advanced civilizations to discover (if they manage to do so before our sun melts the Earth's surface in about 5 billion years), and they will be left to wonder who we were, how we lived, and what led to our world's destruction. If a person were to maintain this perspective, I may be so bold as to argue that even the end of our world would not be "the end of the world."

But, (at the risk of being mistaken to our great misfortune) let's take comfort in the fact that our civilizations' collapse and/or species' extinction is, as of now, quite unlikely. As bleak as the future may seem, one thing we can take comfort in is that there will always be brilliant, kind, and generous people. Human beings are extremely adaptive and can accomplish nearly impossible feats when we put our minds to it and work together. Even in the wake of the most catastrophic events, strangers have always come to the aid of others who have lost everything to help them rebuild their lives. There will always be goodness to see in others; there will always be examples where people demonstrate their love and respect for each other's humanity in the most unlikely circumstances.

So, to my dear watchers, friends, and anyone else who took the time to read these ramblings of mine, please recognize my appreciation for you. I'm grateful to share this existence with you; to connect with you by giving you my thoughts, my art, and my ideas; to give you a glimpse at who I am at my core, and to enjoy this crazy life together. I implore you not to lose sight of what's important in your life and what makes you happy, and never stop striving to make the world a better place.

- Genji

Related:
Vlogbrothers (YouTube) : My Post-Election Thoughts
Carl Sagan. Pale Blue Dot reading (YouTube) : We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness

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InnKeeperLulu Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so very late but Happy B-lated Birthday, GenjiLim! Please do tell me how it went. I'd love to hear about it.
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Vulkano-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer


I shall drink to your health on your birthday!

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Or non-alcoholic if you prefer that! Sweating a little...
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Laszl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!
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Bluegodzill Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Happy birthday!
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday! :clap:
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TGerror Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Happy Birthday to you ^_^
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JaymieDaggerBark Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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