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EDIT | JULY 04, 2016 | everything's written up now! 

slightly bummed that i missed 4/20 blaze it day but dusts account...! will write more later when i'm not getting shafted by my quantum homework :iconseagullfaceplz:

tl;dr one of the pieces that i've been working on for my physics/art class! this is what my physics degree is going to lmao

also a bit of a remake for perspicuity, though it's another part of the story: 
Perspicuity by gracefulsunshinePerspicuity by gracefulsunshinePerspicuity by gracefulsunshine




per·spi·cac·i·tythe quality of having a ready insight into things; shrewdness.

"There is a dragon that protects their underwater kingdom, they say: above the nurturing waters and into the harsh rays of sunlight and the unmuted sensations of sound and smell."

while i've wanted to make another piece to catalogue my thoughts since i drew perspicuity, and now seemed like a good time, i'm also writing this for myself to look back upon in the future, so please bear with me :")

perspicuity/perspicacity and the original story behind them in general have been an incredibly personal project for me, because i drew perspicuity in the midst of being scared about the vast uncertainty of my future undergraduate career, right before i started my freshman year at my university. this piece, perspicacity, was completed in the midst of the later half of my sophomore year, so it's been quite a while between the two pieces, and i've been able to reflect on my choices and decisions about my future since then.

i dreamt of clarity back then - i dreamed of knowing where i was going with my life and career with more certainty than i had previously, and being able to find a lifelong dream that i could follow - and i still dream of that same clarity. i haven't found a dream or a goal that i'd pursue for a lifetime (my then-SO asked me what i aspired to do, and it was a wake up call that i couldn't answer him).

i still haven't figured out what i want to do with my life other than ensure that i am financially independent and stable with my future career. i'm still stumbling around blindly. i still don't know what lifelong aspirations i'd like to pursue, but i've come to terms with that a bit more now. i'm not sure if that's ideal, but for now, i'm trying to take my undergraduate career one step at a time.
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Critique by AbbieAllenUK Apr 21, 2016, 10:58:06 PM
This is incredible! I can't tell it was a drawing of some kind the skill is so brilliant. The colours and the detail is spectacular and I think you should be really proud of yourself. If there was anything I wanted to add was maybe more animals in the spiral they are all sinking into. It almost makes me think of the chinese new year creatures story, racing each other to come into the order we have it changing into each year. It's got so much to be classed as meaning and it has tidy presentation. Be proud of yourself, you clever beautiful person :D
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AVtheCreeper Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beyond gorgeous...
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
late, but thank you so much for the kind words! :")
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AVtheCreeper Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime :D
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7th-Child Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I liek it! C:
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
///V/// late, but thank you!
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7th-Child Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :heart:
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lydia-san Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been a while since I checked your gallery and it's still so beautiful... this piece is marvelous asdfghjkl I'm freaking out here
Ooohh you're always the best senpai~! :D hehe keep going and ganbatte! :D Hope you find your answers soon :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
lydia! :iconnashablushplz: hfhhghhhh omg no there's no need to freak out plssss i cringing at a few mistakes here but cries i'm glad to know that you like it! o/ still gotta struggle through academia more though riprip
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lydia-san Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
asdfghjkl best of luck for you Senpai!!
all you have to do is SURVIVE *gives you a bag of potions*
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Nerdroditie Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
This is so beautiful. I love all the animals and well, they look so ethereal. 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
incredibly late, but thank you kindly! ethereality was what i was going for so i'm glad it was able to show :")
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Eif-ka Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
it's very nice!! :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
ahhh thanks kindly! ; w ;
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ShadowMusic10 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
this is beautiful
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
omg don't cry :iconocryplz:
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ShadowMusic10 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
But i am crying
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IcedTeaOverlord Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
So happy to see your new work!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
it's great to hear from you again - i hope to be posting a bit more in the coming months! 
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IcedTeaOverlord Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
Excited to hear! 
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FrostFeather42 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous :heart:
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
thank you!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
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natsu-dragneel101 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
Wow this drawing is so BEAUTIFUL!!! It's so original I mean there are a lot of those but this is just spectacular! And also for me it kinda symbolizes how the universe is so big and how life is so big the math equations symbolizes how we have to simple everything or put things in our own perspective so we can understand these things and the animals symbolize for me is life and how we are all running to try and find what is out there just to run in circles but still finding answers Anyways I have more Two things I would like to add in One I also thought of the Chinese New Year story where all the animals are racing to get to the finish line was I the only one who thought that? Or just me? and Two why did you put math equations and what exactly inspired you to draw this? What does it symbolize to you? ^_^
( Just saying I love how my comment got so deep and then I finished it with some horrible question and another thing it looked like to me XDDD Oh wow sorry Sweating a little... anyways thanks for reading my comment! :D )
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
ahhh thank you for the lovely comment! u 3 u i loved hearing your take on this composition - i do like the thought of life and how we're trying to find meaning in it and we're just running around in circles either way. in addition, when used correctly, math is an incredibly elegant way to describe certain aspects of life, and does make sense in that aspect.

i didn't think about the zodiac arrangement story, but i can see where you're coming from with that! i wanted to describe more of particles hitting barriers/slits and superposition and everything, but at a surface level, it does look like a bunch of foxes chasing a school of fish.

the math equations are actually specific equations found in quantum mechanics (a branch of physics found in the 20th century); they represent uncertainty, energy waves, and probability currents (on said waves ahahah) - and a couple derivations in between. i drew this for my physics/art final project, where we had to take a particular physics concept and connect it to something more aesthetically pleasing. for brevity's sake, here's a bit more about the concepts behind the piece from another comment. 

as for what it symbolises for me, i guess it's a lot about how as physicists and physics majors, we only know a small fraction of the whole universe. but the universe itself is a grand, majestic being, and there's always wonder to take from that. it's also connected to my personal project perspicuity, which is about a young boy growing up to be a knight commander and meeting the dragon of his dreams c: i hope to create more artworks relating to said project in the future!

hope this helps answer a couple questions! thanks for commenting again e w e
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natsu-dragneel101 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
Yes it did thank you so much!! You are amazing!! Good luck in your work!! Thank you again!! ^_^ ^^ :D
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WesternDragoon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student General Artist
I always love it when a dragon is depicted as an astral being or a benevolent deity. Despite my username I do prefer the asian style of dragon where they are seen as god-like deities and some of the most beautiful dragon designs harken back to that interpretation.

And of course bringing thoughts of that with a beautiful Western Dragon design is something I'll always appreciate. :D Every other animal is portrayed beautifully but I just don't have as much insight on them as I do with others. :iconshrugsplz: Worth one of my favorites for sure. :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
i might have not said this earlier, but thank you for leaving your thoughts with my compositions - i do enjoy reading through them every time aha! i, too, love how eastern dragons look, but i ended up choosing a western dragon approach as it made more sense, description wise, in my story (there's a story behind perspicuity and perspicacity, and i hope to draw more in relation to them and the story itself). and thanks kindly! drawing the foxes and fish were relaxing and i'm glad you like this piece halsdkfasdf- :iconheshipthemsohardplz:
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WesternDragoon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student General Artist
No problem. I have short term memory issues so I'm not sure if you did or not, but the thanks is appreciated anyways. :icondragonnod1:

The eye of the Western interpretation sure fits the bill for perspicacity. One of the reasons I use this free image of one as an icon. (that and the colors compliment themselves quite nicely. :D)

And looking at it is very relaxing too. So thank you for that! :icondragonhugplz:
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Energia93 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Interesting because it's original.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
ahh thank you? :")
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Flame-TheCat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My curiosity was picked when you mentioned this picture's relation to physics, so of it isn't much of a problem would it be possible to know this connection? I aspire to study physics one day after all. In any case this is wonderful and beautiful picture :3
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
haha it's not a problem at all - i'm glad you asked (also feel free to ask me any questions re: studying physics if you have any! i'm halfway to getting my BS degree so i'd like to think i know a bit about studying physics haha)! i need to do a write up anyways and edit the description later but as an overview - 

this composition touches upon the cosmos, waves and quantum mechanics: i believe i started to draw this piece around the time einstein's general theory of relativity was confirmed? if you zoom in (although i think you need to zoom in a bit more to see this , , ,,, ,, i might release a larger version later u 3 u) there is schrodinger's wave equation derived on specific ripples and the probability currents on other waves/ripples, and other tidbits of quantum physics. 

as for the art aspect: there's a quite bit of superposition and uncertainty that i wanted portray here, as it is an additional part of quantum physics (heisenberg's uncertainty principle, having a wave function being composed of two different waves and you won't know what wave you'll find until you measure it, etc). the sky/cosmos/water are all kind of - combined together, of sorts, but as you move farther up, one could argue that it's either purely water or purely sky. there's also the experiments where you sent particles at slits and they give you an interference pattern - in this sense, the foxes are moving towards a barrier (the dragon) and the fish end up being of two different states or types.

i also wanted to make a quick comment on how we've only barely touched the universe - how physicists only know around 5% of how the universe works with the first fox's paws slightly submerged in the water/sky, so there's that.

there might be a few other things that i'm forgetting, but i hope this was informative (and easy to understand omg)! * u *
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Flame-TheCat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
May knowledge of quantum physics may be limmited, but I got the general idea and have to say that I'm impressed at the complexity of the drawing. I can only imagine the amount of thought that went into it.

You said at the beginning that I could ask about studying physics for which I thank you a lot. The question I'd like to ask is how or where can I study physics. Let me explain a little as the question might be confusing. As of now I'm still in school and a university. Eventhough my physics teacher is excellent we have to go slowly as most of the class is usually lost beyond hope. I'd love to learn more, but I have no real way besides reading the physics book to do it. As it is in German it can be annoying at times to read it. That's why I'm searching for alternate mediums to do it. 

I thank you deeply for answering my question and apologize profusely for making you write so much :P
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016
ahh thank you for the compliment! ; w ; i'm flattered to hear that :iconocryplz: the concepts actually just built on each other as i was drawing, so it really wasn't much.

i'm glad to be of help, and will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability! if you're amenable to looking at other textbooks, i highly recommend looking up griffiths' introduction to electrodynamics and introduction to quantum physics (but especially introduction to electrodynamics). intro to E+M is literally the universal textbook amongst all US universities that i know of, since griffiths by far has the best explanations. these two books are available online as pdfs (in english), and you can download them for free!  

as for other mediums, the internet is a great resource to know more about physics and current research. one of my friends runs a blog where he tries to make research papers more understandable by removing jargon and using laymens' terms - for me, it's about gaining more information about the breadth and depth of physics in general, and research papers can help with that. there's other science articles and techy blogs you can search online, and they'd also help, in a theoretical sense.

if your university has colloquiums of sorts (or lectures, etc) that talk about professors' research or other topics related to physics, do try and attend those. they've personally broadened my scope of knowledge about the physics community and what's currently unknown to the physics community right now.

hopefully this helps! ;;; and no problem, i hope i wasn't too rambly with my responses.
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Flame-TheCat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I just downloaded the introduction to thermodynamics and will begging reading it on the bus on they way back home. Also I'd like to apologize if you understood I was already in a university, for this is not true. My brother though might be able to infor me if there is an interesting forum in his university, which is nice.

Onec again I offer my deep thanks and will keep you in mind as I precedent with the lecture :3
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So pretty, love the colours what you've used Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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eep thank you so much for the kind compliment! :iconblushuplz:
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No problemLlama Emoji-04 (Pretty) [V1] 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
asuuuuuu bb! <3 alskdjfasdhflkasjdf i'm glad you like it alskdjf thank you for bearing with me spamming you with wips of this over skype omgggg /paps self for all the quantum equations on the composition/

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Blandiose Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student General Artist
npnp spam me more things yusssss <333 
and go do your homework sunneh bab jfc
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ForbiddenGhost-64 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
All I have to say is Daaaaaaaaaammnnn...! This is incredible!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
aha thank you! i'm honoured that you think so ///v///
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You're very welcome!!!! \^0^/
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Re-juvenate Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student General Artist
THIS IS SO PRETTTY, GOOD JOB
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thank you kindly ;; :iconmilkballplz:
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