dA love for everyone! #69

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As the title suggests, this news article’s goal is to spread the dA love into everyone’s heart! You will find here a little bit of everything, from awesome interviews with talented artists, art features, group promotion to random deviants' features. I hope you will find this informative and entertaining!

Interviewed artist: Ascending-Storm :iconascending-storm:

:bulletyellow: Tell us what defines you as a person.

The word 'Artist" is the closest I'll get to answering this question.

:bulletyellow: How did you find out about deviantART and why did you join the community?

I remember seeing deviantART off and on in the early days of the internet, most of the content wouldn't load on my  lightning quick 56k at the time.  I was in an art block from 2000 to 2005, so I had quite a bit of time browsing and  admiring others work while I was in hiatus. In 2006 I began creating art again, the Wacom tablet revived my passion  for art.  I made an account on deviantART around that time and started posting piece by piece as I was learning and  growing in the digital medium.  I was very focused on creating a gallery and a body of work and deviantART provided  that foundation for me.  I didn't think people were going to be receptive to the images I was making, so it was a  personal outlet while at the same time being broadcasted to everyone in the world. I primarily joined deviantART  because I knew art was going to be something I did for the rest of my life, and deviantART is the best art community  in the world.

:bulletyellow: When and how did you discover your passion for art?

From the earliest memories I have I was creating art.  Some of my earliest functions of communication where through  an artistic outlet.  This is an important question for all artists to realize that one must rediscover their passion for art  continuously throughout their life.  I can look back over my 32 years of existence and see stages and levels of  understanding and growth, and it absolutely has to evolve and change as I go from here.  This is hard because it  involves change, which some may find scary - but its critical to the growth of all artists, and people in general.  Its a  gift when you come to a point where you want to destroy everything you created, burn it down and make something  new.


:bulletyellow: What inspires you the most and when do you think your creativity is at its maximum?

Extreme emotional experiences, and moments of clarity and blessing.  It's at its maximum when I have lived through  something with extensive emotional weight that breaks like a dam into my artwork.  Overall, its the experiences of  everyday life that is enough to inspire creating, and it doesn't necessarily mean an artist must have extreme ups and  downs, but in my circumstances I have learned to use them to my advantage in my art. Its important to realize there  are no downtimes, the inspiration is continuous as long as we're breathing. On a more detailed note, mornings.  I  always get in the zone when I paint in the mornings.

:bulletyellow: What do you think you'd be doing if you hadn't chosen this path?

This is really impossible for me to answer, I think I would cease to exist without art.  Its all I know. Whatever I would  be doing, it would involve some sort of artistic release - it may even create problems in whatever I would be doing, I  would see art everywhere and it would take precedence.  Whatever it would be, I wouldn't be happy.  Creating art is  what I am.

:bulletyellow: What do you think it's your most meaningful deviation and what makes it special? Does it have a story behind it?

This is hard because I put as much meaning as possible into every piece. They're all stories and experiences so I'll have  to choose At The Lowest Depths, Where The Seed Is Planted. This particular vision has been constructed in my  mind over the past 5 years.  It symbolizes a moment in which someone is rock bottom, at a place where there is only  sadness and death.  They have lost everything, all security, health, even those closest to him.  The only thing that  remains is his soul, the spirit of survival based on truth.  The piece depicts the exact moment where he gives up, lets  go and accepts the loss.  The exact moment where he is stripped of everything, and in this void he can see clearly.   As far as his eyes can pierce into the distance, his soul is free.  That seed that was planted long ago, deep into the  earth begins to grow.  Over time the roots spread into the soil, forming a hard foundation.  Everything he does , every  choice he makes, everything he perceives is sourced from that moment, where at the bottom, he died.  What he  knows now, he can face even the biggest storm imaginable.  He knows the truth.  Another piece that is very similar to  this concept is "Sinking, I Was Death Reborn".


:bulletyellow: Do you have any insecurities regarding your art?

Insecurities is defined by a lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt, so definitely not. I believe that art in itself is  defined by one's personal vision. A vision not obstructed by insecurities and others expectations.  Art is as individual  as someone's fingerprint, and when there are insecurities, an artist will recreate what is already popular.  They will  find comfort in an audience that is receptive to something that is easily taken in and processed.  Its critically  important to make what you truly feel in your heart, and to stay true to why it is you make art in the first place.

:bulletyellow: Did art ever helped you to deal with your life problems?

Yes it has. When I started truly creating art for myself I was creating a world of escape and healing from my own  personal struggles. Every piece I make is an exact reflection of my soul, it is as close to knowing me as possible.   During the hardest moments of my life I would create pieces that tattoo a permanent marker of its time.  I can look  back over my pieces and see every memory and experience I lived through.  "Granulomatous Enteritis" is an  excellent example of stripping away everything about your ego and revealing yourself naked and vulnerable in front  of the world.  That piece defines my moment of transition and acceptance.  I was able to finally release something I  could no longer bear, and I was able to create something that I reflected on and grew from.  My art is always through  these life experiences, about the truth, whatever it may be.

:bulletyellow: What is the one thing you always wanted to do but never got a chance to?

A decade ago I would have said "To have my own art gallery" so this question depends on where someone is in their  life.  There are so many things I would love to do and experience, but I try to be appreciative for what I have right  now. Sometimes you can chase something without realizing all you need is in front of you, but other times you can be  blind to seeing what is truly healthy and beneficial to your growth.  Its about balancing your life and living  comfortably within it, and choosing what is right for each step.  Though, traveling the world and taking a billion shots  of landscape scenery would be nice.


:bulletyellow: A few words for our fellow artists?

All these years on DeviantART, so many things I could say.  I will say I have seen trend after trend after trend of  themes, styles, concepts, characters.  These all come and go, and in the end it is a movement of something else  completely foreign to you.  Even if you were there in the middle of it, you were taking part in the process of building a  monument for something else. The art that survives is not necessarily the art on the front page of this site, the art  that survives and rings true forever are the pieces we make from our heart, in the very depths of our soul.  The pieces  that get one favorite, one comment.  The pieces you were too freaked out to post, the pieces that no one  understands.  This is and always will be the growth of this website. Individuality.


Photography Feature

Agascha by Einuhr Untitled by aleksandra88 Walchenseekraftwerk - Tubes by vamosver
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Dragster by AmericanMuscle:thumb383346091: Calvin Harris by p0m

Traditional Feature

Whispering Grass by yanadhyana inside out by weremoon Observer by voitv
Nightingale (pencil drawing) by Cataclysm-X:thumb383351704::thumb383320728: Neuromancer 2 by unerde

Digital Feature

Aenigma - Jonada Train Station - Concept Art by W-E-Z:thumb383351623: The dark matter by deignis
:thumb383380358: Slept So Long by shirei I Found You by elizom:thumb383540098:

Literature Feature

:thumb383330280: VunkelinSilence, yawning in me
Like a vacuum,
Blossoming towards
That bright abyss.
My maker's spark -
A hollow in my ribcage.
Born out of nothing
It is nothingness I miss.

Drinking Companions for the End of the World“So how did you think the world was going to end?”
After great deliberation—there wasn’t much left to do now but deliberate—it had been decided to split the remainder of the bottle of the peppermint schnapps to start off, then down the Bacardi white rum, then polish off the aftershave-based hooch, and then close with the top-shelf Swedish vodka.
“Huh?” asked Kristi, passing her turn to swig from the Sprite bottle with the aftershave hooch. If she was dying, she was dying drunk, and she wasn’t dying drunk if she threw up everything because of some badly distilled emergency booze.
“End of the world. Deep down, everybody has a way they thought it would end. We’re all thinking about it—how’s your world end Kristi?”
Of course he was asking her. Beau was a sad, silent drunk, and if there was a lady in whatever kind of party they were in, Kirk would talk up the lady. Even if the party was drinking the last of the al
:thumb383358603: stars speak sign languageyou dug into the deepest corners of me
but never lost yourself long enough to
find something worth waiting for,
and it's as if this fiery carcass cannot create
a scintilla that lasts.
our pasts roared like suffocating
lions that could not be silenced.
we dove into a pile of animal
flesh, bathed in carnivorous fur & fangs.
you lingered no better than smoke,
like feathers floating in midnight skies.
your fingers sculpted my paper-mache
bones into Michelangelo's grandeur and
then spoke in sign language to tell the stars
that they are only as bright as their
Sunday night intentions.
i gazed through the center of the milky way
and found that i lost the nameless parts of
myself somewhere between 3 a.m. & the
battlegrounds of bed sheets.

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I'm speechless

Thank you so much :iconplzhug: