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Journey by Simanion
Journey
Watercolour on paper.

Inspired by the beautiful indie game of the same name. I'm not a massive game or anything, but it has to be one of the best showcases of video games as an immersive artform that I've seen. The visuals and camerawork are just mesmerising. This is my version of the iconic image of the characters heading towards the mountain, with a somewhat different colour palette and going for the feeling of that magic hour glow. This artwork was done as a gift for my girlfriend - we played this game the first time I went to her house :P 

The soundtrack by Austin Wintory is perfectly integrated into the game, and is a masterpiece on its own. It's one of the things I love listening to as I paint or draw - it's another world for your consciousness to get lost in while your subconscious does its thing onto the paper.

Anyway, hope you like :peace:
~Simon
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The Story of Ferdinand by Simanion
The Story of Ferdinand
This will eventually be tattooed onto a lovely friend and lover of animals :) 

I'd never encountered Munro Leaf's 1936 children's book "The Story of Ferdinand" before I started drawing this, but it's a great story with a really interesting history (it was banned in several fascist countries as pacifist propaganda). It's about a bull who didn't want to fight, and just liked to sit under the tree, smelling flowers.

There's a lot of well established illustrations out there for Ferdinand, including a Disney cartoon version, that have become quite iconic. Because of this, I really wanted to make my vision unique and heavily stylised, so I gave it a slight psychedelic twist.

Thanks for checking it out :)
~Simon
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or blank screen or board or piece of paper, as it usually is for me. I'm interested to hear what you think about, especially when nothing is happening straight away.

I think struggling in that moment can bring up some fairly deep questions like "what is the point of this exercise?", "I can literally create anything, what's should it be?", "am I any good?", "has that already been done, and if so does it matter?", "what's for dinner?" etc. Its like a miniature existential crisis every time, lol.

Many times I've known exactly what I wanted to draw and just go ahead and do it. But equally as often I've honestly stared into a blank piece of paper for hours, vaguely moving my hand above it making imaginary marks and walked away exhausted and disappointed.

So yeah, not looking for solutions or anything. Just what goes through your mind in this scenario and maybe even what you think this struggle might represent.
Glass Balloon by Simanion
Glass Balloon
Mixed media: acrylic and watercolour on presumably ceramic plate. Digitally expanded upon and cropped.

This was the primary artwork I developed for electronic duo Twin Caverns' debut EP "Glass Balloon" (soundcloud.com/twin-caverns), and is featured on the cover.

It began very spontaneously. I knew I wanted to make a detailed but free flowing abstract expressionist painting, but also knew I had to photograph the paint while still wet to get that sense of slinky motion. I stayed back at work one night and got the bright idea to start painting on one of the plates from the communal kitchenette. I made a huge mess – I had paint on my face and all over my hands, but luckily I was the only one around. If anyone had walked in, they probably would've concluded that I secretly stayed back every night and ate plates full of paint. My non-toxic shame. Mmmm blue.

Anyway, this was a real labour of love. I took it into photoshop and spent forever zooming right in and accentuating the mountains and valleys, river, lakes and mists that had magically appeared. The whole thing took on a bit of a cosmic vibe by the end, which fits Twin Caverns' self-described "astral soul" genre nicely.

Something a bit different, but I hope you like it :)

~Simon
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Where Easter Eggs Come From by Simanion
Where Easter Eggs Come From
Easter is a strange mishmash of somewhat incongruous symbols, but here they are, all together. And it's beautiful. This is where Easter eggs come from. 

They still taste good to me!

Happy chocolate times
~Simon x
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Simanion

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Many years ago, in a universe not unlike our own, a fragrant tribe of shaman poets concocted a complex soup of mirth and mystical mirrorball madness. As the clouds rolled and the rivers rose, the steaming soup continued to boil, with boiling duties being passed down the shaman line.

Finally when the moon shed its final tear and the stars whispered that it was time, the soup was fashioned into a mighty multi-coloured candle mountain - its wick burning bright in an eternal seaweed trance in the sky.

Then some random exotic erotic neurotic jester came and bit a chunk out of the bottom, made love to a swan and buried the egg deep in a purple and yellow meadow.

What awoke, hatched and grew out of the sugary earth was Simanion - both hunter and gatherer, both child and man, but probably more child, like a knowing child, a plant/animal/mineral hybrid that rides the twilight rainbow for sumfin to do and stuff.
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Ruminations and Fingers

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 9:51 AM
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Hello everyone. 

5am has just gone by and I've realised that if I visit DeviantArt and pause for a little moment, and sit in the eye of the clutter and strange noises and gratuitous nudity to actually digest what I'm doing, what I've done here, what here has done for me, recall the names and avatars that have come and gone, smile at the familiar faces and the new ones...I get very sentimental. In a way, it's like peering into a series of time capsules, documenting my life and artistic state. In a way it makes me sad. I genuinely yearn for the time when I could maintain real interactions here, and was so excited to upload something new almost every week. I was excited to be discovering that I wanted to be an artist for life. I didn't appreciate the luxury of all that time and uninterrupted opportunities to act on inspiration. 

As I've gotten older I think I've grown increasingly introverted. The internet and online connections truly overwhelm me. They almost scare me. I'm plugged in to so many social portals, all of which are directly or indirectly a means to promote myself and my work, and are a blurring of my identities as a person and as an artist. I make a distinction because if I didn't I think I'd be consumed. I don't really know by what, it's just some vague and unformed bit of knowledge contained within me that I could end up in an asylum.

Ideas for artwork I would once commit to reality now endlessly circle the inside of my head, and half the time that's almost enough for me. Having the idea, visualising the finished piece. It's a very weird place to be as an artist. Perhaps the lack of free time for my own work has forced me to be so selective with what I pursue that I've just arrived at a point where I filter everything.

I don't really have a point or an argument here, I'm just some guy with ruminations and fingers, and a rare urge to share something of myself in this moment. I'll probably wake up feeling completely different, haha.

 Part of me knows that in order to "make it" as an artist, I will one day have to quit my day job as a designer and throw myself into artmaking full time with no ropes and no returns. It's all just treading water til then. 

But on the bright side I've just returned from an awesome 4 week trip around Japan with my girlfriend. It was genuinely inspiring creatively, a bit of a wake up call to be less precious in the creation of my work and the following through of ideas. Style, originality, weirdness, wonder, skill, fantasy, flow and beauty. I like those things, others like those things, just do it.

~Simanion/Simon, but which one I don't know

  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Kimbra, Dappled Cities, The Stones
  • Reading: Plato's Symposium
  • Watching: Clouds
  • Eating: My own skin
  • Drinking: Sunshine

pica-ae has interviewed me about my work for Project Educate's Typography Week! Check it: pica-ae.deviantart.com/journal… 

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awesome work
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I'm loitering on your profile. =}
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Booga! And in other news, that interview you did for the typo thing was nifty. Rock on!
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i love having a highly respected lawn
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great stuff. i feel good watching your art
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what on earth is a shoutbox doing here?...
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Simanion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Kirsten!
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Immortalfire367 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy birthday ^^
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Simanion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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birthdays Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's March 7th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Happy birthday! :D
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Simanion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
You're welcome! :3
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
:iconhappybirthday2you::iconpurple-hplz:APPY....:iconpurple-bplz:IRTHDAY:iconexclamationmarkplz::iconbluebplz:
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Simanion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Tricia! Those balloons are hypnotising...
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
You're welcome!!!...:iconpinkballoonplz:
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