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Hermit time?

Sat Jan 28, 2012, 8:43 PM
  • Listening to: Mike Patton, Florence+The Machine, Marvin Gaye
  • Reading: The Fry Chronicles
  • Watching: Surf Nazis Must Die
  • Playing: with myself
  • Eating: many varieties of chocolate
  • Drinking: coffee as procrastination
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Oh hello. It's probably time for a journal update, seeing as the last one was eons ago and produced at a time when my brain was apparently in imminent danger of eating its way out of my head. Good news everyone: it didn't!

So, since that special moment in time, I have finished university entirely (after almost 6 mostly wonderful years). Apparently I'm a "Master" of graphic design now. If I understand correctly - and I do - that means I'm entitled to several slave children, and I get to wear a wizard hat and conduct the ocean at my own leisure via the latest Apple product. Cool. What else.. I acquired a girlfriend. I lost that girlfriend. My old sentimental favourite band Silverchair entered a seemingly permanent hiatus :( Diorama is still my favourite album ever, it's like a big magical warm hug. I went to Thailand and Laos and had an amazing time in the homeland (I played with baby tigers for an extended period of time!!!). I got a kickass second hand lamp. It's emerald green and gold.

Happy new year and such! I think I say this every time, but I do apologise for not being a very active member here. I see how engaged some people are with the DA community - talking to all their watchers, constantly giving real feedback/critiques, featuring unknown artists, holding contests - old friends I started out here with getting Seniority statuses for their contributions, and I feel a creeping sense of guilt that I should be using whatever little powers I have for good. Instead when I'm online I just kinda....eat chocolate and go on Youtube, haha. I'll pick up my game here some day.

I also need to create a whole lot more artwork. My output is pitiful. I spend so much time thinking and not doing, I'm going to burst. Since the beginning of this year, and even the end of last year, I feel like I've been going out or doing various social things every day. I love seeing people and doing stuff, but I also really like alone time in my self-constructed sanctuary of a room. I think I fluctuate frequently between extroversion and introversion in their extremes, which I think just annoys everybody. I have to ask myself how serious I am about being a professional artist and designer. The answer is very serious, haha. :| So..it may be time to completely throw myself into it, at the expense of a social life. Time to be a creepy art hermit.

Do any of you experience these sentiments? Surely some of you are as obsessive as me, haha.

On the plus side, the one artwork I've actually completed lately went unexpectedly crazy. I was so confused. I uploaded Neapolia and it behaved as every other artwork would. A fave or comment here and there at a gradual pace. I went to sleep. I awoke to find it had gathered a favourite almost every minute for about 6 hours. Whaaat. I assumed it may have been an overnight DD, but couldn't see any evidence of that whatsoever. Eventually I worked out that this was my first taste of front page fame, lol. I'd been in specific categories' front pages before, but never the general browsing "most popular in the last 24 hours" stuff. Of course the next day it disappeared from there and it slowed to a more regular pace. I just wish I knew why it happened, whether it was one mega popular person who faved and started a chain reaction, or if it was linked to from another site, or if it was just that a lot of my watchers happened to be online at one time. It may never happen again, but man it's cool to have an artwork closing in on 1000 :+fav: without the help of a DD :thanks: However, it did kind of make me realise why there is such a massive gap between those that chance upon popularity and manage to stay there, and those that are floundering in the unknown. The system is kind of constructed to perpetuate it.

So what's on the horizon for you all this year??

~Simon

To conclude, here are some of my favourite things of late:

Alone In The Winter by Sablewest Spreading like the Night by Les-Diables :thumb272948106: My Melpomene by alterlier Kingyo by azurecorsair dance of lights by aileleen :thumb258860653: :thumb253259037: Couldn't Fly by tobilou forest shrooms by conundrum-alice woman 5 by danielramosruiz five-o'clock by artfactotum The Brocclophone by myles092 000045 by wesleyayers

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SsHasSH Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
(y)
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SsHasSH Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
you is not human <3
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strangemousee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Ah I love your things you write.

I have a story for you! Maybe 3 years ago I bought one of your prints from deviant art and had it blue tacked nicely on my wall for those years, until the beginning of this year when I moved to Sydney to begin this magical university experience. Anywho I saw it on my wall and took it off to bring to my new Sydney home, and I thought what better place to put it to keep it flat than in my book! Unfortunately I was also reading said book on the train and when I got to Sydney I tragically discovered it had fallen out of the book. My only solace is that hopefully someone found it on the train and will appreciate it for many years to come.

Hm, that story was better in my head... anyway hope you are well sir.
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myles092 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for featuring my brocclophone painting!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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jogerm Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I have exactly those sentiments. I want to spend March as an art hermit (well, maybe be a little active here again...not that I was ever really good at that, but I've hardly anything to show over the past three years).
I came back today, cleaned up my gallery full of crap, and nostalgiaed all over the place - and now here I am, seeing old friends' improvements and where life has taken them, and starting over, sketchbook in hand.
Admittedly, part of my motivation right now seems to be competition between my present and my past; I feel like I have to outdo everything from before, specifically because I can and my old stuff isn't close to my current level, except that I was much more patient then.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My March hermitry...didn't eventuate as I wanted it to. I mean, I was more of a hermit - I just sat in limbo instead. Let the mega-productiveness begin in April then! ...Yeah.

I left a comment in your journal :) I think you should at least keep a few works in your main gallery, it will show your evolution as an artist. But yes, I know the feeling of wanting to start over. And my past self was much more patient with drawing/painting. But to a ridiculous level, so I don't miss it thaaaat much. The comparative urgency that's replaced it is somewhat useful.

Hope your creative endeavours are going well.
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thoughtwithportals Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I didn't know anyone else liked sigur ros! :D I saw your surreal elephant and decided to check you out. I like you c: keep being awesome and unclassifiable
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Simanion Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thanks :aww: Of course! I think ( ) is my favourite album by them, or maybe Takk. By the way..did you read that in my musical tastes on my main page or somewhere here in my "listening to" section here? Because that journal part has completely disappeared for me, I don't know how to get it back! I'm able to edit it, but then when I publish it's nowhere to be seen. Haha.
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thoughtwithportals Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
No I saw it in your interests thingy... D: but my favorite album is agaetis birjun <3 donno if I spelled it right. Jonsi's solo career is really kicking off too c:
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Sans-sommeil Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hey :>
Well, i cannot share the same sentiments. ‘Cause well.. i‘m not an artist and all. Just a hermit alone. But still i wanted to congratulate you! {: You‘re amazing! And now you are official master (: That‘s so great.. ♥

I wish you all the best this year, Simon! May good luck attend you.
And even if the hard times would come.. i suppose you know what you should do then, eh? You know.. „Take the world upon your shoulders and burn, burn, burn, burn, BURN!“ (:

Be well!
Dalia
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Simanion Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! Ah you know Diorama?! Always surprises me when non-Australians know that album :aww:

You must feel like an artist sometimes though, no? Or that it makes up part of who you are?
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Sans-sommeil Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
You are welcome (^-^)
Yes, i know it. And i like it! I like Silverchair. Leave their lyrics on the beach sand everytime i'm by the sea (:

Well, i had a dream to study arts.. and i failed it. Though still the only thing that i can really enjoy is drawing. So i don't know how to answer.. I don't feel like an artist though i know i wouldn't be who i am without having pencils and sketchbook in my life.
You know, it's like even if i cannot draw well i cannot live without drawing anyway.
You can call it simply schizo :>

Thanks for replying :>
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kittipilla Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey hey... Im the complete opposit... I stay a home being my hermit self (sewing along) and everyone comes to me with their harassment... sigh. Hope you've been well :D and enjoied New Years
Kittie
xx
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your sanctuary is being invaded? Oh that would be far, far worse. Haha. Nooo! And I don't know about you, but I definitely need complete solitude to be creative at all. And I need there to be nothing else on that day or night. So it's not like I can do both, I always have to choose. Why does it have to be so difficult, haha. I hope you did too Kittie! x
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secretplanet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yep. i have the same emotions. bugger people for making me want to go out & see them!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn human interaction, what has it ever done for the species anyway. Heh. I'm sure there's a balance, but I'm thinking it needs to be tilted one way in the extreme right now.
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