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Art for the sake of Science
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Of course these are only images, my images, and in the end they are born out of something much more akin to a voice, which though invisible to the eye and frequently unheard by even the ear still continues, day and night, year after year, to sweep through us all.
Just as you have swept through me.
Just as I now sweep through you.

- Mark Z. Danielewski

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One of my goals that I set for myself for the new year, among other things, is to make more art that makes me happy.

I think I get too anxious about how others will receive my work. I find myself trying to analyze why one piece gets lots of commentary/pins/views/likes/favorites and another piece, which I worked much harder on, doesn't - and then I imagine trying to shape my future work around what has been popular in the past, and despising the thought. That's not what I want my art to be. I want to make something that I love - and very few pieces I've produced in the past few years have inspired anything but loathing from me. I am struck by doubt and guilt every time I pick up a pencil and try to sketch something that I think would be cool: I think,"What would X say if they saw this?" "I wonder if anyone would even like this?" "Am I wasting my time?"

This doesn't mean I will be ignoring my clients or commissions. They will get their work. I won't be posting the creation on any social media though. I will still be lurking in the art community and supporting my fellow artists. I may stagnate in followers or even lose them for not updating, but I think this is an experiment worth the risk.

I'm sorry for this very self-centered announcement. I hate posts where every sentence starts with "I" - but... I feel better just by the thought of getting this message out there. Maybe I won't be able to abstain from uploading, maybe it will only be for a year. MAYBE by the end I'll have made something so amazing and wonderful it will just spontaneously erupt onto the Internet. I don't know, but let's just see where this goes.

  • Mood: Passionate
  • Listening to: birds
  • Reading: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Drinking: coffee


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Rachel K.
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United States


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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave on =)
Venuskammschnecke by Dragunalb
PixelatedLocket Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the Sailor Neptune Fav:)
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :D
Phototubby Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem. :)
PaMonk Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav::+fav::+fav:.:hug:
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey thank you for accepting the collection request for my new group :) (Smile)
Banvivirie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
Seltzar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is amazing! I love all your scientific illustrations (especially the tardigrades and bacteriophages)!
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