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I haven't been making much art or writing for a while, but I've been inspired and decided to join in #inktober on Instagram: instagram.com/saintartaud/

It's possible some of these drawings wind up scanned and posted here, but depends how much I like them. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and/or like my drawings and photos.

My interest in dA is sporadic of late, especially after realizing the forums here are terrible. If I was making the work to post, I might actually participate, but even that is "meh."

Still lurking in the shadows, as ever.
  • Reading: Age of Innocence
It's a new year and time to clear out ye olde wastebasket!

I've decided that I need to take a break on dA for a while.  The forums have turned into a big time suck for me, I haven't uploaded any art for a while, and am not really commenting/contributing as much as I'd like.  And right now I've got a lot of things going on, what with working a fulltime job and finishing the second issue of Undercurrent.  I also need to get back into a regular writing practice and have lots of unfinished projects to complete.  Not to mention exercising more and buying a bike, among numerous other things like meditating more and going on hikes, etc.

Initially, I was considering taking a whole year off, but I've found that shooting for smaller goals tends to work better for me.  So I'm aiming for a month, then will maybe challenge myself to 3 or 6 months.  If I can do more, great, but I'm not going to pressure myself.  

I'll still be online, just on sites that waste my time less and mostly to keep in touch with friends or to do research.  I'll probably be posting the final batch of 2013 book reviews on GoodReads as well.  If you don't know where to find me, I have social media links on my website, or you can email me directly.  Won't be available via dA's comment system until I return.

With that said, hope everyone's holidays were wonderful, and have a good new year.  Super Shibe for all!
  • Reading: Age of Innocence

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saintartaud
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I'm an artist, illustrator, writer, and designer, from Kansas City, MO.

I've been on DeviantArt for a long time (11 years--really?), but there have been at least a couple of gaps in my involvement. The site is very different from when I first signed up, and I've seen hands change several times. I keep coming back because I like having the additional venue for my work and enjoy the sense of community (though I'm less involved than I used to be). I've made a lot of wonderful connections through dA Lit in particular.

I primarily post my fine art and illustration work to my gallery, though I occasionally post some samples of my writing. I tend to keep my graphic/web design work separate; you can find samples on my website.

Currently I'm focusing more attention on my fine art, with the hopes of eventually having a show or entering a residency. I am looking at other venues and opportunities as well. Most of my work is in pen & ink, more recently graphite, and the style has often been compared to old wood cuts/engravings. My subject matter is apparently narrative and symbolic while evading simple readings. Many of my references are drawn from religious concepts and symbolism, along with esoteric fields like tarot and alchemy. You can view my artist statement and resume here.

Besides working on my fine art, I am seeking a fulltime job and finishing the rough draft of my second novel. My fiction is largely speculative, much of it taking place 500 years in the future on another planet in a city obsessed with the past. That's the simple version anyway.

For those who are fond of silly lists of influences and inspirations, here's a few: Barry Moser, Peter Milton, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Terry Gilliam, William Blake, Remedios Varo, Dino Valls, C.G. Jung, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, German/Austrian Expressionism, Northern Renaissance, outsider/visionary art, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Michael Gira, Philip K. Dick, Franz Kafka, Mervyn Peake, etc.

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adondevas Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
Hello. They closed my thread so I will answer you here.

I often see the claim that the best poets (or even the best artists in general) were conservatives in my native language. The number of poets that are reminded may in fact be low, but if one attempt to their rôle in the history of litterature instead of their number it seems to be an important pattern. 

Also the concept of right and left may not fit when used in a global perspective. I 've been thinking of " right -wing " in poetry history in terms of mythical thinking.

 I personally knew some very talented poets and musicians with a very non-sense and irrealistic view of politics (in the right side) , due to their deep connection with mythology.

And when they're left - wing they seem to be the most conservative kind and to think of politics in terms of (leftist) mythology too. They make a lot of sense in their poetry, but their prose just seems insane.

( In usa i would say that there is no right wing at all; that your right wing seems just to be the 18th century left, while in other countries conservatism goes much more far in the past. And while your radical  left- wing seems to  be much more close to national traditions and national mjythology than they are in other countries.  I'm not sure i can be clear about that point) .
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saintartaud Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
IDK enough about Brazilian politics or literature to say anything either way. :shrug:

Regarding US politics...you're not wrong. We do have a left/right dichotomy, but the way it functions here is a bit different because of our government system, history, and traditions. To the extent that our conservatives play up the ideals of individual liberty, it's true they would fit a certain definition of "leftwing." But then if you looked at how left-wing is defined around other social and economic issues, it just doesn't fit. What makes this conversation more difficult is the shifts in our political history, namely with what happened after the 1960s, with the pole shift of parties hinging on de-segregation, the New Left being absorbed into the Democratic party, and the rise of the religious right.

I really don't understand what you're saying about the radical-left in our country and national traditions/mythology. That sounds more like something that occurs in our right wing politics, tho you could probably argue there exists a corollary to that among liberals/progressives. But could be that I don't really understand your terminology/definitions. It might actually be clearer not to use broad generalizations like left/right, or be more clear about what "traditions/myths" is supposed to mean.
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adondevas Featured By Owner Edited 23 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Well, let's say that political debate happens in a " rational" level and in a "irrational" one; the irrational level is what I call traditional or mythical, in the jungian sense .

Both right and left wingers can argue in one level or another, but I would say that far right wing (that is radical christians, radical muslins, fascists , nazis, some monarchists and others) tends more to the irrational thinking;

while left wingers, which came from the XVIII th century (liberals in usa, communists, anarchists, nationalists in the 3rd world, social -democrats, but also conservative individualism in the u.s. and some monarchists) may argue more in the rational level , though their beliefs can also have a irrational and mythical background at some point (revolutionary romanticism).

When I found true the claim that the best poets are "conservatives", I'm thinking about them as irrational and mythological thinkers when it comes to politics; while the left winger poets may also be more in the irrational side.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't remember if you like training newblets, but I figured I'd link you anyway since they're looking for trad P: forum.deviantart.com/senior/se…
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