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Drawn to exist

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 25, 2011, 10:58 AM
In Paris, even the homeless guys are artists.


A special project

Alright folks, let's get serious.

Actually, I want to tell you a story. It starts when I'm 10. When I am 10, I move with my parents to a new apartment, and discover a new side of my neighborhood. I discover new shops, bus stops, people. Amongst them, I meet someone who will be part of my everyday life for a few years, and whose disappearance a few years back still affects me greatly.

This man was called Jean Luc. Red hair and beard, as tall as my dad (he's tall), he could have looked kind of creepy, but really, he didn't. Jean Luc was the hobo who was always sitting next to my doorstep.

Now, you're probably wondering why all of sudden I'm writing a journal about a homeless guy, who's dead now. Well, you see, Jean Luc wasn't your ordinary homeless guy. He was an institution. Indeed, Jean Luc had an alter-ego, Micro Mec (Mini Man, if you prefer), a little character which he would draw on the pavement with chalk, and make witty observations about the daily life of being a homeless, or about something he read in the paper. And I have to say, even today when I remember those, it's hard not to tear up, when facing pure poetry from someone who had it so hard.

The story of Jean Luc is as follows: once happily married, this father of one was working in a computer company of some sort. One day, his only son died, and then, his normal life took a spin. Divorced, he lost his job and finally became homeless. But facing extreme misery, he had the courage and the character to make the world, or at least our neighborhood, a better place.

Conscious of this, my dad decided at some point to take pictures of his drawings, and he made them printed (this was before the spread of digital cameras, mind you) in a beautiful edition with a nice case. The plan was to make an album out of it and give it to him, as a token of appreciation of what he did for all of us, I guess.

But we never got to do it. On June 18th, 2003, three years after we moved, Jean Luc died, in a hospital. The story however doesn't end here: where he would normally sit, a paper was put, saying he died. That day (and the following week), there was always a crowd standing there to read it (I remember, they were blocking my door!). And then, the pavement was covered with flowers, or notes from all those people, who, silently, enjoyed this daily dose of poetry.

Being 13 then, I was deeply affected by it, and by the response it generated: not only did it shake our whole the neighborhood, but national TV made a subject about it on the news (and interviewed my mom and sister), and my dad even gave an interview to The Independent about it (link).

For 7 years now, I have remembered him, with both melancholy and bitterness. Melancholy, because his presence, his poetry, brightened the life of a whole neighborhood, probably more than he ever imagined, and bitter, because we never got to give him this album, show him how much we respected him.

Well, now I want to take action about that. So I created a blog, drawntoexist.tumblr.com, where I will be gathering, every Friday, pictures my dad took of Jean Luc's work, to share it with the world. I am sharing it with you, and feel free to share it with everyone.

I will be forever affected by this, and maybe, like me, you'll see the poetry in this. And even if only one person does, I will be happy, knowing that Jean Luc still lives, in the mind of everybody he touched.

Thank you.






  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: soundcloud.com/heathered-pearls/
  • Reading: Moonwalking with Einstein
  • Watching: Colbert Report, Daily Show
  • Playing: Shogun 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Six years of deviation

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 23, 2010, 5:09 PM
Six is an awesome number.



Deviant since Dec 23, 2004

This year I am both please and ashamed to write this journal. Pleased, because I love and miss numbers and I'm glad to play with them again. Ashamed, because I didn't write here for so long, or even participate on this website...

For the few new watchers of this year: since 2006 I've been doing a journal for every of my deviantART birthday looking at stats and seeing my progress (or failure). It might be insanely boring and self-centric to some of you but it's something I like to read every year. Also, I love numbers (I've said that already), and I love to document things. With numbers.

So let's see!

First, last year, on dec 24 2009, I became a senior member of deviantART. This only changed the symbol next to my name, although I have to admit, I am extremely proud I've had the honor to become one. DeviantART has changed my life in so many ways, it feels amazing to get some recognition here... Now, the numbers!

2006:
NEOkeitaro has 7,641 pageviews total and his 147 deviations were viewed 15,646 times. He watches 114 people, while 72 people watch him.

2007:
NEOkeitaro has 15,531 pageviews total and their 222 deviations were viewed 59,951 times. Neokeitaro watches 154 people, while 114 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2008:
NEOkeitaro has 30,671 pageviews total and their 283 deviations were viewed 139,124 times. Neokeitaro watches 234 people, while 223 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2009
NEOkeitaro has 50,857 pageviews total and their 318 deviations were viewed 374,326 times. Neokeitaro watches 300 people, while 366 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2010
NEOkeitaro has 69,852 pageviews total and their 323 deviations were viewed 506,701 times. Neokeitaro watches 321 people, while 445 people watch NEOkeitaro.

69,852-50,857=18,995 pageviews this year. (20,186 last year) Pretty much the same as last year basically, which is nice considering how absent I was... However, first year with no improvement.

323-318=5 deviations uploaded this year (0.42 a month) (35 last year) Last year I was saying I would rather upload finished, polished pieces... But one has to produce them, first. Was this here not productive for me? In terms of visual art, it certainly wasn't. However, I created some of the most polished pieces I've ever did this year... I just can't show them. But let's just say, I wasn't just idling this year...

506,701-374,326=132,375 views this year (11,031 a month) (235,202 last year) While last year I made a gain of 300%, here I'm losing 100,000 views (holy sh!t). This seems a lot (it is...), but considering I didn't produce anything exciting really this year, all the views are on my previous years' works.

I watched 21 people this year (66 last year) and 79 watched me (143 last year, about twice as much as this year). While I remain pretty silent here, I occasionally watch some new talents... Thing is, it's getting really hard to impress me these days and when I see what's in my watchlist, it depresses me how much crap I got... That's actually one of the good thing deviantART brought to me: I got to refine my tastes. Quite a lot. The bad thing is, I find that most on dA is crap now :bucktooth:

2006:
Overall, his deviations received 2,230 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 340 times, while he commented 4,822 times.

2007:
Overall, their deviations received 3,433 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 1,163 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 6,740 times.

2008:
Overall, their deviations received 4,778 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 3,115 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 9,287 times, making about 6.39 comments per day since NEOkeitaro joined DA.

2009
Overall, their deviations received 5,476 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 4,710 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 10,698 times, making about 6.18 comments per day since NEOkeitaro joined DA.

2010
Overall, their deviations received 5,737 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 5,768 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 11,246 times, making about 5.13 comments per day since joining deviantART.

5,476-4,778=261 comments received this year (less than 1 a day :( ) (698 last year) I think 95% of these comments are "Hey, I used your stock here! thank you so much!" This is actually a lot of work to answer to because I have to copy paste every link and fav, and answer... And I lack time :p

5,768-4,710=1,058 favourites received this year (88 a month, 3 a day) (1,595 last year) 50% decrease... Again, probably due to my lack of posting, and less watchers, etc... Notice that's about 4 fav for a comment.

11,246-10,698=548 comments made this year (1,411 last year) Still more than a comment a day! Though honestly I don't remember writing that much here...

Also:

2010
Their deviation with the most comments is The French with  269 comments, while their most favourited one is 3R Stock Steampunk Instruments, with 923 favourites. Their most viewed deviation is Wallpaper - Pink Winter with  56,605 views.

Same three deviations as last year, but exponentially crazy numbers. I mean, Pink Winter got 20,000 views this year! Incredible...

This year snapshot: neokeitaro.deviantart.com/art/…



Enough numbers, we want letters!

Ok so this is the part that is actually readable.

This year was... Epic. This year is the year I took control of my own life. Met a bunch of new people, bounded... I traveled half the globe. Twice. Once to the Philippines and Hong Kong (which I miss so much! hopefully I'll get to go again soon...), and the other to Mexico. I enjoyed my first professional experiences, which were mind blowing to say the least, depressing some times, but positive in the end. Some of the choices I've made this year will shape my life for decades to come... Yeah, I came to this kind of age. But then again, when I look back, it really seems like everything you do matters, although sometimes it's not the ones you'd expect that matter the most. But it's interesting to observe the path of my life, and how it led me to where I am now, and see how far I can follow the wire...

Am I talking non sense? Am I even talking? I feel like I'm writing.

Anyway...

This year, I've also made a few artistic discoveries, which I'll try to enumerate to you, keeping only the best of the best:

MUSIC
Autolux - Future Perfect

This album, although not new, is absolutely incredible. It's 2000s shoegaze at its best, although shoegaze is really describing it as something it's not, or not only. Being a musician and a gear freak, what I was (and still am) particularly impressed about was their guitar and bass tones/effects. I mean, they're both simple and completely brilliant, and also unheard. Their songs have great rhythm, lyrics, and melodies. THEY.ARE.AWESOME.

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Alright, so this is new, as in 2010 new. I've read quite a few lists of "best album of the year" kind, and this album appears on every decent one. Why? Well, imagine John Lennon rising from the earth, finding a couple of mates, and tell them "fuck the Beatles, it's a new era! Let's do some psyche-rock or something and let's make a freaking great album." (Yeah. John speaks like that now.) But you know what? THEY DID. This album, from the first track to the last, is absolutely amazing. Oh and you know what? It's also quite easy to listen to. As Autolux btw. I'm going telling you to listen to the Merzbox or something. This is the kind of music your father would enjoy if he had good tastes in music.

MOVIES
Gaspar Noe's Enter The Void

I've mentioned this already in my previous journal but it got released in Bluray and well... I have to mention it again. Why? Not because it's French (although shot in Tokyo and in English), but because it's the best movie I've seen this year, and probably this decade. It's been compared a lot with 2001, A space odyssey, and not only do I think it's a great analogy to make, but what's great about Enter the void is that it even goes beyond that. For you in the back who didn't get what I just said, I said Enter the Void is better than 2001, A Space Odyssey. Yes, I did. And I LOVED 2001.

COMICS
NAWLZ

Alright, next amazing thing on the list: free, interactive web comics NAWLZ. This year I haven't read many books as I was more interested in the medium of comics, which I knew little about, being a bookworm for so long, with some manga phases. But NAWLZ... Not only does it have great narrative, but what is great about it is that the form itself (web comic) just elevates the content. How? But adding animation, music, and effects to the comics, it creates a second world which is absolutely fascinating. If you're a fan of cyberpunk, you'll die from an orgasm reading this. And then come back, as a robot. Or something.

TV SHOWS
Mad Men

This isn't new, and you've probably heard about it, but just in case you didn't: Mad Men is the best thing on TV. Because it is a TV show and not a film, they get to really study the characters, with a subtlety and a precision that seems, well... unmatched. Last TV show that went that far was maybe Westwing but Mad Men is also more aesthetic, and generally more artistically influent/inspiring. Bad thing is, it's starting to get really popular, and therefore we see a lot of not-so-glorious tributes to it, or just people appropriating it for themselves when they don't have the talent Matthew Weiner has. But still, season 4 is the best yet, and this is a must.


HONORABLE MENTIONS

designspiration.net => good website when you have a creative block, some really neat feature. Pretty recent, too.
blog.iso50.com/ => good blog about design (mostly inspired by the 70s) and music (as iso50 is linked to Ghostly). I've been a fan for years and they still maintain a good balance of quality of art, information, and general awesomeness.
fox-orian.deviantart.com/ => a great inspiration for me on this site. His level of dedication to this community and his general skills are mind-blowing to me. One of the artist I've felt the closest to on this site for a while. And he's just so nice ~~


That's it for tonight, if you've read it all, you're a warrior, congrats! Give me news about yourself as well! One of the reason I don't go as often here is because I feel like I've lost touch with many of viewers and I feel like a stranger here :(

I love you all, but mostly you. Happy anniversary :)

Previous entries:

2006
2007
2008
2009

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Warp 20 boxset
  • Watching: Enter the Void, Mad Men
  • Playing: Eve online

Casual update (EDIT)

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 7, 2010, 12:08 PM
Really, casual. How are you, by the way?


EDIT: let's see if I can code CSS on my phone...

Happy 10th birthday Deviantart! You're half my age and I've been here for half yours! I'm writing this while driving in South Mexico so I can't really take part of any activities (who has a birthday in the middle of summer, seriously???) but I'm really proud to be a part of this for so long now.

That said... WILL THEY RELEASE THE NEW SEARCH ENGINE ALREADY??? I have a few people to bash...

Well, it's been a while...

So I've been busy lately. Spent a bit more than a month in Asia (mostly Quezon City, Philippines, but a few days in Hong Kong too... I love this city, seriously...), signed some of the most important papers I signed so far, met new friends, wrote a lot... I've never felt so young and yet it feels like I grew five years older in a few months. Exciting!


The art of living.

I don't even remember what I last uploaded on deviantART... I think last time I spent so much time without updating anything was back when I actually left the site in 2005. I'm still reading most of the journals in my inbox though, and browse through my watchers' deviations, etc...

You see, I'm in a learning/inspiration phase right now. I'm trying to figure out on my own many many things about music, using ableton live and a couple of vst instruments and plugins, and I have A LOT of things to learn. And, of course, there's the whole part about mixing, mastering, etc...

It will probably take me years to get as good with Live as I am with Photoshop (or, once was? or never?), but I have a feeling it's worth it. I also intend to learn my ways through Cinema 4D, but I guess, maybe later. Right now, I want to release a batch of well mixed songs. You'll be updated.



Also!

I bought a car :)

A blaze orange 1978 MG B. It looks like this (but this is not my car):


Stuff you should check out.



By the guy who directed Irreversible, this is BY FAR the best movie I've seen this year. And I've just seen Inception (which is sooo overrated. Absolutely no background. Full of potential, but written by someone who, to me, lacks imagination. Go see The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, rather...)




  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Sun Kil Moon
  • Watching: Modern Family, Irreversible, Enter the Void
  • Playing: Resident Evil 5, Eve online

HK, Manila, here I come! (EDIT)

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 8, 2010, 8:54 PM
HK stands for Hyper Kerning


EDIT: For the few stalkers I have here (and for friends, too)

As suggested by a few, I started another blog to keep my friends updated on my trip to Asia. You can stalk me here: lescarnetsnoirs.tumblr.com/

It's obviously hilarious and personal. If you're nice I'll upload porn or whatever.


I think like 6 months ago I did a post about super secret projects. Well this is #something.

deviantART has had a very high impact on my life in 5 years.

It made me embrace my creative self, explore new ideas, meet a lot of new people... Some of them are still here with me today, more than ever.

When something good happens to me, I like to follow the dots, backwards. Let's do that now:

In 4 days, I'll be leaving Paris for Manila, to see a bit of the country, and meet some pinoys, including the great kinjiki, and to eventually write a book. This happens thanks to the extraordinary amount of awesomeness packed in islamaia, who literally took me under her wings since January 2009, and thanks to whom I had one of the most exciting year I ever lived.

I met islamaia a bit after I created Anti-Theft-Milice, a group founded because I wanted to do something out of what I learnt in law school. I went to law school because I didn't want to go to a business school, because I have been in classes with "gifted" persons before and I just can't stand those minds open enough to learn anything by heart from a book but close enough to brutalize somebody because of its difference. I realized that business school wasn't the only way to go when I met people on deviantART, who where successful (or not even, but living from their art) because they had talent, passion and patience. Because they accepted to live differently. I read journals of people who I thought had amazing lives, saw deviations of artists with incredible visions. The way you live your life is at least as important as what you make of it.

I subscribed on deviantART because of OoLunacyoO, who I met on a forum that somebody I did a trip to Germany with gave me. I did this trip because although I learnt German as my first foreign language, I sucked at it. I was 13 then. I studied German because when I was 10 and I changed school the teachers said I was "too smart to learn English" (literally. they said that.). "Too smart", back then, meant having good grades. I had good grades before I was trained well by the great teachers I had between 6 and 10. I was in that good school because it was close to my home, and it was my home because that's where my parents lived. I believe my parents are somehow the reason why I got here, on Earth, in the first place, but I was too young to remember it all so I'm still suspicious about it.

Life takes you in funny places. At one point you have ideas, ideals. Then they change. You say you'll never believe in something, then you're interested about it, then you do. You say you'll never love again, but sometimes it's just a matter of time.

Life gives you an infinite range of emotions, but I believe you somehow have to be trained to feel them all. To me, art (creating, or living it) is still one of the best school to learn how to properly feel.

Life is quite wonderful, if you look at it at the right angle.



That was kind of emo...

What can I say? To prepare myself to fully experience my trip I trained myself to be exceptionally open.

Now be emo, and follow the dots! Tell me, dear watchers, what, who made you be where you are now? Maybe not in your life, but say, on deviantART? :)



There will be no more links.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT


Start a flame in your heart is my new tumblr website. I have been sharing an awful lot of things lately all over, and considering I'm doing less and less journal on deviantART, and I don't like having too many images here, I subscribed to tumblr to post more, but always only interesting stuff (I should desync twitter...). I strongly encourage you to follow this, with RSS for example (tumblr RSS feeds work great). I don't think I will post links in my journal for a while, now, but I have quite a lot to share... HOWEVER, I'll make one exception today, because it is way too awesome.





Sometimes, somebody just gets it. In that case, when it happened, the creator created NAWLZ, and to me, revolutionized comics. Not online comics. Comics. This is the new best way to tell stories in sequential art. It is the future, literally. I strongly advise you to take two hours, crank up the volume, and just read the first season in one piece. It just WON'T let you indifferent. The first chapter is kind of hard to get into, but just continue, it gets awesome.

This is all for today! I hope you enjoyed this day and the days before, and the days after that! I love you all, and those who didn't yet:


GIVE ME MORE LLAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: A billion things.
  • Reading: Dorian Gray
  • Watching: Kaamelott
  • Playing: Bioshock 2 online

GIVE ME LLAMAS

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 1, 2010, 2:41 AM
seriously, that's all I'm asking


I WANT MOAAAAR

Please please please, dear watchers, give me llamas! D: I love llamas. And if you do, just ask me for one, I'll give it to you too :)

Enjoy the llama shenanigan!

By the way, I'm team GAGA. Rumors say I don't have a dick, too.

(more updates later)



  • Mood: Llama
  • Listening to: Lady Gaga
  • Reading: Twillight
  • Watching: Twillight, Eragon, Telephone PV
  • Playing: Twillight, SCENE IT!
  • Eating: Twillight licensed food
  • Drinking: FAKE BLOOD ZOMG

I am a writer

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 1, 2010, 4:45 AM
and here I write once a month.


Words of a more talented one.

That day, I thought that I held something important and that my life would be changed. But nothing of this nature is acquired definitively. Like water, the world traverses you, and for a while, lends you its colours. It then draws back, leaving you once again to face the emptiness that one carries in oneself, to face that central insufficiency of the spirit that one must learn to live with, to fight, and which, paradoxically, is possibly our surest driving force.

- Nicolas Bouvier, in L'Usage du monde



My own way of filling vacuum

Many things happened since my last journal.

I passed my exams. That's great, and it means I'll be free until next October.

Because of that, I will go very soon (like, in about two weeks) to the Philippines, for something work related, until June. I can't say much about it now, but I am kind of writing a book, and I need to go to Asia to do some sociological research. It's going to be awesome.

Because of this trip, I'll have to pick in my 8TB of data around 500GB of crucial files I want to take with me. This is killing me. It really is.

Reading a good book once in a while is a near orgasmic experience. Having one of your favorite book quoted to you to someone you really like is somehow even better.

Speaking about orgasm, I have the last Joanna Newsom's album, Have One On Me in flac for a good while now, and I am trying to resist to give it a listen before I can actually buy my copy, which is only released on March 8th in France. This sucks :(

If you got an art block, or just some time ahead of you, read fox-orian's journals. He's awesome. When I am 4 years older I want to be just like him.


By the way, does anyone know a good noise/drone label?



For the road





Zhou Fan



Jeremy Geddes



The Perry Bible Fellowship



The Wilkinson Residence (more info: www.oshatz.com/text/wilkinson.… )



  • Mood: Love Dazed
  • Listening to: Anything from Ghostly, Koop, Yo La Tengo...
  • Reading: L'Usage du monde (N. Bouvier) + Dorian Gray
  • Watching: Kaamelot, Mad Men
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2 / Bioshock 2

When I am rich I'll buy a chair.

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 26, 2010, 12:33 PM
Right now I can sit on it, though.


THIS JUST IN!

What's better than your favorite artist releasing a new album? That she releases a double album.

And what is even better? THAT'S RIGHT, TRIPLE MOTHERFUCKER ALBUM.

Such nice words, to say that Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me is going to be released at the end of February.

Clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Greq05…


Meme I was asked to do and that I do because I am a nice person that does meme I am asked to do because I am nice.

*Rules:

• Post these rules.
• Each tagged person must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
• At the end, you have to choose and tag 10 people and post their icons on the same journal.
• Go to their pages and send a message saying you tagged them.
• Don't tag me back.

1. I tend to get obsessive about anything. For a while now I have been this idea of what I call "absolutes". Absolutes are objects to own in your life, that are absolute, in the way that when you got it, you won't need to look for another one, because there is nothing better. I have the absolute guitar, and the absolute pen, so far. And the absolute brain.

2. I am extremely funny in real life, although I keep a very straight face when I tell jokes. Usually, people try to imitate me when I do so. Except it's imitation, so they just suck, and don't even laugh at my jokes.

3. I'm just realizing that 10 things to say about me is quite a lot. Here you go, an other one done!

4. Every girl that talked to me for a while on instant messaging at one point fell in love with me. Except those who already had a boyfriend, those who were gay, and those who were not interested in me.

5. I can be extremely handsome in your imagination, as long as you have a very powerful one.

6. My musical library expands nearly every day, and despite that you probably don't know 75% of the bands in it. If you do, marry me.

7. I learnt English only by watching Friends and commenting on deviantART. Somehow I think I should have learnt a bit of grammar too.

8. While speaking in French I tend to use too many adverbs.

9. I'm a vegetarian, although I eat meat and couldn't care less about most animals.

10. My favorite musical album is probably Ys, by Joanna Newsom. Or Uroboros by Dir en grey.

I won't tag anyone.



Random awesome things I've been wanting to put there since the last time I updated this journal.




THE CHAIR



THE VIDEO



THE PICTURES

MUSICIANS WORTH CHECKING OUT:
Autolux
Bibio
Wilco



What about me?

I'm fine, thank you. Studying for my exams that will end February 5th. Can't F*CUKING WAIT.

See you in a month or so.


I almost forgot!

  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Dir en grey, Bibio, Wilco, The Decemberists
  • Reading: My 108 RSS feeds.
  • Watching: Better Off Ted, Inside Jamel Comedy Club
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE

This has nothing to do with New Year stuff.

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 31, 2009, 6:52 AM
But, still, happy everything!



What is art?

We all are belonging to a website named deviantART. We submit deviations. Some of us call ourselves "artists". Some of us call other users "artists".

And yet, it is very clear that many of us don't really know what art really is. Let's try to find a proper, usable, understandable definition, ok?

From the words of Saint Exupery, "Perfection is reached not when there is nothing else to add but when there is nothing else to subtract". Since I'm very chauvinistic I'll incorporate this idea into my process of finding a good definition for the word "art". Let's try this.

Art is created whenever an artist creates with the intention of making art.

This definition is certainly not perfect. But it's useful: this definition fits any medium, past, present and future. Painters of the tenth century would not have incorporated photography into their vision of what "art" is, simply because it didn't exist yet. Many pieces of art nowadays are composed of pixels, of electronic, tangible, objective informations. You understand my point: this definition will fit any art form that will ever exist.

But of course this definition calls for an other one: what is an artist? Let's go silly on this one:

An artist is a person that creates art pieces.

Again, this definition may seem extremely vague, but you understand why.

Now, those definitions may be interesting, but I sense (from the future, because I'm awesome) that it leaves you a bit perplex. I mean, if you accept those definitions, then, anything could be art, basically. Ok, now, let's try to define what is not art, according to this definition.

A tree.
A landscape.
The sea.
The sun.
A breeze on your neck.
A funny shaped cloud.

Art is artificial. From the first definition, you can extract two things: art is a creation, with an intention. Nature is not, in any way, art. It can looks pretty, sure, but it's not art. However, grab two branches in your hand, put them somewhere (anywhere), and say "it's art!" and BOOM! It's art. (It's called land-art) You are, therefore, an artist.

Other example: take a family picture. It's crappy, looks bad, your mom isn't smiling and your smaller brother is making bunny ears to your grandmother. Bleh. Not art, right? Except you're an artist, and you took the picture thinking "Now, I'm making art". Ha. After all, isn't that what Norman Rockwell did?



You're kidding me, right?

Of course, the real trouble in this debate is, what is good art?

That is a much, much more difficult question to answer. There are many elements you could take as a start for a definition: the mastering of a technique, the effect the piece has on one person, several person, the world... How it influences the next artists, how it creates a new world, etc...

You could just say: "Well, a good piece of art is something pretty." But there are some ugly masterpieces. "Well, ok, then... A good piece of art is something that makes me feel something." What if you don't feel anything, just because it isn't your type of thing, or because you're tired of it? I live in Paris, I feel more eating my crusty baguette in the morning than watching Mona Lisa. And, well, some artists may not want you to feel anything at all. Like an emotional black hole. "Argh." Yup.

Ok, from the beginning. We saw before that a piece of art is created by an artist whose intention was to create art, right? Well, then, I propose:

A good piece of art is when an artist succeeded to translate its intention into its piece of art.

THANK GOD, that means that La Gioconda is still a good piece of art (even though it's really small and no one feels anything when seeing it) and that the doodle you made on a bad paper while you're talking to your grandma is still just a doodle. o/

The quality of a piece of art is certainly not defined by how one, or many persons feel about it. Many artists were unknown and/or not recognized in their own time. It doesn't matter if the artist is well known, if it received recognition from its pears. Don't know about you, but I find this quite relaxing...



But I thought...

That art should deliver a message? Some artists intend to do that, some don't. That doesn't make either of them less of an artist.

That art should change the world? According to an other definition, why not?

Thart art should be provocative? Well, Mozart did some quite commercial stuff at the end of his carrier, but I still believe it's art...

Art was impossible to define? Well, it's a philosophical question. Again, my definition is not perfect, it's just a start point for your own reflection on the subject. I just thought it would help some people, especially since I read TechCrunch's article about deviantART. I'm pretty sure they won't agree with me, but, hell, let them give me a better definition then.


A few last words

Every one can become an artist, as long as you're a human and you have a mind. (NB: Animals do not create art pieces. Babies rarely do.) But the journey to become a good artist (=that manage to translate its intention into a piece of art) is long, asks for sacrifices, and is sometimes easier to do with partners. DeviantART is, today, one of the best place to find such partners. Some of us, many of us, will never become great artists. Some of us don't even want to become great artists. But those who want it: well, at least they tried, and not in the worst way.

I'm not going through the explanation of the meaning of life or anything like that, but, well, art needs an intention from a human being; basically, it needs something that only the humans can provide. The result sometimes provides beauty, or joy, to the artist and the viewers. We may not all succeed in this, but, at least it's a noble gesture to try.

You're a hero if you read all that cr*p. :D



  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Apparat
  • Reading: MCD (french magasine)
  • Watching: Star Trek TNG
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE

But we are still all =

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 24, 2009, 2:54 AM
Except, you know, the *



Hahahahhaha... Wait, what?

Scotland is a cold country. We are in a holiday season. There are many reasons why fourteenthstar would have been drinking a bit too much those last days. However, this time, it may have been just a little too much. You see, while trying to grab her glass, her elbow accidentally pressed the big red button on her desk, which randomly makes some deviants senior members. Here is the list of the poor victims of this tragic accident:

tanya-n
Anoya
scrapsaurus
YouInventedMe
vacuumslayer
damien-c
Aeirmid
morbidthegrim
gimmyfood
haldron
BrokenTutorials
priteeboy
spacecoyote
rydi1689
elicoronel16
bitchinblack
Rose-Rayne
YukiMizuno
Kaz-D
pica-ae
LineBirgitte
Ice-11
NEOkeitaro
photoswithattitude
KeremGo
AaronBradford
TheSilverSunbeam
isoldel
lithriel
mjranum
WNPhotography
MegerisAzarael

Now, this would have been ok since the vast majority of those deviants should have become seniors pretty soon. However, my name somehow slipped into this list, and really, this is not fine :D

This was totally unexpected. Like, really. I've been so absent this year, I have no idea why on earth I am granted of this title. But hell, that feels nice :D Of course, I thank fourteenthstar and everyone involved in the process of picking seniors for giving me this wonderful 5 year anniversary present :D What a great way to begin Christmas :) You are seriously all awesome.

... and now I'm so ashamed of my previous, narcissist, journal. :D




More seriously...

A seniority is not, in any way, an achievement, but rather a mark of the duty some of us have towards Deviantart. I strongly believe that every senior members received from this site more than they gave so far. Thus, in recognition of their debt (and mine is truly enormous) we are given a symbol of both recognition and encouragement, so that we can have the opportunity to help more, to give more.

I am truly grateful for my position, as I were yesterday with an other symbol before my nickname, to have discovered this great community, to have discovered so many kindred spirits, amazing people, inspiring artists, and, amongst all of them, truly wonderful friends.

I can say it without overstatement: Deviantart changed my life more than many things I encountered in my lifetime, and more than I could have imagined. It shows, in a shining example, the amazing power of Internet, of communities, of Art. Deviantart is an utopia that lives and that make us live; an utopia that fed me for now a quarter of my life.

This is not an achievement, this is not an end. This is the beginning.


Now what?

I was offered a place of mentor in seniormentors, which I would have accepted if they weren't already full :D This is just a matter of time however before this problem is resolved, and when I'll have that chance, I'll apply to be a mentor in this great group.

I have tried to figure out why I was given the honorific title of senior. It certainly isn't because of my artistic skills, nor my great commitment in this community... Reading the faq about it, I guessed that I was given this title because of my stock packs. Now, this is good, but not enough. I should be more involved in this community, and therefore I will try harder to became a valuable member of this community in any way I can: featuring artists, helping artists, etc.

And I should really stop procrastinating. This is becoming really embarrassing...

Anyway, thank you, all of you, for allowing me to become the person I am today. I am just at the beginning of a long journey, but I am looking forward to this bit I'll do with you.

I love you all :heart:

  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Tycho, Toe, Bjork
  • Reading: Blame!
  • Watching: Star Trek TNG
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE

Five years of deviation

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 23, 2009, 11:44 AM
Time for some self congratulation



Deviant since Dec 23, 2004

Yes, it's that time of the year again. My dear "young" watchers, let me explain something to you: every year I go through my stats at the same date, to see the evolution of my account. It is purely a mix of math and self congratulation, because, really, isn't it what Christmas really is about?

So let's begin, shall we?

2006:
NEOkeitaro has 7,641 pageviews total and his 147 deviations were viewed 15,646 times. He watches 114 people, while 72 people watch him.

2007:
NEOkeitaro has 15,531 pageviews total and their 222 deviations were viewed 59,951 times. Neokeitaro watches 154 people, while 114 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2008:
NEOkeitaro has 30,671 pageviews total and their 283 deviations were viewed 139,124 times. Neokeitaro watches 234 people, while 223 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2009
NEOkeitaro has 50,857 pageviews total and their 318 deviations were viewed 374,326 times. Neokeitaro watches 300 people, while 366 people watch NEOkeitaro.

50,857-30,671=20,186 pageviews this year. (15,140 last year) While this is a better score than last year, my acceleration rate is lowering: I managed to double my pageviews for 2 years, I failed this year. It will become more difficult with the time, of course...

318-23=35 deviations uploaded this year (2,9 a month) (61 last year) My artistic inactivity is quite noticeable... But I realized this year that a good artist is not someone who always produces great work, but that only show his masterpieces. Not that I did that this year. I just didn't produce much :lol: But as years go by I'm more and more ashamed of what I produced, and I mostly write this weeks, and I won't upload that...

374,326-139,124=235,202 views this year (19,600 a month) (79,173 last year) That's like 3 times what I did last year... I actually didn't realize this at all. That's kind of cool, considering my constant absence :D

I watched 66 people this year (80 last year) and 143 watched me (42 last year, 340% increase). For the first time, more people are watching me than I'm watching them. And hell, I watch a lot of people! (Less than some of you, of course... but still.)

2006:
Overall, his deviations received 2,230 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 340 times, while he commented 4,822 times.

2007:
Overall, their deviations received 3,433 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 1,163 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 6,740 times.

2008:
Overall, their deviations received 4,778 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 3,115 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 9,287 times, making about 6.39 comments per day since NEOkeitaro joined DA.

2009
Overall, their deviations received 5,476 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 4,710 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 10,698 times, making about 6.18 comments per day since NEOkeitaro joined DA.

5,476-4,778=698 comments received this year (1,9 a day) (1,345 last year) Of course, with the decreasing amount of new deviations... Upload twice as less, get twice as less comments.

4,710-3,115=1,595 favourites received this year (132 a month, 4 a day) (1,952 last year) This decrease is particularly amazing if you consider the increase of watchers. I was used to new watchers not commenting, but not even faving? I'm pretty sure this is thanks to my awesome journals...

10,698-9,287=1,411 comments made this year (4 a day) (2,547 last year) Here is where my absence is noticed the most. I don't spend much time on deviantART, therefore the comments suffer immediately. However my comments are generally longer, as I always provide my thought-through insight and advices, generally. I tried critiquing a bit, too. I'm still giving more comments than I receive, though!

Also:

2009
Their deviation with the most comments is The French with 218 comments, while their most favourited one is 3R Stock Steampunk Instruments, with 719 favourites. Their most viewed deviation is Wallpaper - Pink Winter with 31,128 views.

Notice how it's three different deviations? I love that :D

This year snapshot: neokeitaro.deviantart.com/art/…



When you love, you don't count

So what else happened?

I epicly failed my first year of law :D (Well, not really... But I decided to do one more, just for fun) I met islamaia who changed my life, and my way of seeing it. I met a lot of interesting people, some of my personal heroes (including zemotion, spyed and Heidi, who are three amazing -and hot, but shhhh!- people), I released my first LP, I have produced my first pages of professional work (but that's a secret), and well... Overall, I managed to be a better person than I have been before. And really, more than any achievements, isn't it what life is about?

To everyone that didn't feel I was a better person this year: I am either sorry or have no idea who you are. Please, show yourself so I can at least give you a big warm hug!

Of course I wish to all of you very happy holidays, and a happy new year to every one that feels like it's a new year. To those for whom this next days will be regular days... Enjoy the weather! :D

I love you all :heart:


Previous entries:

2006
2007
2008

  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Tycho, Toe
  • Reading: Blame!
  • Watching: Star Trek TNG
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE

Five years of deviation

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 23, 2009, 11:43 AM
Time for some self congratulation



Deviant since Dec 23, 2004

Yes, it's that time of the year again. My dear "young" watchers, let me explain something to you: every year I go through my stats at the same date, to see the evolution of my account. It is purely a mix of math and self congratulation, because, really, isn't it what Christmas really is about?

So let's begin, shall we?

2006:
NEOkeitaro has 7,641 pageviews total and his 147 deviations were viewed 15,646 times. He watches 114 people, while 72 people watch him.

2007:
NEOkeitaro has 15,531 pageviews total and their 222 deviations were viewed 59,951 times. Neokeitaro watches 154 people, while 114 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2008:
NEOkeitaro has 30,671 pageviews total and their 283 deviations were viewed 139,124 times. Neokeitaro watches 234 people, while 223 people watch NEOkeitaro.

2009
NEOkeitaro has 50,857 pageviews total and their 318 deviations were viewed 374,326 times. Neokeitaro watches 300 people, while 366 people watch NEOkeitaro.

50,857-30,671=20,186 pageviews this year. (15,140 last year) While this is a better score than last year, my acceleration rate is lowering: I managed to double my pageviews for 2 years, I failed this year. It will become more difficult with the time, of course...

318-23=35 deviations uploaded this year (2,9 a month) (61 last year) My artistic inactivity is quite noticeable... But I realized this year that a good artist is not someone who always produces great work, but that only show his masterpieces. Not that I did that this year. I just didn't produce much :lol: But as years go by I'm more and more ashamed of what I produced, and I mostly write this weeks, and I won't upload that...

374,326-139,124=235,202 views this year (19,600 a month) (79,173 last year) That's like 3 times what I did last year... I actually didn't realize this at all. That's kind of cool, considering my constant absence :D

I watched 66 people this year (80 last year) and 143 watched me (42 last year, 340% increase). For the first time, more people are watching me than I'm watching them. And hell, I watch a lot of people! (Less than some of you, of course... but still.)

2006:
Overall, his deviations received 2,230 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 340 times, while he commented 4,822 times.

2007:
Overall, their deviations received 3,433 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 1,163 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 6,740 times.

2008:
Overall, their deviations received 4,778 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 3,115 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 9,287 times, making about 6.39 comments per day since NEOkeitaro joined DA.

2009
Overall, their deviations received 5,476 comments and were added to deviants' favourites 4,710 times, while NEOkeitaro commented 10,698 times, making about 6.18 comments per day since NEOkeitaro joined DA.

5,476-4,778=698 comments received this year (1,9 a day) (1,345 last year) Of course, with the decreasing amount of new deviations... Upload twice as less, get twice as less comments.

4,710-3,115=1,595 favourites received this year (132 a month, 4 a day) (1,952 last year) This decrease is particularly amazing if you consider the increase of watchers. I was used to new watchers not commenting, but not even faving? I'm pretty sure this is thanks to my awesome journals...

10,698-9,287=1,411 comments made this year (4 a day) (2,547 last year) Here is where my absence is noticed the most. I don't spend much time on deviantART, therefore the comments suffer immediately. However my comments are generally longer, as I always provide my thought-through insight and advices, generally. I tried critiquing a bit, too. I'm still giving more comments than I receive, though!

Also:

2009
Their deviation with the most comments is The French with 218 comments, while their most favourited one is 3R Stock Steampunk Instruments, with 719 favourites. Their most viewed deviation is Wallpaper - Pink Winter with 31,128 views.

Notice how it's three different deviations? I love that :D



<acronym="french saying, awefully translated">When you love, you don't count

So what else happened?

I epicly failed my first year of law :D (Well, not really... But I decided to do one more, just for fun) I met islamaia who changed my life, and my way of seeing it. I met a lot of interesting people, some of my personal heroes (including zemotion, spyed and Heidi, who are three amazing -and hot, but shhhh!- people), I released my first LP, I have produced my first pages of professional work (but that's a secret), and well... Overall, I managed to be a better person than I have been before. And really, more than any achievements, isn't it what life is about?

To everyone that didn't feel I was a better person this year: I am either sorry or have no idea who you are. Please, show yourself so I can at least give you a big warm hug!

Of course I wish to all of you very happy holidays, and a happy new year to every one that feels like it's a new year. To those for whom this next days will be regular days... Enjoy the weather! :D

I love you all :heart:

  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Tycho, Toe
  • Reading: Blame!
  • Watching: Star Trek TNG
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE

The More You Know!

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 10, 2009, 3:23 AM
The weirder life gets.


Walking on water.





Click to see the video.

Do you know the difference between a Newtonian and a non Newtonian liquid? If you do, you're a hell of a geek. (But you must be a fun person to talk to.) The most common Newtonian liquid you could think of is...water, for example. It behaves mostly in reaction of temperature and pressure. A non Newtonian liquid is stuff life... ketchup, or, toothpaste. It evolves according to the force you apply to it, and sometimes also, the time this force is applied. Let's take our example of ketchup again: you have to apply a certain amount of force to the tube to get it out of it, otherwise it just won't.

However, let's say you'd add a sufficient amount of starch into a certain quantity of water. The mixture you'll get will be an interesting non Newtonian liquid, which main (or, rather, most interesting) property would be to become more solid as the force you apply to it is "big"... And this would allow a human to walk on water: the weight of the body combined by the force applied by the movements would solidify the liquid enough to be able to walk on it.

Don't know what you think about it, but I find this pretty awesome. I'm pretty sure some people knew that maaaaany years ago, though...

You speak french and you wanna know more? read this: ssaft.com/Blog/dotclear/index.…



Penises.

I like penises. No matter how weird that sounds.

I like funky stuff, also.

And, obviously... I like funky penises.

The humans are pretty well shaped. Our members can seem a bit disgraceful to some, but really, we're pretty well shaped. In comparison anyway...

A certain kind of beetle, for example, named Callosobruchus maculatus has this kind of "penis":




Ho yeah baby...

You might think this kind of spine at the end is somehow soft, or whatever. It is not. In fact, it really hurts the female.

But, there is more... You see, female of all species are attracted to shiney stuff, amazing stuff. You want glamor, girls, and I get you. Well, in their "society", the more spines you have, the more sexy you get. (Hmmmm, yummy).

Evolution-wise, you get the problem. Well, it just happens that this species have developed a counter reaction to this problem: the female have developed extremely thick and resistant inner skin to be able to bear the attack that is needed to reproduce.

I heard descendants of porn stars develop kind of the same way...

Want moar? I'll give you MOAR.

Beetles are kind of creepy, I admit. Let's now study a kinder, more romantic kind of bug.

Dragonflies.



Look! When they mate, it has a shape of a heart. <3

If only you knew...

What you see in this picture, is a male strangling a female dragonfly with his tail.

You see, the female dragonfly has an inner sperm pocket, that keeps the sperm of the different males she boned ('cause the female dragonfly is kind of whorish...), to finally inject the whole batch on her eggs, later, in a safer environment.

However, the male dragonfly is kind of jealous, you see, and he doesn't really want to have a gazillion babies to find out only a few are his. Therefore, he evolved into a sort of vacuum cleaner... that he put on his penises.

But moving back and forth in the female, he cleans the pocket of the female, cleaning between 88 and 100% of it, and then mate (for a couple of seconds) to put his own semen. Of course, the female doesn't really like it this way... And that's why, the male has to strangle her during the whole process... SEXYYYY.

I totally translated this from a blog: ssaft.com/Blog/dotclear/index.…

Now, next time you'll be about to give head, think how nice it is... in comparison



Color of the year




According to Pantone, this is the color of the year.

I announce the end of this company BEFORE 2012.


WHYYYYYYYYY?

She already has a boyfriiiiiiiend. :(



Final words.

I totally made a scientific journal using broken English. Ho yeah.

You may not know it, but this journal has the worst coding ever.

Also, sorry for sounding gruesome at times.

Also, I will answer to everyone. Eventually.

Also, Happy holidays!



Stamps. I lick that.

Oh noes Stamp by arcticTransfuse teddy stamp by findyQ I Support Brutal Honesty by Doomsday-Device
my opinion rocks : stamp by dapper-owl my first stamp by Gravifreak Let's BROWSE  Stamp by NEOkeitaro
enjoy everything. by kataimiko Shut Up You're Not Japanese by sambees I Support Loud Music Stamp by Sora05


  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: Amon Tobin, Autolux, Grabiel le mar, Julie London
  • Reading: Poets and murderers
  • Watching: Star Trek TNG
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE

EVE ONLINE

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 26, 2009, 5:14 AM
EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE ?

EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE EVE ONLINE !


I have no idea what you're talking about...

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ParaPara N'importe quoi !

Those last two weeks have been amazingly good. Not only that, but it seemed like it was only the announcement of the next months for me, and hell, seems like my life is about to change. For the best.

It's hard for me to define whether I am extremely productive or extremely lazy those days. I'm almost dead on deviantART, but that's mainly because my artistic production those days is not really visual, and the visual things I do are... well, confidential.

Yes, this IS a journal where I tell you in 1000 words that I can't tell you anything. Just know : this is awesome.

I may have grown an addiction to a MMORPG, lately. I'll let you guess which one. (hint: It is not WoW) My name there is neokei, by the way :)

Now, I'll just use all my positive energy to make all my friends feel awesome. Excuse me while I put some Awesome Sauce in your sandwich.

I'll be back!



More complicated than life.



But, better.



WHAT?

WWTD



Stamps. I lick that.

Oh noes Stamp by arcticTransfuse teddy stamp by findyQ I Support Brutal Honesty by Doomsday-Device
my opinion rocks : stamp by dapper-owl my first stamp by Gravifreak Let's BROWSE  Stamp by NEOkeitaro
enjoy everything. by kataimiko Shut Up You're Not Japanese by sambees I Support Loud Music Stamp by Sora05


  • Mood: Psychotic
  • Listening to: Alpha, Joanna Newsom, EVE ONLINE BACKGROUND MUSIC
  • Reading: Azumanga Daoih, Yotsuba!, EVE ONLINE GUIDES
  • Watching: Buff, The Office, EVE ONLINE DEDICATED MONITOR
  • Playing: EVE ONLINE
  • Eating: EV... no wait.

One year to do it all.

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 22, 2009, 8:21 AM
When approaching speed of light, time goes slower.

Same thing when you're studying law.


Again.

Well, seems like the excitement from my last journal is gone.

I've asked my university to let me do my first year of law again. I spent two Kafkaesque weeks trying to convince everyone, and now it's done, well... I'm bored. You see, since I passed most of my classes last year, I don't have to do them again. Which means, I only have about 10 hours of class a week. Which means I have a lot of free time. Waaaaaay too much.

I'm half lazy, half super-active. When I'm passionate, I go from one thing to an other, and basically never stop. When I'm down, every second feels like hours, and I do nothing.

I'm kind of in the middle of those states, right now: I recently found some interesting things (see below) but I'm not as productive as I wish I was. Especially in the visual area. (that's pretty obvious, right?) Plus, I've ordered about 2 months ago a computer from DELL that is still "in production", and that is now almost obsolete :( I'm trying to cancel my order to buy a better, less expensive one, but seems I'll still have to wait. That really bugs me, because photoshop is a bit too heavy to run on my current computer. And I need a proper screen. (Like this insane 24" HP monitor I've seen recently. MADNESS.)

Also: to you, people that feel I don't take news enough of you, sorry! I'm a bit too depressed right now to communicate much, but, hey, if there is something you want to tell me, just do! I'll (probably) answer back some time :D

Anyway, I hope you're all fine.



Happiness on paper.



Seriously. This is essential.



Lulz. (Graphic designer vs. Client)




Stamps. I lick that.

Oh noes Stamp by arcticTransfuse teddy stamp by findyQ I Support Brutal Honesty by Doomsday-Device
my opinion rocks : stamp by dapper-owl my first stamp by Gravifreak Let's BROWSE  Stamp by NEOkeitaro
enjoy everything. by kataimiko Shut Up You're Not Japanese by sambees I Support Loud Music Stamp by Sora05


  • Mood: Psychotic
  • Listening to: Solar Fields, Björk, Dir en grey
  • Reading: Yotsuba
  • Watching: Buffy
  • Playing: Burnout paradise

Imperfect

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 17, 2009, 3:17 PM
Krssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh


Music Music Music Krshhhh Krshhhh Krshhhh Music Music

I fell in electro again.

In my journey to find the most alternative, cutting edge, and, yes, violent music, I crossed the path of Merzbow who, not only reminded me I could fall in love with any Japanese guy with long hair, but also created the music I wanted to hear, somehow.

One does not simply listen to japanoise. This kind of music needs to be deserved. You have to bend your eyes, damage your brain to finally accept that this is something you want to listen to. Then you do. This afternoon, while in a shop, I thought I heard music in every clicks I heard.

Is this kind of music driving you mad, or should you go mad first to listen to it? Heh, only a mad person could answer.

With a whole new range of artists to listen to, a magazine I bought today in a ridiculously tiny and hidden shop in Paris, and new theories read, my brain is switching on again. Hallelujah.

I wanna play with sounds, and words, and imagery. I wanna play.



Science. Music. Noise. Partikel.




Aes Dana - Leylines



Marconi Union - Tokyo




One last thing

I received my Spyder3 pro today, and calibrated my screen.

Ho the horror.

I apologize for the oversatured deviation of my last years, as well as the dark ones. My screen was brightening pictures up to 50%, with half of saturation, especially the reds. I'm horrified.


Stamps. I lick that.

Oh noes Stamp by arcticTransfuse teddy stamp by findyQ I Support Brutal Honesty by Doomsday-Device
my opinion rocks : stamp by dapper-owl my first stamp by Gravifreak Let's BROWSE  Stamp by NEOkeitaro


  • Mood: Psychotic
  • Listening to: Merzbow, Aes Dana, Marconi Union, Marry Anne Hobbs
  • Reading: mcd (magazine)
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies
  • Playing: F.E.A.R 2

Waiting for the snow.

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 9, 2009, 2:05 PM
I decided nothing would make sens today


Exams. Tired. Grumpy

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 19, and suddenly, the whole world seemed really different.

It was mainly because I have exams that make me wake up at 6am after waking up at 10am every day for three months. I'm usually not a good sleeper, but I guess I learnt to appreciate my bed.

I hate all of you who didn't wish me a happy birthday. Except the ones who didn't know, or those who forgot. To make it up to me, gimme presents! I had none so far.

[EDIT]: Who tried to buy Lumiere Noire 2 from me? I'm so sorry, but due to copyright issues (the Eiffel tower in the background) this can't be sold :( But I'd like to know who wanted it! We can find an arrangement! :D)


I thought I liked Lego Architecture. Yet I didn't see the big pack.




I'm linking MySpace! :noes:




Good looking science.




Conclusion

I am too tired to speak, yet my journal was there for quite some time, and I needed to change.

Also, I hope you all enjoyed the months I wasn't there, and that everything is doing fine with you! I'm feeling quite ok myself.


Stamps. I lick that.

Oh noes Stamp by arcticTransfuse teddy stamp by findyQ I Support Brutal Honesty by Doomsday-Device
my opinion rocks : stamp by dapper-owl my first stamp by Gravifreak Let's BROWSE  Stamp by NEOkeitaro


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: The first Genious list I created with Itunes 9
  • Reading: School books
  • Watching: Veronica Mars
  • Playing: Soon!

So you're on holidays, huh?

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 16, 2009, 1:54 PM
Well me too, but I never worked that much before


I'm in love

Not with a person, I don't have the time nor the energy. No, I'm in love with art.

And being in love makes you say stupid things. Therefore, this journal will only be a feature, made of pictures and no words. Not only that, but I'm cheating on you, deviantART! as this feature will only showcase awesomeness I found in the Internet this last couple of months. Click on the pictures.


Move Lachine, or the Magnificent Cities




LeGarconBleu, Hello Monday!




Old Nuclear Building




James Jean, weird trousers



Conclusion

Notice that I'm quite versatile those last days... It's because my work (Secret Project N°something) is as inspirational as it craves for new art.

Show me your last treasures!


  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: MUCC
  • Reading: Japanese Chronicles by Nicolas Bouvier
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: Sim City Societes
  • Eating: Vegetables! I'm VG for the week :D

Photoshop, philosophy and Miss Dior

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 17, 2009, 2:25 AM
are on a boat...


Photoshop vs. Lightroom, [2009]

I have been a fan of Lightroom since day 1. I've never been much into bridge, but I shoot everything in RAW and Lightroom seemed to be THE perfect tool for someone shooting many pictures in raw: one of the best if not the best software to organize/compare your photos, but also to retouch them, in ways that photoshop couldn't (haaaa, "vibrance"... you killed saturation for ever)... all that, in a non destructive way. You may not understand why non destructive manipulation is important, but when you take photographs for a long time, sometimes you just come back to something you did years ago and suddenly see it with an all new eye. Then, you're glad to still have your RAW shot, untouched.

Then, there was Lightroom 2. Lightroom 2 was beyond my wildest dreams: the ability to retouch a raw picture with gradients and photoshop-like brushes were a blessing. Also, the "clarity" filter is, I believe, one of the best way to make your picture sharper.

Because of that, for the past year I've used Lightroom way more than I used Photoshop, which I opened only to do some skin retouching, or heavy manipulating. This was a big mistake from me.

While Lightroom is awesome, it still lacks some key features: for example, the curve panel in Lightroom is ok, but really needs different curves for the R, G, B channels. Also, there is no layer whatsoever in Lightroom, so no blending modes, or masks, or stuff like that, and when I come to think about it, they all come very handy. Also, while I don't use it very often, the LAB mode on Photoshop is a real treasure sometimes.

For the last retouching I did with Photoshop, I used some plug-in filters, which supported 16 bit ProPhoto pictures, giving truly amazing colors. Alas, one thing I learnt the hard way: there are so few softwares that can read ProPhoto correctly. My wallpapers therefore had totally washed-out colors on my desktop (mac or windows...) and on the internet too. Turned out, if my colors were great, they didn't exist in a 8bit sRGB environment... Any attempt of good translation into RGB pretty much failed, until I found a way, using the "save for web" option, that optimized my pictures quite correctly (WAY better than just putting your picture on sRGB again on the "edit" menu...).

I am now teared apart: I obtain the best colors and retouching using 16bit ProPhoto pictures, but the colors can only be seen by me... I should learn more about printing...

Maybe some of my readers actually have no idea what I'm talking about, I am very sorry about it. I'm on holidays now, so I have time to think about that kind of stuff :D Talking about "that kind of stuff...


To capture, or to create beauty?

Yesterday was my last exam. In periods of stress, I tend to have a great imagination, especially in subjects totally irrelevant to what I'm supposed to think about. Yesterday, my brain decided to wondered in my philosophy field to answer this question: is art the capture or the creation of beauty?

Quickly a thing came to my mind: it depends what medium you're talking about. Having thought about it previously, I had in mind than illustration was creating beauty, while photography was capturing it. But, somehow, I was wrong.

Illustration obeys to some rules to create beauty, whether it is a sens of composition, colors, subjects, etc. Rather than trying to create beauty, it tries to recreate it, or, to be more precise, the essence of what beauty is (that is how illustration can "create" something beautiful that actually doesn't exist: that thing that doesn't exist however obeys to some existing standards).

Photography, therefore, doesn't try to capture beauty, but rather to translate a real, physical subject, to beauty, using basically math and physic rules (understanding of light, aperture, chemistry, etc). However the real translation is from the subject in its (our) reality, to a new state, the world of "spirit", of the mind, (the "cosmos", would say my philosophy teacher), to this other dimension where lies, again, the essence of what is beauty.

The reason why beauty is so hard to define is because its definition, its substance, lies in an other dimension than the common one, the one we live in, the dimension of what we call "reality", that is in fact the "scientific", the rational dimension, while the essence of beauty is in the irrational dimension. The question is, what is the bridge between the two? The simple answer would be the human mind, but what's really interesting, is to study how men, in the history of art, is trying to join the two dimension by always trying to bring elements from one dimension to the other. The whole history of art is about trying to translate the beauty of the irrational dimension into the rational dimension, by creating something physical (whether it is a medium that reflects light, or waves in the air to create sound, etc) that is a "gate", a bridge, from the rational world to the irrational dimension, and vice versa. The body (rational) of the viewers then have to contemplate the piece to send it to the mind (irrational) to find out whether it is beauty or not.

The question is now, is a good piece of art something that permit to access the most people to the irrational dimension? Or does the fact that we appreciate beauty differently comes from elsewhere than the different path each of us followed? Or, are there different, nonparallel irrational dimensions?

At this time I had to go to my exam, so I couldn't answer those questions. Sorry! :D Feel free to give me your insight, though.



Did you know?


The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.


Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.


Every year approximately 2,500 left-handed people are killed by using object or machinery designed for right-handed people.


The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.


Links!


blog.iso50.com/ ISO50 blog. Great inspiration, for many things.

notalwaysright.com Either you'll feel very good about yourself for being so smart, or you'll hate humanity, or both. But you'll love clerks.

www.smbc-comics.com/ Saturday Morning Breakfast. Daily web comic, fun! :D

xkcd.com Xkcd. Bi-weekly web comic, fun! :D


Video


Miss Dior commercial, by Sofia Coppola.
Paris is insanley boring, color-wise. Unless you're talented.

Quote

"Quot capita, tot sententiæ"


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Satie
  • Watching: Star Trek, The Next Generation
  • Playing: GTA IV on Xbox

Photoshop, philosophy and Miss Dior

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 17, 2009, 2:24 AM
are on a boat...


Photoshop vs. Lightroom, [2009]

I have been a fan of Lightroom since day 1. I've never been much into bridge, but I shoot everything in RAW and Lightroom seemed to be THE perfect tool for someone shooting many pictures in raw: one of the best if not the best software to organize/compare your photos, but also to retouch them, in ways that photoshop couldn't (haaaa, "vibrance"... you killed saturation for ever)... all that, in a non destructive way. You may not understand why non destructive manipulation is important, but when you take photographs for a long time, sometimes you just come back to something you did years ago and suddenly see it with an all new eye. Then, you're glad to still have your RAW shot, untouched.

Then, there was Lightroom 2. Lightroom 2 was beyond my wildest dreams: the ability to retouch a raw picture with gradients and photoshop-like brushes were a blessing. Also, the "clarity" filter is, I believe, one of the best way to make your picture sharper.

Because of that, for the past year I've used Lightroom way more than I used Photoshop, which I opened only to do some skin retouching, or heavy manipulating. This was a big mistake from me.

While Lightroom is awesome, it still lacks some key features: for example, the curve panel in Lightroom is ok, but really needs different curves for the R, G, B channels. Also, there is no layer whatsoever in Lightroom, so no blending modes, or masks, or stuff like that, and when I come to think about it, they all come very handy. Also, while I don't use it very often, the LAB mode on Photoshop is a real treasure sometimes.

For the last retouching I did with Photoshop, I used some plug-in filters, which supported 16 bit ProPhoto pictures, giving truly amazing colors. Alas, one thing I learnt the hard way: there are so few softwares that can read ProPhoto correctly. My wallpapers therefore had totally washed-out colors on my desktop (mac or windows...) and on the internet too. Turned out, if my colors were great, they didn't exist in a 8bit sRGB environment... Any attempt of good translation into RGB pretty much failed, until I found a way, using the "save for web" option, that optimized my pictures quite correctly (WAY better than just putting your picture on sRGB again on the "edit" menu...).

I am now teared apart: I obtain the best colors and retouching using 16bit ProPhoto pictures, but the colors can only be seen by me... I should learn more about printing...

Maybe some of my readers actually have no idea what I'm talking about, I am very sorry about it. I'm on holidays now, so I have time to think about that kind of stuff :D Talking about "that kind of stuff...


To capture, or to create beauty?

Yesterday was my last exam. In periods of stress, I tend to have a great imagination, especially in subjects totally irrelevant to what I'm supposed to think about. Yesterday, my brain decided to wondered in my philosophy field to answer this question: is art the capture or the creation of beauty?

Quickly a thing came to my mind: it depends what medium you're talking about. Having thought about it previously, I had in mind than illustration was creating beauty, while photography was capturing it. But, somehow, I was wrong.

Illustration obeys to some rules to create beauty, whether it is a sens of composition, colors, subjects, etc. Rather than trying to create beauty, it tries to recreate it, or, to be more precise, the essence of what beauty is (that is how illustration can "create" something beautiful that actually doesn't exist: that thing that doesn't exist however obeys to some existing standards).

Photography, therefore, doesn't try to capture beauty, but rather to translate a real, physical subject, to beauty, using basically math and physic rules (understanding of light, aperture, chemistry, etc). However the real translation is from the subject in its (our) reality, to a new state, the world of "spirit", of the mind, (the "cosmos", would say my philosophy teacher), to this other dimension where lies, again, the essence of what is beauty.

The reason why beauty is so hard to define is because its definition, its substance, lies in an other dimension than the common one, the one we live in, the dimension of what we call "reality", that is in fact the "scientific", the rational dimension, while the essence of beauty is in the irrational dimension. The question is, what is the bridge between the two? The simple answer would be the human mind, but what's really interesting, is to study how men, in the history of art, is trying to join the two dimension by always trying to bring elements from one dimension to the other. The whole history of art is about trying to translate the beauty of the irrational dimension into the rational dimension, by creating something physical (whether it is a medium that reflects light, or waves in the air to create sound, etc) that is a "gate", a bridge, from the rational world to the irrational dimension, and vice versa. The body (rational) of the viewers then have to contemplate the piece to send it to the mind (irrational) to find out whether it is beauty or not.

The question is now, is a good piece of art something that permit to access the most people to the irrational dimension? Or does the fact that we appreciate beauty differently comes from elsewhere than the different path each of us followed? Or, are there different, nonparallel irrational dimensions?

At this time I had to go to my exam, so I couldn't answer those questions. Sorry! :D Feel free to give me your insight, though.



Did you know?


The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.


Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.


Every year approximately 2,500 left-handed people are killed by using object or machinery designed for right-handed people.


The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.


Links!


blog.iso50.com/ ISO50 blog. Great inspiration, for many things.

notalwaysright.com Either you'll feel very good about yourself for being so smart, or you'll hate humanity, or both. But you'll love clerks.

www.smbc-comics.com/ Saturday Morning Breakfast. Daily web comic, fun! :D

xkcd.com Xkcd. Bi-weekly web comic, fun! :D


Video


Miss Dior commercial, by Sofia Coppola.
Paris is insanley boring, color-wise. Unless you're talented.

Quote

"Quot capita, tot sententiæ"


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Satie
  • Watching: Star Trek, The Next Generation
  • Playing: GTA IV on Xbox

Paris devmeet!

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 12, 2009, 5:41 AM
A trip in the country of the 400 cheeses


First day it didn't rain in weeks!

spyed and Heidi surely brought the sun with them. But not only!

The reason why they are doing a world tour is that they are so proud of the new features they want to brag about it for a month. And ho boy do I understand them!

Let's be honest, the portfolios, groups and search engines will be awesome. They didn't want it to call it deviantART v7, but it's really more than that. I've had the chance to meet spyed and Heidi one day before the devmeet, along with Nekozumi, Eternal-S, MathieuBerenguer, and, of course, islamaia, who seems not only to be part of all my recent adventures, but also the cause of many of them :D, and we had the chance to talk and exchange ideas... There's even more to come that what we've seen so far. CRAZY, I tell you.

The devmeet itself was great, to be honest. I don't watch many people in Paris, to be honest, mostly because I don't (didn't...) know many. But we are legion! What was really impressive too was to see that many people actually drove quite a long distance to come! Sure, zemotion was here (she was here for professional reasons, but still :D And, she'll be intending London's devmeet too! Three devmeet, counting Singapore. How cool is she, really? :D), but also janvanlysebettens, Norke, and many more :dev something: but I'm not good remembering things.

The devmeet took place during a sunny day at the Louvre (outside first, then inside because it got really cold... And some people know only sun, and are not used to temperature that low! :D) and it really was fun to meet all those people from deviantART. I probably won't see that many ever again! :D And, of course, they all met the deviantART quality standard, so were all quite awesome :D

Here are some "I was there" pictures :)

Paris devmeet01 by NEOkeitaro Paris devmeet02 by NEOkeitaro Even abroad, stay devious by NEOkeitaro Paris devmeet04 by NEOkeitaro Paris devmeet05 by NEOkeitaro Paris devmeet06 by NEOkeitaro Paris devmeet07 by NEOkeitaro Paris devmeet01 PANORAMIC :D by NEOkeitaro World Tour Paris by spyed

P.S: For those who care, my exam this morning went really well. Aw, and Dir en grey live is still worth seeing!


Quotes

"People love that kind of stuff"

-spyed about Paris devmeet04 by NEOkeitaro and Even abroad, stay devious by NEOkeitaro


"Hey, know what? We'll get a LOT of pageviews after that meeting! and a lot of new watchers! $_$"

-I won't give names. But still =D


  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Dir en grey, Hyde
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother
  • Playing: GTA IV on Xbox