I am Neptunite. I am the manifestation of the love between my masculinity and femininity. My anchor flail represents my strength, and my trident represents my style. With my masculinity and femininity comes my heroic side, and is mostly present in my digital art. Through my edits, I bring fantasy and reality closer to each other, letting my imagination create various effects and scenarios (some have meaning, some are just for visual appeal).
Neptunite is alias I came up with out of inspiration of the fusion concept of the show Steven Universe, my general interest in gemstones, because it sounds really cool, my zodiac (Pisces) and ruling planet (Neptune), and my progression to self love and empowerment. The concept of fusion in SU is that it’s the ultimate connection between gems. Some gems fuse for utility purposes (Like Amethyst and Pearl fusing into Opal), some for casual existence as one being, and others fuse as a result of love for one another. Along with their forms combining into a new gem, their personalities combine in the process, making the new being a blend of the two component gems. I relate to this concept because I am Two-Spirit, a blend of masculine and feminine. By representation/symbolism, I can see myself as a fusion between a totally masculine and a totally feminine version of myself. The result of the fusion is a man with a taste in both masculine and feminine clothing, and a strong sense of security and self love. I don’t fall on the far end of masculinity or femininity, placing me in the middle. Because of this (and a little bit of acting), I can be different levels of masculine or feminine depending on who I’m around. Knowing this, along with the fact that my Zodiac is a water sign ruled by a planet that is essentially frozen water and has a lot of metal in it, I chose the gemstone called Neptunite.
My former alias used to be Aurora-V, because the aurora part of the name represented my bright and colorful personality, and the V represented a pair of wings as a sign of rebirth (think Phoenix), which represents the times I’ve been knocked down by people who hate me, and the fact that I always “rise from the ashes” stronger than ever. The aforementioned meaning still stands even after changing my alias to Neptunite, because it’s a part of my past and how I became who I am today.
My style is very androgynous and futuristic. I love fusing masculine and feminine clothing into one outfit; I’ll love it even more if there’s some aquatic or futuristic design to it. My favorite outfit is one I put together around 4 years ago. It has the most balance between masculine and feminine out all of my other outfits and has that heroic, yet classy and professional appearance to it. I wore it for the first time in years with minor differences. The button up shirt and the heels were the only thing that changed (I still have the original button up, but it’s deodorant stained, which is annoying to walk around with).
I took the original photo by setting my phone camera on timer (10 seconds), and as it started snapping, I jumped into the shot. I then added the second set of arms by erasing the background of another photo of me. I erased everything except my arms, and then merged it with the image I worked on. After that I took my transparent image of water, metal, my trident and my anchor flail (which I turned silver and added gemstones to), blended them into my photo, and erased parts of it so that it looks like I’m holding my weapons and that the water overlaps and is overlapped by them. I used a different water transparent image on my Anchor to add an aquatic aura effect on it. The image used on my anchor was also used on my original set of arms. My second set of arms were turned silver using an image of twisting metal. I positioned it on the second set of arms and erased until it covered only my arms. I wasn’t intending to make the bottom left (your left) arm have the stripe pattern on it, but left it because it looks like some type of gauntlet. Also, the bit of metal under it looks like a metallic energy blade, which is perfect since my heroic persona has the power of hydrokinesis and ferrokinesis (metal manipulation). Finally, I added a filter to change the lighting a little, and my personal symbol (which now has my alias under it). This is my first image for the semester because I like to start and finish a semester with a bang. I also made this the first image of the semester because the outfit I have on is my absolute favorite out of my entire wardrobe.