A Pleasure to Meet You

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This image is one of my favorites! It’s taken by my sister’s professional camera, and the angle made me look so beautiful. When looking at this photo I imagined a scene where a person is wandering the woods to then find me coming out from behind a tree and introducing myself. I added the different colored eyes and arm effects because it makes me look more mythical and alluring (I already look alluring in the original photo). Also, I absolutely LOVE how well shaped my hair was in that shot. In my opinion, afro-hair should be styled like what it is, instead of being brushed with styling tools made for straight hair. It kind of annoys me to see someone with their hair parted smack dab in the middle of their scalp with the hairs moving to the sides. It looks like they’re trying to style their fro the way straight hair is styled. But I don’t tell them anything because I understand that their reasoning for doing so may not necessarily be because they wished their hair functioned like straight hair. Anyway, I also love the shirt I have on, because it has a pattern that most men’s shirts don’t have, and I appreciate that (You’ll see more of the shirt as i make more edits with the photos I have). Also, it has side zippers that can unzip to make it look like the shirt has side slits.

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Fantasea

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Fantasea is inspired by the song Fantasea by Azalea Banks. It’s semi aquatic theme with it’s high pitched background vocal made me imagine the photo you see in this post, and an underwater club scene. Also, I was ready to take my braids off until I wondered, “What’s a good way to part ways with this hurr?”. Then I figured that a semi-submerged photo shoot was the best way, resulting in this image. I tinted my eyes Blue and Silver to represent my femininity and masculinity, and added pupils to them. I also added a “tattoo” of my personal symbol, because if I were to get one, that’s what it would look like.

Confidence Overdrive

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I made this with my cockiness in mind. While I do feel confident in myself, on rare occasions I become so confident that it gets the best of me, giving off the impression that I’m arrogant and hard to work with. I forget the repercussions momentarily and boast my ability (usually through my actions) until I “trip and fall”. It throws me off my game, embarrases me, and forces my cockiness to revert back to reasonable confidence after I get over the embarrassment. I represent myself being overly confident by making a colossal version of myself with raging, out of control flames that light my surroundings ablaze. The regular sized version of me represents my sense of reason trying to find a way to knock down my ego trip. The water and my signature trident further emphasizes the “regular” me since I’m well known for making art that’s primarily aquatic. This photo is similar to (and mildly inspired by) the encounter between the X-Men and Dark Phoenix. The song Ritual by SHARDEM, PULSE, and SOJHI came to mind when making this because its bassy instrumental make up sounds like a vs. battle to me, and the dark tone gives it a serious, apocalyptic vibe.

The Flare Up

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I made this edit to personify my confidence. To me, the fire element can represent bravery, fierceness and influence. To match the flames, I put on a cold shoulder top (I know, ironic) I found in fashion nova. I rarely wear this top because it’s pretty difficult to put on and take off. I have to be real careful to avoid tearing it. Anyway, this is the first part of an arc I want to do. I currently have two parts, and will begin working on part 3 after this piece. I put a decent amount of flames in this photo to show that I’m in my early stages of confidence. My fire is strong, but balanced. It ignited after going through a spiritual experience when I turned 15, and realizing a variety of things on how society works at 18. This allowed me to destroy my mental (and some social) barriers to become who I am today. As a result, I became fearless, and no one could contain the fire. The next part takes a slightly darker turn, so next Friday I’ll talk about how these flames can become too much for a person.

Dazzling Gleam

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As much as I enjoy using aquatic and metallic elements in my art, I also enjoy using other elements. The grass type (I’m speaking pokemon language, so google if you don’t understand) is my choice of alternate elements for today, because it’s what I feel like posting. There is no deep meaning to this piece. I love how my pose came out, and decided to add leaves as my “power” because of how well it matches my kimono. I also added the pink light where my hands reach up to make it look like it’s the head of a flower, while the rest of me can be seen as the stem and leaves of it. I arranged the effects in a way that makes me look radiant and majestic, and even went so far as to change the hue of the photo a little to give the illusion of me radiating an off-green aura.

The Social Sea Dweller

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There are a few of reasons I why I created the edited images. The more obvious reasons are because of me being a Pisces, a water sign, and the symbol it’s represented by. But that’s not all there is to these edits. These images represent my inability to relate to most people, and my preference to be by myself. I can’t relate to those who say they suffer from depression. Whenever I see a meme describing a scene by labeling them, it’s usually about their problems. An example is a photo of some dude being jumped by a group of dudes. The guy being jumped is labeled “Me”, and each of the attackers are labeled “School, bills, anxiety, stress, my crippling depression”. While I do find those memes pretty amusing, I don’t find them relatable, because I don’t suffer from any type of depression, school doesn’t stress me out (cause I don’t care about my major), if I do have anxiety, it’s very mild, I’m generally a relaxed and happy person, and I won’t be worrying about bills because I’m pretty cheap. I also don’t relate to others when it comes to trends and movies, shows and entertainment in general. I don’t keep up with the Kartrashains, I know nothing of a lot of music because I find a lot of it annoying or boring. Because of the aforementioned reasons, people find me pretty boring, or find it difficult to have conversations with me. It makes me feel like I’m socially out of place, which inspired me to put myself as a sea dweller, living far off of the trends and entertainment. It’s not necessarily a bad thing however, because I can be by myself in peace. I may not relate to most, but I do find myself in a storm of socialization. After a day of talking to various people the last thing I want to do is speak. I just want to be alone, and drown out the sound of everyone. The image of me in the fishbowl doesn’t represent anything though. I just never thought of putting myself in a fishbowl in the past, and took advantage of the thought. The last photo is just to show you what the photo looked like before I transformed it.

The Two-Spirit Warrior

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       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.