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Something that caught me, inspired me, made me fall in love, comforted me, taught me something new, or made me want to live a hundred more years. Everything here deserved my favs. They are absolutely wonderful and they made some few seconds of my life worth living. :D

I should be the one thanking you for your art. :meow:






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Iyan de Jesus
Painter | Illustrator | Graphic Designer | Frustrated Storyteller | Action Star-Wannabe

Self-taught artist Iyan De Jesus, softens the metallic edge of steampunk with pliant alabaster skin. Each painting is a pastel-hued post-apocalyptic technofantasy suffused in color.
Holding court against a background of mechanical complications are nymph-like cyborgs—more human than robot—whose dignified expressions hide stories rooted in mythology, literature, snatches of song, and fleeting moments between lucidity and sleep. To help viewers divine a work’s narrative, De Jesus camouflages elements among a multitude of gears: owls, hearts, snowflakes, gas lamps, and totem poles all serve as subtle bearers of meaning.

The attention to minutiae, obsession with geometric compositions and patterns, cleanliness of lines, and smoothness of surface hark back to De Jesus’s background in architecture and computer-aided design. Unlike formally trained artists who went from canvas to screen, De Jesus started “painting” with a mouse before she shifted to brushes and glazes. The jump from digital to traditional was a rebellion against the ephemeral nature of bits and bytes, as well as a surrender to the soul’s desire to create something lasting.

Each painting demands more than a cursory glance. Those who linger and look will be rewarded by the unexpected lyricism disguised by steampunk’s retro-futuristic tendencies. In between pulleys and wheels lie images that summon the sound of the sea, the slow and steady beat of the human heart.

:alphaosiris: :jarkinajar: :alientwo:

my email add = yantotzkie @ ymail . com


Current Residence: Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Favourite style of art: Traditional Art
Operating System: Windows 7
Wallpaper of choice: Modified The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night Album Cover, Ferriswheels
Favourite cartoon character: Momonja <3
Personal Quote: "We shouldn't be looking for heroes."

Whenever I'm asked how it's like to be an artist, I'd try to say that I am enjoying it because I am pursuing my passion, yet it's also difficult because I have to work REAL hard, almost to the point of torturing myself, so I wouldn't be ashamed of my works.

I grew up thinking that the road to success is just a straight line going up, and I know most of you once thought of it that way, too. So when the time came that I had to face the world on my own, I stared through the gates of Adulthood, shocked or confused with what I was about to face, almost like a deer stupefied by the headlights of an approaching truck.

I feel that this is also one of the reasons why people often give up too easily when it comes to pursuing what they wanted to do. We think that there's certainly no way out once we fucked up, or if we mess up and it's too overwhelming, then maybe this dream isn't really for us. Why? Because we didn't really see what every successful person did to get things done. We don't know the details. We are never aware of what they've gone through before they get to 'that' level. We have no idea what's going on inside their studio 24/7. What's available for us to see are the finished paintings hanged on a gallery's wall, a really clean snapshot of their works in progress posted on Instagram, or these YouTube videos of painting processes in time-lapse where it looks like the painter is doing his shit faster than the speed of light. We are not fully aware of the struggle, and so we have no definite idea how painful it's like to have a dream.

Okay, I didn't write this journal to scare anyone. In fact, I am writing this because I want to be open with my struggles as an artist. While most people are not that open about their struggles, I feel like it is something to be proud of. Personally, I'd rather have people think of me as someone who shed tears, sweat, and blood over the years to polish her craft (Yes, blood. Like a soldier in Saving Private Ryan), rather than someone who just magically transformed into a skilled painter one midnight with the help of her animal friends and fairy-godmother and pretends to have it easy. I want everyone to know that art isn't something that "just happens." It's not created with magic or sexual intercourse.

Yes, kids. The struggle is REAL. You can't dream big and still expect things to be easy. You have to expect that when you pursue your dreams, you will be overwhelmed with work which requires superhuman strength to accomplish. You will cry at 4am, feeling like you are not attaining the progress you want for your career. You will get frustrated over stuff. Most of the time, you'll have no idea what you are doing. You will meet people who will purposely/unknowingly discourage you. You will fail. You will feel like the world is moving forward and you are the only one who's stuck in the same place. You will feel like you are not good enough. Before you know it, you are fighting stress, depression and insecurity by buying a whole Oreo Cheesecake for your birthday and planning to eat it alone, even though it's just September and your birthday is on May.

But! I also want to tell you that it's okay. That putting extra effort in what you do is the key to get through a difficult situation (and by "effort" I mean working real hard that you'd risk getting acne outbursts due to stress and hormone imbalance, or you spend more time trying to find ways to improve your craft rather than catching up with the latest season of Game of Thrones), and that it's perfectly normal to struggle because that's what every goal-oriented individual has to go through. That's the same thing that happened in the lives of these successful people we are currently looking up to, years before we get to know about their works, way before Google could suggest their names just by typing the first 3 or 4 letters.

So, instead of ranting about how hard it is for you to achieve something, maybe it's best to try to work hard enough to be the kind of person who deserves that dream. Be the kind of person you'd want to respect.

Also, fuck people who think that working hard is lame.


EDIT: I'm really glad that some of you were inspired by what I wrote. The pleasure is all mine. I will try to reply to the comments (both here and on my artworks) soon. I'm in the middle of reading a novel so... you know how it goes. ;)
  • Listening to: Jake Bugg
  • Reading: The Beautiful And Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Drinking: Wine

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abigaelclairine Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I'm Abby!! the one you met in the gallery~  awesome artworks!!watched! Seto Kousuke (Being shy and kawaii) [10] 
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Hellooo! :D Thanks Abby! *Watched*
pinkmanati Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Stumbled upon your gallery when I searched for submarines and now I'm filled with deilght! Great work! :hug:
SimoneFiani Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A real wonderful gallery. Suggestive pieces! Congrats, I watch you!
ZaneEyre Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful mind you must have! I'm amazed by your work!
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:iconhappybirthday1plz::iconhappybirthdayplz2::iconhappybirthdayplz3::iconhappybirthdayplz4: :iconbirthdaycakeplz: :iconthecakeplz: :icongiftplz: I hope that you had a happy day, an AMAZING birthday and I hope that you have an AMAZING year to come, chock full of everything good! :icontort4: :party:
coastbeachartist Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Iyan!

May the coming year be filled with joy, health and prosperity in all your art and life endeavors.

The world is a better place for having your fine art in it. We admire and appreciate your hard work, muse and talent which inspire us.



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Aart-ish Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!! :)

And I just skimmed through that journal entry, it definitely spoke out to me. I've faced a lot of struggles as a so-and-so artist haha, and it can be so frustrating to have a clear vision in your head and feel so divorced from being able to execute it visually. But I think I've gotten closer and closer through the sort of beating myself up you're talking about haha, and I think that's admirable in an artist. It certainly seems to be paying off for you, and I wish you the absolute best in it!! Congrats on remaining dedicated and producing such beautiful work!! ^_^ 
brooksby Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Happy birthday!
fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Happy Birthday!Fun cake 
JinnyJoe Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Happy birthday! :hug:
Iskaeldt Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Happy Birthday! :)
jennystokes Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday Iyan..................we share the same day.
:hug:'ssss and :cake:
laliluleilo Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
We don't know each other but I've been watching your gallery for a long time. You're an amazing artist and ... Happy Birthday! \(^O^)/
TsubasaKokoro4 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
happy early b-day
Oleg-Bardenkov Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Early Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hug 
GaNPNanniPasca Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   General Artist
Amazing gallery!! i love your paintings!!
Kristinapeinture Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Great style!
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Thank you!! :D
holmanextremo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Outstanding art!
Greetings from Colombia!
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