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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.

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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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Kristinapeinture Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  New member
Great style!
holmanextremo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Outstanding art!
Greetings from Colombia!
Emanon000 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist
Awesome gallery! 
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Thank you!! :)
wietrzny Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Great paintings, i should fav almost all of them.
Wish You'd done exhibition in central Europe
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
I would if I get the opportunity :) Thank you very much! :D
pciuccio Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
awesome art, thank you for making today special, cheers!
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
The pleasure's all mine, thank you! :)
deinktvis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Writer
your art truly moves me. thank you.
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
The pleasure is mine, thank you! :)
SonicRainboomsXD Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have gorgeous art! Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! 
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Thank you! :)
EhrenThibs Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery, congrats on the DD !
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Thank you! :)
Grisaia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your artworks are absolutely amazing!! I'm really enjoy to watch your gallery!
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Thank you! :)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work. It reminds me a bit of Gustav Klimt somehow :)
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
brooksby Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Wow - found your gallery through the daily deviations.  Great modern take on Kilmt's style of artwork.  Really great!  ;-)
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Thank you :) It's an honor to be compared to him, but I must say I never really cared about Klimt back when I started painting this style, neither I was inspired by any of his works. :)
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