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May 26, 2013
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Fundamentals IV: The Overseer by heavenriver Fundamentals IV: The Overseer by heavenriver
Ultra Fractal 5.04

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The Fundamentals will all be inspired by my own relationship, as an individual, with the key aspects of life. They will include a number of things I consider important on a very abstract level. (I'm pretty much an abstract person myself). There will be seven fractals in total in this saga, this one being the fourth.
The Overseer represents my relationship with surroundings. By 'surroundings' I mean everything that is outside the self. It's always been a tricky relationship for me: I've felt ambivalent about life events and people on many occasions in the past. The point I've currently reached is a singular position of non-intervention: I let life happen as it's meant to while I focus on my intellectual goals. This helps me keep my inner peace and quiet, although it does have a possibly unpredicted downside. Having never been a very 'feely' person, I typically don't get emotionally involved in what I do, and in most people I end up meeting (there have been exceptions and there will likely be more in the future, but they're very rare). My lack of personal, subjective involvement always makes me feel like I'm missing out on something most other individuals seem to experience: the spark of life, pathos, real emotion. I feel fine with it for the most part, but I do admit, it leaves a remnant of nostalgia in me; I'm the world's passer-by, the one that watches life flow in others and around myself without being a part of it, moving through the times like a completely unaffected ghost. Yet in a sense, I have come to appreciate the insight this position offers; I get to see life from an outward, almost "objective" perspective. I oversee people in their displays of anger, sadness, joy and excitement - and yet I am external, vaccinated against this all.

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Crist-JRoger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Very nice colors )
heavenriver Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again!
GrannyOgg Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mini critique - Basically sound overall design and textures are complimentary to the piece, but colours chosen do not convey any particular emotion. You make yourself sound cold and detached and a watcher not participator of life. Try turning it sideways and offsetting the main image
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the critique, though, erm, it's exactly what I wanted to convey. :lol: I *do* feel like I'm watching life from afar and not really taking part in it. Was the description unclear about it? I tried explaining the concept the best I could, but I'm not very good at that.
Others in the series will certainly be less cold-looking :nod:
GrannyOgg Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read what went with it, and yes you did achieve it. But, but artists are by nature introspective, emotional and above all feeling people. It seemed a strange medium to use to convey a lack of - what is essentially artistic temperament.
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I guess that's part of why I don't call myself an artist. :lmao:
I am introspective by nature, yes, but I'm neither emotional nor very much a feeling person. I'm largely driven by my head, and most of what I create is an expression of what's going on in my head indeed. It has little "emotion" - except for a very selected few artworks I've made - as you call it. It's mostly a means of self-expression and self-challenge to me, but expression doesn't necessarily have to convey what the creator is feeling; it can be about anything, really. That's how I see it anyway.
erene Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
This is an incredible piece!
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
akwhitby Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful piece. And as for the sentiments you express in the description, I've felt the same way from a very young age. I experience life vicariously, always on the outside looking in; I sometimes wonder what it's like to be one of those "normal" people, yet I'm content to be the observer that I am. It's good to know that there are others out there who can relate.
heavenriver Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can definitely relate - I've only recently (in the past few years) realised what it felt like to exist for me, but something tells me it's how I've been feeling all along. Sometimes I still feel like I'm missing out, but overall, being left outside the world of human passions is sometimes a gift, considering how much negative passions (such as anger and sadness) consume you from the inside. I may be less feely, but I can keep my balance and it's something I'm grateful for. :)
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