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For the contest [link]
<- be a spark challenge mediums/ techniques:
traditional medium with minor digital [gimp-basic]
#2 pencil and time with minor digital for lite ups as well one blur to darken up lines. <--( the alternate version )*( this version )--> I decided to go back in and add a tint to it, removed the brightness of the lite ups and went with more contrast. the inside thoughts-
to rise up from the insanity that is life, between good and bad and right and wrong we walk the line, we face trails and tribulations throughout our lives only to find it all ends to soon... The Spark is all we need to lite the fires of compassion and change within our fellow man. The answer to the question:
the spark for me is creating something new... Making something that may bring a smile to a sad face or show someone else they are not alone in this world built of confusions. That there is more then one way to see what appears to be in front of you. We are not set in stone and we are capable of change. Adversities:
The world has reminded me in many forms of my mortality... yet I survive. The world has told me my dreams are fruitless... yet I still try. The world has shown me that it is not always known to be fair... yet I still strive. I will never give up or let my hope die. Contributions:
I like to think in my everyday life with each smile I share that I spread ripples of friendliness to the world, I protect many animals from the ways of the wild, I help when I can the unknown man. I give more then I have, and i take a stand. The Fire:
find your spark within yourself and lite the fires, letting it shine bright enough to inspire those around you... this is the greatest gift that can given.
harsh reality is I have been told I am dieing more then once [told dead by 30], [told dead by 40] and had my dreams crushed several times over, I have lost many friends along the way as well... the truth is I don't allow myself to think too much on the bad, life is too short to waste it worrying on things like that... I focus all I can on getting my dreams done before my time is up, so that I have something to leave the world... I'm a life time member of the epileptic club [I have seizures] and labeled with many "mental disorders" I don't like the labels feeling they are limitations, so I wont list them. I have been on disability and SSI for over 15 years. I am gay and grown up in [what I call deep south] North Carolina. Being nearly 40, times have changed allot, but I remember all too well the insecurity's that still hold tightly to me from my youth, when my local world was not so accepting of "what" I am. I lived as a woman for 4 years and had to let that part of my life go due to the public's response as well my own questions [is this what I want?]. I consider myself lucky, believe it or not being I have survived where I thought I would not... I think that is the key to life, keep going forward don't let yourself be stopped, and to always have something on your plate. You can survive if you BELIEVE you can.