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Commission: Farore's Inner Steller Space Odessey by eorhythm Commission: Farore's Inner Steller Space Odessey by eorhythm
For Farore, to whom I also offer interminable gratitude for monetary contribution, patience and a compelling challenge to my progressively lackluster visionary acuity.

(See also: the animated version.)

They requested a psychedelic visionary composition similar to my art of Beck's keyboardist. I responded with a commission so large (>1gb), so technically intricate, so violently coruscating that it excoriated my retinas and inspired an entire 8tracks playlist.

Detail panels.

∞‽ hours of labor, Δ✕ glitch-hop/glitch/dub tunes, and ~100 episodes of TAH.
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Akkanash Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this! I have a hard time imagining the patience required to create digital art at this level of skill.  Gorgeous colour combo and the interplay of digital and organic elements works really well.  Truly a stunning piece!

Just out of curiosity, do you listen to/read/enjoy Terence McKenna at all?
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a hard time imagining the patience, haha! And yet somehow I persevere(d), with no small amount of insanity gained. Very glad you find the palette tasteful — a lot of people were put off by its intensity, but that was my intended effect.

Really bizarre you bring up Terence McKenna here; I've known about him for decades but never fully indulged in any of his material until I was about halfway through this piece. So, while McKenna didn't inspire the image, I was certainly fueled through the most grueling parts by his eloquent ramblings. I must have accidentally imbued it with the afterimages of his ethereal brainchildren.

Now I'm really intrigued what you think about McKenna's conjecture and experiences, and how you perceived any of that in the art!
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Akkanash Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm kind of immune to intense colours, haha.  Tickles my brain in just the right way.

Your piece really evoked certain life-defining mystical experiences I've had, which is why I'm so drawn to it.  It looks like one of a potentally infinite number of visual manifestations of a being I've encountered, who I've never actually seen (who perhaps isn't typically see-able?), but who I could easily imagine taking on the form in your painting, if it decided to be visible.  Your creature has just the sort of controlled ferocity and power, along with a creativity/life-energy and a sort of welcoming/inviting aspect that this being does.

As you can probably imagine, I'm fully on board with pretty much everything McKenna says, as it resonates extremely well with my own personal experience.  And so, since your work and his both bring up similar things in me, I wondered if you had ever been inspired by his work.  I discovered him only this year and was binge-listening to his lectures throughout my mural project this summer, so his words have been prominently in my thoughts. 

What do you think about him?
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
(Forever later...)

Wow. That's almost chilling—in a good way—to read. You're perceptive in a way others haven't been when viewing this piece. Although the character isn't mine, I most definitely injected my own experiences into the piece, and much of that surrounds the ineffable, wild entities I've encountered in dreams and visions. Lordy, I hope we get to talk about this sometime, because I am painfully intrigued! Seems like a potentially fertile conversation, to say the least.

And man, that question reflected back toward me is difficult! I was most inspired by McKenna's exhortations to reexamine, explore and embrace creativity in all its forms, and to think, feel, and communicate experiences without the fear and prejudice that consumes so many people, especially in their creative pursuits. The idea of purging first and sorting through the mess later always appealed to me, so to hear someone articulating their own far-flung and often exotic escapades with such eloquence and confidence really gets my synapses firing.

All that considered, my only reservation was his premature belief that, outside of frank psychosis and mental illness, it was unlikely anyone could undergo a psychedelic experience without the assistance of psychedelics/entheogens. I read later that he rescinded this opinion after more personal encounters, though.
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Akkanash Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Fertile conversation, no kidding!  This kind of thing endlessly fascinates me, and I'd love to hear about your entity encounters.  I'll PM you my contact info.  I'm not on here that much.

The idea of purging first and sorting through the mess later always appealed to me
I'll admit this is something I struggle towards.  It's scary to reveal oneself fully in one's art in a world that seems generally hostile to creativity and honesty in a lot of ways.

Artistic flow, it becomes more and more clear to me, is just another form of 'psychedelic' connection to The Divine/The Beyond/call-it-what-you like, so I certainly don't think we always need the assistance of friendly plants or fungi (though they make certain things incredibly clear and undeniable, of course!).  One idea I cherish from McKenna is the idea that the primary thing that should matter to each of us is personal experience, rather than belief/second-hand knowledge.  Giving myself the authority to know the truth has been freeing. 
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Expandranon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
It's always great to see something new from you. <3
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seems like a perfect good of psychodelia!
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