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Sapporo x Yoshitoshi: Be Legendary by SinistrosePhosphate
Sapporo x Yoshitoshi: Be Legendary
This is the centrepiece to my Sapporo CANvas contest piece. You can find the final piece here: Be Legendary 
I've already described my reasons as to why this centrepiece was done the way it is. But I figured it won't hurt to take the time to explain myself a bit further. 

When I saw the contest, I didn't know if I wanted to join. But I knew that if I wanted to do it, it had to involve papercutting, or kiri-e (切り絵). This is mostly because I'm a papercutter more so than a designer. And I knew that if I wanted to do this, I would want to involve one of my all-time favourite Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年). I think it has something to do with the fact that he was the last of his kind who managed to combine both tradition and new elements in order to master his craft. It may also have something to do with the fact that his bloody prints (muzan-e, 無残絵) have been a long-time fascination of mine. With all that in place, the design started to take shape. With the old Japanese flag as the background and the incorporation of the Sapporo can and logo... and this piece was on its way. 

But that's easy for me to say. 
This was also one of my larger pieces, too.  I had no idea if I would be able to finish on time or not. But at the end of the day... I'm happy that it's done. And while I may not win this contest (because the competition is stiff! Very stiff!) I will always be happy to say that I was able to finish something of a tribute to an all-time inspiration. 

Artist's Note
1. Pattern credit: Sapporo Beer logo, can + Works from Tsukioka Yoshitoshi + old Japanese flag.
2. Equipment: Cutting board, artisan cutting blade (#11)
3. Paper: Recollections Card Stock by Michael's Inc. (65lbs/176gsm)
4. Size: almost letter-sized (A4). Ruler on picture for comparison
5. Time: 25+ hours over 8 days. 
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Be Legendary by SinistrosePhosphate
Be Legendary
This is an entry for the Sapporo CANvas contest. 
And the full title of this piece is technically "Sapporo x Yoshitoshi: Be Legendary." 

The contest's theme is to incorporate the Sapporo beer can or elements of the can in a piece that combines both classical and modern elements. It's a tall order for such an legendary beer. But this is what I came up with. The classical elements is represented by the black centrepiece. Kiri-e (切り絵) is a classical form of Japanese art which involves cutting patterns into a single piece of paper in order to create a scene. The black centrepiece was completed from a single black piece of paper and features not only elements of the Sapporo can, but also the artwork of legendary Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年). The height of Yoshitoshi's fame coincided with the founding of Sapporo beer in the 1870's. The modern elements frame the classical centre and expand out into a digitally rendered background with a post-modern take. The words not only encompass the creed of the Samurai, but also that of a truly legendary company. 

I hope you'll like it. 

Artist's Note:
1. Centrepiece 
Equipment: Cutting board, artisan cutting blade (#11), Paper: Recollections Card Stock by Michael's Inc. (65lbs/176gsm)
2. Background completed in Photoshop CS4
3. More about Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshitos…
4. Brushes used: "Particle Smoke" from pstutorialsws "Blood Splatter" from nathradas "Decorative swirls" from www.obsidiandawn.com/
5. You can find the centre piece by itself here: Sapporo x Yoshitoshi: Be Legendary

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Prize: Wonderful Cats Life by SinistrosePhosphate
Prize: Wonderful Cats Life
This is a prize done for :iconsp00ntane0us: for his winning entry for :iconmadmen-asylum: and its "Longest Night" series of contests. 
The winners can be found here: The Longest Night Contest: The Winners!!

I offered a commission to the winner, and she asked for the Vocaloid character Megpoid Gumi from "Ah, It's a Wonderful Cat Life". 
You can find the original source here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyteTO…
I took the liberty to add in the stray cats from the video for an interesting contrast. Even if the other two strays have only appeared for a few seconds, but it does make one wonder just what kind of "good company" stray cats keep. I am rather stumped when it came to a suitable background, however. So I hope I can be forgiven for cranking out something so simple. I also apologise for the long wait. 

I hope you'll like it. 

P.S.: I am presently not taking any commissions. This has been a prize for the contest winner. 
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The Ups and Ups with Deviantart: Happy Birthday!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 6:53 PM
Today is deviantArt's birthday. And despite recent controversy with the increase "enhanced usage" fees (whether you want to call it "premium" or "core") and the unceremonious changes in staffing, I think most of still consider this website and the community that it brings as a positive force in their lives. I, for one, most certainly think so. 


Deviantartist Questionnaire
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? 
I signed up on January 1st, 2008. This is the 7th year I am on dA. 

2. What does your username mean? 
This is actually a common question I get asked from time to time. The story goes like this: At work, we use a sugar phosphate solution in an injection to replenish the patient with water. This sugar solution is basically glucose, one of the simplest 6-carbon sugars. It exists in two forms in nature, the right-handed "Dextrose" and the left-handed version. There has been no official name of the left-handed version because it's rare in nature. But if it has to have a name, it would have been Sinistrose. (In Latin, "dexter-" means right-handed and "sinister-" means left-handed.) 

I believe art is like water. It's free, it's necessary to life and it's everywhere. So it makes sense to name myself after the sugar phosphate solution that replenishes people with water. And if my day-time self uses Dextrose Phosphate to do so, then the night-time version on dA would be "Sinistrose Phosphate". Which is what the name means. 

3. Describe yourself in three words.
Eccentric, Esoteric and Emergent. (Alternatively: Stubborn, Strange and Scholarly. Alliteration not always absolute.)

4. Are you left- or right-handed? 
I am right-handed. But I end up doing many things (sometimes better) with my left. 

5. What was your first deviation?
The very first deviation has been deleted. This was a revised version of the second deviation that was posted.
Tsukiyo no Higeki by SinistrosePhosphate

6. What is your favourite type of art to create? 
I don't think I have a favourite. I have several types of deviations that I will always return to. But at the end of the day, my repertoire keeps on growing because I want to try out new things in unfamiliar medium. 

7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? 
Speed-painting. I work at the speed of a tortoise. And it means I usually have an unfortunately long "list of things to do". Having a full-time day job doesn't help the situation any, either. 

8. What was your first favourite? 
A dear friend of mine (who is a poet, an artist and a photographer) took this photo: 
November Afternoons II by yamfowl1412

9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? 
Things that inspire me, really. And since I get inspired by a lot of things from different genres of different styles, my list of favourites ends up being quite varied. It's hard to find a theme. 

10. Who is your all-time favourite Deviant artist ?
I don't think I have an all-time favourite, no. Some artists are quite inspiring by their words while others by their action. Some are adept in their craft while others are warm and enthusiastic by personality. That's what a community is all about, really - it's hard to choose a favourite.

11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I would like to meet a lot of people! In fact, I would personally love to meet anyone who has ever visited my gallery or have added my work to their list of favourites. I would love to thank each and every one of them in person, even just once. 

On the other hand, I do believe that I have made some significant and long-lasting friendships on dA. Not only would I love to meet these deviants in real life, I think it would be an honour, too. 

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? 
Well... someone made a death threat at me recently? 


Joking aside... During the last 7 years, I have gone through a lot of ups and downs in my personal and professional life. And while the details of these trials and tribulation almost never make it to the surface here on DeviantArt, the friends and acquaintances I have met here have, each in their own way, kept me going. And they kept me coming back to this spot to literally get away from it all. And I believe this place and this community have saved my life, at least a few times. 

13. What are your preferred tools to create art? 
Paper. Almost everything I do involve paper. What else I use in conjunction to the paper is a secondary issue. But paper itself remain paramount. 

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? 
When I sit in front of my desk, usually into the wee hours of the morning. It's either that or a particularly boring class or a horrendously long meeting. My mind rebels at stagnation.

15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? 
I have a lot of happy memories on dA, and it is difficult to say whether I have a favourite moment or not. I can say that I was very pleased to have hit the first benchmark of 100 watchers or the first 10,000 views. I can also say that I have been very proud to have my first daily deviation back in 2011. But I would be lying if I said these are my favourite moments. I don't think  I have a favourite... because it'd be a sin to choose a "best" from a sea of "great". 



On DeviantArt's 15th birthday, it's actually quite sad to hear distressing news that the company may be under financial trouble. I believe a lot of deviants, like myself, are willing to chip in to keep the community going, by whatever means we have at our disposal. A little communication goes a long way between the staff, administrators and the volunteers and the community. And instead of making unannounced changes, I think we would all like to know what is going on exactly. After all, this is a community, right? And as a community, communication comes first and foremost. 


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SinistrosePhosphate
C. J. C.
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Canada
Greetings.
I am not an articulate person. But I'll try.

Yours truly was born in 1981, Taipei, Taiwan.
Moved to Canada in 1993.
During the day, he's "Dextrose Phosphate": a recently-employed resident physician trying to look sharp while learning how to save lives. At night, he becomes "Sinistrose Phosphate": an amateurish busy-body who dreams of one day getting a hang at this "art" business.

... in my humble opinion, neither one's going great, really.

Despite all that... thanks a million for visiting my little proverbial hole in the wall (of the Internet). Stay a while, have some tea, leave a comment... maybe even start a conversation.

I'm not an articulate person, but I will most definitely try.

Current Residence: Newfoundland, Canada
Favourite genre of music: Various (with exception to Rap and Country)
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Windows Media Player
Shell of choice: ... Nautilus?
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever the landlord puts on the walls.
Skin of choice: My own, definitely. I'm born with it.
Personal Quote: "One apple a day... keeps me and my ilk away."
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:iconbernardumaine:
Bernardumaine Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving !
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GhostShow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
HNNNGGNNG I AM SORRY. I AM HERE NOW, I JUST HOPE YOU'RE STILL GOOD. Visitors and all that, out of nowhere... >< 
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kanogt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
here a birthday present :3 kanogt.deviantart.com/art/Liam… , hope you like it :D it's only the lineart , i'll color it soon :3
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LCNeko-tan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh~ It's good to have you back~ >¬<
I hope you had a good time! ^¬^ 
That's very important!
Oh! Oh! I gotta upload the promised stuffs! ^¬^ :glomp:
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GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy B-day dude, hope you're having a good day.:party:
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ENIMINEMOE Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!! Hope you had a awesome day...and cake (lots and lots of cake)!!! :)
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LCNeko-tan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday, honey bunny!! ^¬^
I hope your day is just so super fantastic!! ^¬^
You deserve a happy day!
Much love to you! 
Kisses from Jongin Keima and Kanon (Kiss) [V1]
Bee Bumble Bee Boingy Well~! :heart:

Best wishes!!
EXO : ChenKai Hug 

Hopefully my package doesn't get to you too late!! :eager:
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AterImber Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!!

 Hope you have a wonderful day!

 :D

Enjoy all the wishes!
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday :)
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porygon-J Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist
happy birthday, mate! have a good one
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