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Fleeting Seasons by SinistrosePhosphate Fleeting Seasons by SinistrosePhosphate
[EDIT]: I would like to take this opportunity to thank :iconsprinklesprankles: for suggesting this piece as a Daily Deviation and :iconunicornreality: for featuring it. And most importantly, a big thank you goes out to all of dA for all your very kind comments and favourites!

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I've developed a bad habit - It comes part and parcel of me being at work for most of my waking hours.

You see... when you are on call, sometimes you can't afford to sleep. I don't know about anyone else, but I am always afraid that if I fell asleep I might not hear the beeper go off. So I take my paper-cutting to work with me when I am on-call. I don't have that many brain cells left in the wee hours of the morning to come up with concepts and sketches... but chiseling out small pieces of paper keeps me awake without taxing my mind.

That being said, here's another project.

Artist's Note:
Picture Credit: Modified from traditional Chinese sources. The flowers and the birds in the design denote different seasons.

Technical Details:
Equipment: Cutting board, Artisan cutting blade (#11)
Paper: Canson Mi-Tienes #506 (poppy red)
Took: about 15 hours
Size: See ruler

Technical Note:
The Canson Mi-Tienes paper is created to be a multi-purpose pastel paper. And it seems to be the only paper suitable that I can find in-town. So... I am learning to make friends with it however I can.
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Given 2012-09-03
Fleeting Seasons by *SinistrosePhosphate Intricately detailed, this piece is a great example of the artist's skills in paper-cutting. ( Suggested by SprinkleSprankles and Featured by UnicornReality )
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LittleMrsAdams Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So beautiful!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much for your very kind words. And thank you for adding my work to your list of favourites. I appreciate the gesture very much!
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LittleMrsAdams Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your very kind words.
I am very happy to know you liked it!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
It's really an amazing artwork.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Art lies in the eye of the beholder, after all.
It's only as amazing as you think it is. So I really should thank you for being so generous! :)
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your comment! :)
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
:la:
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SarahMNomani Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is brilliant
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you very much for your very kind comment.
And thank you very much for adding it to your list of favourites. I appreciate the gesture very much!
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SarahMNomani Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:
this is so delicate and detailed, I would have to be insane not to add it to my favourites
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Art lies in the eyes of the beholder, after all.
What I have done is only art if your eyes believe it to be so. Therefore, I believe I am in your debt. You're not crazy... you're showing me both kindness and support. And I appreciate that very much.
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SarahMNomani Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's so sweet of you! :D
your work is truly amazing :)
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, thank you very much.
It's been my pleasure and my honour. :)
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SarahMNomani Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:airborne:
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Shannon-Sweeney Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Featured [link]
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you very much for the kind gesture. Much obliged. :thanks:
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Shannon-Sweeney Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :aww:
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0-CLAM-0 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I'm
awake
at night I
make dolls
and sculptures
and stupid
comics
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I am asleep at night,
I dream of going to work;
And operating rooms flooded with light.
Sometimes, sometimes...
It's better to stay awake at night,
And do something not work-related.
So the dreams don't send me back to work.

... besides, I wish I have enough brain power to draw stupid comics again. I missed that.
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0-CLAM-0 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I draw stupid comics
they involve Lady Gaga
as a queen
vs
Justin Bieber as a fat beaver
and
yeah

My dreams don't
involve work
or
school homework
though I'll be at school,
sitting next to
a dog or something
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't mind seeing
Justin Bieber as a beaver
All very Canuck-like
Wouldn't you say?

You are unfortunate
Where your dreams
And your wakeful hours
Do not mix
Keep it that way
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0-CLAM-0 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like you're
mocking me. ;;
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, no...
Why would you think that?

I mean what I say, all the time.
Down to the very last word.
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0-CLAM-0 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good. XD
The whole poetry
thing I suppose.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a friend
Who is doing a degree
On creative writing...
... majoring in haiku.

You're not a bad influence.
She is. ;)
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vokimhop Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
good wokr !! "D
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your very kind words!
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Goth-Angel-13 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
This is a great piece of work. I'm sure it took ages to complete. I'm sure your patience is otherworldly. I would not have the patience to do something like this, being a pencil-and-paper type of girl, myself. Lol

Anyway, simply awesome :clap:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you very much for your very kind words.
On a good day, I like to think of myself as a pencil-and-paper type of person, too. But like what I said in the comments, when there's a blockage of inspiration in the wee hours of the morning, sometimes it's easier to pick up a knife and chisel out a pattern that has already been set down earlier. ^^; And when you have many sleepless nights... there's room to achieve many things. :)

Warm regards,
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Goth-Angel-13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
XD well, it keeps you busy, I understand that. Sometimes, I'll stay later than I intended to go to bed, and end up just doodling random things, but it keeps me busy until I actually feel tired. XD

You're welcome, and warm regards back at you. =D Lol
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes, it's better to feel busy than tired. I think I rather enjoyed evenings where something or other keeps me up late at night rather than simply going to sleep. Of course, I might suffer for it the next day, but then again... you only live for so long... and there are only so many hours in a day...

The moment they invent 36-hour days, we're made.
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Goth-Angel-13 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Yeah, I hear ya. But, if we want 36 hours in a day, we'll have to move to a different planet. =/
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps, perhaps. Although. I don't think there's a planet in our solar system that runs on 36-hour days. I think that means we have to go further out there in the search for a longer day!

... or live in a basement and never see daylight again. The human's natural circadian system does not run on 24 hours a day, either. It's a little off by somewhere around 11 to 12 minute every day, give or take.
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Goth-Angel-13 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
yeah, I think I've heard something like that somewhere before, that a whole day doesn't consist of 'exactly' 24 hours, that its really something like 23.5 hours, or something.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When the research was originally done, the published result is that humans run on a 25-hour long day. That number has since been disputed. (I was around when the first report of 25-hours came out, and that's the one I keep on remembering. I guess that goes to show you I'm turning into an antique...)

The new results suggest the human circadian cycle is 24 hours and 11 minutes +/- 16 minutes.
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blind-decisions Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I can really see someone getting this on themselves via scarification
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

You know what... you're probably right about that. I am not horribly familiar with scarification, but from what I know of it, in order to fully recreate this piece we need a large skin surface to work with. This is not something that can be achieved on someone's lower back, for example (the scars will raise up and grow into each other, distorting the pattern). We might need a very skilled operator and a whole back for this project...
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blind-decisions Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
It would defiantly be a back piece, a beautiful one at that. I've seen through my research of scarification (perks my interest) are these delicately carved full back pieces very close to yours. The scaring process would be something else though, some people scar differently than others also depends on how much and deep of the epidermis is going to be removed.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There has been a lot of scarification back pieces that derive heavily on Asian imagery, I am not surprised that you might find photos of back pieces that appear to be similar to what I have done. On the medical side of things, we all scar differently. Depending how well taken-care of the artwork is (and how large the pieces of skin taken off in a given area) it is very likely that the scars will not raise and would, at the end, distort the body's contour (like contracture scars across a joint that prevents the joint from moving properly). I suppose that's why we mostly see photos of the newly finished skin cutting but don't always see the final, scarred in results. It's easier to raise a few lines and bumps... but it's a lot harder to force skin to heal in a specific way. The more intricate the design, the higher the likelihood the scarring in process will fail.
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blind-decisions Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Exactly my good sir.
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katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
Strong linear design with inspiration from classic Chinese elements. Very clear, symmetrical cuts and attention to detail. Few can do this even when well rested. Well done. Good use of time. Well deserved.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you very much for your very kind comments. I am of Chinese heritage, after all. After seeing enough of what's usually considered traditional design it's not a stretch to want to incorporate them into your own work. After all, paper-cutting is a part of our history. The overall balance and symmetry are also something that comes within our culture. It's my pleasure, really, to be able to present this piece to you.

Warmest regards,
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KiaraKovu123 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply beautiful! The design is breathtaking and the theme you chose is awesome!!! ^^ Excellent job and congrats on the DD! :D
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you so very much for your very kind words. To the best of my ability I try to bring a little bit of my own culture into what I do. If nothing else, it's a way for me to reconnect with my own heritage. It's my pleasure and my honour to be able to present it to you, too.

With many thanks,
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KiaraKovu123 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome! ^^ And you from...Asia, then?
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am, I am.
I was born in Taiwan in 1981, moved to Canada in 1993.
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KiaraKovu123 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so cool! What was it like to live there?
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