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Journal Entry: Mon Sep 20, 2010, 3:11 PM

Any gamers out there? We just bought a Playstation 3 w/ the Move upgrade after years of enjoyment and frustration solely in the XBox 360 camp. If you want to add me on the Playstation Network my name is "AaronEllis". I have a gamertag for Xbox Live too, altho I'm not sure how much longer I can stand to pay for their service when Sony's is free....For now my gamertag on XboxLive is "SecondFaunus". See you there!

Original Art Going for Nickels and Dimes

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 24, 2010, 1:29 PM

Less than 24 hours left on an auction of the signed original graphite drawing for my deviation "Hands Study". It's currently up to $3.25 --barely the cost of a medium Starbucks latte w/ tax! Good art routinely increases in value as it ages too, and the art will far outlive that next soulless cup of corporate coffee :D If interested, you can take a look at the auction here… and bid if the drawing suits your taste. Thanks always for your support and encouragement...looking forward to the future :heart: -Aaron

My Art Now Available on Ebay

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 18, 2010, 10:00 AM

One of my drawings in now available here on ebay:

I hope to post a few more drawings and a couple clothing items from my photographs for sale in the near future as well. From an investment perspective, it's very likely that the drawings which I'm selling now will increase in value exponentially over a relatively short period of time. If a market still exists in the next couple years I am determined to achieve substantial commercial success and official validation as an artist here in the states and internationally...I feel I have good reason to hope as I've already been personally endorsed by at least one major art-world powerhouse (Michael Hussar) and I am committed heart and soul to this process.

In any case, there's no reserve on these items and this drawing will probably go for dirt cheap so if you have any interest please consider making a bid!

I am also considering auctioning my tie from "Reno Shape" and my red spider-man shirt from the "Reds" series in the not-too-distant future. + News

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 20, 2010, 7:20 PM

My Formspring page:

Some quick news clippings from me...

1. I opened up a Formspring page after seeing the lively account in use by usagicassidy. It's basically a never-ending interview, so if you have any questions you'd like to ask me about anything, it's quick and easy to post them there either under your name or anonymously. The link to that page is above.

2. The deviant I just mentioned has a funny and finely executed short film called "Cookie Girl', that I recommend you check out. It co-stars one of his very popular young male models and can be found here:

3. I've been informed in advance that snowmask will be giving a Daily Deviation to my recent painting, "Ice Cream Mandala" sometime in the next couple weeks, but not sure what the exact date will be. SUPER excited for that!! :)

4. I'm still active on Twitter and Facebook. Those links are above.

5. I'm approaching the 100,000 pageview milestone and getting on the better side of 2,000 watchers. Woohoo! :p

With regard to my watchers, I do feel some nagging concern over the disappoint at my diversion from self-portraits (and photography in general, but particularly the self-portraits) which I understand has provided much of the initial interest in "HisHalfElf"...But when I project into the future as an artist, I expect the investment in photographic self-portraiture to be kind of a binding and insubstantial endeavor if I continue to pursue it with the bulk of my energies. I don't want to pigeonhole myself into self-portraiture as a practice and I'm not particularly interested in being known for it. Fortunately, however, there are a handful of other young men on deviantART that do invest in self-portraiture as their primary output. It is ultimately my desire to be taken seriously as a fine artist and I think the continuing pursuit of self-portrait photography, at least for me, would be dangerous to the integrity of my art process as a whole. However, I do expect to continue producing photographic art down the road in what will probably be a kind of personal-renaissance with regard to that medium. I'm just not sure exactly when that will be.

I want to be more active on deviantART in general as soon as possible. Currently I'm working a job at a coffee shop, working an internship, taking classes (even over the summer), and going through the long but extremely rewarding process of cultivating my abilities as a painter...These are all important priorities for me, but unfortunately I'm not able to give as much focus to other projects as I'd like, including my presence on deviantART and a higher production of art. That will hopefully change in the near future.

Lowbrow and Other Exclusive Movements

Journal Entry: Fri May 7, 2010, 9:14 AM

Art Movements always result in insiders clubs. So-called "lowbrow" is a clique of morbid heterosexual chauvinistic fetish masturbation. Lowbrow is another expression of "highbrow", not it's polar opposite. Lowbrow artists sneer at outsiders just as highbrow artists sneer at outsiders. Both are elitist. All of these institutions are commercial enterprises sucking the dick of a corporate model which is anti-art. True lowbrow would have no definable aesthetic. These institutions are getting people hooked on symbols. You're addicted to symbols. And you pay out the nose to have art with lowbrow symbols in it. Little girls with big heads, human centipede, nauseating toon shit. If you want to sell work as a "psychedelic artist", the current movements demand that you have artwork overflowing with eyeballs. Gotta have the eyes. Gotta be Alex Grey wannabes. And especially gotta have morbidity, whatever kind of art you make. There is nothing transcendental about regurgitating eyeball symbols. Morbidity happens but it doesn't need to be a prerequisite. There should be no aesthetic prerequisites. Just as people are judged by the qualitative degree of their character, so should their art be judged by the qualitative degree of the creative expression, right? Aesthetic prejudice. Symbol prejudice. Symbol elitism. Fuck the clique. Lowbrow philosophy is sick. Stop holding up hollow archetypal idols. Galleries, websites, publications, etc. want us to hold up those idols and they want us to pay to be holding up those idols. But we don't have to do that. Don't want to do that.

The propagation of these movements should be rejected just as any other exclusive clique bullshit is rejected. Don't tailor your art to a movement. Don't buy into movements. Don't let anybody tell you what to like, what to support, or who to make your art for. Instead, invest in art that you enjoy for its qualitative resonance with you. Invest in individual artists because you like what they do. There IS enough to go around. The consensus artist shouldn't hold the dollar symbol in the back of its mind, dictating, however subtly, the direction of the work.

Fuck art schools too. "Get money" is the root operating system of all of these institutions.

Note: I'm not tearing down any particular artist or individual associated with the movements and institutions described in this article. In fact, I take great inspiration from at least two artists often linked to "lowbrow". It's the philosophy that's sick. Runaway capitalist corporate wannabe fetish philosophy and the institutions acting on that philosophy by propagating movements they invented. Don't put the cart before the horse.

I started posting a few items on twitter and plan to spend more time networking there soon. If any of you folks use twitter and want to connect with me, my username is AaronBoltonArt and the link to my page is here:

A Daily Deviation has been awarded to the brilliant psychedelic surrealist painter elftantra for his piece "Transgender Buddha Faces Mara"…

I have had the privilege of being witness to his art making on dA for a few years now and I can truly say that I have not seen anything else quite like it before. Please take a minute to step into the wonderland of his art, and say hello if the spirit moves you!

I also have several prints up for sale now due to recent requests. They're available in default print shop prices at many different sizes.

Thank you very much to everyone who has recently watched, favorited, or commented on my work. I am very grateful to have your interest and will strive to produce more art work that is worthy of it!

Happy Valentines Day upcoming :heart:
  • Listening to: Cars outside my window
  • Reading: This journal entry back to myself
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coffee


Journal Entry: Wed Dec 16, 2009, 10:42 AM

Hey everybody,

  I have been honored with the gift of a subscription from Betelgeux. I dedicate this entry to him. I have also included a couple pieces from his very colorful gallery at the bottom of this entry. I'm sure he would be delighted to see you over on his page.

  It is very exciting to receive expressions of encouragement and support, and I am grateful to have found an audience as receptive as the group here on deviantART. It probably goes without saying that the receptivity or lack of receptivity an artist receives (especially on deviantART) can be attributed mostly or entirely to the subject matter in his or her work. Hence the preponderance of fan art and tits on deviantART's popular section.
  On one hand, the guaranteed popularity of certain subject matter makes getting attention much more straight-forward, and it offers the opportunity to learn some business skills like supply and demand, marketing, "customer" or patron relations, timing, etc. On the other hand, you risk participating in the propagation of a status-quo that is entirely sensational and devoid of any real soul or substance. My philosophical approach to the practice of art validates the incorporation of sensationalist elements by seeking a foundation for the art piece that is novel, exploratory, or otherwise substantial. I think it is important for my work to be aesthetically stimulating on as many ground levels as possible; the work or aspects of the work with broad sensory appeal are what I am referring to as "sensationalist". Also the sensationalism is relatively abstract and, as far as I'm concerned, must be in good taste. It amounts to vibrant color, gloss, sparkle, intensity, sexuality, etc. I try to create works that are beautiful enough to hook one or a range of aesthetic preferences and that are also significant in terms of their inspiration and implications. I have no problem incorporating or glorifying themes or subjects that are popular but they must anchor in and be subservient to the core of a relatively profound overarching expression. I AM interested in selling; I want to be supported for the art that I create. The discipline is to seek support but to always retain an autonomous sense of direction. Andy Warhol said, "Good business is the best art".

  One of the reasons this deviantART account has achieved some visibility is because of the popularity of my self-portraits, my subject matter. I do not regret their reception in the least; I am encouraged by it and I mean to acknowledge those photos as a source of my "success". I would like to think that the exposure I have received is not due entirely to the self-portraits, but their impact has definitely been heavy. That said, I feel that I have peaked in my current exploration of photography and I cannot continue to milk deviantART for its response to my self-portraits alone.
  My progression as an artist moves forward. I think I have mentioned it on this site before that I have a background in drawing and painting that precedes my photography, and painting is where I plan to funnel the bulk of my creative energy now and in the future. I am sure I will continue to take photographs, but this account will soon incorporate records of my expression and channeling in a variety of media to such an extent that photographs may become the minority over time. I do not want to be a pegged as a "photographer"; I don't think I am prepared or willing to live up to that title... but, with respect to both mediums, a "painter who takes photographs" would be fine. In the past I have been hesitant to disturb my current following with any work outside of my established norm, however my present philosophy will interpret any changes in my viewership to be a positive or neutral-at-worst reformation and transformation of my audience.

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Mature Content

The Approach of Thresholds by elftantra
     Lessons of the Butterflies by elftantra



Mature Content

M2 by Albert-Smirnov

Mature Content

M by Albert-Smirnov

Mature Content

M3 by Albert-Smirnov

...leave me alone... by Artmguy   ...untied... by Artmguy   ...silence... by Artmguy

  • Listening to: Shpongle
  • Reading: American Gods
  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XII
  • Eating: Potatoes
  • Drinking: Tea

New Year, New Features

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 8, 2009, 5:57 PM
Hoping we all have an awesome year ahead. The future is exciting. Check out these artists :)

Artists to +Watch

drift, October by Alteru :thumb108043088: Old soul by tbcevo :thumb108479053:

Thank You + Features

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 25, 2008, 4:50 PM
Thank you to everybody who recently faved, watched, and commented... thank you especially to the deviants who have featured my work :heart: :heart: :heart: :jackdirt:

Check out these piecez.

Featured Artists


:thumb99573359: :thumb99734361: miass and elise by eve-is-me

Features II

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 20, 2008, 8:51 PM
Check out these piecez.

Featured Artists


:thumb93232304: gravity holding me down by k-mancini MOAR II by Sigurd-Quast lembro-me de te ver aqui by belard __Death of a Blackbird__ by Aikya
Summer Days by engelberger