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I'm Not Crying... by sandzen I'm Not Crying... by sandzen's just been raining...on my face.

This is a reproduction of one of my first ever designs. I was going for a 'traditional' garden look, as it had been described to me by my boss at East Wind.

Apparently, the stones in zen gardens are meant to symbolize islands, and the lines that you draw around them are meant to symbolize waves. But the 'waves' off any 'island' should never eclipse the waves of a bigger island. So, first you draw the lines around the smallest island, and so on, to the biggest one. And doing this is thought to improve finances. Does it actually? Who knows?

Anyway, the way I did the original islands had a kind of randomness to it that it made me think of watching raindrops hit a puddle. I tried to recreate that feeling here, with, I think, mixed results.

I like to compare it to the Japanese origin myth: that the gods, or 'kami', dipped a blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out, the water that built on the tip of the blade fell and became the four perfect islands of Japan (which, if true, is probably why their attempts at colonialism have been so stymied, and vice versa).
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Makarche Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
sandzen Featured By Owner May 31, 2009   General Artist
Did you make that?
Makarche Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
ha ha ha :XD: I wish I cout! It's by Donyo Donev (haven't you read?) Hi is the best! But hi past away 2 years ago:(.This is very old animation. Probably older than me. :)
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sandzen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   General Artist
It brought back a lot of memories for me about my childhood, when simplistic animation, and nonsense words were par for the course on PBS and the like. Most notable, of course, is the claymation show Pingu, where a family of penguins honk at each other for half an hour while waddling around, getting up to hijinxs.

There's something about this form of entertainment that scares me in some primitive way. Just the way the sound effects stop and start, and how the characters do and say things that are abstract, or out of the ordinary. I'm glad I wasn't on drugs at the time.

But, yeah, I got a real kick out of it, for sure. I sort of watched it transfixed, with my jaw hanging open.
ToastDove Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
haha, nice flight of the conchords reference :D
your sand art is really cool.
sandzen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009   General Artist
Yeah, in my line of work, you don't get a lot of chances to reference modern media, so I takes em wheres I gets em.

Thanks for the kudos. I hope you'll get a chance to thumb back through the backlog. See what else turns your fancy.
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