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"A Little Help Goes a Long Way"

A paper child I made just for fun. My ode to oldskool characters. Heavy influences by local legends like Pres1 of Bboy Summit fame. Stay true. Stay up. Stay Creative.
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Postone This Existence by soldierofsolace
Postone This Existence
In trying times that test our patience, our faith, our compassion, and our well-being--are the times we need to pull back, and remember our own reasons for existing in this life. It's the stresses of jobs, love, and goals we've set for ourselves or it's the outside forces that crash our waves of tranquility and focus, to the road of contentment. Sometimes... it doesn't get better. It just gets easier to deal with. We often wait for the truth or that moment. We ask ourselves the big When? Losing sight of what little things truly make us happy and wasting all that time that can never be regained... only to end up in regret. Life can be short. If it was a film you can watch when you pass away--will it be worth watching? We all need a place to escape. We need to find that moment of clarity and enjoy what we can in life. It's the bright stories we make when we are alone, to share with others, when fates meet. Seize that time frame and burn it in your mind well. So that your heart beats with purpose, and your soul wanders free from doubt.

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Of Gods and Faith Nevermore by soldierofsolace
Of Gods and Faith Nevermore
There was times of simple prayers and simple offerings to beings beyond our comprehension. As mankind moved forward through technology and through science, we grew out of our simple ways and grabbed more for understanding, through truth and evidence. Our lives has been filled with doubt and the gods are nothing more than mere legends. They gave up on us, because we gave up on them. We are now left to our devices and ultimately our demise. The belief of someone or something there watching over us, is like telling a fairy tale. It's something as children we believe, to spark a light of little magic that we feel exists. We were pure and innocent. So naive and full of hope. When we grow, life disengages imagination in most of us. The trials of growing up leaves those visions of mystical beings, of creatures we'll never see--put away like an old book, on a shelf collecting dust. As we became more selfish, more corrupt, more greedy, and inhumane... the gods lost life in everything. The trees, the oceans, the animals, and even skies are at its limits now. As we in our mechanical constructs live on. Through the daily routines, we just merely...exist. However, there are a few who may still believe. That we are surrounded by a celestial force. It is as lonely as our empty prayers are. They will never come back. Never out of rage or anger. Or of longing and wishes. We as humankind are so far removed, that all we care about is wars, politics, money, and power. Never recognizing that they may have been there before, just waiting for us to believe in ourselves. To be that ear when no one else was there to listen. To be the comfort that empathizes with us. To be the hope that so many us have already lost. Where were you when you lost it? Did you ever regret giving up? Is it too late to go back? Fear will always be the vice that holds you back. From life, from believing, from dreams, and most of all from love. Do your best and live your life as fulfilled as you can. Cos all we have now are each other. Even if you feel alone, know that someone else is right there alone as well. Even when we pass, our remnants are marked on those around us. Like in old photograph or book on a shelf that's waiting for its pages to be turned again.
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The Lost Cause

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 1, 2013, 12:40 PM


The Lost Cause Art Project

I have been doing art as far as I can remember. It's the one thing that has attached to me like a parasite since I traced my first cartoon character: Voltron. That was in Kindergarten. It was just doodles and quick drawings til' high school when I discovered graffiti. Worlds opened up for me and I discovered more about being an artist than a vandal. Art was daring, adventurous, fickle, and experimental. Then one day I had to "grow up". Learning the beginning stages of adulthood and to survive on my own, my art got pushed in the blank recesses of my mind as I struggled to pay my rent. It wasn't til years later that I met my then partner David, who learned of my art and surprised me one day by buying me canvasses, paint, and brushes and simply said, "I want you to do something with these." I fell in love with art forever more and I am indebted to him for doing that. Everything has been trial and error, learning what works for me, converting all that creative energy, and translating all those thoughts--into artwork. Every work I have created always held sentimental value as it was a piece of me that I was sharing with the world as corny as that sounds. But it's the truth as I am part of a dying breed of romanticists, an art vagabond that went wherever the brushstrokes started and ended, a storyteller that told not only the greatest stories I can tell... but shared the secrets, thoughts, and hopes that I kept inside. I had never wanted fame more than I wanted my creations to be in a happy home--so that when the owner of said art looks at it they relate, realize, and relinquish in the thoughts that keeps them connected to it. My way of painting for others has been a path of learning about the person's character. Their habits, their ideals, the colors, and the symbols/images that stand out to them...that when they get their finished piece, they can truly call it their own, personified by themselves.

Going forward on that notion I have decided to start what I have always thought should be shared: Art. It makes us think. It makes us wonder. It triggers emotions. It leaves behind tales of a creator who had something to say, something to show, and wanted to let the world know about it. But sometimes in the processes of that, it gets lost. Artists sometimes rely on their work to survive and lose passion for what made them alive. It becomes commercialized in the simplest of ways and fed to the masses with no regards to the originator. Some are successful but most are not. It's truly as "the rich keep getting richer, and poor keep getting poorer." I know that most of the audience that relate to my art on many levels can't afford the asking price for my work but the working man in me can't sympathize as I myself have to have a roof over my head and food in my stomach. As an artist I am conflicted with this and over time I came to a proposal. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, art critics, art purveyors, art collectors, lovers, haters, and everyone in-between may I present to you: The Lost Cause Art Project. Starting this month and at least once a month after that, I will draw a name of a person that will receive a piece of artwork from me of their choice. Absolutely no price. Be it a painting, a steampunk pendant, a vinyl figure custom, perler bead creation--completely free. My conscience as an artist will be forthright and you will own a material piece of yourself expressed through Striderizm-the religion, the art, and the life of Strider the soldier of solace. To be fair that everyone gets a chance to own a piece of art from me, I ask that those who have won/received a piece from me in the past, to not enter for themselves but for someone you know that may have art in their homes. But whats the catch you say? Simply to just like/share my page at Facebook.com/soldierofsolace I will then announce The Lost Cause Art Project drawing and all you have to do to enter, is to like that post. Fair enough? I think so. What I hope to achieve is simply as I said: To share art with others. Whether it be close ones or complete strangers. To keep what gets lost in translation in the hearts and minds of dreamers and the hopeless. To bring a smile on faces simply remembering what it is to be kind and unconditional. That when everything comes with a price that we find happiness in the simplest things in life. But wait! That's not all. I will also be doing a scavenger hunt type thing, where I will leave a piece of artwork somewhere and whoever finds it, gets to keep it. I may/may not leave clues as to where it maybe but that's up to fate to see where it ends up. So let this journey begin and keep inspiration alive! Stay Creative always and let your soul be your guide.




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  • Listening to: Fifteen by Goldroom feat.Chela

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Louiegee aka Strider one.
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United States
Strider: a self-taught artist coloring the world with urban whimsy.

Making his way from Japan to San Diego helped shape a unique style of colorful grit, graffitied cartoons, and steampunk sculpture. A voice formed from everyday people. Everyday objects. Everyday life. Every piece of art holds a perception of life and builds off the unknown.

Bound by all things surreal, no punches are held back. Peer into a mind of offset creation. Dig beneath the surface. Find those hidden messages. This soldier of solace hopes to unearth all things unseen.

~Written by Mark Thiel
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