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"Sometimes, people are more confident to display the fake than the real one."
The Cloud Sculptor by Hokage3
The Cloud Sculptor

Cloud Sculptor

 

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I’ve been very sickly ever since I was young. I’ve never experienced a happy childhood unlike the kids I see playing from outside the window of the hospital I’ve been staying at. All I know of the world are those from my picture books and stories from other people staying at the hospital. I feel really bad, since there are so many things I wanted to see, especially the giant fish they call a whale. For some reason, I want to see one, since they keep appearing in my dreams. I wrote about my wish to see a whale on a piece of paper and folded it into a plane, and fly them off from my window with hopes that someone would grant my wish before I disappear. I’m not familiar with the outside world. I wish for a day when I could go outside and see an actual whale for myself before my very fragile life ends, too bad I can’t. Even my dream of becoming a teacher might never be realized.

 

One day, there’s this new guy who’s been admitted to the hospital. By the look of things, it seems he isn’t a normal case. There has been a commotion when he arrived and the guards are trying to subdue this patient while people watch as he shouts the craziest of things.

 

“Let me go! I have to make the whale fly, it’s her final wish!!!”

 

Everyone thinks that he’s insane; I mean everybody knows that whales can’t fly, right? After listening to the nurses as they gossip, I’ve learned a lot about that man. It seems like he is a scientist. He created a hot air balloon so that he could “make the whale fly”…but unfortunately, that ship crashed. He was found by the medics full of wounds, but he asked them not take him to the hospital. He is very weird, but I am curious. This guy has been from the world outside my room, maybe he could tell me more about the outside world. Thus I sneaked into his room and there I found him, shackled and motionlessly staring at the sky. I was a bit scared of him, but he spoke with a gentle voice as he noticed my silent footsteps.

 

“Hey miss! It was you right, the one who wants to see a whale?” The man said with a smile on his face, as if he’s delighted to see me.

 

I was shocked. I haven’t told anyone about my dream to see a whale, yet this guy saw through me. Then he started to tell his story.

 

“The whales are gone; they are hunted to extinction by greedy people. Now, all of them are in the sky, in peace. But once in a while, they want some company. They miss interacting with kind-hearted humans. Thus they choose one person at a time, whose life is about to end soon. They will appear in his dreams, and ask him to meet them, so that they can play one more time. A girl whose life is about to end, asked me if she could meet a whale before she passes away. I wanted to bring her to the sky and see a whale before she dies….and that girl; is you. I keep receiving these paper airplanes from nowhere. They land on my balloon every day, until I decided to make her wish come true. My search brought me to this place.” The man explained.

 

As I listen to him, a part of me was very confused; “…is my dream about the whales a sign that I will die soon?” The guy asked me to unbind him and told me that he will bring me to the sky to meet a whale. I’m not sure if I should trust him but for some reason, I can’t refuse to his offer. I unshackled him and we run towards the exit, evading every hospital crew and patients, it was fun. Then, we were already outside. The breath of the wind blowing through my hair, the warmth of the sun, the texture of the ground, everything feels so new to me. We continued to run until we arrived at the place where his Airship landed. It seems like it is still operational. We climbed aboard and as he tries to start the engine, he told me that he is not a scientist but an artist….a sculptor, then he smiled back at me. The Hot air balloon slowly rise and it continued to ascend to the clouds. At that point, all of my fears dissolved. As the guy pulled some levers and pushed an array of buttons; two huge mechanical arms stretched out from the sides of the ship and started to chip the huge group of clouds; chunk after chunk. I can’t believe it at first, “how did he managed to carve away the pieces of fluffy clouds?” The chisel he’s using was a fang of the “Cloud Eater”-a dragon from a long time ago, he said. I don’t know if I’ll believe him, but I have to, since the cloud is literally being eaten away piece after piece.

 

I was surprised and at the same time, amazed. Among the clouds right before my eyes, it’s a whale, a very big whale! This guy just sculpted a whale out of clouds. I can’t contain my happiness anymore; the first time I went out to experience the world and I saw a whale. Who knows what’s in store for me in the future?  As I gazed at it, I’ll make sure that I won’t miss a second of this moment. As it slowly loses its form and vanishes into thin air… I’m certain that I will never forget this whale forever. If I quit living long before this moment, there’s no way I would’ve seen that whale.

 

The guy asked about what the whale told me before it goes away...

 

“It asked me if when we will meet again.” I answered.

 

“And what did you said to the whale?” The guy asked again.

 

“Hahaha! Sorry but we won’t be meeting again anytime soon because I’ll become a teacher first. I’ll be busy.” I cheerfully replied.

 

The balloon landed safely and the guy walked me back to the hospital. The hospital staffs begin to chase him. He runs as fast as the wind. His silhouette blends in with the shadow of the dusk.

 

That day, I promised that I will never give up on life and will live my life to the fullest. I can’t remember the events after that though. All I know is that I woke up in my room and my family was there. My only regret since that day is that I didn’t get the guy’s name. I sure hope that we could meet again so I could thank him for everything. It’s the reason why once in a while; I look up at the sky to observe the clouds and see if he has any new masterpiece just waiting to be seen.

 

Oh, I’m sorry, was my story too long? I hope you learned something from it, about the Cloud Sculptor from the past. I know you have a wonderful story like mine that you would like to share, but we will resume tomorrow…till then…. CLASS, DISMISS!

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Hokage Report,

   Hello guys, how's life treating you? On my end, well, it won't be long until I get myself out of my current job. In a country where the unemployment rate is high, and that there are so many competition, with bias to accepting good-looking young applicants, it's quite a crazy decision to even consider resigning, but not for me. No, it's never about the money. Losing a job in exchange for my everyday happiness is a fair and obvious choice...It's just me realizing that complaining without action will get you nowhere. Yes, most will argue that money is relevant to staying alive, but it's not suppose to be the center in which life should revolve to...isn't it There are many factors in having a healthy fun life, and it involves being around people who will truly appreciate you, not those who will test your sanity, every flipping day. There was this tip I've read somewhere, definitely from the internets. It's a simple question you should ask yourself early in the morning when you just woke up; "Is what I'm going to do next worth keeping as a part in my life?"-If your answer is a resounding "NO!"...then it's time to take proper steps to get that unnecessary element out of your system, be it work. Sure, it's risky, and some may say that I'm just being too emotional, and that things can get better if I weight the pros and cons. Well, we all have those moments when we have to choose between two evils and live with it's consequences. It's not that it's the end of the world when you are unemployed...just be positive, and confident with your skills. Meanwhile, I've been gathering up my courage to pass my freshly made resignation letter to my rather clueless boss...and man I wanna see the expression on her face when she's about to lose her trusted packaging designer. But on the other hand, I wanted her to find someone better than me, since I don't have any issues with her...just with my office mates. So, while the impending climax of my rather long overstaying here at my current job goes ever closer...let me share to you guys yet another installment of my somewhat continuing series of 50 random thoughts I've collected as I live my everyday life...I thank my handy-dandy notebook for always being there when that spark of utter fun enters my already unorganized mind. Without further ado, here they are:


1. Your Username has an interesting history.

2. You'll hide the site you are browsing from other people.

3. They will do to you what you don't do to them.

4. You are a different person when you're with them.

5. The louder you get, the lesser are the thoughts given to each sound you make.

6. The first site they go to is Facebook...and you don't.

7. You get temporarily inspired by quotes from great people.

8. It's easier to criticize others than to prove that you are right.

9. When you're going to buy something for yourself, they'll ask you to buy theirs too.

10. They'll call the Twin-tails hair style as "Chun-Li"....

11. Peep on folders saved in the USB you just borrowed.

12. Telephone almost always ring while you are relaxing.

13. You've waited for so long, and it got delayed.

14. Chess is fun until you lose your Queen.

15. The reason they stay up so late at night is non-sense for you.

16. You mean other people have so many money to go to concerts?

17. Got reunited with friends after many years, they said you haven't changed.

18. There are times when you are genuinely happy for other people.

19. Real friends will ask "been a while, how are you?", not so real friends will say "Hey, did you know, I'm sucessful".

20. When you go to weddings, you'll be asked when will you be married at least once.

21. Some pictures are really really worth capturing, some are just self glorification.

22. You'll forcefully think of a random topic just to break the awkward silence.

23. Smiling actually requires practice.

24. They will give you the hard-part of the job.

25. When you are quietly looking for a gift then suddenly 3 sales clerks are on your way.

26. You'll accidentally find something to treasure.

27. When you go to great lengths for that person, just to see her happy.

28. You wonder why people open-up their problems to you.

29. A day is actually very very long, when you are absent from work/school.

30. You'll still do it despite the pain it will bring in the future.

31. You may talk to strangers when you are an adult...Some of them are actually inspiring.

32. There are a lot of people you won't actually miss.

33. If it's them, it's OK, if it's you, it's not.

34. I'm not grumpy, I just don't like you...very much.

35. There are sudden events that will make you miss your favorite show.

36. You'll feel sorry for the insects too.

37. They'll brag about their current "lovey-dovey" relationship.

38. The truth is...there is no age limit for fun...

39. Do not underestimate the impact of spoilers to other people.

40. You can't simply sing-along with J-pop or K-pop....

41. "Having a social life isn't about partying or going places, it's as simple as interacting with real people."

42. This conversation is so stupid, I don't even know how to reply...

43. A person show's his real character while he is "Waiting".

44. You answered as if you understand what you just heard...

45. You feel bad seeing young kids with Tablets or Smartphones...

46. Honest with what you think, but not with what you feel.

47. They'll think that what you're doing is easy.

48. Your appearance filters real people worth keeping from the shallow ones.

49. "Compare" sounds like "Despair"...you are unique, so do something only you can do.

50. You don't have to tolerate and endure misery if you have a choice to get it out of your life.


There you go, a little update with what's up and latest in my boring life. I've been currently working on some artworks, and even if it gets delayed, it will surely be finished eventually. That's it for now...hopefully next time I logged-in, my employment worries will change from how to resign to how to get a new job....(^_^)

Until then, this is Hokage...


Next: Masks, Balloon and Push
  • Mood: Hope
Hokage Report,

Oh wow, Deviantart is now 14 years old...14 years of awesomeness, bringing artists from different parts of the globe in one place, where they can share their works with pride, a community that welcomes creativity in many shapes, sizes and form...a place many can consider a home, a place to be of one's self...for 14 years.

So, here we are celebrating...and I'm here so as to not be left out of the party. Artists are encouraged to share their deviantart story...and I hope mine is worth sharing...so let's start...(^_^)

I'm originally an amateur manga artist. Yes, I make home-made comics complete with my own story and illustrations. I've been doing that since High School 'till College. I've spent my days drawing, until my collection grew in number. Back then (and until now), my belief in art is that an artwork is "alive" when it has an audience to either appreciate or criticize it. I share my comics with my classmates and to my surprise, they actually liked it. One of my classmates told me about Deviantart...it was around 2008. Back then, I really have no idea that dA exist...until :iconasiankick: helped me. It is an account composed of four girls. They offered that they can post my works to their gallery. I agreed, and until now, my earliest early works are posted there. here are some samples:
art 8 by Hokage3 by asiankickArt 7 by Hokage3 by asiankickArt 5 by Hokage3 by asiankick

To my surprise, I was actually one of their group..looking at their page's featured art....yes, I'm the guy at the background....(^_^)I was convinced by :iconjumpfuds: to join dA...and without second thought, I joined....July 16, 2008. I was overwhelmed....so many artists..so many amazing artworks...I felt like the world is just too big...beyond the horizon are more artists like me. I believe it was :iconpcmaniac88: whom was the firsts artist I found here, and is the one who inspired me to be better with my artworks...especially after seeing her gallery...so Anime-ish hehe....


Touhou by pcmaniac88My soul Your beats by pcmaniac88

Guns X Girls by pcmaniac88

Despite seeing artworks far better than mine, I was even more motivated to become better...and thus, I ventured in the world of digital arts. At first, my artworks were all traditionally made...since we don't have a computer to use for digital artworks. Still, I enjoyed making my artworks...I mean, it's not a contest of who's the greatest...year 2009 when we had our first computer unit...for a cheap price. I installed Adobe Photoshop on it, and with a help of  

Color Manag the Ozine Way

I managed to color digitally in the most basic of ways....my first colored artwork was 

Kitsune Girl Colored by Hokage3

It was on 2011 when I had my first Tablet (which is still in service)...it's a genius tablet. From then on, I strive to improve and hone my art. The piece below is my first work using a graphic tablet.
My Secret by Hokage3


Then I decided what kind of artists I wanna be. I wanted to be both original yet not the trying hard type. I wanted to inspire people using my artworks. I wanted to touch other people's lives with my pieces, the way an artwork from my childhood changed my life forever. I believe that there's always an artwork that has the potential to turn sadness into happiness, misery into hope, hate into love, chaos into order or emptiness into something so colorful , Thus I created artwork with "Themes". Also, I included those pesky long and winding descriptions you'll find in almost all my works. Many tells a story, while some describes the feeling of the piece. Many appreciates those little write-ups interesting and unique, and I thanks them for thinking that way. It's not a fancy gimmick though. I believe that every picture is worth a thousand words, an so are artworks. Some artworks are open for interpretation, and doesn't need explanation...but for me, telling the story behind my works is a way of making the artwork more as a  "piece" of myself...an expression and not just a colorful picture. It's like not just giving it a form and a name, but a life to share too. Then, I started to give my gallery some variations, experimenting on my art styles, trying one after another....well to the point that my gallery is a mesh of many art styles...from anime to cartoons, drawn to painted...

I kept making artworks, until I had my first Daily Deviation...which is also not the last..thanks to other artists who believes in me. I gained friends here, and they are all wonderful people...I met more inspiring artists, whom I respect truly.


Visiting Red Hood by Hokage3Separated by Difference by Hokage3


2014, it's been 6 years since I first joined, but I have no plans on quitting. Everyday, I am reminded by other artists that there are still so much to learn, and so many artworks to share. I have a lot of story to tell, friends to greet, dreams to realize and time to spend as an artist who wants to make a little difference.

Sorry if this post became a bit of a history lesson, I was planning to keep this post short actually. I hope you guys learned something about me through this journal. My journey of art has just begun, and I have a long road ahead...but for sure it'll be a fun experience...for now, this is my Deviantart story...a story of a Ninja having an adventure in the wonderful world of art...(^_^)
Thank You by Hokage3
Hokage Report,

   Hello guys, how's life treating you? On my end, well, it won't be long until I get myself out of my current job. In a country where the unemployment rate is high, and that there are so many competition, with bias to accepting good-looking young applicants, it's quite a crazy decision to even consider resigning, but not for me. No, it's never about the money. Losing a job in exchange for my everyday happiness is a fair and obvious choice...It's just me realizing that complaining without action will get you nowhere. Yes, most will argue that money is relevant to staying alive, but it's not suppose to be the center in which life should revolve to...isn't it There are many factors in having a healthy fun life, and it involves being around people who will truly appreciate you, not those who will test your sanity, every flipping day. There was this tip I've read somewhere, definitely from the internets. It's a simple question you should ask yourself early in the morning when you just woke up; "Is what I'm going to do next worth keeping as a part in my life?"-If your answer is a resounding "NO!"...then it's time to take proper steps to get that unnecessary element out of your system, be it work. Sure, it's risky, and some may say that I'm just being too emotional, and that things can get better if I weight the pros and cons. Well, we all have those moments when we have to choose between two evils and live with it's consequences. It's not that it's the end of the world when you are unemployed...just be positive, and confident with your skills. Meanwhile, I've been gathering up my courage to pass my freshly made resignation letter to my rather clueless boss...and man I wanna see the expression on her face when she's about to lose her trusted packaging designer. But on the other hand, I wanted her to find someone better than me, since I don't have any issues with her...just with my office mates. So, while the impending climax of my rather long overstaying here at my current job goes ever closer...let me share to you guys yet another installment of my somewhat continuing series of 50 random thoughts I've collected as I live my everyday life...I thank my handy-dandy notebook for always being there when that spark of utter fun enters my already unorganized mind. Without further ado, here they are:


1. Your Username has an interesting history.

2. You'll hide the site you are browsing from other people.

3. They will do to you what you don't do to them.

4. You are a different person when you're with them.

5. The louder you get, the lesser are the thoughts given to each sound you make.

6. The first site they go to is Facebook...and you don't.

7. You get temporarily inspired by quotes from great people.

8. It's easier to criticize others than to prove that you are right.

9. When you're going to buy something for yourself, they'll ask you to buy theirs too.

10. They'll call the Twin-tails hair style as "Chun-Li"....

11. Peep on folders saved in the USB you just borrowed.

12. Telephone almost always ring while you are relaxing.

13. You've waited for so long, and it got delayed.

14. Chess is fun until you lose your Queen.

15. The reason they stay up so late at night is non-sense for you.

16. You mean other people have so many money to go to concerts?

17. Got reunited with friends after many years, they said you haven't changed.

18. There are times when you are genuinely happy for other people.

19. Real friends will ask "been a while, how are you?", not so real friends will say "Hey, did you know, I'm sucessful".

20. When you go to weddings, you'll be asked when will you be married at least once.

21. Some pictures are really really worth capturing, some are just self glorification.

22. You'll forcefully think of a random topic just to break the awkward silence.

23. Smiling actually requires practice.

24. They will give you the hard-part of the job.

25. When you are quietly looking for a gift then suddenly 3 sales clerks are on your way.

26. You'll accidentally find something to treasure.

27. When you go to great lengths for that person, just to see her happy.

28. You wonder why people open-up their problems to you.

29. A day is actually very very long, when you are absent from work/school.

30. You'll still do it despite the pain it will bring in the future.

31. You may talk to strangers when you are an adult...Some of them are actually inspiring.

32. There are a lot of people you won't actually miss.

33. If it's them, it's OK, if it's you, it's not.

34. I'm not grumpy, I just don't like you...very much.

35. There are sudden events that will make you miss your favorite show.

36. You'll feel sorry for the insects too.

37. They'll brag about their current "lovey-dovey" relationship.

38. The truth is...there is no age limit for fun...

39. Do not underestimate the impact of spoilers to other people.

40. You can't simply sing-along with J-pop or K-pop....

41. "Having a social life isn't about partying or going places, it's as simple as interacting with real people."

42. This conversation is so stupid, I don't even know how to reply...

43. A person show's his real character while he is "Waiting".

44. You answered as if you understand what you just heard...

45. You feel bad seeing young kids with Tablets or Smartphones...

46. Honest with what you think, but not with what you feel.

47. They'll think that what you're doing is easy.

48. Your appearance filters real people worth keeping from the shallow ones.

49. "Compare" sounds like "Despair"...you are unique, so do something only you can do.

50. You don't have to tolerate and endure misery if you have a choice to get it out of your life.


There you go, a little update with what's up and latest in my boring life. I've been currently working on some artworks, and even if it gets delayed, it will surely be finished eventually. That's it for now...hopefully next time I logged-in, my employment worries will change from how to resign to how to get a new job....(^_^)

Until then, this is Hokage...


Next: Masks, Balloon and Push
  • Mood: Hope

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Artists have within them the power to create, and the responsibility to do so, in order to make this world a more wonderful place to live in. Despite many challenges and sacrifices, an artists must continue to walk this path as his/her contribution to the world. That is what being an artist is all about.
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IclaimThisname Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow I love your artwork and your words are very inspiring! They have motivated me to draw again and to be not so bent on trying to be the best but to just enjoy it. ^-^
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very sorry for my late reply....I hope it's
not too late to say thank you for this wonderful
comment...You see, it is heart-warming when
I hear other artists saying that I've become
an inspiration to them, and that my works
motivated them to do greater things...I'm
very humbled...

I never saw myself as a person who can change
another, but thanks to this messages that it
reminds me that it's always worth it to just make
artworks, for someone might be touched by it someday.

Thanks again for your message, it inspired me back as
well...let's keep up the good work ok...don't aim for
popularity or fame, just be yourself and your art will
attract audiences who'll acknowledge you truly... (^_^)
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98sparkz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ho boy! Happy Birthday! :D Fun cake cake happy DA B-day :3 OMG CAKE 
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spiralmaestro Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Happy Birthday!
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SzDream Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Happy Birthday!!! May your wish will becoming true! \(^O^)/
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TsubakiExplosion Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!!!  I hope you had a great day today!! :D
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Helen-Neleh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Happy Birthday! :D
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Nikiptc18 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, happy birthday!! Sorry I couldn't draw you something again this year ;; I hope you had fun today! ^ o ^!!!
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JHMirda Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
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honuch Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy birhtday!! have a great day!! ^^ 
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