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Ele Nichols
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United States
I'm an artist and a writer. Currently enthralled with "Cohorts", my series, my baby. I'm a part-time damsel when I want to, but I'm always a gentleman. I think that's all I can think of right now.

I wanted to take a moment to talk about my GoFundMe campaign [www.gofundme.com/gxx220 ], where I am raising money to not only host a gallery show of my collective works, but also begin to put together my illustrated book, "The Art Of Sin". I started creating my illustrations 6 years ago and it gave me a way to share myself with the world, in a time when I was too afraid to. Since that time, I've grown into the person I wanted and needed to be and you have all been apart of that journey. From the bottom of my heart to the top, I thank you all so much for everything you have done for me. Whether it was liking or commenting on an art piece, sharing with your friends or buying a t-shirt, all of these things have helped me pursue my passion.

Now it's time to close this particular chapter of my story and begin the next one. In order to do that I need your help. If you have the ability to give anything financially, you'll be helping me accomplish a dream I've had for a very long time. This dream is not just about putting my art out into the world, but it's about connection with people. Through the years, my creations have connected with people on a deeper level, bringing about meaningful conversation and growth for those individuals and myself included. This has become the most fulfilling part of what I do. I need to continue this journey and you can help.

Please, anything will help go toward this goal. Even if you cannot give, please share this post with you family and friends. Everyone who gives will receive a digital book of "The Art Of Sin" when it is released. For those who give $20 or more, other items will be sent out as well as a special thank you for your generosity and support.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this. As always...

Stay Extraordinary & Escape The Ordinary,
Ele Nichols

www.gofundme.com/gxx220

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Personal Space by elenichols
Personal Space

It has been a little while since I created a new piece. Typically, I will go back to one of my characters that I have drawn now for the last 6 years, but lately it's been more and more difficult to get excited about illustrating them. It's not because I've fallen out of love with my characters, but my best work comes from sharing something personal from my own life through them. In doing that, I found much freedom to share and express who I am and what I was going through. I came into my own by pursuing my art.

The last 2 years have been different though. I've created a lot of art, but the mental rewards I used to receive became smaller and smaller, until there was none. I really didn't know how to get back where I was. I wanted my art to do for me what it had done in the past. The problem however was that I had grown, but my art had not. While I recognized where my issues were coming from, you can't force an evolution when it's not the time. 2014 was the year that the evolution would take place, leading me to this very piece.

Last year, I wasn't sure if my artistic pursuit was something I should be focusing on anymore. I was frustrated and uninspired. Sitting down to work on a new piece felt toilsome. I just wasn't certain I was in love anymore. The year 2014 was the most challenging and trial filled time of my life, but on the same note, it is also the most treasured time (I talk about much of this on my new podcast [www.elenichols.com] if you would like to know more about last year). It was in this time that I shed away much of the garbage from my past and the old person I once was and became new again. I learned what I was truly capable of and felt more passionate than ever about creating my art and sharing my stories and experiences. 

Fast forward to New Years 2015. I was talking with a person I adore most dearly in the world about somethings I had begun to realize and were bothering me. I was feeling controlled and manipulated. Not by anyone or thing in particular, but by something darker and hidden in the shadows...an ominous force, if you will. We had a long conversation and many things were shared. My thoughts became more focused after and I found myself feeling angry. I was angry that anything could make me feel this way. It was a violation, with no visible violator. What is this presence and where is it coming from, I asked myself.

It didn't take me long to find an answer, though it was just one of those answers that felt a little overused - something you might hear an activist or an evangelist shout out. Basically, I thought the way I was feeling was coming from the media and our society. These ideas of perfection and what we should wear, even how we should think, kept circulating through my mind. It really is in everything we see and hear. If it's not coming from a TV or the internet, you'll often hear it regurgitated from someone else's mouth around you. With all this flooding in, it can become difficult to separate your thoughts from these invasive ideas that keep finding every crack of your soul to seep into.

As I already mentioned, this sounds exactly like people who blame the media and society for the way things are. Admittedly, I'm angry that this is the way the world is too, but I want to make it clear right here, right now, that I'm not blaming anyone...anyone except myself. You see, the reason I've been upset over this lately has had to do with a change inside of myself. I stopped being so self-oriented and became involved with the peoples lives around me. I listened and helped people get through their challenges and this showed me how instrumental we are in each others lives, though many of us would like to think we are self-reliant. I learned about taking accountability and responsibility for things that may not even be my fault. It's not about fault or blame though, it's about getting something done and if you have the ability to do something, then act.

I still feel the presence I described above. That is what this piece is all about. I wanted to put a light on all of this and flesh out my feelings through my artistic expression. Using one of my characters didn't seem right either, so I decided to use someone else...myself. All these years, I stayed away from illustrating myself and using my creations as surrogates to tell the story I wanted to tell. It's been a long time coming though. It was important that for this piece, this was about me. I needed to put a real face to a real problem.

So this piece isn't just about conveying the evil of the media or societal standards. It's more about what we allow, or more appropriately, what we ignore. The hands and tentacles grapple and control. They invade our personal space and enslave us. Our only response to this degradation is to pretend it's not there or fool ourselves to think we are not easily manipulated to buy into what's being pushed in our face. If we really followed the strings in our minds back to the source, that's were we would find how much of what we think and how we represent ourselves really comes from.

The only way to change these things is we first must change ourselves. If we push through the interference and we strive to be better, then we will be. First though, we have to open our eyes and acknowledge that the problem exists.
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Shattered by elenichols
Shattered
By Ele Nichols
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I wanted to take a moment to talk about my GoFundMe campaign [www.gofundme.com/gxx220 ], where I am raising money to not only host a gallery show of my collective works, but also begin to put together my illustrated book, "The Art Of Sin". I started creating my illustrations 6 years ago and it gave me a way to share myself with the world, in a time when I was too afraid to. Since that time, I've grown into the person I wanted and needed to be and you have all been apart of that journey. From the bottom of my heart to the top, I thank you all so much for everything you have done for me. Whether it was liking or commenting on an art piece, sharing with your friends or buying a t-shirt, all of these things have helped me pursue my passion.

Now it's time to close this particular chapter of my story and begin the next one. In order to do that I need your help. If you have the ability to give anything financially, you'll be helping me accomplish a dream I've had for a very long time. This dream is not just about putting my art out into the world, but it's about connection with people. Through the years, my creations have connected with people on a deeper level, bringing about meaningful conversation and growth for those individuals and myself included. This has become the most fulfilling part of what I do. I need to continue this journey and you can help.

Please, anything will help go toward this goal. Even if you cannot give, please share this post with you family and friends. Everyone who gives will receive a digital book of "The Art Of Sin" when it is released. For those who give $20 or more, other items will be sent out as well as a special thank you for your generosity and support.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this. As always...

Stay Extraordinary & Escape The Ordinary,
Ele Nichols

www.gofundme.com/gxx220

Megan StAmand by elenichols
Megan StAmand
I created this piece for my someone very dear to me, Megan StAmand. She's not just a friend, but she is apart of my family. For her long suffering of my unique brand of crazy, I thought a portrait was in order to thank her and show her how much she means to me and so many others. Stay Extraordinary you classy lady and always be you.
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the favorites!  I'm really glad you enjoyed my photography!
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ivoturk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the fav!
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the favorites! I'm glad you enjoyed them :aww:
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TheLoneRestlessRose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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TheLoneRestlessRose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How many more are they going to steal from you? chunkyfarttingmonkey.deviantar…
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TheLoneRestlessRose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You poor thing, it's been stolen twice: chunkyfarttingmonkey.deviantar…

Seriously this is getting out of hand. 
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TheLoneRestlessRose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art has been stolen: chunkyfarttingmonkey.deviantar…
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EltonTurkey Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the devwatch! :wave:
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Yayoi-Matsunaga Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ele, thanks for the :+fav: :heart:
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elenichols Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! I really loved the piece :)
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