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Matthew R. Best
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I love the natural world, and I love the worlds I create in my mind. I take photographs of the things I want to remember, and I write the things I see in my head.

Current Residence: Georgia, USA
Personal Quote: I'm not God, I'm just delusional.
Favorite Books: A Thief of Nightshade by J.S. Chancellor, River God by Wilbur Smith, The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Passion Play by Beth Bernobich, and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Creation Complex

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 6:36 AM
  • Listening to: Garden - By Karen Elson
  • Reading: My own poems
  • Watching: Sherlock Holmes (again)
  • Eating: Leftover pineapple chicken and salsa
  • Drinking: Cheerwine (longneck, of course)
So, I write...among other things. As trite as it is to say, it's a passion...well, obsession really. But I have a good excuse, honest. I thought for years that I had a God complex; that I simply desired control of every situation. As I've gotten older, I realize very poignantly that I never once actually felt in control, nor was control over everything what I truly wanted (indeed, loss of control in many instances can be quite rewarding). What I wanted was -complete- control; control over every single aspect and event of a world of my own creation. Writing provides that feeling. I love creating more than mere control though, otherwise I wouldn't still be drawn to other art forms so very much. And the more I write, the more I feel like my creations tend to write themselves. It feels like control, but ultimately it's more like having my own personal muse guiding me to write the lives of these characters. So it seem to me now that, rather than having a God complex, I have a Creation complex. It stands to reason when I really think about it. If I do not create something, whether a good photo, a poem, a sketch, or a written world with my characters inhabiting it, I make for a very unhappy Vindblain. So I create.

Well, someone very dear to me shares this obsession, and recognized it in me. They then commissioned one of their, and my, favorite artists, Eve Ventrue, to bring one of my creations to life. Here is the result:


I am in total awe. It is an utterly indescribable feeling to see one you my creations come to life so vividly, so stunningly, that I fear I can never express just how moved I am, or how grateful. Aura, of all my characters, is my favorite. My heart aches for her when I write. I had to share this because Eve's work, and the gift to me is simply too special not to. If you like Eve's rendition of Aura, please show your support by adding her as a favorite, +watching, suggestion daily deviations, featuring her, etc. She is an amazing artist and truly deserves the recognition.

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itchy007 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Thanks for watching Added to my devWatch! .  Relax :youaremysunshine:
TurquoiseMoon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday, Matthew! :cake: I hope you have a great one! :hug:
MistyMay88 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Happy birthday
rileyray Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Your work just keeps getting better and better! (Not that I am stalking you of course...) XD
Vindblain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Glad to hear it (the 'my work getting better and better part...although I should probably be glad to hear I'm not being stalked too)! Thank you.
Lior-Art Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thank you for joining our group :iconda-creativity:

I hope that you'll have a good time in our group :heart:
malaugusto Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   Photographer
Hi Matthew,
Thanks for joining #devPREMIUM.
We really appreciate your support and hope you will enjoy your stay!
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fotografka Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

I want to invite you to like my facebook fanpage :facebook: if you can: [link] :typerhappy:
Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the watch!! :wave:

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altafventis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx for the favs :D Really appreciate your support :hug:
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