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Steppenwolf by Veltti

Forewordby techgnotic


I was inspired to create this series by naikki while looking through her gallery of diverse artwork and reading through her journals which are focused on her favorite inspiring writers and thinkers. I felt certain there must be beautiful artwork in the form of portraits and tributes to these writers and their stories. I found most of naikki's choices of quotes to be inclusionary, redeeming and welcoming to any artist on their own path. Instead of just crediting naikki with the inspiration for this new series on depthRADIUS, I also invited her to provide a quote about Herman Hesse of her own to kick off this series.

Contemplations of the sharp-eyed mystic: when words become the palette to paint the journey to self realization.naikki

About Artists on Writers


Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images,

Just as,

Artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.

A Quote From Herman Hesse


Life is a process of becoming...

“There is no escape. You can't be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you!”

— Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse Inspired Artwork


by Herman Hesse

I sped through heaven and saw God at work.

I suffered holy pains.

I dropped all my defences and was afraid of nothing in the world.

I accepted all things and to all things I gave up my heart.

Demian (excerpt)

by Herman Hesse

In The Fog
It's strange to wander in the fog!
A lonely bush, a lonely stone,
No tree can see the other one,
And one is all alone.

The world was full of friends back then,
As life was light to me;
But now the fog has come,
And no one can I see.

Truly, no one is wise,
Who does not know the dark
Which inevitably and silently
Does from others him part.

It's strange to wander in the fog!
Life is loneliness
No Man knows the other one,
And one is all alone.

Demian (excerpt)

by Herman Hesse

The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.

Research & Curation


Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images, just as, artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.

Writers: $techgnotic
Designers: $marioluevanos
Credit: =naikki
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maharvi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
truly inspirational. Thank you for such a wonderful resource.
Calilasseia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
With respect to this quote, that appears in part on the Featured Stories Of The Week advertisement for this article:

There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.

I suspect quite a few physicists would take exception to this. Just saying.
Anastasia122 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting article..
cipher-0x Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wonderful & enjoyable read on an incredible talent, Thank you!Rose 
RainyBlacksmith Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Always something good to read... on here... ^-^
Great article... was in a blah, but now once again inspired.
LongCoolWomanInBlack Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013   Artist
One more remark literature is art. Poetry is art. They are forms of written art as opposed to a picture.
Cold-Mountains Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tribute and thank you for featuring my work.  I also did an oil of H.H..  Did you catch that one?
LongCoolWomanInBlack Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Artist
I will pick an author at random. William Faulkner “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”

The man loved the written word, that is all. Frankly, he did not give a damn.
monkey8alexia Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Whoa! I completely love this, I want to see more. Definitely a win, win book. Artists on Writers. XD
T-DA2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
As predominantly a visual artist (that writes sometimes among other things) I'd say they (visual & literay arts) weigh about the same. Both are a Beech to master and one really has to wonder if you couldn't do better or where to draw the line in any medium, with out it being to precious or not enough. In the end though you either have it or you don't....and it can still be hard at the best of times. We creators are symbiotic creatures and need to feed off each other (at least for me) I would say the great unwashed has a definate lack of appreciation for what most of us do....They don't seem to understand that if it were not for us...they would be running around naked (shudder), and sleeping rough! Without a cellphone!!!!!! ect.... (interesting article)
TRKizm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
You know what...we need both
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Possessive-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know why, but I feel incredibly happy right now. Herman Hesse is one of my all time favourite creators/ artists/ writers
SarthosJacruga Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just to say, or ask in this case... Am I the only one feeling, as primarily a writer, that this post implies that writers aren't seen as artists?... Just curious...
The-Madder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel the same, in a way. I guess here it's implied that writing and "visual art" require two different skill sets - visual art being the more complex and difficult art to master. In truth, the art of writing is choosing the best words in the best order - so it would be a form of logic? whereas visual art has to appeal to the eye rather than the ear (in writing, we listen to the words in our head; eyes apply with visual arts) and the eye can register much more than the eye so it 'takes more skill to muster correctly'. Logic, or feeling. What seems more like art to you?

Of course, I would say that you would need to understand the power of words and sounds to really understand the way something is written, but if the writing touches you in a way, in a way that is different to what any painting or drawing could do, then isn't that art?

My explanation now feels like one large digression now. Ah well. I feel that writers are under-appreciated, with poets looked at more fondly than a story writer (because just anyone can write a story, no?); and even with that writers as a whole is weighted 35-65 as to visual artists. Or at least on here it is, or feels like.

So no, you aren't the only one feeling (possibly) under-appreciated.

Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Writer
Well, your explanation makes sense (at least for me). I think visual arts and writing are on equal terms. They are both difficult to muster, it so happens that most people tend to give more attention to what's visual. I don't know how to put this takes the same amount of effort to picture a story in your mind just as making a story about a painting you're seeing.I feel that poets are much more appreciated because it's easier to visualize a poem rather than a short story.

In conclusion, I agree with you about the under appreciation :P
tafolla Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had finally hit rock bottom this helped me back to my feet now there is no turning back no pressure just check it out
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Perfect artworks for a inimitable writer. Keep this up, DA.
134m Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
The real artists are Writers in my mind.
jerrykimbro Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Interesting idea- asking Artists about Writers. But that leaves cartoonists and comic book artists out in the cold. We use both mediums and integrate them into a cohesive story. Where does separating artists and writers into different camps leave US?
kendrug Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing inspirational poet.
dofaust Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
The art is uniformly good in this collection. Not so the writing. The writing all
needs editing by a pro. Poetry and Prose-poetry should be edited, to avoid
very common typos and even errors in syntax. English is universal. We should thank our lucky
stars we have it, and honor it by reaching for its high-water marks.
If one writes poetry, they should not indicate that they are ignorant of traditional
and effective very basic poetics: assonance, alliteration, rhyme, meter, repetition,
run-on discourse... all before they try to make allusions, or allegories, etc....
There are very good reasons that our best scholars and critics include the poems they
do, in their anthologies...... Each line of poetry must justify its own existence....
(to coin a phrase...)
SasoDeiLover7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Writer
Artists on Writers? Writers ARE Artists.
eternityme Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Could have presented a real poet instead of this mere person who tries to sound like a poet, he reminds me of Andy Warhol who did nothing but touched the surface of art history and tried to make it sound like he invented it all..... so elementary and morose these so called poems... illiteracy dominate his thoughts and trying to climb a phase of illumination is so void.. his poems are like mosquitoes trying to bite a lion in a pause.... I'm offended...
techgnotic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
TopHatBigPencil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is how my stories come to life.
chesya Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Some of Hesse's greatest imagic work is in the realm of poetry. In just ten words from 'September' there are so many possible images: -

Der Garten trauert,
kühl sinkt in die Blumen der Regen.
Der Sommer schauert
still seinem Ende entgegen.

It challenges the visual artist to deal in the unseen and other luxuriant paradoxes.
dofaust Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
You have just demonstrated the difference between a major-league
writer, unlettered virtually all the poems
in this collection appear to have been written by.... This poet is very early in their career, and a reading or two even of Strunk And White would improve their work... Every line of poetry must carry its own
justification.... (not my dictum)
jacklin72 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
where you find it cool
audreystardust Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
really cool
Lunaessence28 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
love it and shared it
rivale Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Der Steppenwolf; Narziss und Goldmund
finkybeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional
ahhh... Now this is more like it... Great post.
pablo1981 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
me ha encantado tu trabajo no he leído a Hesse pero corro a buscar Demian...podrías explicar cómo has hecho este trabajo...gracias
MarvinLapsus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
As a writer in a quite long block (and a lover of Hermann Hesse's Demian) I find this publication quite inspiring and hope to see the next issue soon. If I hadn't been so busy lately, I would have done a journal entry talking about my relationship with visual arts as a writer.
I found that the two are complementary, as traditional visual art lacks a temporal aspect (i.e, presents us to a frozen frame) and written text normally lacks a spatial dimension (with the obvious exception of calligrames,etc.). Illustration and visual interpretation of a text are the best present to a writer, giving him insight in aspects of his texts he never could have imagined: as any sort of interpretation, visual one always adds something new and interesting to what's an already "complete" (in the traditional sense) artistic experience.
So, as I've said before in this already too long comment, thanks for your efforts putting this art together with snippets from the writer that made it possible: it gives one the sense that when we create, share and draw inspiration from others we are really taking part in something that is much more than that.
That "something" is what makes this account worth having and, ultimately, what gives Deviantart his sense (at least for me).
Evil-zenmaster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Hermann Hesse Was a brilliant man
johnwarchelak Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so true. Most Writers have a clear Idea, but get a stronger vision after seeing into a picture. We could always reach out to bring a reader closer after seeing a wonderful-Picture. Or a writer could see a picture and write a Master-piece character described by this picture it works in so many ways..............
Witchborg Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
it's rather the viceversa, and has always been in centuries of history... the visual artists are inspired by literature, and even more by music.
Lupucillo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Quite true.

A writer encompases an artist and an uncomprehended soul all mixed into one moving mass of mysteries.

The only true reality of a writer is locked inside his skull, and nobody can truly embrace it without reading the lines inked in the apex of lunacy.
ARTipantsed Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   General Artist
nicely done!
Crown-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful art and stunning design! Love the literary feel of it :love:
fallowfrenzy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! This is really inspiring and just what I needed! Thank you! :iconhrtplz:
This gives me motivation, courage (and much more I suspect) and speaks a great Truth.
Eli-Wilde Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Some grand stuff here, I really like Artists on Writers...
Ivain7 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Interface Designer
How very true.
Frost-life Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
amazing truly amazing! :clap:
lombregrise Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Just "wunderbach"

LostEnGraving Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Hermann Hesse ("Hessa") is one of my early iconic writers, someone who meant a lot to me as a young man, from high school when I first read Siddhartha, through my first few years afterwards, after moving out of my parents house while I worked full-time and lived in a boarding school finding myself. Hesse was always there, and I became friends with people who also knew him. His anti-war sentiments shaped me into the die-hard liberal that I am today, and even though I'm not a pacifist as he was, the simple but elegant arguments he posed for us to consider in shaping our own values will always be in me, at my core. Good to see him celebrated on this great website.
Mimykitty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
breamgappy Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
What else can we say?
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