Artist Spotlight #17

Submitted by Piner 07/01/06 2:16 AM GMT

From deep in the bayou comes our latest artist to be spotlighted, caught like a gator in a flood light, I present to you xyccoc and his varied gallery.

Wow. I'm extremely honored to be the next AOTW. Many thanks to all you caedes members for the nomination and vast support. I can't say enough about how much it means to me.

I guess I'll start with a little bit about myself. I have lived here in Louisiana for all but one year of my life. I grew up in Lake Charles, LA. I attended LaGrange Senior High School with a heavy interest in Art. After some bouncing around the state, as well as the country, I ended up in the New Orleans area. Living here now for over 5 years, the area has truly become my home. Things have been rough here adjusting to life after Katrina, but are gradually returning to normal.

Art has been a big part of my life for quite a while now. Starting back to when I would do pencil drawings in class, where of course, I got into more than my share of trouble. I always found myself imagining and creating things. So when I finally made it to high school, I began taking Art classes. I learned new and interesting mediums, some of which I still dabble in from time to time. Pencil drawings, sculpting, watercolor painting, and a few others.

But the most dominant artistic presence in my life is music. I've been playing guitar for about 12 years now, and in bands for about 10. My current band, Option21, has been together for over 5 years now. We have recorded 2 CD's and are planning on our third here in the near future. And once I get off my butt, I'll have the new website up and running. So keep your eyes peeled. :]

Almost 4 years ago I happened to stumble across this website, which at the time, was very small. Roughly 100 members and only 12 or 13 pages of of total images. Still, it had some of the most interesting wallpapers I could find. So I signed up and began to look around. It was until a year and a half to two years ago, that I actually became really active on the site. Taking time to comment and really admire some of the wonderful artists and photographers here. Many of which are still highly inspirational to me. 3D work of Sam (Samatar), ChopinLives81, Fredrik (Frux), and others really got me interested in learning how to do art in that medium. It has become one of my favorite areas to work in. It definitely has been the most responsive artform I've worked with. Mainly, my Amalgamate image. It has always been one of my favorite images of mine. The reaction it has received here has been humbling, to say the least. I am also pleased to say that it will be my first fullsized (32" x 24" ) print I will have made.

Photography has become a new passion for me. It has been something I've been interested in for quite some time, but never had the means to actually try firsthand. That is, until I bought my first camera. Though it's nothing special, I have done my best to push my little Sony Cybershot T-33 (just a small compact camera) as far as I can. Being a compact camera, it's rather hard for me to achieve the level of greatness I see here in many of the other members. Pierre (ppigeon), Reg (regmar), Phil (philcuk), Darryl (mayne), and so many others have given me both inspiration, as well as help and guidance, as I learn this incredible artform. I look forward to purchasing a new camera here in the next couple months and sharing with everyone whatever I may find.

So again, I thank each and everyone of you here at caedes for the continued support, guidance, encouragement, and most importantly.. your friendships.



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07/01/06 3:21 AM GMT
Let me be the first to congratulate you, Dj! Your work is facinating in it's originality, and always top quality! I especially enjoy your 3D work, but love what you're doing with your camera as well! Again, congrats....this recognition is well deserved! Wen
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07/01/06 3:29 AM GMT
Congratulations DJ! I've enjoyed your 3D renders - this is a very well-deserved honor!
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Live like there was no tomorrow | When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything - Doc Brown | My Gallery
07/01/06 4:06 AM GMT
Hey DJ, you really deserved this man...I thank you for the help in Bryce as well as the advice on cameras...Congratulaltions, well-earned!

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Joga Bonito Check this out!
07/01/06 6:05 AM GMT
Woohoo! A very deserving AOTW for sure, your work is superb.
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07/01/06 6:07 AM GMT
Yes great WIN!!!!!! one of my favorite wins to! lol ;P shh!
Congrats! one of the best wins also cause you do, do good in all of the genres you work in ;P
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07/01/06 8:40 AM GMT
Well, well to see you in the spotlight makes me really very very happy Dj. As any Mom would be, of course.:=) You know I love your art and your photography and your passion to living life to it's fullest! Good job and congratulations angel! :~) Enjoy!
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07/01/06 11:53 AM GMT
Kudos Dj on your Artist Spotlight!! Your gallery is splenderific!! Keep on rockin'!!
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07/01/06 12:16 AM GMT
Congrats on your recognition and your gallery.Keep on sharing......Jim
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07/01/06 12:28 AM GMT
Congrats DJ.. on a well deserved award.. your work always jumps out of the thumbnails.. from macro shots (which are perfectly detailed) to manipulations to 3D which are amazing.. your work is always of high quality and creativeness.. your 3D work always looks as if it is real eg. helix.. your image Forsaken is one of my favs.. a simple image but makes a huge impact, the light and 3D figure is wonderful... once again .. congratulations,, sit back, relax and enjoy your time in the spotlight.. =)
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MY GALLERY ........... "A sense of humour is as important to life as shock absorbers to a car.. It helps us over the bumps im life" / P.K. Shaw
07/01/06 1:34 PM GMT
Congrats DJ ; well deserved
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"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." my images
07/01/06 2:18 PM GMT
Congratulations DJ. *offers drink*
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'Study the past, if you would divine the future.' - Confucius
07/01/06 2:28 PM GMT
Warm congrats to you DJ. I've hopped into your gallery quickly and see there are many that I still have to look at. It's a fantastic collection of work you have there. This nomination is definately well deserved.
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Live every day as if it's your last... and take "pictures" of it ;)
07/01/06 3:14 PM GMT
Congrats DJ! Your work has always been a fave of mine!
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look but don't touch, touch but don't feel, feel but don't like, like but don't tell...
07/01/06 5:28 PM GMT
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07/01/06 6:28 PM GMT
Congrats DJ -- this is a well deserved award. :)
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"Morals, like clothes, change with the fashions, or, perhaps the fashions change to adorn the morals." Florence Reed
07/01/06 7:43 PM GMT
Congratulations.....a well deserved award! I am very happy for you! I have many of your images in my gallery slide-show/hard-drive! :)
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07/01/06 9:07 PM GMT
Congrads to you....
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07/01/06 9:23 PM GMT
Congrats! I've always liked your pieces, whether purely digital 3D or photography.
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07/02/06 12:48 AM GMT
So happy for you.. So well deserved!!! You belong in the spotlight, you're such an amazing artist & guy.

Congrats :)
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Work hard, play harder.
07/02/06 2:10 AM GMT
Waydago Jelloboy.

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07/02/06 9:36 AM GMT
Congrats man.. I knew you had it comin <_<
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07/02/06 8:03 PM GMT
Hey! Congrats Dj. I was one of your first fans ;-)
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07/02/06 8:23 PM GMT
Congratulations!!!! :D
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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Visit my G A L L E R Y ^^ ANCA
07/02/06 8:50 PM GMT
Hi DJ - congratulations on your moment in the spotlight - greatly deserved!
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07/02/06 11:51 PM GMT
Congratulations DJ - Your work is brilliant! The honor is well deserved! Vicky
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07/03/06 12:07 AM GMT
Congratulations DJ. You deserve this honour. Your images are true works of art, without exception. Please continue providing pictures for us to enjoy and inspire us.
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Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see the shadows. It's what sunflowers do - Helen Keller
07/03/06 11:30 PM GMT
Congratulations DJ, for this well deserved recognition and for a vibrant - varied gallery.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
07/04/06 3:53 PM GMT
thank you all so much.. this is a wonderful honor.. ive been rather scarce the past few weeks due to work and fatigue, but i will be posting again soon.. so i want to thank everyone who has commented here and on my work.. as always, it is more than appreciated..

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And everytime I feel that my lifes a waste.. I just cant rid myself of your bitter taste.. - Me (Option21)
07/04/06 6:16 PM GMT
Hey Dj, sorry for my late arrival but a hearty CONGRATULATIONS on this deserved recognition...I will browse through your gallery in the next few days but want to say here I especially like your b/w images of NOLA after Katrina...very heart wrenching and as well many of your 3D images, the names of which escape me until I revisit your gallery but a couple that come to mind are Forsaken and Don't have a diverse and impressive gallery that I hope continues to grow.:Pat.
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On Independence Day, may the fourth be with you.
07/05/06 10:50 AM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS from me too!!!! You deserve it! ~_^
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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Visit my G A L L E R Y ^^ ANCA
07/07/06 1:27 PM GMT
Congrats DJ.
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07/08/06 4:01 AM GMT
Cool Daddy! Although I'm strictly a landscape, reality type person I have more than a few of yours in my "savings". Two of my favorites are Binding and Don't Go. Excellent work.
You deserve the spotlite. Congrats.
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07/10/06 6:24 PM GMT
Congrats, DJ! Way to go.
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07/11/06 3:58 PM GMT
Congrats, DJ. I commented on one of your NOLA photos ages ago, and didn't realize that I had a couple of your images in my fav's. I took time to browse through your gallery, and...yeah, you deserve AOTW, no doubt. Your 3D work is wonderful, and you have a knack for photography with an eye for good composition.

From one N'awlins native to another, Well done.
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Silence sometimes speaks to you, and you should listen.
07/13/06 7:05 AM GMT
Bravo DJ, most deffinately deserved this one. Congratulations!
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Ignorance Can Be Cured -~- But Stupid Is Forever
07/18/06 7:46 AM GMT
Howdy, DJ. It's good to see you getting the recognition you deserve. Ever since that day we spent exploring the ruins of the city I've been continually amazed at what you've accomplished with your camera and your visual artistry. I apologize for my tardy entry into your guestbook, but I've been away for a while getting ready for hurricane season, and I haven't taken the time to look around in Caedes like I should. Best wishes my friend, and lets hope this year's season bring less misery than last.
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08/11/06 9:54 AM GMT
Congratulations DJ, I took a better look at your gallary and must say it is well deserved.
My favorite pic of yours is Forsaken. It is emotion loaded and thought provoking.
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If you admire nature for its creations why don't you visit the gallery of its reporter...
08/16/06 2:24 PM GMT
Congrats DJ!! You've been in my friends list since a day or two after I joined Caedes. I loved your art from Day one!!

Good Stuff!! Well deserved!!!
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08/22/06 5:59 AM GMT
Congratulations on a well deserved honor. I find your b&w images very inspiring. They are so simple and yet so full of life’s complexity. The rest of your gallery is equally inspiring, so please keep up the good work.
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