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An overwhelming gravity of ideas by sophiaazhou An overwhelming gravity of ideas by sophiaazhou
May 2014

There is a popular story of how Sir Isaac Newton, the physicist who formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation, was inspired by the idea of gravity and came to develop his laws of physics. In this story, he was sitting, or napping depending on the story version, under an apple tree when an apple fell on his head, and thus prompted Newton to derive his universal law of gravitation. 

There are times when inspiration comes like a sudden flood, and images and ideas materialize in my mind so quickly that I find myself artistically stagnant, unable to manifest any as tangible art because I feel overwhelmed. I find it a very strange feeling, the opposite of an artist's block, where I find myself wanting to make so many pieces because I have so many ideas, but it ironically makes me unable to work on anything because I'm intimidated by the process of making the intangible tangible. It's often difficult to translate what's in your mind's eye to someone else's eyes, sensibly; sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the gravity of it all.




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:icongeorginave:
georginave Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
i would like to use it as fb cover, is just amazing
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Sure just give a credit to my facebook page @ www.facebook.com/sophiaadalainezhou :)
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nervoza Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's just genius :heart:
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:iconsophiaazhou:
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
thank you, I'm glad you think so! :heart:
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YongL Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Filmographer
aha I like the idea behind this!
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
thanks I'm glad you do!
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:iconlow-freq:
Low-freq Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Too cool :))
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:iconsophiaazhou:
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
thank you so much! :aww:
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mckltten Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this piece! the idea of the apples [from what im guessing, you used the concept from newton discovering gravity by apples; yada yada] and the thought that was put into this makes the simplicity even more enjoyable. <3
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
thank you very much! I'm really happy you like it. :meow:
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Teadove Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a cool concept!
Small question. How did you make this piece? Did you use a manequin, or use photoshop, or something?
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thank you very much! I took two photos, one with me and two apples, and another with the other apples spilling out of the shirt collar. I had to stuff and prop up the shirt to make it look like there was a torso inside, which then made it very easy to combine the two in Photoshop. 
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Teadove Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and thx for explaining! :)
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
no problem :aww:
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Aware-Of-The-Vacuity Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, this looks creepy on a first stance, but then what came to my mind were the words "fruitful imagination". I guess these two words can, kinda, fit with the story you wrote in the deviation description :) 
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I think they fit perfectly! Thank you so much for taking the time to look and comment. :aww:
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Aware-Of-The-Vacuity Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you reap the fruits of your imagination *ba dum tss*
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
:lol:
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Parker-Weston Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   General Artist
Retro nightmare
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
:)
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RachaelSammon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
WOW. What an awesome visualisation of that feeling! I love it! ♡
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
thank you very much! :heart:
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RachaelSammon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome! It's a great image & concept! ^.^ ♡
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:iconoffermoord:
offermoord Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Beautiful photo & I love the concept!
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:iconsophiaazhou:
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
thank you so much!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Looks like a greedy Snow White :)
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
that's a funny interpretation. ;p
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:iconwan-mei:
Wan-Mei Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great!! love the idea
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
thank you very much!
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Cosaca Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student
The "what?!" factor of this picture is super great. I can really relate to your story of being overwhelmed by your creative mind. I like how you compared it to Newtown's story as well. I'm sure he struggled with gravity as much as I could with overwhelming creativity.
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Thank you so much! I'm glad you can identify with it because it's a personal photo I'm very happy with. :)
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Peppejayjay93 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
just run into this piece of art and it magically worked  for me as inspirational!I'm going to start drawing right now!Bellissimo :)
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I'm really happy to inspire you with my work! However, I do not want this piece to be duplicated/made a derivative/etc. and I do not permit it as per the Copyright and Creative Commons License information in the piece's description. This piece is very personal to me and I've not been so personally happy like this with my art for some time, so it's very important to me (all of my art is very important to me, but this one is exceptionally so).

I hope you'll understand, and if you're looking for some reference resource photos that I am OK with people using for paintings/drawings/reference/etc. then I do have a stock resource gallery at :iconsophiaastock: There are terms to follow when using my resources, but I am very lenient when artists use it as reference material for traditional works. :)
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richardnixon1968 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw this I immediately thought of the surrealist Rene Magritte. :la: apple 
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I haven't studied Magritte's work much before, but I can see the surreal vibe. And, at least according to Google image search, I didn't know he used so many apples too. :iconla-apple:
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:iconidellex:
IdelleX Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An apple a day...... :P
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
too many apples a day :lol:
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locosquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS ! THIS IS WONDERFUL! 

It's like it  expresses a feeling I can't name. The colors all go together too, and the lace and wood floor.. yeah. superb :)
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
thank you very, very much! I'm so happy you enjoy it. :aww:
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word-s-myth Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Writer
What a stunning picture! Very well done.
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
thank you so much! :heart:
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Aphotic-Grae Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I like this very much.
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I'm glad you do. :heart:
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drigulch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
How exceptionally expressive. So awesomely vivid in capturing and communicating the notion shared in the notation. Makes me think very much of that movie "Awakenings" where at one point the doctor surmised that the folks who were in suspended animation might be that way due to a Parkinson's type of tremor accelerated to so high a frequency that it was paralyzing. Maybe also like that first enthusiastic rush a kid gets prancing around out in the beginning of a hail storm. It is a novelty at first, and very cool. Then the stones start coming in torrents, growing to the size of golf balls and a very quick lesson in what Newton never shared about the hard fact of gravity administered directly to the head. 
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I have not seen that movie before, but based on your description of a scene from it and your other analogy, I'm so happy that you can connect with my piece and have taken the time to comment on it. :heart:
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   General Artist
Love this! Very well executed!
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
thank you very much! I'm really happy you think so!
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GogglesPaisano Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
This is incredible, I love the idea that someone had such a wave of inspiration that they cannot handle it.
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
thank you very, very much. :heart:
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judasInk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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