Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist


Art

  • Emotions: Places We Go When It’s Beyond Us

    The color palette for the “Places We Go When It’s Beyond Us” beautifully captures the spectrum of emotions and reactions that arise in the face of the extraordinary, the incomprehensible, or the awe-inspiring aspects of life. Each color reflects a distinct response to experiences that stretch the limits of our understanding or imagination.

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  • Improving Emotional Literacy Through Art

    In my current exploration, I’m blending long-established practices of journaling and mindfulness with my digital art practice to dive into the intricacies of human emotions. Motivated by my academic studies on emotional intelligence with Professor Anne-Michelle Marsden and Rutgers University and inspired by the list of emotions in Brené Brown’s “Atlas of the Heart,” I…

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  • Has the Art of Tomorrow Lost Its Soul?

    Hi! My name is Eric and I’m a recovering Zombie Futurist. In a world brimming with technological advancements, we stand on the precipice of the future — a future often painted with the brush of innovation, progress, and a technology-driven utopia. But beneath the veneer of this shiny tomorrow lies a phenomenon I term “Zombie…

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  • Make Them Yearn to See, Touch, and Own Your Art

    Frequently, we encounter clichés like this presented as sage advice. However, the truth is that making this a reality requires effort. Let’s dive into this cliché by asking crucial questions that artists should consider. Who are “them”? Artists should pinpoint their audience. It’s not just “everyone” or “people who buy my work.” It goes deeper…

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  • My Artist’s Journey

    Reflecting on Steven Pressfield’s Insights In my artistic journey, I’ve found an uncanny resonance with Steven Pressfield’s “The Artist’s Journey” [1]. The book not only offers a framework for the mystical creative process but also aligns eerily with my own experiences as an artist. Here are three key insights that I’ve drawn from Pressfield’s philosophy,…

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  • “Steamboat Willie” Sails into the Public Domain

    A Turning Point in Copyright History In a landmark shift for the world of animation and intellectual property, Disney’s iconic 1928 animated short “Steamboat Willie” [1] entered the public domain on January 1, 2024. This event not only marks a new chapter for one of the most beloved characters in animation history, Mickey Mouse, but…

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  • The Enduring Impact of My High School Art Teachers

    My Artistic Foundations My high school art teacher, Doug DePice, made five 20-minute art lesson videos (available below) during the pandemic in 2020 in partnership with the Secaucus Public Library from my home town. And I only discovered them recently. He’s been teaching art for 45 years now! These videos bring me back to when…

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  • The Problem with “Art for Art’s Sake”

    Romantic in Theory, Detached in Practice Where does the line between pure aesthetics and deeper meaning lie? The age-old debate of ‘art for art’s sake’ offers a romantic perspective, but is it truly reflective of the complexities of the art world?” The world of art is full of ideas, philosophies, and perspectives. Among these, the…

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  • Refining Your Artistic Identity: Part 2

    The Power of Formal Analysis In the vast world of art, where subjectivity reigns supreme, there exists a structured approach that artists can employ to understand and refine their work: formal analysis. This method, rooted in the history of art criticism, offers a systematic way to dissect and understand artworks. For artists, formal analysis is…

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  • Refining Your Artistic Identity: Part 1

    Honing Your Voice Web3 is a vast Metaverse, with artists of all shapes and sizes carving out their niche. And the journey to refine one’s artistic vision can often feel overwhelming. Below, I offer tools I used earlier this year and found them both enlightening and transformative. Deep Diving into Your Portfolio There are many…

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