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These are fine examples of what literature is crafted to be. Take heed and take notice of their nuances and anatomy, for they are thunderbolts among this word-drenched thunderstorm.

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Nic Swaner
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
Artist's Statement 10/25/2011

Nic Swaner is a studying graphic designer, and a budding young writer whose concepts and syntax require a rush of blood and breath to the lungs. For inspiration he need not look far from the cyclopean sun, feel the displacement before the epilepsy, synthesize some synesthesia, or recall the origami folds his hands have memorized throughout the years.

Nic is almost entirely self-taught in the ways of writing and in doing so has created a style all his own. His medium is mainly through poetry, short stories and articles for websites; he excels in portraying his thoughts and ideas in a world of complex and harmonious verbiage. He is always whittling away at several works of writing that will be submitted to free publishers or magazines. Nic will always be happy to edit and critique your writing, whether it's poetry or prose. Contact him at

Nic is currently studying graphic design and the fundamentals of art. He has always emphasized the power of concept over complexity, and have maximized color and composition to their utmost potential. He prefers to work with photomanipulations and typography to portray his concepts. He is always open to critique from his peers. Other artistic endeavors from Nic include folding origami, film photography, darkroom artwork such as photograms, and music production.


Nic lives in Chicago, Illinois, but his hometown is Robinson, Illinois. He likes Progressive Rock and Underground Rap music. Marcus J. Ranum is his most adored photographer. Samurai Jack is his favorite cartoon character along with Ed, Edd, and Eddy. His favorite ice cream flavor is French Vanilla. He has a mild form of sound to color synesthesia for melodies and believes the song Echoes by Pink Floyd is green.

"The world is only as old as the person to whom you speak." - Nic Swaner

Origami Book Blank by Nichrysalis

Just look at that, it's beautiful. After about 8 hours of painstaking trial and error I have this to show for it. It's the third design for my origami book and also the third attempt at the the third design type, which uses a technique developed by an origami bookmaker called crown binding, called such because of the crown shape it forms at the top and bottom of the spine as shown in the photo. The crown binding holds the pages in place without glue or adhesive via some folds that creates a pocket crease. Even so, when I start sending these out, I will be using something to keep the pages more reliably in place.

The pages are made of vellum paper and as such are translucent, making for an interesting material for text to be printed on. The spine and cover is made out of a cream-colored cardstock and is where most of the folding is involved. So that's that. There's still more work ahead. I need to figure out how printing will work with the vellum paper and the formatting, font and size of the text to be printed on the page and whether printing on both sides of translucent paper conflicts too much with the text on each side. On top of that, it looks very... blank. I'll look into ways to bring out some texture or embellish it a little more. I have my work cut out for me.

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SpiralingSpontaneity Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much for the favorite! i hope you're doing well. c: <333
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you are as well.
DoloriferousFrost Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much for the Watch :)
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure as well.
HopesForFun777 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Ilove your bitlets!
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love your icon!
xXI-Feel-InfiniteXx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the fave on 'Cyclical Love' :heart:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nic, thank you for the :+favlove: on "Caitlin!" :iconsweethugplz:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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