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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

At this point in my life, I've lived over twice my life in suburbs, but a good portion has been in the country. They both have their pros and cons. Small towns are amazingly friendly and supportive communities, but you meet more diverse people and get more exposure to other cultures and ways of thinking towards cities. I could never choose one over another, I need both. I need the way of thinking cities provide and I need the atmosphere of a small community. I'm going to southern Illinois in 12 hours and can't sleep, and I'm excited, if not a little afraid.

My little town of Robinson, Illinois is a great town. I've been nostalgic and homesick about going there recently. I was feeling particularly homesick and nostalgic when I was discussing burger joints (I think it was) with WeirdAndLovely, and my mind wandered off to Moonshine, Illinois. If you don't know what Moonshine Store is or their moonburgers, this video does a decent job of explaining it:

It's not that it's the best place to get a burger, it's the best place to eat that burger. They don't call them moonburgers because they're otherworldly goodness, they call them that because there's nothing on them to begin with, you come for the friendly atmosphere and you're happy. According to my family, Moonshine is still in business too, and I haven't been since 2010. And remembering all of this is when the homesickness hit.

The reason it's been worse is lately is that life in the suburbs has been distracting. That job I was so happy to get a few journals back? I didn't keep it. I couldn't, because I couldn't physically keep up and my weight has never been something that hindered me before, but it did this time, and without going into too many details, I was very upset. Losing the job put a road spike in my tires, so I rested two or three days. Then I got to work on a workout plan, and with the help of my brother, this is what I ended up with (my brother's information I'm withholding for obvious reasons):



  • Nic: test current limits and capabilities

  • Nic: weigh regularly and track weight


  • Nic: lose fat, develop more muscle

  • Nic: see visible change in size


  • Nic: no jiggle

  • Nic: be at, near or below 200-210 lbs

  • Nic: fit into my older dress shirts and get a good purple one

  • Nic: eat healthier with smaller portions

  • Nic: be able to enjoy running again

  • Nic: be able to work on my feet for work hours

  • Nic: get rid of stretch marks



  • Monday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM or later

  • Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM or later

  • Friday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM or later


  • Stretches

  • Aerobics, stamina and cardiovascular focus

  • More exercises with less equipment and weights

Stretches, Exercises and Equipment


  • Butterfly

  • Neck Stretch

  • Lying Hamstring Stretch

  • Quad Stretch

  • Chest and Biceps Stretch

  • Standing Triceps Stretch

  • Back Stretch

  • Hip and Glute Stretch


  • Pushups

  • Situps

  • Crunches

  • Pullups

  • Chinups

  • Burpies

  • Squats

  • Lunges

  • Jumping Jacks

  • Box Jumps

  • Planks

  • Curls

Equipment (we have)

  • Exercise bike

  • Dumbbells

  • Stairs

  • Ankle/Arm weights

  • Monkey bars

  • Field



  • On workout days, after waking up, before showering

  • Saturday

  • Sunday


Meal information to write down

  • Time of meal

  • List of what is being consumed (drinks, foods, anything extra)

  • Size of meal (educated guess from 1-5 with 1 being small, 5 being large)

Workout information to write down

  • Start time of workout

  • End time of workout

  • What exercises

  • How many sets

  • How many reps

  • How much weight

  • Notes

I started out well, but my sleep schedule had become wacky when I quit the job suddenly, and my body went from walking out every day applying for jobs to nothing, and my sleep hasn't balanced out since, and me and my brother have not been able to make that 12 PM deadline together even once, so at least a week ago, I had begun entertaining the idea of doing this myself, in a better setting. There's really only two other settings for me, my grandparents, aunt, and cousins in Bloomington Normal or Robinson. I don't know how things are going for my family in Bloomington Normal, but it has rocky since my aunt's divorced husband started deteriorating mentally because of a degenerative brain disease. In Robinson, however, my Great-grandparents live in the center of town, allowing me access to a lot of town things, and my grandparents live outside of town on a few acres of land in the forest, which gives me a lot of freedom to do things.

So this is a heads up of sorts, I'm sorry for pulling this so suddenly, but I have an opportunity to get down to Robinson later today, where I will have some internet but I'll also be preoccupied. I'm going to be cutting down the majority of my internet activity to keeping tabs on friends in the suburbs on facebook and skype (my facebook, if you would like to keep in touch that way (do let me know who you are): and my skype is "nic.swaner") and keeping my dA activity to a minimum of posting new bitlets and continue participating in groups I'm a part of.

I hope to get back to dA soon, but real life takes priority, as always.

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