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A Little Update.

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 10, 2015, 1:30 AM
I have not been on DA very much lately, I have been feeling a bit down and depressed. The death of my best friend Mark in October affected me more than I realised, I have found it hard to concentrate and motivate myself. I have only been on DA occasionally and have only faved work and ran. I am slowly feeling better and getting back to normal.
We have been rehearsing our band that Mark set up, which has been very emotional for us without him , but we want to carry on playing together. We are going to do a couple of memorial gigs in rememberance of him.
Thanks to all the kind people who were very supportive during this hard time.

Secondly I want to thank my friends who sent me Birthday wishes and artwork HAPPY BIRTHDAY grahamsym by Topas2012 Happy Birthday Graham by peinturealuile Graham's Gift by recycledrelatives Happy Birthday by luisbc I had a great Birthday, as far as I can remember (My friends cherry brandy is a bit strong).
I would like to thank :iconmmastriani: for suggesting my 'Delusions of Gothic' Delusions of Gothic by GrahamSym for a DD and :iconc-91: for featuring it. Thank you both very much, it made my day! :hug:

My son Oliver passed his Grade 7 piano exam recently, which is great news, I love hearing him play our old piano, it sounds awful when I play it.

Good luck and best wishes to you all for the future.

3D Art Direct Magazine Interview.

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 16, 2014, 12:36 AM
I was asked recently by 3D Art Direct Magazine if I would be willing to be interviewed, as they would like to feature some of my works. Of course I said yes.  I am very pleased with the result, the magazine looks great. This cheered me up a lot, as for the last four weeks I have had very bad back pain, it's been getting me down a bit. I would like to appologise to my friends, because of my back, I have not been able to get on to DA that much recently.
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My work as also been featured here… by Adriana de Barros

The night I was attacked by a poltergeist.

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 28, 2013, 10:40 AM
It had been an extremely hot day, I had left the bedroom windows open to air the room. At about 1.30am I entered our bedroom to close the curtains and pull back the bed covers ready for bed. I didn't turn the light on at that moment. As I closed the door, I felt something slapping my head and blowing on my face, plus a loud flapping noise and scratching. I dived to the ground.
I do not believe in ghosts, but as I was laying on the floor, in the dark between my wife's dressing table and the bed I was certainly questioning that belief. All the time I could hear scratching and rustling noises, my heart was pounding out of my chest. It was beating so hard my face was tingling.  I was sweating, the pulse in my head was throbbing, I couldn't breath, I was frozen to the spot, I have never felt so scared in all my life.
I was contemplating all my beliefs about there not being life after death and if this entity could hurt me.
I eventually plucked up the courage to run and turn the light on (despite having a bad back)  I lept at the light switch, illuminated the room, heart attack imminent, only to discover a pair of pigeons roosting on top of our wardrobe, guano and feathers everywhere!
By now its 2am. I go down stairs to inform my wife (who has her nose in a Terry Pratchet book) that I have had the fright of my life and that there are two pigeons in our bedroom and bird shit everywhere. To which she replies "Well get them out then" and then carries on reading about Granny Ogg or somebody.
So! I hatched a cunning plan, I burst into the room screaming and shouting hoping to scare the fuckers out...
Plan B...Its now 3.15am. My cunning plan didn't work, so I get my fishing landing net from the garden shed to catch them with, much guano and feathers later... That didn't work either. All I want to do is go to bed. Its now 4am. I never knew two pigeons could produce so much shit! My wife meanwhile is still engrossed in Terry Pratchet, she obviously ignored the mayhem going on upstairs.
Plan C... FOOD! Feed them...I have some wild bird seed and peanuts downstairs, so I proceed to try to tempt them with tasty morsels...Although it had occurred to me that they are hardly likely to trust me as I had been screaming at them, then trying to catch them in a net.
Plan D... now its 5am. Then it hit me! My wife has a dressing up box for the children which contains an Indian saree, in the garden we have some 6ft bamboo canes.. So, I got myself prepared. (A-Team type music) I draped the saree material over the bamboo cane and proceeded in an orderly fashion to coerce the blighters out of my bedroom. One hour later I eventually succeeded.
Now pigeonless, we have a feather, shit and bird seed strewn bedroom to clean. It was about 7.30am before we could finally retire to bed.

I am still picking cherries...

I was very lucky to win the 'Holes contest' hosted by a great group :iconinspirationstation1: inspirationstation1.deviantart… with my entry 'This is Not a Wardrobe' This Is Not A Wardrobe by GrahamSym

I also create music...Dr.G's Experimental Emporium…

My mother received very good news about her PET scan, the results came back all clear, so her doctor will monitor her condition. The sense of relief is overwhelming.
My youngest son has just passed his grade 6 piano exam together with his grade 5 music theory, he is now qualified to teach piano. We are all delighted for him.
My disabled wife treated herself to a mini exercise bike, it was very hot the other day, I caught her on the bike drinking a pint of beer and smoking :weed:, burning off calories as she consumed them, bless her :D

I have not been around much lately. London has been a sweltering 30-32c for the last two weeks, which has meant our 20ft cherry tree has produced at least a 150 kilos of cherries, so my daughter and I have started picking them. Tomorrow the  weather is supposed to be cooler, so my son and I shall be leaving at 4.30am to go on a fishing trip on the River Chelmer.
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Another update

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 28, 2013, 4:57 AM
My mother had a MRI and a CT scan which showed no signs of the tumour only scar tissue, so they cancelled her operation and sent her for a PET Scan yesterday to see if any cancer cells remain. The results far exceeded her surgeons expectation. Huge sense of relief.

I noticed that Mark :iconkram666: premium was due to run out, so I renewed his membership for one month. I think it would be sad to lose his page layout, he was close to a lot of people.
wide-eyed gaze by kram666ajbit by kram666metaphysics by kram666my friend's by kram666
Roxy and Ronny ( daughter ) by kram666Ronny 290 by kram666mum and daughter by kram666a little cub by kram666

A bit of an update.

Journal Entry: Tue May 14, 2013, 12:59 AM
My Mother has finished her chemo and radio therapy for her bowel cancer. She has coped exceedingly well, very little if any after effects. She is going to have another scan in 2 weeks, so I am keeping everything crossed. She feels quite healthy and upbeat (Although she doesn't always say how she really feels, because she doesn't want to worry people, which ends up worrying me anyway)


Something fishy is going on with my watchlist.
I have lost people from my list, I have not blocked or removed them. So I am having to re-watch people. I have lost about 5 that I am aware of. No doubt one of DAs update gone wrong!

Wallpaper sites posting work without permission.

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 18, 2013, 11:56 PM
These wallpaper sites have some of my work posted without my permission, there are other DA artists work posted here also, please check this out. Fractal artwork is not just found under the 'Fractal art' category it is also found in other categories. I have emailed them about it, the sites also have facebook pages.…………

Commisioned Bookcover

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 8, 2013, 1:25 AM

Collin R Skocik commissioned me to design his latest science fiction book cover. The text was added by Collin.
His book can be purchased from here…

Very sad day today.

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 1:37 AM
Last night Gary :iconskyzyk: sadly lost his long fight with cancer and passed away. He was a good friend to many. He was  a good artist and very supportive to alot of people. You will be greatly missed my friend :( Read :iconfrankief: journal here

Today is also Marks :iconkram666: birthday. He is still greatly missed by so many people.

Please take some time to remember these two wonderful people who touched so many, may they live forever in our hearts.

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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 2:21 AM

A big thank you and lots of love!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:40 AM
I would like to say a big thank you to all of my friends who very kindly wished me a happy birthday.

The following works were made especially for my birthday, please go and see their wonderful galleries and show them some love...

Happy Birthday GrahamSym by Undead-Academy by :iconundead-academy:             Symm World by Lady-Compassion by :iconlady-compassion:

The Crystal Palace by GrahamSymIn Search of Space by GrahamSymVisitors by GrahamSymThey didn't get planning permission to build that by GrahamSymStrange Fruit by GrahamSymIt's Gonna Blow by GrahamSym
by :iconflorhalie:                              Precious Among The Vines by catelee2u by :iconcatelee2u:

In The Light by MeFlyingFree by :iconmeflyingfree:                          Ice Cave by Blazemorioz by :iconblazemorioz:

Birthday Present for Graham by FractalBee by :iconfractalbee:                         Machinist by TiamatHeart by :icontiamatheart:

Happy Birthday Graham by peinturealuile by :iconpeinturealuile:                    Happy Birthday Grahamsym by Topas2012 by :icontopas2012:

January 02-2013Happy New Year for all! :heart:
Today is birthday of two dears friends :star: :icongrahamsym: :star: :iconchownbd: :star:
As a little tribute to them,  I want to share and enjoy  their works. Happy Birthday Friends!!!!:cuddle:

Lovely Moment! by DIGI-3D Simple Art by DIGI-3D  
Gothic by DIGI-3DFantasy Queen by DIGI-3D
:thumb329417714: Lady Of London by DIGI-3D
portrait-painting by DIGI-3D Gothic Essence by DIGI-3D
Remarkable of the day
Tear by Spiegellicht
Demon by HexPhotography advice by basharbbr
Flower garden by KeilaNeokow Dream Out of the Box by Shadoweddancer
Alien Girl by indigodeep
Some Gifts and Dedications
:thumb345110307: Happy New Year by irinama .: A t t r i t i o N :. by J-u-d-a-s
:heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: [Heart] [Heart] [Heart]
Comment and [+fav]s these works in the gallery of the artist
[Star!] Visit  blog to my friend :iconYouSportsTV:
[Heart] :heart
by :iconvampirekingdom:                happy birtthday Graham by fraterchaos by :iconfraterchaos:

Pressie for Grahamsym by stebev by :iconstebev:                               APPO 65 by mistersingh by :iconmistersingh:

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Life has been hectic as usual!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 7, 2012, 1:27 AM
A big hello to my friends.

The past two weeks have been very hectic. I have had to have a new bathroom hand basin installed, which meant the bathroom needed decorating (Re tiled etc) This has seriously inconvenienced my daughter greatly...(In little ways I get my own back).

I did start to get  involved in a campaign to save an old pub near me, which is in danger of rotting away. The pub is 'The Spotted Dog' which was used by Henry VIII to house his hunting dogs, Dick Turpin the infamous highway robber used it also. The basement dates back to before the 15th century. Us local people are trying to get someone to turn it back into a resturant/pub or get the council to buy it and turn it into a museum or cultural centre,  it would be a crime for it to go, it does have 'Listed status' but the council are bucking their responsibilities (no money they say) it closed for business 10 years ago and has been deteriorating ever since. It is owned by a bank.

Then a few days ago I received some bad news about my mum , she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, she has been undergoing scans and tests. Doctors have yet to decide what is the best treatment. They have caught it early, so there is hope. her next appointment is on the 12th December, I shall go with her. What really saddens me, is that she has managed to get a social life after my fathers passing. My father was becoming very frail and infirm, she couldn't leave him alone at home. Recently she has been going out with friends. She could really do with my fathers support at this hard time (He was her rock).

So hence I have not been around much to comment and fave.

Best wishes to all my friends.

I am greatly honoured to have won First place in the fractal section with Hellfire by GrahamSym and also an honourable mention in The Digital section with Welcome To My Nightmare by GrahamSym of  'The Samhain Halloween Contest' Contest Literary Winners Added!:pumpkin: WINNERS OF THE HALLOWEEN & SAMHAIN CONTEST 2012 ! ! ! :pumpkin:
Sorry for the Literary delay, been a very hectic 2 months
this year! But you may now see the winners of the Literature
Category listed below! Congratulations Winners!
Thank you all for supporting my Halloween Contest 2012!
Thank you to all who helped or supported this contest!
It was another really great and fun time!
I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart! :heart:
Congratulations to ALL participants! All entries were amazing! :clap:
Prize donators will be contacted within the next couple of days.
Please allow some time for contacting the donators, for them to read
my note, and for them to contact winnersl with prizes.
Entries were scored on the following:
:bulletred: Theme
:bulletred: Originality
:bulletred: Technical Skills
:bulletred: Overall Composition
* Placement was determined by the highest total scores in the above categories *
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#127: The Great Mandelbulber - GrahamSymGood morning! It's the 14th of the month, that is to say time to introduce another master of MB3D! :la:
We had a trip in Europe: we went to Italy, then in Scotland, to end in France. It's time to go back to the United Kingdom and pay a visit to GrahamSym, the master of sci-fi fractals! :la:
Well, in my opinion! :lmao: But I'm sure many of you will agree with me. :D
The Great Mandelbulber - GrahamSym
:bulletorange:Hello GrahamSym! Tell us something about you.
I live in East London, married 3 grown up children. I worked as a Museum technician, until ill health forced me to retire. I play guitar and bass. In the 80's and 90's I played in bands but it took too much comittment once my children were born, although I still have the odd jam with friends. I have been creating computer art of one sort or another since the late 90's. I used Terragen, Truespace, Blender, Bryce, Photoshop and a few others.
:bulletorange:When did you start making fractals? I
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Complete and utter chaos!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 21, 2012, 1:16 PM
Hi my friends!

Just a quick update on things...

Firstly Silvia :iconc-91: very kindly interviewed me for her 'The Great Mandelbulber' series #127: The Great Mandelbulber - GrahamSymGood morning! It's the 14th of the month, that is to say time to introduce another master of MB3D! :la:
We had a trip in Europe: we went to Italy, then in Scotland, to end in France. It's time to go back to the United Kingdom and pay a visit to GrahamSym, the master of sci-fi fractals! :la:
Well, in my opinion! :lmao: But I'm sure many of you will agree with me. :D
The Great Mandelbulber - GrahamSym
:bulletorange:Hello GrahamSym! Tell us something about you.
I live in East London, married 3 grown up children. I worked as a Museum technician, until ill health forced me to retire. I play guitar and bass. In the 80's and 90's I played in bands but it took too much comittment once my children were born, although I still have the odd jam with friends. I have been creating computer art of one sort or another since the late 90's. I used Terragen, Truespace, Blender, Bryce, Photoshop and a few others.
:bulletorange:When did you start making fractals? I
  I really appreciate this  and I am so honoured to be chosen, although I feel I am not worthy of this.

Her previous interviews can be read here
#114: The Great Mandelbulber - bib993Hello people, welcome to the third interview of The Great Mandelbulber series! :la:
Today I'm gonna introduce you Jérémie Brunet, better known as bib993!
Everybody knows Jérémie for his outstanding Mandelbulbs, which have been part of many shows, as the recent Beyond The Infinite exibition in Karlstad (Sweden) along with MANDELWERK:
Definetely a great example to follow! :love:
Let's go straight to the interview!
The Great Mandelbulber - bib993
:bulletyellow:Hello bib993! Tell us something about you.
I bought 2 high end PCs in last 2 years just to make fractals!
:bulletyellow:Was Mandelbulb 3D your first choice when you began your artistic journey?
To be honest, I never intended to begin any artistic journey! Like many fractalers I'm just a kind of lazy geek who likes to produce stunning graphics in a few mouse clicks. :-)
To answer your question, I don't remember exactly the first programs I used t

#100: The Great Mandelbulber - MarkJayBeeThe 100th issue of my journal and there's nothing better than a Great Mandelbulber to fill it!
Good morning people! Welcome to the second volume of The Great Mandelbulber, a series of interviews to discover the Mandelbulb3D world with the eyes of artists who use it. :woohoo:
The wait is finally over, here it is the interview with MarkJayBee! :w00t: Please, have some time to read it, you won't regret! :la:
The Great Mandelbulber - MarkJayBee
:bulletgreen:Hello MarkJayBee! Tell us some about you.
I live in the small seaside town of Largs, on the west coast of Scotland, which has some wonderful scenery and sea views. As a visual artist and photographer, living in this location has always acted as a great source of inspiration for me, and I count myself very fortunate to live here.
I've been producing artwork in one form or another for as long as I can remember – and that goes back quite a long while!! My influences mainly stem from Science F

#88: The Great Mandelbulber - dark-beamHello people, and welcome to the first of a (I hope) long series of interviews to Mandelbulb 3D artists!
First of all, I need to spend two words on the title: I know that there's another fractal program called Mandelbulber, which is different from Mandelbulb 3D, but the other alternative was to give the name of Mandelicious!, which sounds too stupid to me. :noes: I have difficulties in naming my fractals, let alone these things. :noes:
I studied a bit on what kind of question I could ask, and I have to thank all those people who make interviews here on dA (exspecially those I watch :noes:). They inspired me a lot! :love:
(yeah, some questions are pretty much the same :noes:)
dark-beam kindly accepted to be the first. :iconteheplz: He's a really nice fellow deviant, other than being the author of many MB3D's formulas. :hug:
The Great Mandelbulber - dark-beam
:bulletblue:Hello dark-beam! Tell us something about you.
I'm an Engineering stu

It has been utter chaos at home for the past two weeks, as my daughter  moved  back to the family home  on Thursday. She has a very good job and works hard. But it is so hard for young people  today.
In London rent is a 1000+ a month  (not including utilities) for a two bedroom box. I will not start ranting about the state of the UK and the bunch of amateur politicians running the UK at the moment, I shall save that for another time.

She said she didn't have much stuff.... only 20 huge boxes stacked from floor to ceiling taking up over half the room, labeled shoes,boots,handbags, belts, makeup, and clothes. Plus a  hamster...

Her old room was being used as a junk room, so its been a case of car boot sales, charity shops and council dump to clear the room.
My youngest son who is still at home, only cared about moving his computer, piano and bed into his new room as soon as possible!!! (Hes got priorities)

I am not really complaining,  I am so proud of my children and its really lovely having my daughter back home.

Because of this, I have been doing a 'Hit and run' for ten minutes here and there to answer mail and fav peoples work. So I am really behind  with faving and commenting. I will try to catch up as soon as possible

Live long and prosper!


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Very sad news to all of Marks friends. (Kram666)

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 23, 2012, 3:17 PM
I visited Marks homepage and discovered this message left by his brother.

"This is Simon, Mark's brother, with the terribly sad news that Mark passed away last week.
This was a huge shock to us all.
I helped him set up his PC with all his drawing tools so knew how much he adored producing his bespoke digital artwork and how much the Deviant art community meant to him.
On his behalf I'd like to thank you all for the friendship and support you've shown and would ask you to pause for a minute at 14:20 on Monday 1st October. (British Summer Time)
With Kind Regards.

As Mark often quoted.

        "I felt the call of the jungle, primal and clean.
         I felt my connections to the wild in every cell in my body;
         realized that I am among the trees,
         the plants, the grass, the sky. The trees know me and I am never alone.
         We are all one and we exist everywhere. It was like coming home
         to the greatest welcome back party imaginable.
         The love and purity of the trees surrounded and dazzled me.       
         I went outside to lie in the grass.
         I needed to be there, to feel the dirt beneath my feet,
         the stars above my head and the wet grass in my fingers.
         The stars were like diamonds  in a velvet black sky
         their light radiating beams of positivity and love down to us all. "

RIP my dear friend.

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To all my dear friends.

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 4, 2012, 4:07 AM
I am truly overwhelmed by all the kind words of support and sympathy in respect of the death of my father.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. It means a lot  to me.

I have got over the initial shock, he was very old, he died peacefully in his sleep.

My family and I are coping at this sad time.

I have come back on DA to take my mind off things. I will try to catch up with  favs and comments on your works!


Love and best wishes
Graham x

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R.I.P. Dad 13-june-1920 to 31-July-2012

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 31, 2012, 2:10 PM
My Father died today.
No words can express my loss.
I need strength to comfort my Mother.
Inside I weep and grieve.

Not sure I can cope with Deviantart stuff at the moment

I will try
Best wishes
Graham x

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Journal Entry: Tue Jul 17, 2012, 8:54 AM
I woke up this morning to another gloomy,  miserable,  rainy day.
My back was giving me pain. We had run out of coffee, bread and toilet paper.
I just found out that people visiting the Olympic site are allowed to park in my road (we have parking problems all the time, so this is going to be intolerable.)So I was a bit grumpy... (as usual)

Then C-91 congratulated me on my DD today, I had no idea. Silly Cybin Shrooms by GrahamSym

I am all happy now!!!

Thanks to all  for the support, faves and kind comments.

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