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If you could have one super power, what would it be? 

10 deviants said Teleportation (instantaneous, not subject to relativity)
5 deviants said Flying (superman style)
5 deviants said Telepathy (ability to read others' thoughts and communicate with them mentally)
4 deviants said Invisibility (at will)
3 deviants said Other (please comment) ^_^
2 deviants said Ability to change the laws of physics (warning, may accidently destroy the universe, and yourself if used recklessly)
2 deviants said Super strength (being able to punch through mountains, jump to the top of sky scrapers, etc...)
1 deviant said Immortality (not aging or being able to die ever)


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Synthetic Cognition by UniversalKinase
Synthetic Cognition
So, I took the parameters of my last piece and I said "I like the pixel like texture of some of these transforms, but I want to try something different with it."
This is my attempt to do that, and.... I like it. ^_^

Is it chaotic and disorienting? Yes, but to me at least, the themes have just enough in common to make a compelling landscape, and the chaos makes it look dynamic. Just my take on it. :)

Anyway, I hope you guys like this too, and that you all have a great day.
~Created in apophysis 

BTW,  for anyone who has a 1080p monitor, the dimensions of this are to scale to evenly fill the screen if you download the higher res image.
Searching for Meaning Amongst Fragments by UniversalKinase
Searching for Meaning Amongst Fragments
Seldom have I made a more deliberate piece.


Not long ago, I asked a physicist how black holes could move when time did not exist past their event horizons. Why wasn't the mass stuck at a fixed position then? He told me that I was forgetting a fundamental tenant of relativity, that "there is no preferred reference frame." That was exactly what I needed to hear. 

Below is a drastic turn from the comment I made in Solar Guardian by UniversalKinase.

"There is no preferred reference frame." In short, no matter what, we are all being silly and arbitrary as we play this game, but at the same time we're not wrong.
Is it purely self-deception that drives us forward? The easy answer is that we are just machines doing what time has sculpted us to do, but I find that answer immensely unsatisfying despite its seeming accuracy.
I know I don't have to understand. I know I could just take a metaphorical blue pill from Morpheus, and pretend that I didn't know this, or pretend that it didn't bother me, and go back to focusing on tasks which my heart believes are pointless. I can do that, but I still don't know why I should.

That is why I am searching for meaning. I wanted to find an objective truth for why, something that was simply true, some external anchor, but alas, I cannot fool myself into believing that such a thing even exists.
The narrative that I was taught was the human story did not include the sheer volume of paralyzing conflict, dissent, and arbitrary objections that I see the world contains. That narrative is shattered, but it was the only cause I ever believed in. Stupidity, greed, fear and hatred are baked into our species like rancid butter in a cookie. More than that, they are inherent parts of biological thought. Even if you created synthetic life, a computer that mirrored the brain, it would be subject to the same "flaws" as long as it had a similar system of internal rewards, and the imprecise calculations that allow learning to occur. 4.3 Billion years, and the result is just things that are good at making more of themselves. I was foolish to think that anything else could ever arise.

I must succeed where all the King's horses and all the King's men could not.

When I ask myself why I loved the idea of the narrative I was taught about mankind, I can only say that sometimes I think that certain things that people create are beautiful. 
Is replication beautiful? I don't think so. Does complexity make something beautiful? I don't think that either.
I do think people sometimes have beautiful ideas, as arbitrary as that designation may be. There are people who do and say beautiful things.
Sometimes we create things that are so fascinating, that witnessing them brings joy unbidden, and though it may be arbitrary, it is difficult to not want to stick around and enjoy such marvels.
Yet, to focus only on the beauty, and ignore the fact that it is surrounded by mountains of maggot ridden dung takes a lot of effort.
Is that effort worth it?

I want to say, yes.

I know I can't say speak for anyone else, but I still love the beautiful things that mankind can create.
I still love the fact that we have greatness within us, even if it is bogged down by innumerous flaws.
We can still make that narrative true. Do I think that we will? Honestly, it's unlikely. We'll probably collectively end ourselves as a species, and destroy half the planet in the process. Yet, those tiny glimmers of sincerity and ambition to create a brighter future give me hope. Even if only a tiny percentage of humans are more beautiful than they are ugly, (obviously I'm talking about their actions and thoughts here), then it is still worth it to try to save our species. 

Am I being irrational about this now? Probably. Love makes people irrational. Love is the strongest emotion that a human can feel, and it overrides our other neural circuitry. It makes it so that we don't question what is lost in pursuit of helping that which we love. 

You cannot hate something or somebody, unless that thing or person is a threat to something you love. I love mankind, and I love our planet. Therefore, I also hate mankind, for it is a real and powerful threat to itself and our planet. You cannot feel any emotion about anything, unless you have decided to love something. Remember that. If you ever feel sad, angry, joyous or anything else, you feel that because of what you've chosen to love. Even if you try to love nothing at all, I bet you can't keep up the act. I couldn't. I still felt something, repressed as it may have been, that drove me to try to search for this conclusion. I was unsatisfied with my thoughts until now.

I am still the person I once was. I can put the narrative back together, forgive the high risk of failure, and strive once again, because I now remember that I still love something. I don't have to try to temper that, or distance myself because I know the pain that accompanies that decision. 

Enough of these 5,000 permutations to try to find meaning through analysis. I have found my answer, and despite everything, it is still true.
If you are reading these words, a lot of them probably seem a lot shallower than you might expect. They don't feel that way to me, at least not right now.
I will remember this conclusion, and if I ever start to forget, I will look back here, and honestly consider what I wrote again. Right now, I'm willing to bet, that in my heart, I will still love the same things.

I created this fractal in apophysis.
I hope you enjoy it.
I Make Universes by UniversalKinase
I Make Universes
Hrm, I was trying for something epic, and I can't help but feel that I fell a little bit short on the execution here.
Oh well, I hope you like it anyway.

The full image is 2700x3300, and you can download it if you want.
Created in apophysis
It’s true I turned you down, but don’t misunderstand,
It’s really nothing personal, and there’s no blood upon your hands.
It’s just that I am not who you think that I might be
and you’re better off finding a better man than me.

Can’t you see that you and I would never work for long?
Sure it might be fun, but in the end it would be wrong.
For though you make me happy, in anguish I reside
My conscience won’t allow it, I must obey my pride.

So I’ll sing my little song, and I’ll dance this little dance
but I’ll always turn away just because there’s a tiny chance
that I might make the world a slightly better place
though it will cost my soul until I’m gone without a trace.

I have too little time left to spend it bringing tears.
My thoughts turn in one direction, like interlocking gears
And I cannot give the effort to bring you the happiness you deserve
Because I have so little left, and I have duties I must serve

I am the captain of my ship, but no admiral will I be
For my heart only pumps enough blood, for me.

So I’m sorry, but my answer will never be more clear
I wish you a life full of happiness, my dear.
Just Not Enough
I wrote this years ago. I edited a few lines of it this evening.
The me that wrote this was strong, driven... I want to be that way again. Once you've been disillusioned, it's difficult to get your head back in the game. It's difficult to devote yourself fully to a task that part of you knows is futile and arbitrary. However, it's not impossible.
I can become what I was, but I'll have to willfully deceive myself. I don't like lying to myself. As a scientist, I am sworn to constantly search for the truth, and to doubt everything, but perhaps this must be an exception. Ah the choice, be a strong hypocrite who betrayed his own mind, or a self-crippled sage trapped in a bleak existence.
I'm leaning towards the former at the moment.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the poem, or that you at least thought it interesting.
Best wishes to you all.

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 8, 2015, 1:14 AM
Hi Everyone, I hope you're all having a great day.
I just saw that it was DA's 15th Birthday, which is pretty cool.
I read the article and they were encouraging people to submit journals with their questionnaire, and I figured, hey, why not?
So, the questions they asked are below, and my answers follow each one.

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? / I have been on DA for 8 years. Wow, that sounds like a long time. It's almost 1/3rd of my lifetime.

  2. What does your username mean? / a kinase is a type of protein that adds a phosphate group to specific targets, and in biology, they are vital signaling molecules. A universal kinase would be something that can phosphorylate any target.

  3. Describe yourself in three words. / "Human, Scientist, Artist" / that wasn't a very creative answer, but it was concise.

  4. Are you left or right handed? / I am right handed

  5. What was your first deviation? / lol, it was terrible, but it was called rage of troy. I had just read the Iliad at the time, and kind of sympathized with the people of the besieged city of troy. War allows us to do terrible things to each other, but that doesn't make it right.

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? / My favorite type of art to make is literature. I make a lot more fractals than I write stories, but writing fiction allows you to interact with your imagination on a deeper level, and I really enjoy that.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? / Hrm.... tough, but probably painting. I love making abstract art, but sometimes I want to make a specific image of something very concrete, or a fantasy world, and just lack the skill to create it. I really admire the incredible artists here of every discipline, but I probably envy the painters (both conventional and digital) the most.

  8. What was your first favourite? / It was a piece by GunnerRomantic which is sadly now in storage. I think they aren't active on DA anymore, but it was 8 years ago, and there are a lot of new artists who have joined since then. No internet community is static, and DA holds a lot of beautiful art and incorporates a huge variety of talented people.

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? / Probably fantasy landscapes, but I haven't done a comprehensive analysis on the ~20,000 pieces I've favorited.

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? / Oh, that's not really fair. In fact, it's so unfair that I'm not going to answer it. I do have a lot of artists I really like, some mainstream, some less so, but I can't pick just 1.

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? / dumahdie She's a good friend, and I've known her for a long time, but never seen her in person.

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? / Yes, I've had some great conversations with a few artists here, and I feel my life is better for it.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? / My computer and/or a pencil

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? / Sitting on a rock in the middle of a mountain stream, it's where I came up with the idea to my favorite story, and it's just a great refreshing experience to be out in nature.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? / I am not sure, but I loved when Zueuk released the apophysis 3d hack, and I felt like I was on the ground floor of exploring it. Sometimes I wish I devoted myself more to becoming as good at fractal art as some of the other artists on here, but it's hard when you're being pulled in multiple directions. In the end, art comes from the heart, and if all of your heart isn't in something, it's not going to be your best, or as beautiful as it could be. You can't force yourself to make truly great art, rather, it has to emerge from within you. Not all art can be captured or mass disseminated. Some art exists ephemerally in the little things we do from day to day, if only we let ourselves feel, and then express ourselves. 

           Path to Greatness by UniversalKinase

Sorry for the tangent on that last answer, got lost in thought. Anyway, I hope that satisfies the questionnaire. 
Best wishes to you all, and I promise to release some new stuff soon.

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Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
As a 23-year old Ph.D. student, there are many things in this world that I have yet to learn. I tend to take tasks very seriously, and the creation of art is important to me.

I began making fractal art back in 2006, shortly after I joined DA. Since that time, I have competed in a number of fractal contests and won several. My techniques vary significantly from some that you see among other fractal artists. I have remained on the outskirts of the community, which has in some ways stunted my growth as an artist, but simultaneously challenged me to develop my own techniques and gain a better understanding of the underlying mathematical principals that govern fractals. However, I have learned that it doesn't matter how much time you spend on techniques if you don't put your soul into the art you're making. It doesn't matter what median it is, without passion all you get is a hollow image, devoid of feeling.

While most of my art consists of fractals, I love to write, and I value my prose and poetry just as highly as my best fractals.

I am always eager to help people out, so if you have any questions about how I make my art, or if you would like me to make something for you, feel free to ask. B-)

Personal Quote: "If the door is locked, become the key"


Paradisia falls by bib993
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Art is the ultimate expression of the mind and soul. Within all of us lies the omnipresent potential to find peace, agony, joy and ire in all walks of life. How we choose to percieve situations is what defines us as individuals, and how we react is the ultimate test of our character.

The community on DeviantArt is truly incredible because of the amazing people who devote vast amounts of time and energy to make it so. Always remember to be respectful towards others and their art, for a stray callous word against something of extreme individual importance can cause far more torment than intended.


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