For the past two months or so i have been drawing with restraint.. /.. / In preparation for qualifying as a Tattoo Artist i have been stripping back my designs and only using Black Ink. This way the designs should be easily translatable to the skin when i start.. /./.
By restricting the complexity of designs and use of colour i have found new ideas to explore and it has kindled a renewed love for Black Ink and Dark Designs./ ././ .. /
A small collection of floral designs from my Black Book../. /. .
2017. ././ . Its been a seriously long year, its been a seriously tough year and I’m only just reaching the end of the the beginning…
There has been a massive shift and change of course in my art work. The past four years have seen a long and slow decrease in the out put of Original Artworks and a sharp increase in the output of Drawings and Tattoo designs. it has been a conscious effort to pursue a career that allows me to create everyday, change peoples lives and develop as an Artist. I am on the cusp of achieving this goal and becoming a licensed Tattoo Artist, But that’s not the end of the journey it is in fact only the beginning of a new field to explore.
While Painting will always remain a true love of mine, Drawing, Design and Tattooing will be at the forefront of my output now, which has over the past few years given me completely new ideas to explore, New challenges to overcome and new skills to master.. ././. The body too is an canvas and one i cannot wait to start making my mark on. . /././/. . Let 2018 be the year for Ink. ./ /. Black Ink. ./ .
A Selection of Designs from 2017. ./. Black Ink Only. ./ Black Book
Since i exchanged the brush for the pen my work has changed so dramatically, while it still holds the hallmarks of my fine art, it has grown into a completely different monster. . /./.
‘Courtesan /./. GLitch’
Taking the idea of GLITCHED koi further, by adding more fish and colors, water ripples and flying lotus flowers. /. ./.
Shogan Glitch Tattoo Design.. . /./../. Black ink and Posca on card. /
Noh Mask Glitch Tattoo Design.. ./. A3 Ink on Card
Here are some of my most recent work sheets for tattoo design. . . ./././. As you can see it is heavily slanted towards Japanese themes of design.
I do take commissions and can be contacted via email or facebook../. firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/jakobbelbin
There’s been a few hitches and and a few spelling mistakes.. /. But Pecking At The Side Lines is up for a month. /./ 90 pigeons later./. and a whole bunch of new prints and paintings its definitely my most happy show to date./. Whats wrong with me. >?
Heres a few pictures around the show… / / Incl the wall of pigeons/
Following on from yesterdays post. . /. /
The “Terra Nova” exhibition held at Yum Yum Ninja was based around the idea of reusing and recycling. All the pieces i exhibited in the show were all made from reused materials (electric fuse box doors and record sleeves). In the run up to the show i was asked to perform some live art, as always i had a very loose concept and was going to leave it up to accident and chaos on the night. My plan was to build a ‘canvas’ on site and paint it there and then. But on the way to the show i found a set of old blinds thrown out on the street, and it was all too perfect an accident to pass up, it fitted perfectly with the recycle and reuse concept and because it looked like a scroll unrolled it tied in with the theme of the Japanese restaurant. I picked it up and decided to paint that at the show instead../. the perfect blend of planning and chaos.. /. .//. I ended up calling the piece “Love You TO Death” .. /. And i have no idea what happened to it after the show.. /. ??
“Love You To Death” Acrylic on Reclaimed Blind
It has been a seriously long time since i’ve had the resources to post./. what with moving house, being between internet and smashing my camera, all cheap excuses but all variables in why i haven’t posted, But now finally back, with a lot of stuff to show you.. /. I have been working on a secret series (which pieces will be revealed in time) i have been in two group shows, i have been live painting and i have been dropping free art in Brighton. . /. Where to start?
Lets start small, simple and beautiful../. As part of The ‘Terra Nova’ show organized by the lovely girls at Saints Lot, i painted three geisha girls on reclaimed electricity fuse box doors. The whole show was based around the idea of reusing and recycling which suits me fine. The Show was held at Yum Yum Ninja, Brighton hence the theme of my pieces. There are plenty of photos to come from the live painting i also did at the show ../. but that can wait for another post..
It feels good to be back and i hope that with this post i can wet your appetites and claw back the consistency and following i once had./../ No more dead air space.. . //.//.
(2013-08-08) Spectrum Of Sadness, Red Girl, Yellow Girl, Blue Girl
If you are interested in these pieces they are still on display at Yum Yum Ninja as they were so loved.. ./ ./././
Regular readers may remember this post https://jakobbelbin.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/japanese-dream/
Well, amongst all the chaos that has surrounded me this summer i have managed to actually get photos of the finished thing… . They are all on show at The Lewis Elton Gallery, Guildford in my ‘Everything Changes’ show which is now extended until 8th September.. . . One has sold already so if you are interested in housing the other two them private message me…. . . .//. .
A new BIG series is on its way. . . … . …//. . .
‘Lust’ .. . . . /. SOLD
‘Offering’.. . . ./
‘Rejection’ . .. .././.
All 40 x 30 cm Japanese Receipts and Acrylic on Hardboard, The Frames are made from old canvas’s and perspex using bolts from an old bed to create a window.. . . /.
While clearing out my studio i found some old canvases.. . . .really old canvases! I haven’t painted on canvas for a few years now but was at a lost as to what to do with them, i certainly didn’t want to keep the atrocities that had gone before but i also didn’t want to waste such good resources. i left it for a couple of days then it hit me, chop off all the canvas and use the wooden frames to create boxed frames…. . . here it is so far. . . . The old paintings are now gone forever. . … . ./. . unseen.. ./// ./
‘Try Talk To Her’ Acrylic on Reclaimed Crate 85 x 75 cm
I did this painting on a huge scrap of cardboard that was about to be thrown away whilst visiting a friends house some months ago but had totally forgot that i took pictures of it, i ended up leaving the painting to her .. .. . .. . It’s not a great photo but it works.. . …..
‘Japanese Doll’ Acrylic on Cardboard 150 x 110 cm