lonewolfbookworm:

books are the best weapons

Every time.

Every time.

pondweed:

To launch the introduction of the books I’ve been binding to my Etsy store, I’m holding a giveaway! Check out what you might win on my Etsy!

1st Prize:

  • one 11x15.5cm hand-bound coptic-stitched book of your choice from my shop
  • two art prints
  • and a postcard pack.

2nd Prize:

  • three 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks
  • one art print
  • and a postcard pack.

3rd Prize:

  • two 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks,
  • and a postcard park.

Rules & Conditions

  • Runs from 20/03/2014 — 24/04/2014.
  • Like and reblog to enter. You can reblog multiple times, but please consider your followers’ dashboards!
  • No giveaway only blogs.
  • Winners are picked with a random number generator. (First draw wins first prize, etc.)
  • This giveaway is international. 
  • Please be contactable, either by having your ask box open, or another means of contact clearly displayed. I’ll message you about postage details.
  • Best of luck!

Ok so I rarely post other people’s work on my blog, much less giveaways, but as a big paper-book lover and bookbinding enthusiast, this was too much to pass up. I MEAN LOOK AT THAT STITCHING! So…I am not only entering but also urging others to. It’s some seriously lovely work.

Good luck to all who enter.

I finally bit the bullet. Meet King George, my beautiful mid-size 1911 Sailor fountain pen. He’s customized for a lefty under writer, medium nib, fine to medium ink flow. He’s pretty like a bumble bee and he’s shiny and new. (I can’t believe I am gushing so much over a pen, but I am sure @schinloong will understand). In all my excitement to get him I forgot to order ink!!! Thinking of noodler’s ink? (He’ll be mostly a drawing pen). Any good recs for a good black, waterproof, fountain pen friendly ink?? Pens are my versions of shoes. #girlproblems

I finally bit the bullet. Meet King George, my beautiful mid-size 1911 Sailor fountain pen. He’s customized for a lefty under writer, medium nib, fine to medium ink flow. He’s pretty like a bumble bee and he’s shiny and new. (I can’t believe I am gushing so much over a pen, but I am sure @schinloong will understand). In all my excitement to get him I forgot to order ink!!! Thinking of noodler’s ink? (He’ll be mostly a drawing pen). Any good recs for a good black, waterproof, fountain pen friendly ink?? Pens are my versions of shoes. #girlproblems

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.

—Roger Staubach (via observando)

Bottom of The SeaInk & DigitalA small piece done mostly to pass the time. Life’s been very hectic around here lately! Between projects I couldn’t disclose, work, and buying a home (yes, we’re buying a home!) my time has been mostly consumed. But I’m back now!
That  said, a few updates. I am part of a zine! It is called SAD/HAPPY, put together by the lovely Janet Sung (you can read more about it here) and pre-orders are now open (here). It will debut at MoCCA Fest in April as well, so go grab one!
And lastly, in the spirit of “I’m moving houses and seriously am in need of furniture, artwork, and dishes,” I am opening up a once in a blue moon round of commissions. I will be making a commissions page here on tumblr later on, but here’s the basics:
1. I will only be taking 10 slots, once those slots are closed, they’re closed. 2. Commissions are for full page illustrations (such as the above). 3. I prefer well developed characters and background stories.  4. No fan art, sorry… 5. I think this is pretty self explanatory, but here it is: I am highly selective of what commissions I take. It’s my right to turn down commissions which are not appealing to me. This is not to be taken as a reflection of your characters/stories/etc, I am simply trying to make sure that all the work I create is work I can engage with…otherwise, it’d be no different than being a work-monkey, which I assure you no artist likes being. 
Full page on commissions will be posted here within the next day or so. For questions, though, feel free to email me  at hello@jaybendt.com

Bottom of The Sea
Ink & Digital

A small piece done mostly to pass the time. Life’s been very hectic around here lately! Between projects I couldn’t disclose, work, and buying a home (yes, we’re buying a home!) my time has been mostly consumed. But I’m back now!

That  said, a few updates. I am part of a zine! It is called SAD/HAPPY, put together by the lovely Janet Sung (you can read more about it here) and pre-orders are now open (here). It will debut at MoCCA Fest in April as well, so go grab one!

And lastly, in the spirit of “I’m moving houses and seriously am in need of furniture, artwork, and dishes,” I am opening up a once in a blue moon round of commissions. I will be making a commissions page here on tumblr later on, but here’s the basics:

1. I will only be taking 10 slots, once those slots are closed, they’re closed. 
2. Commissions are for full page illustrations (such as the above). 
3. I prefer well developed characters and background stories.  
4. No fan art, sorry… 
5. I think this is pretty self explanatory, but here it is: I am highly selective of what commissions I take. It’s my right to turn down commissions which are not appealing to me. This is not to be taken as a reflection of your characters/stories/etc, I am simply trying to make sure that all the work I create is work I can engage with…otherwise, it’d be no different than being a work-monkey, which I assure you no artist likes being. 

Full page on commissions will be posted here within the next day or so. For questions, though, feel free to email me  at hello@jaybendt.com

(Source: jaybendt)

Finished! Total: 18 lovely ladies.

Finished! Total: 18 lovely ladies.

Biloela — Wild Cockatoos, Leila Jeffreys

Such pretty birds. They inspire me and make me want to paint them. Also, for more things I like: http://jaylikesthings.tumblr.com/

(Source: fetusinfetu)

This birthday girl is spending her birthday night with a personal pan pizza and a movie, and my gift to myself will be a long bubble bath. Long day at work. Welcome to adulthood #26 #birthday

This birthday girl is spending her birthday night with a personal pan pizza and a movie, and my gift to myself will be a long bubble bath. Long day at work. Welcome to adulthood #26 #birthday

"Going up in Smoke", 2014Client: The Boston Globe MagazineI am finally able to share this one! This is my first (huzzah!) editorial assignment and it was fantastic to work on. The piece is about why it’s a bad idea for the Olympics to come to Boston in 2024. Many thanks to AD Ryan Huddle for being fantastic and basically letting me have fun with this one.
Also, Happy Birthday to me! I turned one year older today, though it doesn’t feel any different than being younger 24 hours ago.

"Going up in Smoke", 2014
Client: The Boston Globe Magazine

I am finally able to share this one! This is my first (huzzah!) editorial assignment and it was fantastic to work on. The piece is about why it’s a bad idea for the Olympics to come to Boston in 2024. Many thanks to AD Ryan Huddle for being fantastic and basically letting me have fun with this one.

Also, Happy Birthday to me! I turned one year older today, though it doesn’t feel any different than being younger 24 hours ago.

Wild at Heart, 2014
Gouache & Digital
Jay Bendt

This one had been sitting there staring at me with accusation the longer I left it unfinished. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s movie, and the iconic “Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?” line. One of my favorite disney films, even if it’s totally trippy.

This will be available as a print by tonight.

(Source: jaybendt)

Calling this baby finished after some hand lettering and a few minor adjustments with photoshop. Spring can’t come soon enough #painting #illustration #gouache #watercolor #ink #progress #process #art #instaart #jaybendt #done

Calling this baby finished after some hand lettering and a few minor adjustments with photoshop. Spring can’t come soon enough #painting #illustration #gouache #watercolor #ink #progress #process #art #instaart #jaybendt #done

progress

progress

Welcome, gang.

Not sure where all of you are coming from (?!), but thank you all to the new followers who have dropped by and decided to stay. Your support is very touching and appreciated. 

wazzingator asked: I adore all of your pieces and the style that flows through them. Do you have any tips regarding working with colour and colour palettes, as well as painting with colour?

Thank you! Those are very kind words. I am posting this publicly in case it actually helps anybody else:

The best advice I could give is really not my advice at all, but my mentor’s…and that is to study color theory.

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