Early on in my career, I was strongly advised (by several different people) to “stick to one thing and do it the best you can.” While I believe they meant well, they just didn’t catch my passion for gaining discipline in multiple art forms. My natural bent toward art led me to discover so many new ways to express my ideas...⠀ ⠀ The diversity of mediums across my work invigorates and inspires one to the other. In the wood shop, I dream about painting and when in my painting studio, I can’t help but think about the beautiful lines of calligraphy, and on and on...⠀ ⠀ Growing up, my father prayed that I would be a Bezalel for this generation (Exodus 31, the first artist to be filled with the Holy Spirit). Since then, as I’ve grown in my career, I’ve had numerous people say this same thing about me, speaking it over my life: that I am a modern day Bezalel. This is something I do not hold lightly and is a reminder of where my gift comes from. ⠀ ⠀ It seems that my father’s prayer has come true. I continue to dive head long into art forms that speak to me and if Bezalel could do it, I pray that I may also be able “to work in every craft.”⠀ ⠀ Above is a close up of the #weidmannswan I carved for my children that they slept in as newborn babies. (Wood working is one of the art forms I couldn’t live without.)You can see the silent rocking mechanism at work on my hand carved swan cradle by clicking the hashtag above. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I know I’m not alone when it comes to acquiring many different mediums in my work! Tag your favorite artists to follow and tell me your favorite art forms and how they connect to one another. #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artist
I get a lot of questions about what I use to create my various artworks. For my latest Denver logo, I mainly used my handmade Ergonomic dip pen and hand ground ink (sumi ink) and a few other misc. tools such as the Rapdiograph pen (with Japanese drawing ink as opposed to the India ink that comes with it) and a cross-hatch machine (an measuring tool to create straight lines as an attachment on my desk) to finalize this piece.⠀ ⠀ I’m excited to offer a small limited edition run of my Denver logo in my online gallery that will go LIVE later today. 👏🏻 Thanks for following along with this process. If you’re attending @iampethofficial this year, this logo was made for this event (so you’ll see it as part of the conference!) and I expounded upon it with more intricate detail (mainly because I don’t know when to stop!) 😆😅⠀ ⠀ For more of my go-to tools like the ones I mentioned above, check out my amazon page (link in my bio) as I’ve listed a lot of my available favorites there to help you on your journey of creating. ⠀ ⠀ #design #drawing #logo #denver #artist #art #artistsoninstagram #milehighcity #create #jakeweidmann #flourish #bison #buffalo #nature #colorado #home #iampeth #calligraphy #amazon #toolbelt
One of my largest oil paintings entitled “Ascension” is a great example of how I incorporate traditional calligraphic flourishing in the context of my fine art. (Swipe left to see more progress shots of this piece I finished back in 2016).⠀ ⠀ I honor the linage of the old masters not by repeating their work, but by giving it new life in our modern age.⠀ ⠀ Flourishing breathes new life into the subjects I work with, giving them fuller expression. ⠀ ⠀ This bird in flight has a natural whimsy to it and instead of distracting from it, my intention with flourishing off its wingtips is to bring its movement in full breadth across the canvas. ⠀ ⠀ For the bird itself, I used detail brushes and oil paints; for the flourishing, I used a squirrel hairbrush and pinstriping paint which help to create fluid lines at such a large scale. ⠀ ⠀ Because I get so many questions about the tools I use, I put together a few of my favorites in my latest blog and curated my top painting tools in my amazon page (both links are accessible in my bio). For any questions you may still have that either of these sources don’t answer, comment here! I’d love to help you any way I can.
I can tell you that not a lot of people my age think about legacy. This is where I find most commonality with men in their 50’s and beyond. ⠀ ⠀ In my work as an artist, I am trying to preserve the past and forge the future. What I am taking from the old artists I study are the things that they have found true and beautiful, curating these elements into another art piece for our modern age. ⠀ ⠀ As one stroke builds off of one another, so one man's heritage builds off of one another. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: what was once beautiful in the past and is still beautiful today holds the promise that it will be beautiful in the future. ⠀ ⠀ In my word study above, I wanted to emulate in style what I believe about LEGACY: it is a thing of Truth and Beauty that surpasses the boundaries of time, making it relevant for every age. The boldness of this classic German-inspired lettering is established and profound; it makes a weighted marked upon the page, just as legacy yearns to make a mark upon our lives and those around us.⠀ ⠀ The flourishes curling about the bold letterforms speaks to the idea that legacy is not stagnant but is alive in its lineage. LEGACY is a process of becoming, beholding, and passing it on, ensuring that it lives beyond ourselves and doesn’t die with us. ⠀ ⠀ Each time I create an art piece, I approach it with the idea of legacy in mind. I want to honor the generations that have gone before me, to uphold Beauty and Truth in my own work and my personal life so that my children and their children can behold it for themselves and become the legacy so that it can continue on for ages to come. ⠀ ⠀ What does legacy mean to you? You may not have thought a lot about it before but we all have encountered legacies— both negative and positive ones. How are YOU creating a lasting, uplifting legacy for those around you? Legacy isn’t about us, but about passing on something much greater than ourselves. #legacy
I’ve shared this piece before here in my feed but for those of you who are new or haven’t seen this portrait I did, I’ve got ask: do you recognize this man? ⠀ ⠀ If you do, you are probably among the few that know his face and those of you who don’t, I’m 99% sure you know his work. ⠀ ⠀ This is a portrait I completed back in 2016 of Clive Staples Lewis, writer and theologian, and creator of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series.⠀ ⠀ His life’s work has deeply impacted mine and I know I’m not alone is saying so. For so long I wanted to depict this man, wishing I could have a conversation with him. This portrait is the closest I will get this side of heaven.⠀ ⠀ I honestly couldn’t find a great reference photos of Lewis, so I created my own. Yep, you read that right. I took several photos of the man that I could find and created from them the posture I wanted to depict him in. I wanted to portray him deep in his study, as if we were catching him amid revolutionary thought. ⠀ ⠀ Of course, I wanted him holding his pipe in a specific way, so I took of photo of my own hand (yes, that’s actually MY hand holding the pipe) and aged it to look like his. I made sure to find references of HIS pipe and included it here in his portrait. The man can’t have just any pipe! So I did my research...⠀ ⠀ The full portrait portrays what I imagined the very first conception of Aslan was like for Lewis. Deep in his study in a plume of smoke, Lewis is met with the face of his heroic lion. With a smirk on his mouth and a glimpse of amusement in his his eye, I can almost feel the way Lewis’ excitement and wonder in that moment. Swipe left to the last photo to see Lewis face to face with the lion of Judah—his Aslan. ⠀ So tell me, what’s your favorite work(s) of CS Lewis’? I’d have a hard time choosing just one, but among my top favorites are his ‘Four Loves,’ ‘The Great Divorce,’ ‘Screwtape Letters’ and of course ‘The Last Battle.’ ⠀ Share with me below! I’d love to geek out with you in the comments! . Also, I’m currently planning my next portrait in this same style. Did anyone say Tolkein and ‘Lord of the Rings’? 😉🤭 #lordoftherings #LOTR
I showed you a #behindthescenes look into my studio yesterday as I put the finishing details on my Denver logo. Here is a glimpse of my set up with my bison references...⠀ ⠀ Did you know that the Mile High city owns two bison herds? It’s why I incorporated this ancient beast into my design. And I’ve discovered that there are really two types of bison: the plains bison and the wood bison. You’ll notice I put the Rocky Mountain range on the back of this plains bison to put this animal back in its natural context, emphasizing the idea that bison, like many animals, including humans, mimic their environment. ⠀ ⠀ You’ll also notice Columbines, the CO state flower, around the bison head and an arrow making up part of the lettering composition. This element speaks to the native Arapaho tribe that once freely roamed this land among the buffalo. The Denver city scape is set foot at the Rockies skyline in reality...and well, you can only mimic that kind of beauty. 🙌🏻🌄🌆 ⠀ I give you all this background because I want to represent the history as well as the natural beauty of this landscape of my Colorado home. Whenever I depict a subject within my work, I become a student of it in the process.⠀ ⠀ It’s in my nature to flourish pretty much everything, so of course this bison has some of my signature touches, ever incorporating calligraphic strokes into my work. ⠀ ⠀ Are you a Denver local? Shout out in the comments where you’re at! ⠀ ⠀ Swipe left to see a few detail shots of this work-in-progress. —>
Of the many questions that fill my DMs, plenty of you ask “do you use technology in your work?” Or a variation of the question, “is your work ever digital?”⠀ ⠀ To answer your question: yes and no. Is that pretty clear-ish? 😂⠀ ⠀ Let me explain: Yes, I use technology in my work and it obviously plays a huge role in the way I (and all of us here on social media) share my work with the world. Technology has played a impactful role in the way others view my work and the widespread message behind my art. 🙌🏻 ⠀ ⠀ A few years back, I had the opportunity of working with @apple in the release of their iPadPro and #applepencil. Just so you know, I laughed out loud when they asked me to be a part of their launch. Me? A guy who works in ancient craft being brought in to collaborate with the world’s leading technology company? C’mon, I mean the irony is hilarious! And the thing that impressed upon me evermore through that opportunity is what I’ve already known to be true and that’s this: what was once beautiful in the past and is still beautiful today holds the promise that it will be beautiful in the future. #preservethepastforgethefuture⠀ ⠀ And the other part of your question: No, I don’t use technology in the final production of ANY of my works that are available in my gallery. Each one you see there is done the old fashioned way using tried and true methods and materials that date back centuries. If it worked for masters of old, it works for me. 😁😉 I’ve made it my “brand promise.” There is a power in working in ancient art forms and following the path of great artists while making it my own and creating my signature look and feel and message within the body of my art.⠀ ⠀ I love discussing the role that tech plays in our world today. My @Ted talk expands more on my thoughts about this topic and it’s been spread like wild fire, especially in and through the educational communities here in the US. ⠀ ⠀ To watch my full talk or share it with a friend, tap the link in my bio.
When I released the hummingbird version of my JW Signature Ergonomic Oblique, I couldn’t keep enough in stock! I had numerous requests from you all for more and, well, I’m just one guy with a lot going on! 😁😉 If only you could see how my days are structured, going from one studio to the next! 🖋⏰🎨I’m humbled that this design has been so well received since its release last summer and the requests haven’t stopped! Thank you all!⠀ ⠀ Not to give too much away, but I excited to get more of these in your hands...stay tuned for some exciting news (and if you’re not signed up for my email list, I’ll be sharing exclusive first looks in your inbox! See link in bio to join my inner circle!). ⠀ ⠀ For now, you can find another small batch of Hummingbird Ergos in the gallery for a limited time only. ⠀ ⠀ #jakeweidmannholder
I am overwhelmed by the amount of responses to your ideas/questions from my stories yesterday and the crazy amount of excitement surrounding my upcoming online course on FLOURISHING. ⠀ ⠀ So many of you have asked about tools, whole arm movement, how to create a sketch and see it though to a final piece, how to know what to flourish and when, and so much more! ⠀ ⠀ I set up a more in-depth survey for my email list for my online course. I wanted to be sure people who are interested in this course to really give me some good feedback. My goal is to meet you where you’re at. So if you’re not on my email list and would love the opportunity to go further in-depth with me, you can sign up at the link in my bio! ⠀ ⠀ Thank you again for continually filling my DMs, comment section and inbox with your ideas and questions. This is going to be a really awesome first course for us all!⠀ ⠀ #jakeweidmann_onlinecourse #flourishing #jakeweidmann_flourish #artist #calligraphy