Getting Away from Her 
Jay Bendt

My latest piece. I don’t know about you, but every time I dwell on time slipping by, it makes me slightly anxious. Trying to hold onto it feels like an exercise in futility. My mantra is to try and take advantage of the now, and not worry too much about tomorrow.

On that note, I am officially putting the word out there that I am seeking commission or freelance work. You hear that, art directors? I want to work for you! 

Working on putting together mailers. Exciting! 

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browniethecat-deactivated201406: So... hi! I'm a huge fan! Even though I just started following you right now, I've been visiting your blog for some time now (and I watch you at deviantart). I'm starting to work as an illustrator, and I would like to ask if you have any advice for digitalizing watercolors. I really like your watercolors illustrations/sketches! Thank you in advance, for taking your time!

Well hi there!!! thank you so much! that’s so very kind of you <3 believe it or not, any scanner will do. I have a cheap Epson V30 I got off of ebay like 4 years ago and it’s still kicking and well. I am not sure if this is the best  way to do it, but it’s how I do - I scan at at least 350dpi. You only need 300dpi in order to reproduce artwork well, but i like scanning at much larger sizes. I also set my scanner to not sharpen or “remove dust”, and make sure that the saturation is off so that my colors can scan as closely to the original as possible and try to capture as much information from the scan as I can. the rest I clean up with photoshop, messing with levels. :) I hope this helps. Best of luck with your illustrations! 

A sketching kind of night. I would like to apologize for the recent silence in advance. Family emergencies have kept me from posting as often as I&#8217;d like (or making art, for that matter). I&#8217;ve tried to make some time for art making of any kind, which has led to this &#8212; taking pages from a few artists I enjoy as a sort of exercise (flowers aren&#8217;t particularly my &#8220;thing&#8221; if you know what I mean, but they sure are fun to draw). Trying new things, finding new ways of working. 
I also made myself another little travel watercolor palette to complement my first, this one full of neon fun colors and fantastic darks (I&#8217;m not a black outta the pan type of girl). Hopefully they&#8217;ll dry and settle soon so I can stick &#8216;em in my purse. 
  • Camera: iPhone 4 VSCOcam
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Exposure: 1/15th
  • Focal Length: 3mm

A sketching kind of night. I would like to apologize for the recent silence in advance. Family emergencies have kept me from posting as often as I’d like (or making art, for that matter). I’ve tried to make some time for art making of any kind, which has led to this — taking pages from a few artists I enjoy as a sort of exercise (flowers aren’t particularly my “thing” if you know what I mean, but they sure are fun to draw). Trying new things, finding new ways of working. 

I also made myself another little travel watercolor palette to complement my first, this one full of neon fun colors and fantastic darks (I’m not a black outta the pan type of girl). Hopefully they’ll dry and settle soon so I can stick ‘em in my purse. 

Encroachment. Initial lines. Graphite on bond paper. Lineart @ 100%

Encroachment.

This is a bit of a personal piece…

Fact: the latino population in the caribbean does not seem to believe in the concept of depression. At least, the latino population I grew up surrounded by.

It was tough hearing people saying “you’re full of crap, that stuff isn’t real” growing up. I have battled depression on and off for years, and have slowly but painfully learned to keep it at bay by accepting it as a part of who I am rather than fighting it for all I’m worth. I am now happier than I have ever been, knowing that depression is a silent companion but does not rule my life. Depression is a thing. It’s real. It is sad that it took some of the same people who said otherwise having to experience severe bouts of it first hand for them to fully understand. 

Rising Tide.
Digital. 


Done as a pace breaker from other projects going on at the moment — Based off an article I read regarding the rising levels of work related stress, in the workplace as the US economy improves, while wages stay the same because the mentality is that there’s always someone else off the street who can do the same thing for cheaper. 

This one is becoming highly relevant to many, but as a personal note, I’ve been drinking way too much coffee to hit my (self imposed) deadlines. I’ve also found myself bribing my mind into working: “Hey brain, hands, if you get this done, you can go for a walk and have dinner. GET TO WORK!”