New Works August 2020

Hails, friends and family and foes! It has, truly, been a hot minute since an actual update happened anywhere other than Facebook and I apologize profusely for that fact. Related, I am in the midst of migrating off of Facebook entirely on a personal level and will not be conducting business through the medium moving forward, outside of already established arrangements.

Billionaires need the guillotine and I am done passively supporting them in an effort to make a name for myself or funnel a few dollars into my bank account or form relationships or whatever else. So, expect to see more updates here and a lot less of me there.

That said, I have a heaping helping of new works to share with you all since my last post here!

I wrapped up this logo for Riff Lizzy Crownsmiths. This crew crafts really remarkable and wearable crowns made of crystals and stones and trinkets, they are really gorgeous works of art – worn or sitting upon a mantle.

It was fun and interesting to work outside of my typical dark and angsty efforts to come up with something sort of ethereal and whimsical.

Riff Lizzy Crownsmiths: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

I’m incredibly proud of this album cover I wrapped up for the dudes in Brazen Wretch. I handled logo duties for them a couple of months back and they hit me up to handle cover art duties for their release. The brief was loosely referencing and open to my take on the Hermit and/or Death Tarot card. The original art is centered, based on that brief, and then I went to town with treatment of the logo, art, and album title to tie it all together. This is easily one of my most favorite final products for the metal world, to date.

Be sure to check out Brazen Wretch on Facebook to find out when release is happening and everything else up until then and following.

BLÅK is a one man punk flavored post black metal project from Minnesota that I caught wind of a while back and have, admittedly, been kind of obsessed with. Something about the music just strikes all the right punk and black metal and grind/dbeat cords for me. It’s a worthy offering from a single man, no two ways about it.

I put together this logo to represent how I feel when listening to the output and what I would imagine a proper logo to be for it and am glad to have it received so graciously by the man behind the project. I anticipate more new works from BLÅK in the relatively near future.

BLÅK on Bandcamp.

This is a logo I wrapped up for the metal review and news website The Metal Wanderlust. They mentioned their previous logo felt a bit too black/pagan metal flavored and wanted something that encompassed those things while highlighting and referencing death metal and other extreme metal music styles. This is what I landed on and in with minimal revisions, they accepted as their new logo.

They put the logo together with some banner artwork by way of Ranarchy Rannible Ector and it looks spectacular all thrown together. Looks as though there’s a heavy Facebook presence in relation to their website, especially when it comes to the logo and artwork, so be sure to like and follow.

The Metal Wanderlust: Facebook | Website

This one was an interesting project to work on. I am familiar with and aware of the increased crossover of dark metal, industrial, noise, etc scenes meeting with the trap, rap, hiphop, boombap, and backpacker scene. But this was my first time working with a client who operated heavily in both realms.

Active in the local metal scene and on his own efforts as a rap/MC artist on the darker side, I was briefed with wanting something sort of crossover death metal and symmetrical that would still translate for the rap, hiphop, etc scene that resided in the darker corners. We landed on this, which might look not too terribly different from a lot of my work, yet was an exercise in new styles and techniques for me as an artist.

At any rate, this was a fun project to work on that I am actually really proud of compared to a lot of other logo work I’ve done.

And NON seems to show no signs of slowing down.

NON: Facebook

Taking a side road from my usual dark and gnarly work, I was commissioned by a long time homie to do a painting for his wife who is in remission from cancer. Her favorite flower is the Dahlia and her favorite colors is in the oranges.

I got to work on a 12″ X 12″ piece of wood for this one. This is the first time I’ve painted a piece in a couple of years, so it didn’t come without some reminders of how paint and marker work together. Ultimately, I was very proud of the overall piece and pretty into how I treated the nonexistent border. I painted the whole piece and then took some sand paper to the border and followed it up with laying the ink border on top of it.

I think the piece stands out on its own, but with the addition of the sort of hazy border it really pops.

I’ve been offering pet portrait commissions for a while now, but they are the kind of work that has to “hit me”, so to speak, before I can really address them and get into them in earnest.

This is the most recent pet portrait I’ve completed. This is Piper.

Good doggo is good.

Get in touch if you’re looking for a pet portrait.

Lastly for August 2020, I’ve been working more in digital realms for artwork. Taking assets and ideas and images and combining and editing them to come up with original pieces suitable for album covers and so forth.

I wrapped this one up recently and I’m pretty proud of it. It takes some digital and algorithmic work and doubles down on edits and hand edited color levels to deliver a true stand alone piece of art, bar none.

To date, this one has not been claimed and is still available. Get in touch if you’re looking for new album cover, merch, or advert art and think this would be a good fit!

Lastly, I took part in a for fun competition to redesign a log for an already existing entity, once again. This time it was a redesign for Tinder. The Community Of Metal Designers is a great group of talented cats and there’s a wide variety of works submitted for this fun competition. Go vote for your favorite with a react and/or comment.

The Community Of Metal Designers: Tinder Logo Redesign Competition

I have a lot more work forthcoming that I can’t wait to share and I’m excited to announce a Discord server with plenty of channels to get involved with if, you too, are tiring of Facebook or other social media platforms. Stay tuned for the next update if this is you.

As always, thank you for coming along for the ride, entrusting me with work for your project, and supporting me all the same.

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It’s Been A While…

Well, it’s been a while since I posted any new work or updates or anything here or at my Patreon. The whole world has gone mad since I last added something to the old website, as I’m sure you are well aware of. That said, apologies for the lack of new, exciting content – but, that’s about to change.

I’d been limping this ancient laptop along for over a decade and was just gifted a new PC for work – holy moly, I had no idea how bad off I was with the previous machine!

Needless to say, work is going to be much easier to accomplish, and tending to things like this website and just living life with my computer is going to be much less of a pain in the butt.

So, thanks for sticking around and hanging in there, new stuff is coming!

Walmart Goes Metal!

A group I’m a part of on Facebook for artists and designers specializing in or working heavily in the realm of “metal” has fun competitions to re-vamp or re-design logos for bands, businesses, and franchises of all sorts. They’re lighthearted, no prizes won or anything, just a cool way to interact with one another as artists and designers and have a little creative fun in the process.

The most recent competition was to redesign the Walmart logo in a heavy metal fashion, whatever that meant to each of the artists. There were 40 submissions and the submissions run the spectrum of style and influence. You can view and vote for your favorite of the competition right now.

I’ve included my two submissions here, but we had to choose only one if we submitted multiple entries. I ultimately ended up choosing the more death metal style logo rather than the more black metal style logo.

Community Of Metal Designers
Walmart Logo Redesign Competition

P.S. I’ve dropped the ball for several days in a row on my photo a day project and I received an awesome donation in the form of a high quality microphone towards my podcast dream/project.

I have launched my Patreon!

I’m pleased to announce that I have launched my own Patreon as of today!

The scope of the thing is three-fold:

  • Create and get more original work into the hands of those who enjoy my art
  • Get my book written, proofed, shopped around, and released
  • Get a podcast started, with quality equipment and support staff from the jump

Perks, beyond helping me realize these goals, include a JDecker patron-only community, original prints twice yearly, behind the scenes tidbits and previews (text, pics, vids, music), patron-only discount code for use in either of my online shops, pre-release access to my book and the opportunity to proof it, signed copy of the book when it’s released, first access to my limited edition clothing line if I get enough patronage, early access to my podcast if I get enough patronage for that, and your name eternally emblazoned in the pages of my book (and any other such materials that may come about before the book – and there’s ideas cooking there, trust me!).

I will likely add tiers in between and beyond the ones currently available as I sort of fine-tune my workflow and vision. I’m currently wrapping up all of my commission work and, by and large, won’t be taking on any new commission work so there will be a lot more original works from my heart and soul in visual art, music, and writing. I’ve got a tradebook/zine in the works with a long time photography friend, I’m working on new music – original and remix – for the first time in over a year, and I’ve been writing feverishly. To say that there is a lot that’s about to be coming down the pipeline would be a gross understatement.

Currently there are three tiers of patronage available to sign up for and they are delivered in multiples of 3 from small to only kinda big, so you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. Take a look, see where you fit in and get in.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far and believed in me finally having a focus to my vision as a creative and creator. I couldn’t do this without you all, I love you.

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New original piece available – “Pair01”

A new drawing/piece I recently completed as an exercise for myself is now available for purchase. Titled “Pair02”, it is an exercise in drawing the female form, arguably one of the toughest things to pull off successfully as a visul artist and one of the most beautiful things to behold on this planet.

This shows my return to colored pencil, where I used to flex a rather extreme prowess many many years ago which I sort of forgot about and let fall by the wayside. It was great to get back into it again and doing so with this subject matter was a good test producing a nice final product, I feel.

6″ x 6″ on 70lb paper, shipped free in the USA, and comes with free stickers and buttons.

“Pair01”

The Artbreaker Discography Available Once More – Almost Entirely!

I spent a long while trying to erase myself from the internet over the years, only to finally realize that:

A – It’s not possible
B – A lot people don’t want that

So, I’ve collected the largest cross-section of my music as The Artbreaker on the newly launched Bandcamp page associated with that namesake. Right now, rough;y 75% of my output as The Artbreaker is there. This includes a good chunk of vinyl releases now digitized, most of the stuff from my Bludclot Recordings netlabel that I ran, and bits and pieces from other labels – both physical and digital – that I released music with over the years. This is easily the largest one stop shop for my music, even at just about 75% of it, that’s ever been collected in on place.

You can purchase individual tracks for just $1.00USD or albums and EPs for no more than $6.66USD – most of them much less than that – or the entire available discography for right around $25USD. Please do any combination of those.

Follow, share, buy, support!

The Artbreaker on Bandcamp

New Premade Design Available!

I’ve finished a new premade illustration that can be used for merchandise, album covers, clothing designs, logos, or whatever your heart and mind can imagine.

Colors can be edited, background can be kept or removed or edited, logo text can be edited – the possibilities are endless! Once purchased, include your current and correct email address in order notes and I will reach out to discuss specific needs and/or deliver print ready and project files.

Magic In A Bottle

I Have Released My First Vector Resource Pack!

I am beyond thrilled to announce the release of my first vector resource kit/pack!

I received such great support during my efforts in the #Drawloween run before – and since, surprisingly! – I left social media that I felt I had to do something with these fun and quirky and spoopy drawings. Some people expressed interest in getting some of them tattooed, some people simply wanted to own the original drawing, and others expressed interest in expounding upon the drawings I created for this month’s fun drawing challenge.

I decided to teach myself a couple of things and offer some of the better offerings from #Drawloween as a vector flash/arsenal pack. The end result is 11 hand drawn pieces inspired by the season and holiday, delivered in both vector and high resolution raster formats. They are royalty free and require no credit when used.

So get creative! Decorate your home for Halloween, get that spooky tattoo you always wanted, take these bits and pieces and turn them into something new and fresh and unique by combining them with other assetts and brushes and colors and textures. The possibilities are endless!

JDecker’s Spoopy Seasonal
Digital Flash/Design Arsenal
Vector Pack

Drawloween AKA Inktober + updates

Before I jumped off of social media (best decision I’ve made in so many years that I can’t even remember a decision that was this great before it), I was nominated to do the #Drawloween aka #Inktober thing. I got through about 20 of them while I was still on social media, but I kept going after that fact because it was a cathartic and therapeutic exercise. In fact, I finished early.

For those unfamiliar or uninitiated, #Drawloween aka #Inktober is a thing where artists spend a day, every day throughout October, creating an original piece based on the predetermined subject matter list associated with each day of the month/holiday. It’s mostly geared towards visual artists – especially people who like to draw – but it’s open for interpretation and there are about 20 different versions and lists based on preferred specialty and skill.

At any rate, I kept up with the task while on social media, before I got off of social media.

Some days I fell behind and some days I got a jump start.

There’s really no “rules”, so to speak, other than the subject matter. However, as I have a tendency to spend and inordinate amount of time on my drawings, I thought it would be fun to impose a short time limit on my efforts. I decided on five minutes. Thus, about 97% of my offerings were done in five minutes or less. There’s a couplefew that, for whatever reason, were strung out a little longer. None of them hit the ten minute mark, though.

It ended up being a pretty good project for me to get on board with, considering my style and my work load and my – at the time – creative block.

At the end of the day, here you’ve got 31 sketches/drawings based on a theme or subject matter and associated list during my favorite season of the year leading up to the only holiday that matters.

I’ve included the list it was based on and each image for each day.

Enjoy.

On an aside, I’ve also updated my website experience with a list of radioshows, podcasts, and books I’m reading and that you should be enjoying too. Reach out if you’re into them and want to discuss their topics or subject matters – I’d love to discuss them with you.

I’ve also added a method to support this site and me, personally, financially. As well as wishlists on both Amazon and Bandcamp. Check the sidebar on your computer or the footer on your mobile device.