About Justin Beck
Artist Bio, born in 1979 in Ascot in Berkshire, all Justin ever wanted to do was be left alone to paint and to draw things. His mother and father cultivated his interest in art by providing limitless art supplies and creative expression from an early age.
At school he was always getting in trouble for doodling on the back pages of his books instead of learning the subjects. School was always a hindrance for his young creative mind, until he met his art teacher Mr Richard Noyce in Wexham Secondary School, who is well known in the contemporary art world. He won Justin over with his impressive knowledge and taught Justin to appreciate art history and Cross-disciplinary visual art.
Justin never went to art college, preferring to learn from real artists, craftsmen, street venders, market traders, worldly travels, books, and good old fashioned trial and error. All Justin ever wanted to do was to draw, to paint or to create something. His travels have opened his mind to many different paths and skills and allows him to practice a great variety of classic styles well or mix all the art forms together to create new styles and unique works.
At age 33 he was diagnosed as having A.D.H.D and Asperger's Syndrome, now he finally understands his obsessive tendency to draw pictures for hours on end, it is a common symptom of the autism spectrum disorder. Rather than seeing it as a disadvantage he thinks of it as his own special super power and has learned to let the condition drive his creativity.
"No matter what happens to me, no matter where I go or what I do I have always been and always will be an artist, I love art and am passionate about the work that I do. Quality is important to me and I take pride in doing the best work that I can for any and all of my clients! I hope you will enjoy the art pieces as much as I do, I value everyone for their patronage and interest. Thanks for having a look, enjoy the site! "
When Justin was in Rio De Janeiro, he says that he was fortunate to live and work alongside Adam, a Polish artisan who was making wonderful leather maps and for three years he taught Justin the art of the pyrographer – the art of "Writing With Fire".
Justin uses fine leather, simple tools and well practiced fire engraving methods to create his works of art.
All the lines and shades are burned into the leather, thus rendering it near impossible to erase or fade. Natural dyes are injected into the skin to create deeper contrasts and sharpness. The top layer is treated with plant solutions to protect the surface against time and insect infestation.
Finally, a natural paste is applied to attain a fine finish. The completed pieces can be used right away to complement any setting, whether it is home, office or a hotel room.
The works Justin creates are entirely crafted by hand, which makes each piece extremely unique. They are highly decorative, elegant and engaging. Since he uses hand tools, wood and natural leather, each piece is slightly distinct, which attests to its individuality.
Justin is an illustrator with a wide range of illustration styles that vary from cartoon to realistic.
He is proficient in Digital and Mixed Media Illustration as well as Traditional Illustration. His process for creating an illustration usually goes in this order:
Rough sketches (molding and enhancing the idea)
Finished pencil drawing (the idea envisioned, (note: the final changes to the design are made here)
Pen/brush and ink (this stage is usually mixed with creating tones and gradiations using pencil)
Scan in the art and clean it up (adjust contrast, fix mistakes and blemishes, etc.)
Digitally color it in Photoshop (if needed)
The Graphic Designer/ Digital Artist
Adobe's Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, Corel Draw and Corel Painter, Microsoft's office.
Print and Web Design, including but not limited to: Websites, Brochures, Invitations, Posters, Proposal Covers and Interior Graphics, Trade Show Displays, Maps and Figures, CD/DVD Design, etc..
Justin has developed his own technique over the years as an artist. His goal has always been to paint and draw each stroke traditionally from scratch using a stylus and graphics tablet. using the latest computer software Justin paints freehand, stroke by stroke, on his blank computer canvas in conventional styles.
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