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Jay's Illustration of Life

Jay's Illustration of Life
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New Personal Work
2008-05-25 05:26:00
This is a continuation of a demo I did for my Electronic Illustration class. It started as a using shapes in Photoshop tutorial and ended up more like a photo montage. This is not what I normally do but I like the way it turned out. The concept was to expand on the Coexist bumper sticker and movement into a more fleshed out image. The larger version to me reveals a texture of a colorful oil painting and on top is waterlike symbols. To loosely represent that oil and water don't mix. The water drop represents one person's willingness to spread the coexist philosophy making a ripple effect in the oil water mix. Deep and not illustrative in the normal sense. But I bet I could get away with it talking about it in an art gallery. People love this deep stuff.What do you think? Do more or keep doing the commercial illustration?All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Orphan Works -Update
2008-05-03 14:36:00
The Orphan Works Bill is NOT dead for the 2008 committee! Two new versions of the bill was introduced to Congress the week of April 25th.New to both bills is the requirement that the U.S. Copyright Office to create and undertake a certification process for the establishment of searchable electronic databases of visual works, so that the public can view orphaned works.From what I understand the better of the two bill is the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008. Due to the fact that the act would enable users to exhibit orphan works to the public, the sponsors say, if the copyright owners are unable to be located after a "thorough, documented search." The legislation spells out the requirements that would be necessary to meet the standards of a search, and how a court can review the search to decide if it was adequate and done in good faith, If no copyright owner is found and the material is used and then later the copyright owner comes forward, the bill requires that the user must ...
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Goofy Looking Puppet
2008-05-03 05:56:00
Recently finished a spot illustration for Crusader Magazine. It's a puppet from a puppeteer ,Julie Shockey. Created in Photoshop.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Holy Shroud of Ron
2008-04-18 14:25:00
I recently had the pleasure to work with Tony Hendra, the former big time editor of National Lampoon and Spy Magazine. I did an illustration for one of their mock ads for this satire publication called My Wall Street Journal. They just released it to slap Rupert Murdock in the face for buying the Wall Street Journal. It's 25 pages is filled with hilarious articles and mock ads.I had the challenge of creating a Shroud of Ronald Reagan. You know, like the Shroud of Turin, except this a is replica of a face-peel left on a towel. The holy image of Ron was left on the towel in all his holiness glory. Check out the print ad shown in My Wall Street Journal.Murdoch is Outraged!All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Orphan Works Legislation is back and bad!
2008-04-17 04:05:00
from the SCADATLILLU blogOur beloved representatives in Washington have in front of them a rancid piece of legislation that could shake the Creative world to the core. All us who create images must educate ourselves to the law as it pertains to our business and our livelihood. Brad Holland and the Illustrators Partnership have struggled mightily over the last few years to safeguard our creative work, but Congress is about to yank the rug out from under us all unless we quickly come together and demand our rights as the rightful owners of our own creations.This article sums up what's going on, as well as this radio interview with Brad Holland so please take the time to read it and call or write your congressional representatives and let them know how bad this legislation is.Go here to download sample letters to congress, bullet point letters, and a list of lawmakers to e-mail them to. The more proactive we all are in this, the more likely we are to be heard. Our futures as artists a...
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"His Life" painting Accepted in the Upstream People Gallery
2008-04-10 04:48:00
Just found out this week that the painting was accepted into the 10th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried OnlineInternational Art ExhibitionSee it here!Signed and numbered edition of only 50 giclee printsin various sizes, greeting cards, and more areavailable exclusively through Heirloom Christian Arts24" x 36" Interactive Acrylic Painting on Masonite.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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2008-04-10 03:45:00
Recently I donated a print of mine where the image was picked by a very nice lady in Hawaii, Angel Visoria representing Habilitat, which is a long term residential program built on the "Therapeutic Community" model. This approach is considered by experts to be the most effective method of treatment for substance abuse and chemical addictions. Habilitat was holding a charity luau based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, selling framed artwork to help raise money for this non-profit organization. I donated a giclée print of Imagination. An illustration I did almost 10 years ago. While I was at it there is a 1st Annual SCAD Atlanta Scholarship Gala that was holding a silent auction from student and faculty and I donated a framed print of the same piece.I also decided to frame and donate a print of Worries From Home. I have very few pieces of art that actually fit into the fine art "match your couch color". This is what I came up with and I hope that the prints raise as much mone...
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Path Tree for Dentists
2008-03-27 19:37:00
New Illustration for the 97th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting 2009. This is the 3rd year in a row I have had the pleasure of working with the Hinman Dental Society on creating the main image used on all their advertising, materials, signs, printed materials.This upcoming years theme is about continuing education. So my idea was to show a tree representing growth and the branches turning into path ways leading to certain areas or dentistry.Technique specs:17” x 21” image with a 1.5” crisp white border all the way around. Total board size is 20” x 24”. It was painted in acrylic on a gessoed board of masonite. Nice a sturdy and archival quality. There is no white type on the paths in the original. That’s part was done in the computer. With the original you really get to see the textures of the surface unlike a digital file or print will ever do. Let me know what you think.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Best of my students work Winter 08
2008-03-18 04:03:00
I just finished organizing and creating a new website gallery for the selected student work in my Winter 08 classes: Materials & Techniques I, Book Illustration, and Self Promotion. These images all have descriptions and mediums used. Congrats to another great quarter students!Also, if you have not already, click over to the newly developed portfolio websites of four illustration major seniors. They all worked very hard on their websites and it's time to start promoting them. With any good site design there needs to be several people to test the site. There is always room for improvement on any site, so check out how it looks on your browser and if there is any problems with navigation or technical issues be sure to let them know. Erik Mehlen - www.erikillustration.comWalter Hartley - www.walterhartley.netAndrew Phillips - www.idruthat.comColin Geller - www.colingeller.comThanks,JayAll contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Copyright Infringement Update
2008-03-18 03:58:00
Clear Channel took it down in under 10 hours as expected, but maybe now they will think VERY CAREFULLY before the just grab an image off a blog or website.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Copyright infringement of my work!
2008-03-17 04:41:00
I just found out tonight that my work has been copied/stolen onto a site owned by Clear Channel. The funny thing is I found out from them. They emailed me asking permission to use the illustration. I did not get back to them right away so they went ahead and used it without permission anyway. Read the email that I just sent them here.----------------------------Emilee,S o sorry for taking so long getting back to you. I’m an illustrator that makes a living on selling reproduction rights to my work. I just noticed that you went ahead and stole my copyrighted illustration and words from this page: 07/10/illustration-friday-growth.htmland posted it on your commercial site on this page: allery/I did not give you permission to use that image. Furthermore, I noticed your copyright and trademark info page: on/tou.html#copyandtradeIt states that a procedure for making claim of copyright ...
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My student's work gets in Society of Illustrators
2008-03-07 04:18:00
One of my students from a class I teach at SCAD Atlanta just got his work in the Society of Illustrators NY Student Competition.Check it out here!Way to go Erik Mehlen!All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art
2008-03-02 23:38:00
I entered my artwork from a past job into the AAOS eMotion Pictures .Almost 1,200 entries were received from 17 countries and 45 states, representing a broad spectrum of orthopaedic conditions. The artists' words were strong and the artwork powerful. A jury of art professionals had the difficult task of selecting the artwork for the exhibit. The jury included René de Guzman, director of visual arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; John R. Killacky, program officer for arts and culture of The San Francisco Foundation; and Paul Pratchenko, professor of art, painting and drawing, San Francisco State University. The show features 200 works of art from 152 artists.I'm honored that one of my illustrations is on exhibit in San Francisco until March 2oth for. It's a gallery show of all sorts of orthopedic art for doctors, patients, artists and children. Read about my chronic back problems story here and see the other artists work. A book is available with all the artist's work...
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2008-03-02 23:36:00 called me a few months ago to do some Illustrator characters that would then be animated in flash for online training. I did one version with outlines and one without. Still waiting to see if they want me to do more.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
Illustration Friday - Choose
2008-02-09 15:39:00
This is a repost from last year that I thought was appropriate for this week Illustration Friday Entry. I have added a video process of how I painted it as well. Another demo I did for my class. Conceptual landscape watercolor illustrating 1 of four words. I chose the word choice in dealing with the choice of quitting to smoke is a personal decision that know one can make for you. So my idea is to show a super close up of a ugly ashtray. On a cigarette stands a teen on the tip of a cig like he “walking the plank” to his doom. He has made the choice to walk away. Outside on the ground is himself there to help him get through it because in the end it’s your choice and yourself that gets you through it. I am imagining what this might be like not from personal standpoint with smoking, but from other life challenges being strictly a personal decision and no one else’s. All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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2008-01-27 04:04:00
This is an outrage! I bet Saddam Hussein was kicking himself for not having thought of this in time. If anyone reading this has any other info or proof to prove or disprove this please let me know. I only want the truth.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2008
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Why Do Women Live Longer?
2008-01-12 21:55:00
But seriously folks! We all know that women live longer than men. Since the dawn of "man", women have outlived their friends and family no matter what race, where they live in the world, and how rich or poor they are. I was curious today to find a scientific reason why this occurs due to a discussion I was having with my wife, her mom, and grandmother. We had some basic disagreements and I was not going to win being outnumbered 3 to 1. So here is what I found.from Maxim Magazine"Although guys are stronger and faster than women, women outlive men in most countries, in some cases by more than 10 years. In the US, life expectancy for men and women at birth is about 72 years and 79 years, respectively. Why? For starters, men work dangerous jobs, fight wars, and go to prison - activities not conducive to long lives - far more often than women. We also experience a greater risk of heart disease after age 40, whereas women aren't really at risk until they reach menopause. (Testosterone n...
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$20 Epson PowerlookII SCSI/Parallel Port Scanner
2008-01-08 05:44:00
I bought a all in one printer and don't need this perfectly working scanner.Umax PowerLook II Flatbed Scanner with 8"x 10" transparency adapter. 1200 x 600 dpi max resolution. Works with PC and Macs but must have a SCSI port. Most newer computers do not have a SCSI port. I have some SCSI adapters that I will give you as well.See the specs here.Comes with original box , manual and SCSI and power cables ready to use.Email or call 770-309-6004 if you are interested.Also see free fax offer here!All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Pharmaceutical Convention Main Image and Icons
2008-01-07 04:13:00
A revision of another illustration I did for another Atlanta convention. They wanted a classic charm of the city of Atlanta.This Pharmaceutical imagery for the 2009 AAPS convention was all done in Photoshop and Painter. They wanted a old world classic feel using modern equipment and objects. Tough to pull off. What do you think?All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Kenrico Medical illustrations
2008-01-07 04:13:00
I don't do much medical illustrations, but this Japanese client that found me through Google and we really hit if off. I first did an illustrated map of their area in Kanaya, Shizuoka, Japan. Then they wanted me to redo several of their medical illustrations seen here. The company is Kenrico and they specialize in alternative medicines. Pretty cool stuff.These were all done digitally with Illustrator, Poser and Photoshop. The animation on the bottom one was done in Photoshop CS3.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Illustration Friday - Horizon
2007-12-21 14:46:00
This is my Illustration Friday entry for the word "horizon". This was a oil painting I did for an inside spread for In Touch magazine, In Touch Ministries a while back. Original is 24" x 10" and is for sale.Prints of this are available here.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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It's a Wonderful Life! starring my family!
2007-12-20 13:53:00
It's a Wonderful Life StarringJay Montgomery ................... George BaileyLarry Gardinier II ................. Uncle Billy BaileyCindi Montgomery ................ Mary Hatch BaileyLarry Gardinier I ................... Ernie the cab driverLarry Montgomery Sr ........... Clarence the Angel Zuzu Montgomery ................. ZuzuDon't send a lame Holiday eCard. Try JibJab Sendables!All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Christmas Departure
2007-12-14 15:08:00
Brand new acrylic painting completed 12/08/07. It was created for my Christmas card.Inside the card it says: What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. ~ Agnes M. PharoI'm making this available for prints. If you are apart of military family or giving this to a military family, prints are 50% off. All I need is some sort or proof.Merry Christmas to you!JayAll contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Fax machine give-away!
2007-12-13 16:19:00
I'm giving away my used fax machine to an art student or recent graduate. You can come and pick it up or I can mail it for a small shipping and handling fee. It comes with the original box, a quick start guide, 1-1/2 rolls of thermal paper and is in excellent working condition. I have upgraded to a All-In-One Printer and no longer need this fax machine. FEATURES:Automatic Paper Cutter 10 Page automatic paper feederFAX/TEL and TAD interface15 station memory dialing16 shade gray scale for photograph transmission98' paper roll capacity (also uses standard fax paper)PollingDelayed transmissionActivity ReportDistinctive ringing compatabilityHelp keyContact me at or call my cell at 770-309-6004 if you are interested.Thanks,JayAll contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Rosie the Riveter as CaLPERS
2007-12-03 17:06:00
This was a cover illustration I did this past Summer for Directorship Magazine. The concept was to show the strength in numbers with proxy statements of a very large California retirement System known as CalPERS. So they had the initial idea of using the well known image of Rosie the Riveter by illustrator J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!" - Many women first found economic strength in World War II-era manufacturing jobs.So my idea was to show a similar image but with the proxies in her fisted hand. Which appropriately covered her face so that showed very little identity with a particular person or race. She needed to represent every person.My intern at the time was gracious enough to pose for the reference shots and she did surprisingly well. The painting was done 90% as an acrylic painting. The type and logo was added in Photoshop. They loved it show much for the cover they asked for 2 giclée prints of it to give as gifts to the leaders of CalPERS.All contents and art © Jay Mon...
Two new jobs for Source Media
2007-12-03 15:02:00
In the last month I did these two illustrations for the same client. The first one is typical of my style and what people usually contract me to do. They were very happy with the end result and so they wanted me to do another with the same on time and on budget customer service, but in a different style. The comic book hero one was something very different for me. I have had a true appreciation for comic book artists', but even more so now. Credit Score Confusion for Mortgage Technology Magazine.Mortgage Protector for Broker Magazine.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Smoker's Choice
2007-11-28 01:41:00
Another demo I did for my class. Conceptual landscape watercolor illustrating 1 of four words. I chose the word choice in dealing with the choice of quitting to smoke is a personal decision that know one can make for you. So my idea is to show a super close up of a ugly ashtray. On a cigarette stands a teen on the tip of a cig like he “walking the plank” to his doom. He has made the choice to walk away. Outside on the ground is himself there to help him get through it because in the end it’s your choice and yourself that gets you through it. I am imagining what this might be like not from personal standpoint with smoking, but from other life challenges being strictly a personal decision and no one else’s.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Ben Folds portriat
2007-11-28 01:31:00
Acrylic painting demo I did for my class. I love his piano style and lyrics.Here is brief step by step demo of how I painted it.You can buy a print of it here if you like.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Art Fairy - Hidden Pictures
2007-11-27 02:54:00
This was a ink drawing I did mid in September 2007 as a demo for my Materials & Techniques I class. I was also influenced by my 6 year old daughter who loves art and fairies. So I decided to do double duty and created a picture for her to color and hang in her bedroom as well as find the art objects in the scene. I might even submit it to Highlights for publication. See if you can find all the art supplies.Here is a terribly low res video of my process.If you would like a printable version for your child to do just drop my an email and I'll email you a PDF to print.All contents and art © Jay Montgomery 2007
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Wall of Outstanding Alumni Award
2007-10-29 04:38:00
I got this email earlier this summer about receiving an award from my undergraduate college, LaGrange College. I was to be included on the wall of outstanding alumni. I had never heard of the wall and I did not think it was that big of a deal. When the college then sent me a packet of stuff to fill out and addresses to send out invitations to friends and family, they needed a specific kind of black and white photo, and shared the details of the ceremony I realized it was a big deal. This past Saturday my family and got it together and drove down to LaGrange to receive the award during the homecoming celebration. My Mom and Dad drove 8 hours round-trip just for a 4 hour visit in Lagrange, I'm truly loved! Here are some highlights in pictures.President Stuart Gulley presenting to me the award of outstanding Alumni. Five others got the same award. President Gulley said I was one the the youngest recipients ever.This is the framed print I received.On the back they put the oratory that ...
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