I am a teacher by day and I moonlight as a starving artist. I teach history in a town just outside of Houston to 8th graders. I am a huge history nerd with a passion for learning more than can fit in my head. When I’m not reading about history, teaching history, or watching history documentaries I am spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter. If there is any time left in the day I draw.
The picture is of me and my lovely wife hanging out in Las Vegas.
About My Art:
Because I’ve always tried to merely squeeze time in drawing I’ve never really had a style of my own. I merely mimicked art that I enjoyed or characters that I loved (I’m a comic book nerd too.) However, after getting married and having a child, and with the influence of my wife’s taste of the world of whimsy and beauty, I have begun to find who I am as an artist. I, too, have always loved the fanciful, but now I have a muse with a guiding hand.
Without a style of my own in the past, I had trouble pinpointing which mediums to focus upon. “I’ll just use them all,” I thought to myself. After years of “using them all” I got back to my roots, my first love, the Bic pen. It was always my favorite and most versatile weapon. But somewhere along my trek I lost sight of it. Rediscovering its potential in conjunction with some coloring techniques I picked up along the way, through my exploration of other mediums, I have found the artist within me. I now have a style and medium.
Thanks to my wife I have emerged upon my artistic self immersed in a renaissance. With the addition of my family, my art has come full circle and conveys the man, the person, the artist that I’ve always striven to be. I am now whole.
About My Philosophy:
Many of the artists I have connected with online have often described my way of networking as a “Pay it Forward” Philosophy. Because I think of myself as a teacher first I feel the need to help others as much as possible. I also believe that we help ourselves much more by helping others than we do by trying to advance our own cause.
I have written a few articles in my blog discussing how the Golden Rule should be applied in all facets of life, especially in your artistic world. By doing this you will see results in your networking that can help elevate your own cause. You will see your art receive the attention that you feel it should and in the process you will help other artists get the attention they deserve as well. It truly is a win-win.
Because of this philosophy of mine you will see me often times promoting art and artists as much, or more, than I may produce my own. Art is a passion of mine, both enjoying it and creating it. So, at times, I will spend much of my time scouring the internet for art that I love and art that inspires me — and if time permits, I’ll share it.
I love drawing. I love art. With that in mind, remember that I would much rather be making art, talking to people about art, and helping other artists, than running my store as if I were a clerk. I want to run it like I’m an artist.
For that reason I have closed my store and no longer offer hand-signed reproduction prints. I understand this may be disappointing to many of my followers.
I do offer 3rd party prints and merchandise of select artworks through society6: http://society6.com/JustinWeinmann
I also no longer try to market my Original Art. If you have interest in a piece please contact me and make an offer.
About my logo:
Day Dreamer. I drew this image in Photoshop years ago with a Wacom tablet. The idea was simple: If you think, or dream, you can turn anything into something beautiful. All of us possess the ability to grow something beautiful from the smallest of thoughts. The mightiest river starts with a trickle. So, with that thought, I have made a conscious effort to keep on dreaming. And if you’re going to dream — dream big.