Jonathan Blackburn

Graphic Artist + Visual Developer + Creative Stylist.

Finished Pieces

Darkline INK Takes On - Art Takes Miami Contest!

Artists, Design Contests, Digital Arts, Exhibitions, Finished Pieces, Street Art, VisualJonathan BlackburnComment

This portfolio is part of Art Takes Miami, an art open call awarding $25,000 in Prizes and Exposure, including a Feature Booth at this year's SCOPE Art Show in Miami.


The portfolio with the highest of the number of votes and star rating will win the People's Choice Award and receive a $2,500 cash grant and an online feature of my work! The number of votes and star rating will have no affect on the formal judging. The Grand Prize is awarded purely on the merits of the images submitted as decided by our judging panel.

Ventura County Fair - Professional Arts Juried Show

Design Contests, Digital Arts, Finished Pieces, New PrintsJonathan Blackburn2 Comments

Just got back from dropping of my submission to the Ventura County Fair's - Professional Arts Juried Show. Whew!

As I approached the last week deadline for artwork submissions, I was still in need of custom framing the final Lustre Print from the local print shop, so I started making a few phone calls around the area only to find that "Gallery" framing is way too expensive. In the relm of $260-300. Insane. After running around to a few places with time being the matter at hand (already paid my entry fees online) I had to get my entry framed for the physical delivery to the fair by today. Last week I dropped by a huge corporate outlet for crafts... heh.. won't mention any names for the time being other than the name Starts with a big "M", because of some 60% off custom framing. I though it would be a great idea to take them up on the offer, so I popped in just to find out that "Gallery Framing", once again, was way too overpriced. This must be some sort of monopoly or consripacy in the framing world because nobody in they're right mind would pay over $300 for framing a 18x24" print. Nobody. Luckily I found a VERY nice ready-made frame: deep red mahagony/glass/custom matted... yep all the good stuff I needed. I dropped of the piece and surprisingly recieved a call the next day that it was complete and ready to pick up! Now mind you I have 4-5 days until final submissions. This was cutting it short. Way too short I might add. To make a long story short, I picked up the framed piece just to find the matting was off-center as well as the mounted print! Good thing they ate the cost of re-framing it within 1 day of dropping of the final gallery hung piece.

After one long year of work, Fashionista is finsihed. 80 hours & 78 seperate Layers of Photoshop Love.

Artists, Digital Arts, Exhibitions, Finished Pieces, VisualJonathan Blackburn1 Comment

After one long year of work, Fashionista is finsihed. Over 80 hours spent and 78 seperate layers and blending modes in Photoshop CS5, I have finally completed the piece. It's actually very rewarding as it came out just as brilliant and beautiful as I had invisioned it. Multiple, custom-made art brushes were created from actual water color and acrylic paint samples from my canvasas, including custom illustrator vector brushes I designed from scratch. Full 405 seperate custom swatch color samples were saved to a swatch library for future use in color sampling for other projects. Let me know what you think. It would be much appreciated!

This will be the piece I will be submitting this summer in the 2011 Ventura County Fairgrounds professional Arts Building. it will be printed and mounted on streched canvas for the house, and professionally matted and framed with signature for the Professional Arts Division submission.