Jake designs a heraldic achievement around one family's faith legacy done entirely of stippling. The process takes him 13 months to execute and stands as his largest pen and ink piece to date. Follow his progress from concept to completion at #familycrest_jw
Permanent Art Curation
Classic Hymn Collection
Grateful to Cedarville University & private commissioner for the permanent installation of ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, ‘The Old Rugged Cross,’ and ‘Be Thou My Vision’ on Cedarville’s campus.
These beloved hymns got a dusting-off for a new generation that will carry them into the future. I played my small part & now it’s time for their stories to live on.
A YEAR IN THE MAKING
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
Weidmann approaches the next hymn in his Classic Hymn Series, 'The Old Rugged Cross' which takes him more than a year to complete as he uses ancient calligraphic techniques for the written portion and hand carves a life-sized cross for its frame.
Follow the progress of this epic masterpiece-in-the-making on Instagram at #TheOldRuggedCross_JW
Finding hope in a Global pandemic
At the start of 2020, Weidmann releases an all-new piece in his signature style using the simple but powerful tools of pen and ink.
Capturing the word "Resilience" across the page, a weathered far-reaching tree with life-giving roots becomes the symbol of growing amidst difficulty. Though as challenging as they may be, the strong winds that break across our branches will be what form the strong roots that keep us grounded.
So, no matter what lies ahead this year, may you have joy in the happy surprises and steady resilience to meet the strong winds ahead. Strong Winds. Deep Roots.
After teaching calligraphy all around the world, I'm teaching my first online class: Fundamentals of Flourishing. It's the perfect place for beginners and long-time wielders of the pen. Become my student at academy.jakeweidmann.com
Ted talk No. 2
The revolution of craft
Modern American consumers want cheap goods and more, more, more. But there’s a growing revolution of craftsmen, and an appreciation for extremely well crafted, high value works made to last years, decades, and lifetimes.
Featured on PBS
A Craftsman's Legacy
A Craftsman’s Legacy, in its third season on public television inspiring viewers with the power of craft and American ingenuity, will feature a profile of Denver-based master pen maker. Click here to watch the full episode.
Invited to speak to a group of Pixar animators about my creative process, my wildest dreams come true as I meet the makers of many of our childhood memories.
Artist with the Apple Pencil
Apple Inc. invited my old-world techniques to the tech table when they asked me to collaborate with them on the premier of the Apple Pencil and iPadPro. I created content exclusively for Apple and attended the Apple Keynote as a demonstrator for the features of both products in San Francisco. My artwork would later grace the backlit banners of every Apple store around the globe for the holiday season in 2015.
Coors HUMAN series
Penmanship goes viral
A micro documentary, HUMAN, sponsored by Coors Banquet featuring my work receives 20 million views in 5 days. This might be how you found yourself here as a large number of people began following my work after this video.
TED Talk No. 1
Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century
My first TEDx Talk explores the connections between the pen and how we learn, think, and carry our cultural heritage at a time when the very act of writing is being dropped from school curricula across the country.
I received my certificate as Master Penman in July 2011. I am one of nine existing Masters today and the youngest by three decades and the youngest ever to attain the title. Calligraphy is the "special sauce" to everything I create as I incorporate traditional calligraphic flourishing into the context of my fine art.
that time penmanship went viral. This video got 20+ million views in 5 days.