Jeral Tidewell is the living proof that traditional art can keep up with digital art and be at the same professional level, even though digital art seems to gain more and more popularity. He absolutely represents his art because his art it’s a way of living, his drawings are a reflection of his personality itself. Being a motocross addict, he broke not one, but both of his arms, but he is still alive and recovered, stubborn to emphasize new faces of reality through his art.
He grew up in Louisiana, in a family of two rebellious teenagers parents and he started to draw before he could even talk. “I was born this way. My mom says I’ve been drawing since before I could talk. From the start I was on the run, given freedom of expression from my first breath. As an infant I had no interest in learning to talk, instead communicating through gestures to say that what I really wanted was a pencil. A cheap roll of butcher’s paper and a box of crayons became my babysitter. From that point there was no turning back, art became my life.”, says Jeral.
Because he was talented and he go noticed, he received encouragement throughout high school to continue drawing. His first professional job was as an airbrush artist, thing that made him experiment and become very skilled. But the job had pros and cons, because it was a “job”, he felt somehow trapped in the fields of creativity and only after he met his girlfriend he realized he must concentrate on personal works. He moved into graphic design and illustration, where the possibilities were endless.
His meeting with Travis Meeks, from “Days of the New” led to a new project for Jeral, so he designed the album cover for them, along with other merchandise for the band.
Travis Meeks recalls in the Days of the new official biography: “In the early tours, I met an amazing illustrator and artist who took the ride with me. We shared the love of the tree and the visual art. His name is Jeral Tidwell, and he became a strong visual artist for Days of the New. He did all the t-shirts, the second and third album cover, and all the Myspace tree images. He helped create the art and the colors of trees… “ The freedom he received in creating his art encouraged him even more to continue working on his own stuff. He moved to Louisville and found out to be a great place in comparison with New Orleans.
His works range from designs for t-shirts, skateboard decks, airbrush vehicles, posters for Kid Rock, Dick Dale, Widespread Panic, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, and Alkaline Trio and many many more…. And his works have become popular in the entire world through galleries from LA and NY, books and magazines, Concert posters, Tattoos magazines or Sci-Fi art books. He wanted to work more in creating his favorite art form – skateboard deck art, and his wish was granted when he received an amazing response to his art from Reliance skateboard Co. INK ALCHEMY – consist is a series of 3 books containing sketches from two great artists and friends: Jerald Tidwell and Angryblue.
INK ALCHEMY – VOL I
After many, many requests from his fans and also Angryblue’s fans, the first INK ALCHEMY BOOK saw the light of the day, amazing with 40 pages with well over 50 pieces of art! Hand screen printed covers, signed by both artists and numbered. There are only 400 of these printed.
INK ALCHEMY – VOL II contains over 40 pages of the latest and sickest illustrations from both Humantree and Justin Kamerer (Angryblue). The books have a 3 color screen printed cover with aged parchment pages. Limited edition of only 650 books. Signed by both of them.
INK ALCHEMY – VOL III – after an year from the release of Ink Alchemy Vol 2. This new release features over 40 pages of illustrations from both artists, all on aged parchment paper, with a 2 color screen-printed cover. The books are signed and numbered in an edition of 800. The first 100 orders will also get mini art prints from both artists.