JACOB VANDEN BERGE - artist
25 years young, Jacob Vanden Berge tackles art and design with a uniquely minimal approach. Humor and sexuality drift amongst the clean lines of his work. We've been a fan of the Long Beach artists Instagram - a vast array of drawings, doodles, tags, projects and street photography - for sometime, so we thought we'd catch up with him.
1. Who are you?
My name is Jacob Vanden Berge and I’m 25 living in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
2. Describe your medium & process for your art…
All my pieces are done with india ink and fine point micron pens. I’ll usually also do some work on the computer to fix and perfect my work. It’s the simplest drawing though but they take a lot of time to get it exactly how I want it, so Illustrator always helps out.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I use to draw Pokémon growing up, haha. Then, I upgraded to drawing anything I saw on skateboards. Ed Templeton and Gonz boards were ones I would try to recreate the most. After that I just kept drawing my own characters and eventually just matured and thought to do something i felt was more timeless. Early Andy Warhol line drawings have been something influencing me the most right now.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
Just the fact that I’m going to be making this work for the rest of my life is pretty cool. I don’t think i’ll ever stop. Maybe thats what I struggle with... I can’t stop. I don’t want to do anything or have a normal job, i’d rather just create and be creative for as long as I can even if I don’t make money off it.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
Right now my only goal is to keep consistently making work. Get a few more gallery shows this year and put out a few more zines. Those seem to be something people buy more than art pieces now.