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I'm just a scribbler.

A quick chat with an incredible artist, @imjustascribbler.

Hey e.m,

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m Brisbane based, for now. I don’t get a lot of free time. But I do enjoy my beach trips and mountain hikes.

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When did you start with charcoal? How did you learn ?

Charcoals are still a very new medium for me. I taught myself last year (2017) and have been learning through trial and error ever since.

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You have a mixture of minimal sketches with simple line work and charcoal sketches that are so detailed they look like B&W photographs. Do you have a preference?

My minimal line scribbles are a source of procrastination and fun for me so I enjoy those a lot, but my charcoals are getting to the stage where I am really proud and excited when I see the finished product.  So my preference now is definitely the charcoals.

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What does the process of making your work look like, from the initial idea to the final piece?

My process begins with coffee. Then the initial sketch of the piece. More coffee and music. Dance around the studio and hype myself. Then dirty charcoal hands for about 12 hours, Repeat until finished.

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I love one of your recent posts where you captioned I replaced the nipples with male nipples. So there shouldn’t be a problem now.” What do you think about instagrams (and media in general) censorship guidelines in regards to art and “nudity”?

Are you happy?

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“Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK” says Instagram’s Guidelines, so I don’t see why any of my works would get removed unless they really are getting confused as photographs. I think photographers and models have a harder time with it than myself. It’s art and should be appreciated and viewed in that context.

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What other artists do you admire?

I admire a fair few artist. David Walker, Kit King, Jake Reston, Rone, CJ, David Choe… the list goes on and on, plus they're just the ones that are still alive. I get very inspired and motivated when I see other people creating.

Favourite song/band/musicians at the moment ?

Beats that make me dribble:

  • Smino - blkjptr
  • Tidus - See you there
  • Jaden Smith - Icon
  • A$AP Rocky - LPFJ2
  • Weezer - Say it ain’t so
  • Everything Everything - Night of the long knives
  • HERO - Down in the Hamptons


I am been snooping your Instagram page a fair bit lately and I noticed you captioned a post with “One of the biggest and best years of my life.” What was last year like for you ? What are you planning to do this year to make it even bigger and better?

Last year I really figured out I could draw. It set in stone any doubts I had about myself and my talent which is what a lot of artist struggle with. My plan this year is push myself and my art to the limits. I don't want people to scroll past my art without swearing.

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I know it is hard to answer this as an artists but do you have a favourite drawing you have done?

There’s a piece I drew right after a break up that hits me hard every time I see it. It’s two figures with skeletons coming out of their backs. “When you feel it in your bones, it’s impossible to walk away” still valid. I have many many favourites. Every time I finish a piece, a little part of me ends up on the paper with it.


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Interview with JAY JERMYN (VEOPLE)

Interview with JAY JERMYN (VEOPLE)

By Aaron Chapman.


He’s just one of those good at everything guys. Annoyingly so. He paints those dreams you have after eating a platter board of cheese. He creates similar landscapes on whatever instrument he’s playing. He’s even pretty handy on a twin-fin. Jay Jermyn is creative guy. After ‘Repetition Randomness’, his recent solo exhibition at Maverick Hair & Art Space, I caught up with the Coolangatta local to talk paintbrushes, leg tattoos and direction.

Mate, what is this? Like, how are you doing this?

Layers man. Spray paint. Tape. Paint. More tape. More spray paint. The fluid paint figures are a technique I kind of made up by laying paint on a board and marbling and mixing it in a way that it doesn’t blend too much. I then pick it up using a thin sheet of aluminum or a large spatula and then lay it back out on the canvas with a fast fluid motion, angling my wrist as a control method. That’s it really.

And what does it mean?

The best thing about abstract work is that it means whatever you want it to mean, and that differs person to person. To me it means expression, in all its forms, but this particular show, in conjunction with the music performance and the video projection, is about how the repetition of an internal thought can result in external randomness—a breakdown in its simplest form. This is a reflection of a personal breakdown I had not so long ago.

When did you realise that you could paint? And how did this style start? You were shortlisted for the Border Art Prize a couple years back? But I remember you weren’t too keen on having that mentioned when I interviewed you a couple years ago. Why? Pretty epic feat isn’t it? Do you prefer to place yourself on the grunge spectrum of art—pasting streets with your soft, vicious expressions?

I still don’t think I can paint all that well haha. But I do know that I have always needed an outlet of some kind. Just so happens painting is one of the current outlets. This particular style started about 6 months ago when I got back from a 6 month trip in Europe and didn’t have a job or any money.The Border isn’t something I align myself with because what I entered, I feel doesn’t align with who I was, or am now. It’s not the way I feel about my work no, I’m aligned and it’s taken years to get to this stage so I want to focus on it.


Give us a rundown of who your influences are. I mean all of them. We’ve spoken at length about the likes of Dan Flavin, Shida and Duchamp. You’ve even got a couple illustrations tattooed on you?

I remember being really moved by a painting by Edvard Munch at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam called ‘Death in the Sickroom’. I fully just stood there for 20 minutes staring at it while my girl at the time had done the whole floor haha. I’m influenced by anything that stops me, but I’m also really into smaller artists actually. Like, I’ve got a Cleon Peterson tattoo on my leg, a Sean Morris on my arm and a few others.

As for your design stuff, you love furniture design and concepts, I even remember you lecturing me once about the ghost chair—a revelation in furniture design now belittled at Kmart for $15 a pop. How’d you get into design?

Haha, yeah bringing the ghost chair to the masses I guess, I’d probably buy one. Design for me is again just another extension of expressing myself but I suppose it fulfills the tradesman in me a little with the problem solving side of things. I got into design because of my mate CJ at uni when I was majoring in visual design. He was doing 3D design. I always ended up in his classes and so by the end of the year I’d changed my major haha.

Talk to me about creation. Being creative is obviously your bread and butter? Do you create because you’re creative, or is it more cathartic than that?

Everyone is creative. Creativity isn’t something that just happens, you have to do. I create because I want to, because I enjoy it, because it is cathartic. It helps me deal with myself. Haha, I sound like a sad prick. I’m not.

You are gifted in several areas, but what does that mean for your future. Which road are you going to take or pursue? Playing in bands? Hanging out at future exhibition openings? Nine to five at a design studio?

I’m going to do it all except for maybe the nine to five part. I’m done with that.

Do you think the Goldie has shaped your upbringing and work as an artist / musician?

The Goldie I think has formed my ‘we’ll make it work attitude’ to everything. But I think the people around me on the Gold Coast have helped form my work.

There are a lot of naysayers out there about the Goldie creative scene? What are your thoughts?

The naysayers are just going to go somewhere else and say they wish they were somewhere else while the rest of us just get on with the job of creating it. The Goldie has a really supportive scene with a lot of excitement in the air at the moment. Something is brewing.

Check out the Video of Repetition Randomness.

Video by: 98collections

You recently had your first solo exhibition at Maverick in Coolie. How did it go? And what was it like combining both your music, art (and even your electrical trade) into one evening? Sounds like a logistical nightmare.

It was everything I wanted it to be. The music was written to reflect the paintings, the projection was to reflect the music, the paintings were painted to reflect the feelings visualised. And it was all a reflection of me. I couldn’t see it any other way than combining it all. I wanted to give my all for all my people. It was a lot of work putting it all together. Couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends and especially Byron, the curator/owner of the gallery.

As a young artist, what does exhibiting and sharing your work mean to you and why is it important?

It means the world to me. It’s something I feel strongly about and I love to share it with people. It’s important because it keeps you excited and pumped as hell to do more, create more. You would know. We bounce ideas off each other weekly haha. It keeps us all going.

Any projects in the pipeline?

Veople is taking a new direction in music that I’m excited about. I’m writing more and it’s more collaborative. Also have a conceptual album under wraps for an exciting project happening but it’s too early to say anything.

Words by Aaron Chapman, Images by Byron Coathup, Video by 98 Collections