'Beldarr' Bell was raised in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan during
the late 60's early 70's. His basically blue collar upbringing
instilled in him a sense of hard work and ethics that he still
adheres to today. Having realized his artistic talent early on, he
still opted to follow his dream of Architectural Design and
Drafting. The schooling was long, hard and often paid for with
bottle returns, but never was a bit of information wasted on a
closed mind. Eventually, higher education was achieved.
Using his artistic talents, coupled with his amazing sense of
vision, he was able to propel himself to premier positions in the
firms where he worked. From small town, to big corporate and back
again he moved, yearning for newer experiences and challenges. All
while drafting his bizarre artwork secretly under their tables.
After marrying his high school sweetheart, leaving his hometown and
settling in the deserts of the west, Tom soon found a restlessness
that neither his growing family, nor the demands of his profession
could soothe. It was his Art, the one thing he obsessed over the
most, was now growing the least. Everything in his life was evolving
so beautifully, except for that. So from the deserts of the west to
the snows of the north they would travel.
Settling the family, and his profession once again, Tom started on a
10 year Teaching stint at the College that gave him his start. That
not only allowed him to teach his profession, but also to learn and
evolve his obsessions. Accumulating credits form the Fine Arts to
Computer Graphics Tom never once dropped below a 4.0, absorbing all
he could. Somehow he understood that time was linear, and knew the
door would begin to close on this chapter as well.
As chapters close, new ones open. And currently he finds himself in
once again, an exciting time. A profession is coming to a close, his
kids are off making their mark on the world, and he and his concubine are
once again the center of his universe. His now honed talents are no
longer hidden beneath the tables of others, and his much sought
after style and imagination has an even greater avenue to explore,
here on this Web.
From here he hopes to make public the Art that has made him who he
has grown to be, as well as who he will be. He invites you to join
him, in a visual account of his quest to evolve. So please,
have a look around, leave a comment or two, and most of all - Enjoy.
Q. Why does your webpage display
weird in my browser?
A. My webpage is designed for a min. Screen Resolution of
1280 x 1024, common on the newer LCD monitors. The pop-up script
will only display the larger views as tall as your browser window
(play with the window size and you'll see what I mean). If they
don't seem large enough, increase your screen resolution or view
your browser full screen (F11 key).
Q. Can I use your Art for my
webpage or Avtar?
A. You can use anything as long as it's 'Not for Profit'. But
please give credit where credits due, with either a link back, or a
verbal heads-up as to where you got it. And Please don't squish or
stretch the image, If you do, don't put my name on it.
Q. Can I print your Art for my
wall or have a tat made?
A. Yes you can, as long as it's not for profit. But be
forwarned, my images are high dpi for use on the web, that means
they print very small. If you scale them up, they'll look like it.
Try the Stores, you can get some inexpensive prints that you'll be
proud to display.
Q. So what does 'Not for Profit'
A. You can use anything as long as it's not going to make you
any monatery gain. You can freely distribute, post, and print but
you cannot sell. Pretty simple. Using my art for Tattoos is fine but
the Tattoo Artist can't reuse or offer the design to others.
Can You paint me something?
A. I love to do commissions for people,
but I have a tendency to do what I like, in my own way. So if you
ask for a Landscape, it might not be of this planet. Please keep in
mind that you're not only commissioning a talent, but also a certain
style and feel when you ask an Artist to 'paint you something'.
Who is Beldarr, and what's this Impact Ink that
copyrights some of your images?
A. Beldarr.Com is the web-presence I
developed to display my Fantasy/SciFi Artwork. I am known as Beldarr
on the Web, but do not sign any work as such. All my work is either
signed by me personally (thomas bell) or by my Graphics Company,
Impact Ink. The difference depends on for which purpose the piece
will originally be generated. Impact Ink usually handles all the
Architectural, Graphics, and misc. commercial work, while I
personally handle the Fun Stuff.
Why all the half-naked warrior women?
A. Because it's what I like doing.
Depicting the female of a species in a powerful and confident light,
while still maintaining their femininity is what I try for. to me, a
warrior with less armor only reinforces their superiority over their
foes. If you need plate steel to protect you while in battle, you
must not be too good at it. And the creatures are cool to do too..
Q. Why do you use Mylar for your
A. It's from my days drafting by hand, pretty much a standard
in the industry. Mylar has a super-fine, matt tooth that accepts
graphite and ink very well. It's Archival, which means it'll last a
long time. It can also take repeated erasing by the most
aggressive hands and is somewhat waterproof, but it's very
Q. What's your favorite color
A. Oils, by far. I like to work in glazes or layers.
are nice but they dry too quickly and don't tend to glaze easily. I haven't mastered the
watercolor wash as a medium yet, but my illustrations don't usually call for
a "light and
airy" feel that I can't get with oil.
Q. Why don't we see more of your
commissioned work displayed here?
A. Most of my commissions are for private individuals, and I
try to keep that part private. I'm not sure I would like the idea of
paying for a one-of-a-kind picture, and then seeing it
cropped down as some guy's avatar on a plumbing forum. The owner will
usually OK me to upload it for display, then I usually take a crappy
photo - sorry.
Q. Why don't we see more of your
work in newsstands and books ?
A. Good question *wink*. I like to think it's all about
exposure, which I don't have a lot of. I'm gainfully employed in
another field, and not hitting the bricks in this genre, so I guess
it makes sense that I'm not widely known in the
industry. I'll probably always be just a small time guy doing big
time stuff for the fortunate few.
Q. So how do I get a hold of you
so you can paint me something?
A. My webpage has a
contact sheet that will email me
directly. Just fill in your email and a request for what you would
like, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss
the possibilities (usually 24hrs.).
My rates are quite fair and as always, I ask for nothing until you
take delivery of the finished product.