Rek Bell

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Rek Bell

I have gone under the name Rekka Bellum in the past, during a time when I was at war with myself and my perceived gender, and have emerged on the other side as Rek Bell.

Hello! I'm Rek, an agender cartoonist and sailor.

I am currently based in the Salish Sea, where the weather is mild and kinder to sailboats, but my heart is in Québec. I enjoy drawing by hand with ink, and am fond of long ocean passages, lacto-fermentation, smol web, cycling and sea birds.

With the project hundredrabbits, I write about permacomputing, practical liveaboard skills/knowledge, and food preservation, while producing fun art projects with devine.

I make art for magazines, children's books, as well as visuals for software and games (see publications). My first self-published game oquonie was nominated for a visual arts award at the 2015 Independent Games Festival in San Francisco. In 2020 I published busy doing nothing, a book documenting my 50-day sail from Shimoda to Victoria.

I spend my days documenting repairs on the boat, making recipes for grimgrains, as well as making small art projects, illustration and toys. I also take commissions.

My partner devine & I lived in japan for two years(2012-2014), and after returning to Canada we decided to try and return there by sailboat. And so, from 2016 to 2020, we circumnavigated the Pacific Ocean by sail, passing through Mexico, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, The Marshall Islands and Japan.

I've been making websites since I was a teenager, I would farm free geocities space by hot-linking between mutiple accounts—I've since abandoned that practice. These days, I enjoy making and maintaining simple websites. I manage Grimgrains, and 100r.co.

View the full list of projects I've released, my list of press appearances, and see the tools that I use.

Small online community involvement

In the early 2000's I was known as "Esse" online. I was active in the FDD(fictional digidestined) community, with the websites The Forgotten Digidestined(2001-2006), Esse's Digimon Adoptions(2002-2005) later, EDA became Sagari-Cross(2005-2009) hosted by Legend (injenn.net) until I started self-hosting the site myself. I hosted a forum (Zephopolis) where I would roleplay characters with friends. Back then, roleplaying with friends online was a big part of my life. In 2005 Sagari-Cross became predominantly a portfolio website (it's sad that this happened). In 2011 I changed my domain name to kokorobot.ca.

Later, I discovered art hosting sites like DeviantArt(also Mintenko) and SheezyArt, and spent a lot of time on CFSL and the Isopharmacy forums. Isopharmacy was an artistic community, we would create art challenges and talk about art, games etc. In 2010, myself and Devine created the studio drownspire. Together we designed and sold small figurines (vambits), apparel, jewellery and books. At the time, I helped organized Drink & Draw events in Montreal. These events inspired the creation of art books (Erri) and the comic collective Merure. We released 3 Merure books in total, under the non-profit name of MachineMachine.

Now, I hang around the Merveilles instance on Mastodon.

Experience

In high school, I enjoyed working with wood and worked on many physical art projects.

I completed a two-year creative arts program at the Champlain Regional College on the south shore of Montreal(2002-2004), where I learned how to do digital art, movie-making, as well as sculpture and painting (it was a very varied program). While there, I helped found the Visual Arts Club in the school.

Then I attended the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and enrolled in their excellent 2d animation course(2005-2008), where I produced the short film uno.

From 2007 to 2016, I worked in-house at a variety of art, game and animation studios like Mandarine 24, Volta, Pascal Blais Studio and Sava Transmédia. In 2012, I moved to Japan and worked at a—then small— animation studio in Shinjuku. I moved back to Montréal in 2014 and worked at Hibernum Créations and Télé-Québec. Throughout my career, I did a lot of freelance work for edition companies, illustrating children's books for ERPI, Boréal, Courte-Echelle, Transcontinental, Druide, Bayard Canada etc. After 2016, I focused on making projects for hundredrabbits.

Contact

Email me at rekkabell at gmail dot com for art, cormorant or website related inquiries. I am not interested in producing NFTs for anyone, nor do I accept crypto payments. You can also find me on Mastodon. Keep up with updates to this site with RSS.