Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rockport Bummer

Wassup my peoples. This was the design I did for the Rockport Design Challenge. Four schools were involved and unfortunately for me, I was not the Grand Prize Winner. I was kinda upset about that cuz I really could of used the money. Someone else from Ringling did win though. His design was pretty impressive. Nothing like what I've seen in department stores. I didn't want to get too crazy with it cuz the contest rules did mention dimension and cost restraints. But it was a good effort on my part. I don't even think I was one of the runner ups. But dude looked like he put more time into it so congrats to the winner.

I'm in a worldwide illustration competition for 1800 Tequila now. So maybe my luck will improve with that. And It'll give me an opportunity to beef up my portfolio a bit.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Esperanza is finally Here!!!

Yes!!! I was in Miami last weekend and I linked up with my dawg Orion. He's a very talented underground Hip-Hop artist. He just finished releasing his debut album entitled after his mother, "Esperanza" which means 'hope'. He worked hard on it. And so did I as far as the cover and jewel case design.

He was very picky throughout the whole design process. We would just battle each other and argue about certain things here and there. But without his suggestions and my artistic input going head to head with each other, the piece wouldn't have had the impressive look that it has. I mean everybody that has seen the jewel case or the piece has said that 'it looks professional'. That's including Orion himself AND Mr. Bad Ass critic Joe Theil. And many others. So that says alot.

The piece is about everybody waiting in line for some sort of shot. Primarily it was suppose to be the tetanus shot that every immigrant has to get when entering the U.S. But it became 'up to the viewer' kinda thing where each person interprets their own analysis of what is really going on in this picture.

I used reference for the people. My roommate Steve was the doctor administering the shot. I was the guy receiving the shot. I was also the female doctor and the first guy waiting in line. My dawg David was the second guy in line and I believe the woman and the little girl were David's family members. It was done with graphite on Rives BFK (James Jean Style), bebe. Then I scanned it in through Photoshop CS3 and finished it up there. Blocking in the colors took the longest time. For the textures on the floor and walls I just applied a layer mask.

This would be the second successful illustration that I've done.

The Gal Takes the Boys to School

Wassup yall. We were assigned a political illustration by my instructor Joe Theil. Everybody in the class were obviously taking cracks at McCain and Palin being the libs that they are. So I was the only brave conservative that dared charge against the liberal horde.

Originally, Joe Biden was suppose to be sitting next to Palin's desk with a Dunce Cone on his head, but Theil hated the idea and told me to take Biden out and to add Bush as the Dunce if that. He went on some liberal Biden worshiping rant about how Biden was more qualified to be President. Anyways, Biden as the Dunce would've made for a stronger and funnier piece. When he asked what will go on the board, I kinda hesitated cuz I figured he would of shot those ideas down as well. So I acted dumb and stalled.

As far as composition, I feel it's kinda strong. Theil didn't like the colors at all. I was going for a muddy, earth toned classroom feel. I mean, I like it. Theil said it looked rushed. And he was right. I learned a lesson on this assignment. I have to get away from the Lisa French approach of being process work heavy and devote more time on the execution of the piece instead. Cuz in the end, you can have a strong concept like this one, but if the final piece sucks, the whole thing falls apart.

I got it published on in the political cartoons section.

Overall, good concept, weak execution, it's aiight it's aiight. I don't know guys. What do you think?

First Figure Painting

We finally started to paint in figure painting class. I must say that my first attempt kicked everybody Else's azz. In my opinion of course. This was a 3 hour with breaks in between. The instructor (Carl Johnson) just wanted a monochromatic piece. That would explain the lack of color. It was done in the typical technique. First I drew it out with black paint on top of a burnt sienna acrylic underpainting. Then I blocked in the darks and worked from dark to light. And Da Daaaa. Well not bad for my first one. The second one came out kinda wack. But it still held a second place ranking in my opinion.

Friday, September 19, 2008

It's a Wonderful Life!!

Wassup Yall!! This is my first entry in my brand spankin' new blog. I hope to get lots of visitors and lots of input about my work. This would have to be the first successful illustration that I have ever done. It was done in Acrylics on coldpress illustration board. Shout out to my dawg Mirald in Ringling for coaching me through the painting process. If it wasn't for his tips, the piece wouldn't have been the success that it is. I'm very proud of this piece and hope to work with acrylics more often now. I always considered myself as a bad painter, but after I crancked this baby out, I have a stronger confident approach to painting now. I LOVE IT!!

This piece was an assignment given to me by my illustration instructor Lisa French. It's on the muscical "It's a Wonderful Life". The musical is all done by one actor playing mulitple roles at the same time. So that's why they both look like the same dude. They were gonna select a piece for the musical here in Sarasota but I think they punked out. But anyway, I'm in desperate need of money and I might consider putting this painting up for sale.