3/15/10

The Sadhu science.

Sadhu Relaxation * Click on image to enlarge.

I've been going back and fourth on this piece for a while. A year has passed since I first thought of the idea and now, slowly it's taking shape. I started small, but then thought bigger. Bigger. BIGGER ! It went from one Sadhu to 3...fuck it I may as well throw a wall behind it. Make a street scene. A graf piece?? Yeah... Shiva/Parvati... The Big B??? Scottie Pippen jersey!! I hope to finish it totally, but I have a feeling I may end up adding more. For now, here's something to see. *Note Click on image to get a bigger view!

2/16/10

The J Dilla Sneakers Connection...


These are my sneaker tributes I put together to honor the late great James Yancey. I did these as a tribute honor a few years back and they ended up finding a home in Michigan with close family friends of the Yancey family. The first pair gained quite a bit of buzz and I decided that I wasn't going to do a 2nd pair. That ended up not being the case.
I did another pair last year that I dubbed "The Plastic Cups Edition" that I donated for a Dilla tribute event. I still have a design for another pair, but if I do decide to make them the only person that gets to have those are Ma Dukes herself.
1 Love Dilla Dawg...

These are the Dilla customs...
The first pair...



And now the Plastic Cups Detroit City Version

I opted to flip these in the Detroit Lions team colors (subliminal flavor).
I've been mulling over if I plan to do the third design or not. If done it would be another ambitious piece. Similar to the design I have in mind for a MJ custom pair I want to do.
If they do get done, you'll see them first here.

A bit of the old mixed in with a bit of the new.

A few weeks back my good friend, college buddy and former roommate requested some scanned artwork from former projects we started up. It made me realize that I really don't have any of my sketchbook work or any of the old work scanned. So I'm dedicating at least 3 posts out of the month to showcase the sketchbook work and the "throwback works" as I like to call it. I think it's only fit I start off with the collabo piece worked on with another good friend a little while back.
This piece was concept drawn by another good friend Ihsan Amin Thompson aka Truth0ne.
It's a classic tale of the perfect storm that I'm gonna get into at a later date, but during our high school years in the suburbs of Philadelphia Ihsan, Joe (another high school friend) & I were the awesome 3. A vivid hybrid of Graffiti, Manga/Anime, & Art Nouveau (even before we knew what that shit really was , hahahaha!)


Justice Sabre - Pencils - Ihsan Amin Thompson. Vector Inks & Colors - Che Tucker(Barron)
More of these to follow... Ahhh memories.

2/15/10

Old Vector piece, new vector piece


Let's start with the art  I did this to continue with my ladies design theme, but I opted to off shoot a bit.
It works out for the better for me because it actually helped put me in the direction I need for my next side piece. It will be a similar theme as far as layout or feel. I did this one based off of Meiko Kaji. She famous for her singing & acting talents over in Japan. Most Americans know her for the song that played when Oren Ishii got Axed in Kill Bill (Flower of carnage). She was always known for her "black widow femme fatale " status in films. No nonsense.
I tried to flip the beauty and the subtle gritty with the blood splatter. I may go back in and add more, but for some reason it fits for me.


This one I did on a whim, back in 2008. I was going make it a poster, but then ended up 86-ing' the notion. I enjoy the work I put into it, I think it fits for Black History Month. This one is more personal to me I guess.


1/20/10

2009 Rewind : The DG vectors & why my people frustrate me.

Bill Cosby said it best by saying, "I may not know the key to success, but I know the key to failure is trying to please everybody." I find myself having to repeat this quote in my head often when it comes to the work I do for clients. I try to work within my means and within their budget, but I still find myself giving a little bit extra to a fault. You learn from experience and build a tougher skin, but at the same time you develop less patience for the bullshit that may come along the way. I get impressed sometimes with the results I'm able to come up with when I'm left with very little to work with, but at the same time, as a designer I get pissed with clients for this same reason. I've found a trend that has become all the more common & in 2010 I've made it a point to put my foot down in regards to the situation. I'll be blunt and say it: Black people can make for horrible clients. I feel I have the right to say because I am black & it makes the situation all the more frustrating. I hate to pigeon hole, but time and time again, the situation rears it's ugly head. I've come to find that when it comes to black clients, they feel as though they can pull the sympathetic "we brown" angle with you. Bottom line: When it comes to their work, they want the sun, moon & stars, but when you tell them the cost of the telescope they think it's too much. They feel as though the work is too expensive, but they want it to look dynamite & are eager to show it off to make themselves look every bit the shit. For those that want to scoff or feel jaded by my statements, let's put it in perspective of building. From concept to construction, it takes months to years to become a living breathing reality. Yet a demolition crew can bring it crashing down in mere seconds. Quality creation takes time and thought and creativity. Just because it's something I enjoy doesn't make it easy. I like orgasms too, but in order for me to get one I gotta work for it. Crude statement yes, but a fact well all can't deny. I look back at this work and it serves as a lingering reminder. I'm sure I speak for a lot of freelancers out there when I say this: If you want quality you have to pay for it. Pure and simple. As a freelancer, it sucks because you need money to pay the bills, but at the same time you have to maintain a bit of gumption & if you sell yourself cheap, you will look at your work as cheap. I have found that it really doesn't pay to do favors. You're rates are your rates and should be non negotiable. If they want your work bad enough they will pay or keep it moving. In the long run, you save yourself headache, but stand to loose business as well. Such is the gamble. Yes it's a sluggish economy & times are tough, but I still believe quality is quality. Pure and simple. I'll close this with a quote from my father: "In the case of a uncertain economy, the last thing you want to do is fuck with a man's livelihood. Bottom line. Fuck you, pay me."
And with that, we turn to the DG vectors. This was a clear case of me making something out of nothing. I was proud of the work I did even though I wasn't given much to work with. Such is the case with many designers often times. You work on the fly. This was no exception. These were a series of mixtape covers & event promos I did over the 2009 season for a former client. D.Pitts.
In the end it was work for me and great design work for him, but the work experience was one that added to my frustration. I always wish the best for what ever client I have worked with in the past good, bad or indifferent, but once the job is done it's done & unless you have work for me to do, don't expect me to break my neck to be interested in anything else you have going on. I cut my ties, keep it moving & leave you to your enterprise whatever it may be. The grind is infinite.


Examples of the : webcomic and cd covers






1/8/10

Happy New Year & all that jazz...















I've been on a design tangent for a while now and have not been able to post any of the new work. What good is the blogspot if I don't post the work right? I've been working on a few custom pairs for the clients during the holiday season that I will post soon, but in the meantime here's images of a few designs that I want to get made into a limited run of prints for a few events coming in the spring time. The "Lovely Ladies" theme. It was an idea that I had in my head for a while and I had to get it out
while the desire was still there. Ultimately, I don't know how many more I plan to do, but I know I have at least 2 more that I want to add to this theme set.