Archive for January, 2011


Mr.West

For the past 10 years that I’ve been in the fashion industry, I’ve probably come across over millions of shirts, and I just so happend to come across this shirt right here

Now maybe I might be biased to this, because for one, Kanye is in my top 5 emcees of all time. Anyhow I’m assuming that this shirt came out after the mtv incident.

Well here’s my take on it.

Is it just me or did Taylor Swift not blow up after this? She’s in movies and she gets mad play everywhere (thats what he said, lol)

Yes Kanye can be super extra at times but that’s just his personality. This guy is a true artist. His vision for his videos are remarkable, and not to mention his music. Dude has Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergi, Kid Cudi, and Rihanna all in one track! Who else can pull that off?

I’ve heard peoples takes on the situation (which I know was like 2 years ago) and it really is a mix bag of opinions.

But I stand by my dude and say Kanye West is not a “douche”

cowabunga dude…

So here is the latest work I’ve done for a client. I’ve provided the step b step photos. I have to admit that I enjoyed painting this shirt because for one: big tmnt fa over here! Two: michaelangelo is my favorite. And three::it provide me with the challenge of not doing the cartoon version but the movie version.

Now just a side note, I’m one to always keep learning new things so I watch youtube videos on some of the greatest airbrush artist’s do their thng. And I’ve learned how to bring portraits to life by adding certain highlights with accent colors. Youtube can actually serve a good purpose, huh?

Cheers

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So this past weekend I went to see the Green Hornet. Now you would think that a movie with Seth Rogan would just be a comedy that you might be able to just wait till it comes on DVD. But I beg to differ. I for a fact enjoy Seth Rogan movies. The guy is straight up funny. But what caught my eye with this movie is the artwork that was included. In one of the scenes they go through the Nato’s sketch book, and it had drawings of car designs that reminded me of Chip Foose, famous hot rod shop owner and automotive designer that you may recall from the show “Overhaulin”on TLC. Now these sketches may not be drawn by him but it sure did inspire me to write this post on him. Foose’s sketches are amazing as you can see in the pics. To me its his stlye and sketch lines that bring the drawing to life.

My cousin had bought a  replica of the one of his sketches….and by sketch i really mean a rough draft of some sort not fully colored, for 150$. I myself would grab it off google images and just print it, but…you gotta respect the artist right? lol

Go check him out at http://www.chipfoose.com

and definitely go check out Green Hornet.

BACK TO BASICS

I know all of you have notice that everyone in the tshirt business has been doing the oversize prints and have been killing it for the past year and a half. Affliction and  Ed Hardy I can say made this look popular.Now you have different brands knocking it off. WHY? Cus it sells so why not do what the big boys do, right?

Well Im here to tell you, that working in the fashion industry, alot of buyers and stores have been tired of this look and are looking for something new. The new upcoming look is now plain and simple. You will start seeing a lot of type based shirts this year and probably for the up coming seasons. Also to keep an eye on is the pixelated/digital look. Almost a mix between 80s video game effect mixed with fancy fonts. You will still have some type of image in the design but not as big.

Also what will play a big role is the color combination. I’m seeing a lot of yellow coming into play. Purples, but not the Royal purple thats been killed last year but a lighter purple. As usual your cool greys, and pastels will still be hot.

A great brand to keep an eye on and that is always on the ball with trends is Ralph Lauren & Hugo Boss.

If you are a designer like me, I always go through the pages of certain sites for design ideas (ideas, as in inspiration, never knock off another brands look. that will just make you a fake artist)

And for colors, here’s my secret: SNEAKER FREAKER MAG.

I would look at the up and coming shoes and see what colors they use and try to create a shirt that would match it.

Enjoy

TOP 5 “I REMEMBER” SHOES

All those who know me, know that I’m a big sneaker head. The thing about my collection is that I dont buy the hottest Jordans nor do I cop the hottest air max’s. I’m the type of collector that can look at a shoe and 10 years down the line it will be posted in a blog post such as this one, and people will say “daaamn, I remember those”.

Well although only two of these entries were in my collection, the rest brought back sort of a nostalgic feeling, reminding me of my mushroom haircut days, and playing basketball trying to do the Shawn Kemp spin off the base line…….#reflection….lol

Now in no particular order, I present to you….I Remember:

The Shawn Kemp’s. Reebok’s Kamikaze

I remember seeing them in the Slam Magazines and thought how ugly the shoes were that I wanted them so badly. Not to mention Shawn Kemp was my favorite player back then.

The Shawn Kemp’s. Reebok’s Kamikaze

I remember seeing them in the Slam Magazines and thought how ugly the shoes were that I wanted them so badly. Not to mention Shawn Kemp was my favorite player back then.

 

Maybe I havent been keeping up with kicks news, but if they haven’t yet, they need to bring these back. Like soon

The Patrick Ewing’s. If you didn’t have a pair you were non-existant. lol. I think these were a flag of New York City but on your shoes. I also think these were what birth the coolness in the color purple. (maybe not. lol)

Dikembe Mutombo’s.

Some one please educate me but did Adidas make this shoe? Cus I remember buying them at a Payless back in the day, and I know damn well Adidias’ do not sell at Payless.

I just love the tribal African inspired details. I have pics of me wearing these kicks, which I would love to show, but it would expose my mushroom hair cut.

 

Now who can forget the Magic Johnson shoes.

Plain, simple, and an instant classic.

I remember getting them, and thinking of how cool I was, cus no one had a clue in my elementary school who Magic Johnson was, and why I was wearing his shoes. Damn I was so cool.

Last but not least, we got the Grant Hill’s.

They came in the low and High tops, but in my opinion the Hightops are always cooler, that and if you got the low tops it meant you didnt have the extra 20$ to spend on the high-tops. lol

When I played in these shoes, I dont know if it was just me, but I felt like I could jump higher. ( dont judge me!!)

 

 

Well there you have it. My top 5 “I remember” shoes.

if i did leave anything out, and I know I did, pls drop me a line.  There’s like a million kicks out there!

 

enjoy

Mad Inspiration

For years I’ve been following him and keeping up with his work. I think it was the famous “dj” painting that caught my interest in Justin Bua.

Born in NYC, in the late 60s, Bua is know for his unique style and how he is able to distort images, and his fascination in the urban Hip-hop Culture.

I actually had the pleasure of contacting him via email, and the fact that he responded gave me an even better impression of him. I mean how often are you able to communicate with “your favorite artist”. Anyhow I had told him that his book that he released a few years ago was over priced and he had said that its only 30$. But all of you know that the price in a book from the States is different than the Canadian price. They even show you the prices and here it was costing me 49.50$ lol. (its in the past….)But for what its worth…..I ended up buying the book .

I have to admit that my style may have some Bua attributes in terms of bending the rules of art.

So check out his stuff at: http://www.justinbua.com

“Mr.Bua, I bought the book, and I hope you enjoy this free publicity.” LOL!!!

 


 

Rakim Airbrush


This just finished. Actually its an old painting that i had to revamp. it stood 4 feet high at one point but then redid it and now its half. Is that allowed??

Imagine Da Vinci taking down the Mona Lisa and cropping it or adding something else to it…would it still be the same?

So maybe I went against the laws of art but I find that it looks much better. But isn’t art all about personal expression?

airbrush: 2 hours (intially)

revamp:1 hour

 

Let me know what you think of this?

 

 

I dont know if some of you have notice that the blog entries have been sort of on and off. And there is a very good reason for that. Ive been working on other ventures which you will soon find out about in the near future, but one of them is my personal gallery which is planned for the spring. I will be showcasing my past artwork along with recent ones Ive completed.
You can actually see some of my past work on my personal site
http://www.robertofoz.com
Im known to relate most of my work with the hip-hop culture but this time around you will see I went with something dark and personal.
thanks for your patience.

shake it off…

So the holidays are finally over and if you own a business you all know how hard it is to shake of the “holiday relax mode”. Unfortunately I was a victim of this condition but have manage to bounce back quicker than I thought. Lol.
Here is a portrait of a customers pet pig. It took me 3 hours, with airbrush. The size was 9×14 canvas.
This week I will be working on an electric guitar…stay tooned for that, should be quite interesting.

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