Category: Latest Work


Dallas Mavericks…

Its been quite the NBA season. I will openly admit that I’ve been cheering for the bulls since the beginning of the season and as soon as Miami them, I have converted to a Mavs fan. Ill be honest I hate the Mavs, cant stand their uniforms, and most importantly, I can’t stand Jerk Nowitski.

But now seeing the heart the Mavs had out there in the finals I will give them their respect that they deserve.

Congrats to Jason Kidd for finally winning a title. Also to the Matrix for waking up toward the end of his career and playing like a true vet.

It would have been a sweet story to have 3 of the league’s players on one team win a championship, but it just goes to show that at the end of the day, its about who wants it more.

Can the comparisons between Jordan and Lebron now stop? Jordan bettered his team and later creating a few all-stars out of the team (Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, BJ Armstrong,). Lebron looks more like a “fend for yourself” type of dude. Skills are there but mentally not Jordanesque.

Congratulations once again to the Dallas Mavericks. You earned it and for 2011, you are the best team out there.

Dirk, I will no longer call you Jerk, you are one hell of a player.

Till  next year!

#crossingfingers Go BULLS

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on the grind….

I’m starting to notice that most of my posts always start off with a reason why I’ve been posting so little. Well here is another reason why. I’ve been given the oppurtunity to bless the wall of a tattoo shop with my airbrush skills.
I started this job a week ago and I’m still going at it. Its probably one of the biggest jobs I’ve done so far. I think one of the reasons why it looks so good right now is because its all about hiphop. And they say if you are doing something you love, the results will be phenomenal. anyhow, here’s a sneak peek. Enjoy.

I know we have all thought of it, of how great it would be for CS5 to be available for the iPad.  We have already seen what Wacom did with their tablets so why not Apple? Im guessing it could either be that these programs are just too strong for the iPad, or its actually in the works and they are trying to milk it with the first and second gen iPad.

To be honest, Im not sure I would enjoy using a touch screen to design stuff. After a while it would get tiring and it seems that the risk of arthritis and carpal tunnel heighten, no? Have you ever listened to how many times you click your mouse when you are designing something? I swear we go at 80 clicks per minute. Thats a lot of wear and tear on your hand. LOL

It would extremely  be convenient for those minor touch ups that you need to do before sending it off to the client.

Im sure some of you have those clients that call you outta no where and ask to “just center my logo a little bit more”, and you are no where near your desktop and powering up your laptop takes too long. If you had the iPad just turn it on boom boom boom, send and done. (Yes, that fast lol!!)

I have a friend that works for apple development, and word has it that Apple is working on an Ipad Pro. I got no official specs on it but this may be our answer. We will see. Apparently it wont be out till Fall 2012.

So I guess for now we can just sit and wait and let technology run its course.

Homeless Designer…

This goes out to all you graphics designers, illustrators, and painters out there.

There’s this rumor going around that designers come a dime a dozen. And I’ve actually heard that slip out of previous people Ive worked for.

Now here’s our struggle. People seem to believe that what we do is so easy and that it takes no time to finish. What people dont understand is that we have gone through schooling (some of us not), and have lost years of sleep to become this good in order to complete a job in no time. And not to mention develop a sharp sense of imagination so we can mentally put together your design.

Im just gonna go on a small rant and say that I cannot stand when people tell you how much they will pay you for a contract and don’t even ask you if its fair.

Ive been in the game for 9 years and if a client wants to pay me 25$ for a logo, I hand them a stick man.

Side note: Professional Graphic Designer should be paid minimum 30$/hour. MINIMUM. And when I say professional, I mean Professional. Not those people that learned designing of YOUTUBE.  Yall give us a bad name, so go back to the etch a sketch and just stop it!

Now this shirt I have created for all you freelance, or full time 9-5 designers who get underpaid. You know you deserve more. It seems that your artwork is only worth millions once you are dead.

Production for this shirt is now happening and will be available next week. For pre-orders please email me or you can click on the pay pal link which will be available in the link above “Limited Edition”

or just click here

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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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?

 

 

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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Another Airbrush Painting.

So as Christmas approaches, I have customers asking for me to paint random stuff. I shouldnt be doing this but i have to show you one of the pieces I recently completed. They asked for a snow boarder and then to put my creative touches. And this is what came out of that.

3 hours and 1 Red Bull.

Media: Airbrush and spray paint.

build a bear shirt of the week

Had a client request this for their build a bear. Pretty awesome.

posted on my trustworthy blackberry.

 

And it has begun. I received these items from Build-a-Bear yesterday and it seems that people are now catching on to the custom tees for their bears.

The way it works is that I do my pick ups on Tuesday and return them on Friday for customers to pick up their items at the Build-a-Bear location.

We might have to change that since I know for a fact that the holiday rush is gonna be bananas!

I mean who wouldn’t want a personalized shirt or jersey. What scares me is not the amount of shirts that will be coming in, but the time that they will be coming in. I wouldn’t be surprised if Christmas Eve was the busiest day of the season.

So consider this a warning, if you come at 4:55pm on Christmas Eve, expect the Grinch to be serving you. lol!!!