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VECTORS VECTORS!!!

I have to apologize again for the lack of posts lately. We have officially moved to a bigger location. I will be honest with you, we were located in a flea market that I am extremely grateful for but we have come to a point where we needed to expand. So for the next few days posts will be rare, but I will try to keep you all posted as much as I can.

Anyhow, I have come across some great sites that offer free vectors!!! Yes for all you graphic designers out there ready made vectors is like finding hidden 1up mushroom in Mario Bros. (too old school??)

If they do have a donate option, send them a little something if you can.

Enjoy: Vectors

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My Forte…

 

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As some of you know, I’ve been airbrushing for about 10 years now, and its been an on and off relationship. There will be months where I would just go on an airbrush streak and create mind blowing pieces, and then there are the years where I will take a break. And I think its because I like being on the move and I cannot just sit in one place for hours.  Anyhow this is besides the point of post.

For years I have been looking for some one that I can actually say I trust enough to pass on some work and folks, I think I found him. The airbrush game is a very competitive field and everyone will claim king, which is just an “artist’s ego”. But today I will have to give respect where respect is due.

Meet Greg. A true artist that has been in the airbrush game for over 15 years. I had the pleasure of speaking to him about our personal experiences and it just goes to show that you can never stop learning now matter how long you’ve been doing something. Over a 15 minute conversation I’ve learned things that I would have never thought of, tips and tricks of the trade. And I think more artist, or anyone that is a master of their craft, should be more like Greg, and that is the willingness to help other artist become better. Today, people are so terrified to share information thinking that the next person will steal the ideas. A Tribe Called Quest put it best: “..progressions can’t be made if we’re separate forever…”

 

check him out, www.brushgroove.com

Notorious

This week we remember one of the greatest emcee of all time. We all know that his career was short lived and if he was still here today, hip-hop would probably be in a different position. You know you are a true legend when 15 years after you pass, your music still echoes in clubs and on the radio, with a fair amount of video plays on tv.

Now one of my favorite dj’s, J.period, has released a 2 volume set mixtape, and although I may not know J personally, I will give him some promo on my blog, cus this guy is a monster with the mixtapes.

And the one thing that I love about this dude is that he keeps hiphop real. Most of the tapes he comes out with, he puts them up for free download, and the quality of the tapes are sell worthy, but thats why I say he is real, cus hip-hop was meant to be told, not to be sold, right?

Enjoy the free download

The world of Art

I had the pleasure of working with Art at a denim company where we pumped out graphics like there was no tomorrow. He was probably the only guy I knew that painted and had a passion for art other than myself. After we both left the company I’ve followed his work and have notice his gradual progression. This guy paints portraits and helmets for race car drivers, we are not talking about some no name drivers, we are talking about big time names here.

His style is very unique and I have to admit  he did have an influence in not only my own style, but also helped me develop the eye for graphics in fashion and in airbrushing .

He has done hundreds of helmets, hundreds of paintings, and it doesnt stop there.

 

Go check out his site.  www.artrotondo.com

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

For all you designers out there, heres a little treat. We search the deepest parts of the net to find great sites for vectors, cus’ there are times when us artists do get a little lazy to retrace images on Illustrator. And sometimes hitting that good ol’ “live trace” button just doesnt give you the results you want.

Well here’s some links for you. some of you may know that but those who don’t…..enjoy!

http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/huge-collecton-of-tshirt-design-mockup-templates

http://www.greatvectors.com

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/12/swirls-vector-illustrations-set/

http://www.vecteezy.com/

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com (need to register but thats it, free baby free!!)

Finding NYC….

So its been nearly a week since i last posted and something and there is a very good reason for that. I went down to New York City for a Mens Fashion Trade show, and to find some sort of inspiration for the upcoming fall lines that I will be working on in the upcoming months.

Now I’m not sure if it was because it was the beginning of the  week when we decided to go, but NYC was sort of quiet. It felt like a friday night in Montreal LOL!

Met lots of people that had nothing to do but complain about the economy. I think its in a way healthy for people to experience a hit like that and as a result,  it woke up some people, because I also met people that are back on the grind, hustling. Meaning, they are going back out there and doing some hard core leg work again. You kind of have to, doesn’t matter what size your business is.

Any how, here’s my weeks report on whats hot in nyc, which is good forecast for all you designers out there. Save yourself a trip to NYC and just read this nutshell of what’s going down. (forgive me if there are any typos, Im an artist not an english teacher.)

DESIGNS FOR MENS FASHION:

As stated earlier this year, the direction of mens graphics is definitely going simple. No more of the Ed Hardy look, which I think only Ed Hardy will be the only one to get away with that look still. No more big prints, for example Affliction tees. Simple.

A good template, or example of what every one is into now, is none other than Ralph Lauren. Everyone is knocking him off, like its going out of style. (pun) But the thing is it won’t. I see this look probably stretching for the next 2-3 years.

Another good line to look at is G-star. If your line is more of the casual city type, this is a good line to look at for inspiration.

I saw a lot of text and font based designs which apparently work well. In other words, dumb it down, you dont have to spend hours on a design or graphic. Just some simple word play with maybe a line stroke here and there would do the job.

Now my buddy and I have found something that we know for sure that will be hot for the upcoming season’s but I  dont think i should put that out there, only because the competition maybe reading this. But dont be too upset, as soon as production is finished, I will definitely let you in on the goods.

 

Before I end this, I just want to say that its damn expensive to be an artist. And all of you other artist out there know what I’m talking about when I say that because we have to go to anther city, just to find inspiration. We are never satisfied with what we are provided in our own city. But I think thats the beauty of it. We are forced to be explorers.

Lastly, we gotta stop complaining of what’s wrong with business, or anything that you’ve invested in. Start focusing on what a blessing it is to actually have your own business or grind if you will. And you will see that things will start to change. Trust me.

 

 

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”

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