Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I was foolin' around one day on the net and I saw this cool picture of Erykah Badu with this gigantic afro. I got inspired to draw a female character with a super-sized 'fro!! Everything about this picture fell into place really well from the thumbnail drawing to the finished piece. I did this one and the fighting spirit drawings at the same time. I'm starting to do this "assembly line" drawing process where I work on at least three pieces at the same time. What I've noticed is that the same amount of raw energy is passed on the each piece, therefore, I keep the same amount of energy flowing without stopping and completing one piece at a time. I'm starting to like this way of working and I really hope that it keeps evolving as time goes on!! I also paid homage to the L.L Cool J album title of the same name for all you Hip Hop heads out there!! Peace!!
I've always believed that the art of emceeing and the way of the samurai were one and the same. When I was rapping, I felt that I had to battle the best lyricists out there to see how good I was. Personally, the battles that I lost made me work 100x harder than I was before. I never felt ashamed of losing to a really talented emcee because when I eventually battled that cat again he had to come harder next time around!!
Hip Hop is an AGGRESSIVE art form. That is just the way it is and there is nothing wrong with that! In order to best the best you had to have a strong fighting spirit and that is one of the unique qualities one must have to push forward in this constantly evolving artform.
These three drawings represent that to the fullest. I drew them with an aggressive amount of loose energy and stayed committed to the lines I drew on the paper. Each stroke was like a sword slash. The fighting spirits in the background are different for each individual. Some are layered, some are dense, but they all represent that particular character's personality. Okay...I ran out of stuff to say.....y'all stay cool!! Peace!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Big ups to my good friend Nico for these pics from the live art show at Effum Bodyworks tattoo shop three weeks ago!!! It was really going down until a good bit of rain came through and killed the momentum a bit. Luckily, I finished my painting right before it started pouring down!! I was sweating my ass off painting in that humid, Louisiana heat!!! Lol!!! The crowd felt the whole live art gig, so, you can say that the show was very successful!! Ain't nothing like painting with good, talented friends!!!
I also finished a painting and three black and white illustrations this week.....I'll post the illustrations tommorow. Unfortunately, the painting is too big to fit on my scanner.