It’s been a while since I made new flyers, and I ran out of business cards at Subzero last weekend, so it’s time for a new design. I still need to add all the important info but I’ll have it ready & printed out for this weekend’s events at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.
Here’s a little peek of the new mural design I’m working on. I digitally inked the sketch and added colors. Once it gets approved the next steps will be to buy paint then start muraling.
I made a couple tweaks to the image. Darkened the walls of the drive-in building (bottom left) and drew in a picture of Kendrick Lamar on the movie screen. It’s a screenshot from his latest music video. These changes were made at the request of the client, my buddy Brandon. Tonight I primed the surface of the wall. Hopefully, tomorrow, the projector I ordered arrives early enough that I can get started transferring the image, and painting.
I colored this little jammy-jam this morning and sent it to my client for approval. Once I get the thumbs up I’ll go buy the paints then work on transferring the image on the wall.
I did a little rearranging and redrew the image, except for the street signs which I’ll create on the desktop. But I think it’s ready to color.
I worked a little while on this project today. I did quick sketches of the street signs and tried to figure out the best way to arrange all the pieces. It still doesn’t feel right so I’m gonna tweak it again before moving on.
Tonight I traced the pictures I took of SAP, Drive-In, Tropicana shopping center and the barn at Emma Prusch Park. The object was to reduce the photos to line art before composing the layout. Next will be coloring and outlining. The final image will be painted on a wall and used as a backdrop for a YouTube show.
I had way too much fun today painting live with the TWC gang (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. I was glued to my mural for hours, getting organized, transferring my sketch, coloring and doing the line work. It turned out a bit wonky, especially the bottom half, but I didn’t mind. It was gonna get torn down and reclaimed after the event. It was exercise in painting quickly, and in a way that bystanders can see and understand what’s happening on the wall during the process. It was also my first time in years using spray paint on a mural and only second time live-painting and vending at the same time. Major learning experience!
I just finished inking what Im going to paint at Viva Calle Sunday morning. My car’s already loaded with paints and everything needed to live-paint and my t-shirts, which I’m hoping to sell a few. Now I just gotta get some sleep before my alarm goes off in a few hours. Should be fun!
I and the rest of the TWC (Together We Create) crew will be setup in Japantown on 5th & Jackson from 1- am to 3 pm.
Today I was commissioned to paint a small mural that’ll serve as a backdrop for an internet tv show. The mural will feature San Jose landmarks, the Capitol Drive Ins, SAP Center and the Tropicana Shopping Center and Emma Prusch farm on Story & King Road. It also includes the street signs for Tully Rd, Monterey Rd and Seven Trees Blvd. all per the client’s request. These are the rough & colored sketches. Next, I’ll redraw the artwork and get it finalized before transferring it on the wall.
Tonight I started inking this handsome fella. I’d like to stay up all night to finish it but I gotta get up early to hike Mission Peak with a couple friends. It’s a 5.8 mile long hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain so I need the rest. Otherwise I’m gonna look like this guy.
Another late night nite inking. This is a character I sketched in pencil 10 days ago. I inked this digitally in Adobe Fresco and will eventually ink it with real ink.
Two things I love to do. I bring a small sketchbook with me when I hike so I can draw when I stop for rest breaks. I’ve been thinking about inviting others to join me but I don't know anybody else that likes to do both.
I spent most of the day running errands but I made time to draw & ink this little diddly. I’m not really feeling what’s going on in the thought bubble. I might change it before inking.
Tonight I inked a couple sketches I made when I was hanging out with a couple artist buddies. The conversation was about copying other artists so as a goof I copied what they were drawing. They started as very loose pencil sketches then I added details and lettering before applying black ink.
Today, while I was hiking, I sketched out some important periods in my life in regards to art & drawing. My earliest memories of drawing rocket ships with my cousin when we were little. Being a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fanatic and learning how to draw them like the cartoon. Being bored in middle school classes and doodling on my class work. Taking my first art class, meeting other artists and acquiring my first sketchbook in high school. In junior college, still uninterested in class, my first job working in a clean room and going out and doing graffiti at night. I haven’t figured out which specific events I’d like illustrate to cover the last 20 years of my so called artsy-fartsy life.
I don’t remember which idea came first, making a zine or making my own sketchbooks. Back in August of 2018 I bought a long reach stapler and starting binding sheets of printer paper and folding them in half to make cheap mini sketchbooks. I haven’t made a zine yet but I’ve been using these homemade sketchbooks over three and a half years now. I was always too precious with my store bought sketchbooks and didn’t draw in them enough. With these cheap homemade books it’s easier for me to draw in and write stuff down. I’ve got 55 of these books and counting. I’ll be pulling sketches from these books to make zines, which was part of the original intent. Tonight I went through them all and marked the dates they were drawn in. Next I’ll go through them again looking for drawings of aliens and myself. Those are the two subjects I want to make my first couple zines from.