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 didn’t do shit today besides sleep in, lay in bed and watch tv before my gig tonight. Tomorrow I’ll work on inking and a color composition for the new mural I’ll be painting soon. Here’s a tiny sneak peek…
This afternoon I went on 3.65 mile hike, then delivered my blanks to Jimmy at Downtown Screen Printers so they can print me a new batch of San Jose (EMNSJ) shirts. Later, I went to Meeting of the Minds, the collaborative paint party, and painted a fun piece with my fiends Catrina & Eddie. When I got home, and in bed I started sketching out the design for a new mural I’m working on. Tomorrow night I’m DJing & hosting karaoke for a high school graduation party at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk from midnight till 2 AM. Busy, busy, busy…
It’s almost 4 AM and I’m still winding down after my gig tonight. The event itself was nothing spectacular, I’m just excited the week is over. Tomorrow I’m getting a little rest and some me time before jumping into a new mural and DJing more gigs later this week.
I’m back home after spending the day in Elk Grove. I’m all set to DJ tomorrow’s wedding in Monterey. Monday, I get to sleep in before starting work on a new mural design!
Tonight I finished the 8’x8’ mini-mural for the Any Given Bars’ YouTube show. It’ll serve as a backdrop for their productions. It took me one day to prime the surface and four days to paint. It was a lot more work than I was anticipated but I’m happy the way it turned out.
I painted a lot in 12 hours but didn’t finish. I might go in Friday night or come back in a couple days to knock it out.
The projector I ordered arrived this afternoon. I tested it before going to buy all the paint for the mural. I worked on it for 6 hours doing the tracing and laying down 3 colors. Tomorrow I’m gonna work on it all day and hopefully finish.
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 was still feeling worn out from the weekend but I was invited to go for a walk along the Guadalupe River Trail and walked almost 3 miles. My friend and I saw a mural soon after it was completed and explored the trail and streets we’ve never been down before.
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.
Sunday morning I’ll be live-painting with friends from TWC (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. I believe we’ll be setup in Japantown near 5th & Jackson. My friends posted these stories on Instagram and the pictures they chose cracked me up!
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.
After an eventful week it’s “back to life, back to reality.” That meant cleaning & chores. This weekend I’ll be live-painting again with my friends in TWC (Together We Create) at Viva Calle. That’s where they close down a few miles of city streets to car traffic and open it up to bicyclists, pedestrians & skaters. We’ll be posted on one of those streets painting 8’x8’ mini murals. I need to figure out what I’m going to paint before Sunday.
My buddies and I rented a private theater this afternoon to watch The Batman. There were 15 of laughing and joking throughout the whole movie. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again.
I did some artsy-businessy things today. I paid my Sales and Use Tax to the state of California, it was all the sales tax I collected selling merch in 2021, and I did some rough sketches for a mural proposal I’m working on.
Today was a lazy Sunday, spent mostly watching football. The 49ers lost to the Rams in the championship game. Tomorrow, California's sales & use tax returns are due so I’ll be working on that and I’ll be following up on a potential mural job.
This morning I met with a couple guys at their establishment to talk about doing a mural there. So far, so good. I measured their walls and will start working on a quote and maybe some sketches tomorrow. After that meeting I went hiking at Alum Rock Park. I hiked the Penitencia Creek Trail again and did a little better than before. It still kicked my ass but not as bad. At night I met up the Meeting of the Minds gang. That's where we get randomly paired up with other people and have to work on a canvas together. I got matched up with Tom and we did what looks like a giant red eye above the horizon, a yellow planet and a red sea monster.
Once again, I feel like I've accumulated too much stuff and it's time for another purge. That means tossing, giving away, donating and selling stuff I don't use anymore. Today I started by throwing away some junk. Soon I'll be going though everything in storage. It's fun to purge but it's a lot of work. I want this purge to be very thorough and get rid of a lot of shit.
And in other news, I've scheduled a meeting for tomorrow to discuss a possible new mural! Wish me luck!