Flea Market Day was a success! I made over $200 and got rid of a bunch of stuff. It was also fun talking to people, haggling, and seeing them get excited about my junk. Maybe I’ll be back in a few years after accumulating too much stuff again.
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.
Tonight I DJ’d my first wedding in almost 2 years and I’m happy to report I still got it! I was afraid my MCing & DJing was going to be rusty but once I started going through the motions it all came back to me.
Andrew, the photographer/videographer who's been documenting the Eastridge Mural asked me to send him the time lapse video of me drawing the mural design. The time lapse is automatically generated within the drawing app on the iPad. I exported the video, cut some of it out and sped it up. I think I sent Andrew a 5 minute version but I also made this 30 second cut.
The yellow backgrounds are done! It took over 8 hours tonight and I had help from a fellow Local Color artist/photographer/sign painter, and all around cool guy, Andrew Sumner. He came to take photos while I worked and helped fill in the letter G. After I was done painting I laid down a plastic sheet across the floor in preparation for the community paint-day on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it all goes well and makes the rest of the job easier!
I outlined all the letters but I'm still not done with the green. Only a few things left to outline before I can use the roller to fill it all in. Then it's on to the brown background at the bottom.
I started drawing/painting on my skull with black markers this evening and it's starting to come alive. I have to be really careful not to smudge the wet paint while I'm holding the it so I only did half the skull tonight. I was running out of spots I could hold. I hope I can finish it by tomorrow night.
In other 31 Skulls news, the video I edited finally got posted on Local Color's Instagram & Facebook pages to promote the skulls giveaway + art party on November 20th.
After a bunch of setbacks trying to coordinate the 31 Skulls fundraiser for Local Color, I think we've finally settled on an event date and a game plan. November 20, at Local Color's Keystone location. More details TBA (I'm so tired of saying that). I had to make a few edits to the teaser video I put together and added an extra artist, resized the text, and added the date and location at the end. Hopefully now we can put this on the Local Color social media and follow through with the plan.
Tonight I worked on this video for the 31 Skulls Fundraiser for Local Color. This is the second annual event where Local Color commissions artists to decorate ceramic skulls which then get used as prizes in a raffle. I'm spearheading the fundraiser this year and thought it'd be fun to make it like a sequel to a horror flick and gave it the subtitle, "Revenge of the Skulls." This video might change a little before it's official release but my goal was to highlight all the participating artists, in a cool way, and hopefully get people excited about the event!
As if October wasn't busy enough with work, vending & my art install at MLK Library, I'm gonna do Inktober again! That's where you draw an ink drawing everyday in October. I've done it the last 3 years in a row and I want to make it 4. I didn't draw one today, for the first, because I was vending downtown so I'm gonna draw 2 tomorrow. I'm already lagging!
Today was the Estate Sale at Local Color. Not a lot of people showed up, but I still had fun DJing. I was a little nervous because I was playing for the Local Color staff & artists instead of a typical audience. I made sure to give every artist vending a shout-out for participating. After it was over, I stashed my stuff inside Local Color and went to the Sofa Street Fair on South 1st St. I ran into some friends, hung out for a little while, then left to go pick up the gear and take it home. I'm exhausted after working seven days straight, and tomorrow I'm taking the day off to rest. I'm really looking forward to sleeping in.
Today I went to the Local Color Keystone studio to get some work done. I'd primarily been working from home these last couple of months. I was on the computer all day till I had to test some audio equipment. They have a couple of 12" speakers there, so I checked to make sure they worked when I plugged them into my DJ controller. They did! I also used my new mic for the first time. I'll be using them when I DJ/MC their Estate Sale on September 26. It should be a fun gig!
Another great event! My booth was in between two of my friend's booths, Jodi & Francisco, and it was a lot of fun talking and hanging with them. There was an adorable baby girl who walked into my booth and danced when I had my party lights on. I gave her a couple buttons and a high-five. I sold my last Medium San Jose shirt off the display and the rest of the black & blue ones so it's time to print some more. I'm considering doing something similar to the custom & pre-orders I recently did with my 1.0 shirts.
That's right! After countless delays and being 2 weeks behind schedule, all the custom & pre-order 1.0 t-shirts are now on their way to their new owners! Each order includes some throwback goodies, a hand-drawn Thank You card and an extra special surprise gift! After everyone receives their order and opens their gifts I'll share what the surprise was! Stay tuned!
I went on a 7 mile hike tonight at Alum Rock Park. After only going on two short hikes in July, and feeling bad about myself, I decided to start going on longer hikes again and being more consistent. So far I've hiked 5 out of 11 days in August going out every other day. Go me! A couple weeks ago I was ready to rejoin the gym but with all the new cases of coronavirus being reported, and restrictions being enforced again, I figure I'll keep hiking in the meantime. Where else am I gonna see foxes taking shits on the trail?
Another great event! I sold a few shirts and prints tonight, but most importantly, talked to people in person! I talked to friends (some who I haven't seen in years), people who had never seen my stuff before, folks who have. I even saw a guy wearing one of my pink & black San Jose shirts and asked if I could take his picture! I had missed vending so much! I can't wait to be back out there again, choppin' it up with folks, at the next two First Friday Street Mrkts in September and October!
I finally ordered all the blanks for the 1.0 reprints, pre-orders & customs. I'm afraid by the time they arrive and finally get printed it'll be after the First Friday Street Mrkt event on August 6th. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I'll have them finished before then. We'll see.
In other news... I sketched this thing below. There's also a time-lapse video below that.
Today on Instagram I uploaded pictures and video of the button display I built for my vendor booth. It was a last minute build. I made it the night before the Rose, White & Blue Parade event and I'm pretty happy how it came out. I bought a used frame from the Goodwill, yellow felt from Joann fabrics, hinge & back board from Home Depot, and I already had the scrap lumber & velcro at home. I'm going to leave it as-is for now, until it breaks or I come up with a better design, or solution, to display my buttons at events.
It was more of a festival, since there wasn't a parade this year ,but it was awesome event nonetheless! It felt great to be out and talking to people after almost a year and a half of shutdown. I'd been missing it. Lots of people came to my booth to check out my stuff and I made a decent amount of sales. I can't wait to do it again next month for the First Friday Art Walk & Night Mrkt.
I flew out to Las Vegas today and met up with my brother. We went to the MGM Grand to watch the Jabbawockeez perform with G-Wrex of The Bangerz. I’m on a mini vacation till I fly back Thursday morning to prepare for the Rose, White & Blue event on Sunday, the 4th of July.
I went and visited my friend, Arely, at an event she was vending at this afternoon. I surprised her with a few buttons I made of her artwork. She loved them. She uploaded a video on Instagram showing off her favorite. Around the same time, my other friend, Lulu, also uploaded a video showing off the custom roller skate button I designed for her. Later, when I got home, I pressed the buttons I designed for my buddy, Vic. It's based on a sketch I made in high school of his bands name, QMI. He ordered one of my San Jose t-shirts a few days ago and the buttons are a surprise.
Another slow day. I couldn't get myself to sit down and work on any one project. I pressed a single button in order to take video. I also added a couple red pieces to my Sticker Monster collage then realized I'm going to need a lot more red stickers than I have available.
I didn't realize when I bought my bike that I was so out of riding shape. When I owned a bike back in high school I would sneak out at night and ride all around the neighborhood. Fast forward to now, many years & lbs later, and I'm having a tough time going just a couple miles.
Today, to get more practice and build stamina, I took my bike to Lake Cunningham. When I got there I found a parking pass inside the ticket machine tray, saving me $6. I rode my bike around the parking before doing two laps. It was hard as hell, especially with my shifters & derailleurs not working properly! I really need to figure out what's wrong and fix it. When I was done, I left the parking pass in the ticket machine tray for the next person to find. I'll probably keep going back to Lake Cunningham till I get more comfortable riding my bike and building my endurance, before going on long rides in the streets.
Almost there. Still cleaning up the design by smoothing out the paths and removing unnecessary anchor points. This sucker is 12 states away from being print ready.