I've been trying to experiment with graphic illustrations lately for work and was super inspired by @rtsimp whose Instagram account features mostly portraits of NBA basketball players. I love that he also takes time to explain his creative process and respond to comments through his posts. With very little experience in illustrating and sketching, I'm challenging myself to push my abilities and try things I'm not necessarily comfortable with. I know personal style is something that needs time to be developed and I'm excited to try all the small tips and tricks I've learned by just asking around and roaming through dope artist accounts.
One of my favorite songs from the Coloring Book album. Another play on graphics and music with an animated GIF, exported as video for happy listening.
Last season I created a logo design for some friends who own a recording studio in Hollywood, LA. They produce some awesome music with up and coming artists that have been hitting the Billboard charts, including my own hometown friend Annale. The MAKO logo is now being used on their social media channels and products, including this table speaker handcrafted by @hcaudio with the logo engraved into the woodwork. You can check out MAKO's work and website at: http://www.makorecordings.com.
I'm cheating on my allegiances to Spotify for a bit to listen to Chance's new mixtape 'Coloring Book'. I just gave the whole album a run-through and I love the gospel vibes, choir hooks and stacked list of feature artists. A feel-good typa album with a spiritual element and I'm officially a fan. :)
I'd also like to take this opportunity to gush over Apple Music's new design elements. It's been years since I used iTunes and I remember being excessively organized with my playlists, artists, etc. back in grade school. I've long since moved onto streaming songs on Spotify but might as well take advantage of my 3-month trial to explore all the changes up in here. I'm really liking the MiniPlayer I can throw to the side of my workspace, the transparent backdrop for the thumbnail dropdown, and how clean these album covers look together on my music page (peep my repeat aritists of the month). Augh you've put me in a real dilemma here Apple.
Some of my favorite tracks: D.R.A.M. Sings Special, Blessings, Smoke Break, Finish Line, How Great, Grown Ass Kids (not in album)
- online video tutorials for Adobe Illustrator
- Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type
- Typographic Design: Form and Communication
- logo design for laundromat
- logo design for tech startup
- logo design for artist label
- logo design for recording studio
Collection of inspirations from Frieze Art Fair, Whitney Museum, Rutgers BFA Thesis Exhibition and various galleries & museums in Chelsea, NY. (4/27 - 5/6)
Names of artists from Pace Gallery exhibitions:
- Richard Tuttle
- David Hockney
- James Turrell
- Yorgo Alexopoulos
- Heather Hutchison
Arts and shits aside, this salted pretzel caramel ice cream from Morgenstein's Finest Ice Cream stand was the most bombass thing I've had all week.
New wallpaper update- lyrics from the favorite JCole track
I... DID... IT. I have finally made the leap into the daunting land of Adobe Illustrator. I know, completely bizarre for someone trying to make a career out of design and I don't even know my basics. It's the one design program I have yet to explore and thanks to some downtime at work, my coworker finally got to sit down with me today and show me how to use the pen tool (the damn pen tool)....... and these are the re-creations I made out of icons I found online (green is mine)! A complete and utter shitty job in my opinion but I am very very proud of this moment. Just half an hour ago, I didn't know how to make a curved line and now I can make basic lines and shapes! *pats self on back*.
I'd say my illustration skills are up to par with the average fifth grader, maybe worse, but better to start late than never right? I have a long way to go to master the program but it feels amazing to grasp the potential of what I can do with a new skill. Adding this image in for the books so I can hopefully one day laugh at myself and see how far I've come from now.
I'll be logging more about my recent work here and the opportunities I've had in the past couple months. Still not too sure where I want to go with this blog but with all the clutter of social media and apps, I want to use this as a portal for my own self-expression and journey through art. I find blogs a lot less confining and much more unfiltered, immune to false illusions created by views and followers. (But I'll always hold an affection for you Insta<3).
Pictured above is a compilation of photos I took during my past few travel days with the team. Visiting all these galleries and exhibitions with an agenda helped instill a newfound excitement for museums that I never had before. I found myself noticing and appreciating details and the varying textures, silhouettes, lines, colors, and shapes of each installment and engaging the expression of the artists themselves. I feel like I finally got a glimpse of the hidden gems and culture hidden within these streets and it makes me feel lucky to work in a city that is still quite foreign and overwhelming to me. I'm looking forward to exploring my own aesthetic style and learning where I fit in (or stand out) in this big big big world of design.
Here's a breakdown of places I visited-
MUSEUMS (NY & BO):
Museum of Natural History
Cooper Hewitt (favorite)
Harvard Art Museums
Boston MFA (another favorite)
I showed a couple of friends some wallpaper graphics I made (cause this is what I consider fun in my free time) and they seemed to enjoy them a lot. They asked to use some as phone backgrounds and requested more designs, so I'm thinking of creating more just for kicks. This particular series was inspired by my dude Drizzy and my summer repeat song.