Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Long story short... I heard of this San Diego-based hip-hop artist before by word of mouth while attending a hip-hop concert a few years back but until last year I never would've thought I would see this coming as soon as he hit me up on my facebook page asking me if I do art... Crazy coincidence it seems?? He's been building a solid buzz around the city & adjacent places in the couple of years... I forwarded him my seperate art links including this. Then the next day he got at me asking me if I could draw him a custom personal piece for his collection... We negociated back & forth, executed an original drawing, sold it to him personally when we met up near my lab... Then after talking back & forth on & offline since when we became good friends & after hearing his music I was very impressed with his craft as much as he was impressed with my style & creativity... The last week he hit me up with a new music video he made with new info about his upcoming album I became very excited about that new music he's gonna deliver... But what excited me even more enough to jump off my deskchair was when I caught my art I sold to him being vaguely displayed near the midst of his bizarre video... I was very proud & thank him so much that he had to expose my cold piece of work in his music video but in any youtube video whether it's a music video or local art-oriented video made & uploaded by somebody else... I wouldn't say it's big for me & didn't had my head inflated with heavy hyper-optimism that my art is gonna blow up big due to being featured in a music video but it's a wonderful exciting yet humble feeling that one of the wicket illustrations I made got to make it to youtube by somebody else whether I know the person or not, while I was thinking off & on about uploading a slideshow of my best works on youtube so the audience can enjoy... Well here ya have it folks... My cold piece of work I custom-made for rising San Diego hip-hop artist Legion X who got a new album due out in late 2017.... You can spot it in the 1:03 mark... Enjoy!!!
Monday, January 23, 2017
My 3rd quest lands on a lonely placid beach scattered with towering palm trees littered around with decaying logs & fronds of long fallen ones, on another remote tropical island that lies straight across from a not-so distant volcanic island shrouded by passing trains of stormy clouds... These isolated land & seascapes made me think of the gathered chunks of volcanic islands that surround the southeastern coastline of Papua New Guinea?? Something along those lines?? One late morning when I came out of the weedy fronds facing the beachfront I spotted a small pack of large dingo-like wild dogs... From my last sessions of observations on these indigenous primitive canids, from what Ive watched so far, their lifestyle & behaviour are more or less like dingos & wolves.. One thing for certain was that they tend not gather in large packs & tend to inhabit the beaches coastlines circling the islands though I never seen any of them when I was farther inland. They also head into the waves but never swim far off in deep water they stay around the shallow tides... That was when I came up with a common name for these island shore inhabitants, the shorehounds & its not known of there are more than one endemic species of them wandering on the other side of this island let alone other neighboring islands. From what I visualized is that these wild dogs resemble more like stowaways of Thai ridgeback dogs which are an established modern-day breed in Thailand (possibility that this dog has branched off from this sorta breed??) but the only differences are that they have tall ears that are reminiscent of modern-day Pharaoh hounds & longer tails are rowed with thick spikey hair perhaps overgrown to provide them better balance while swimming & communication.. Another thing I noted is that a thick row of spiky hair run down their necks & backs as well... Their overall coloration varies in individuals, very much shades of brown although I've claimed to have seen light grey, fawn, & reddish individuals wandering around the shorelines... As far as their overall diet is concerned from my best observations, their diet might've consisted of mostly carrion ranging from fish to beached dolphins, crustaceans, reptiles such as small monitor lizards, sea turtle hatchlings & their eggs, sea snakes, rodents, ground-dwelling birds & their eggs after my latest observation on the small pack digging deep into the sand layer after layer possibly for any buried reptile eggs However, it's not entirely certain that they hunt in well-organized packs although I did witnessed a few dogs ganging up together chasing off a deer, monitor lizard, & a seperate small pack joined together to harass a juvenile crocodilian on the tideline...
pen & ink on paper, 11" x 17"
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A ghostly trio pack of highland island hounds on the hunt far up on the coldest loneliest top of the mountain plateau that spans through the midst of one of the largest of my outerworldly archipelagos... The brushy sickle-tailed hunting dogs that haunt thru this open grassy mountain zone differ from their lowland lush riparian forest neighbors which I've shown you in Part 1, by their large size, dirty grey color & robustness... Although their behaviour & social structure are very wolf & domestic dog-like, after several closely detailed observations they are believed to have evolved from a Nordic spitz dog ancestor in which the Norwegian elkhound & Siberian Laika strictly belong in, that somehow were washed ashore in this island as ferals long neglected by their human owners...
pen & ink on bristol paper, 11"x 17"
Saturday, October 1, 2016
I was given the opportunity to illustrate 3 album covers for a hip-hop artist based in Salinas, CA who goes by the stage name Stevie Ray who is also an executive producer, CEO, & founder of his home-grown record label Paybak Muzik... One of the 3 covers I illustrated appears here on a compilation/ mixtape project he compiled that features a wide plethora of aspiring & veteran hip-hop artists from the same region, same part of the central coast of Cali with several of them already having solo albums out... It's such a great feeling to have my sharp edgy scratchboard etching which is a pit-bull skull laying brightly flat in the center between 2 long scrolls of names listed on this compilation including the names I've been listening to for many years as they have already established & made solid names for themselves & for the new artists listed who I haven't heard yet, they will eventually as long as they continue to work on their music, drop their seperate projects & build their buzz... Stevie Ray & his team & label Paybak Muzik are definitely the ones who have been prolific with their music & continuously putting out albums left & right!! As for this one you are all in it for a good treat!! This compilation was made to be available for free for all you downloaders on here who are searching for new music... Well here it is... The 40831 Compilation The Mixtape!! All 12 new tracks produced & realeased by Stevie Ray with graphics done by Alyssa & original skull etching done by me!
This compilation is available for free download!! Just click on this link below, register, stream the tracks & if you are liking what you hear, download & bump this as you go...
Saturday, September 24, 2016
pen & ink on paper, 11" x 14"
I happened to go ahead a illustrate a speculative island habitat zone which displays a low flowing shallow river passing through an old growth tropical gallery forest showcasing a mixture of evergreen trees rooted behind a piles of boulders & stalks of grass & reeds as they line up down the river... Below the near-canopy clearing entering into the stony riverbank attracts a pack of dark molasses brown to near black with light streaks of brindle hunting dogs that I speculated they evolved from an introduced selective stock of wolf-like Japanese spitz breeds possibly the Kai Ken, Shikoku Inu, & Kishu Ken with other various unidentified pariah dogs & very little likely, Asian dholes which are a separate kind of true wild dog, as you can pinpoint their large round hare-like ears; based only from my hours of silent observations... As you can see there's the pack of 5 adult dogs with 2 far in the cleared river entery being the alpha females are going in on a trio of river-going wild boars far out in the middle of the river, which various individuals to small groups sometimes with their young were previously viewed inhabiting many rivers, streams, & open waterways... This illustration was created to give you an idea of the essence of speculative divergent evolution... Hope you enjoy...