Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thick-billed skeletons

Another morbid scene I caught when I was trekking around the tall scrubby plateaus. A small flock of thin-stick bony skeletons with projected ink-black thick-bills as they descend down & conquer on the rugged patch from the moody misty skies to feast on whatever's left of the horned "carcass".

                                pen & ink on paper "14 x 17"

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Color sesh 1!

In the last couple of days, I've been seshin' with my color pencils on old sheets of black paper I've found stacked beneath the layer of plain white ones just to come across new techniques & hone my skills more as far as color blending, shading & values while coloring landscapes & skies... My 1st time spreading color on a large regular black paper in many years & I'm feeling how its coming out...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Breakin' the mold in the music market!! Another of my original illustrations makes the cover for another rap record which is officially out!!

Even til' this day, I find it next to impossible to even imagine a plain dinosaur on a cover of a rap album because the last time I looked & browsed everywhere in the rap section in any music store local or major retailer I have never seen a single sighting of a dinosaur on a rap album cover (If you have please let me know if you see one & send me the image via email!!)... It was more than a blast to illustrate a wicket roaring skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex originally etched on a 12' x 12' black inked scratchboard then submit a scan to a rap record label owner Stevie Ray based south of the glorious California Bay Area, which regionwise, it was known for tons of underground rap & hip-hop compilations that glutted the music markets for 20 plus years... He is indeed a very open individual for a rap artist & executive owner of his label imprint & he is one who wanted to bring that idea followed by the formula & format he had planned which he factually did & he has a spent a tremendous amount of time & investment to assemble together a major underground rap/hip-hop compilation comprised of a wide variety of raw talent both veteran & aspiring... After he completed this project, he sent me the final cover which depicts the infamous ghostly T-Rex in the middle & it looked good... Weeks later he posted the official tracklisting that contains 22 tracks filled with various artists ranging from his hometown which is Salinas all the way to San Jose all the way to Vallejo... When it comes to the variety of artists he brought in & the type of production held down; I have to say it's a totally different type of rap compilation coming from that region from all the others I heard in the recent years... But like those other comps I heard this whole entirety of work is just as worth checking out as much & he bascially stuck to that format to make this be considered a true compilation... Peep this!!
                                 He also posted the snippets for this on youtube..

Congrats to my man Stevie of Paybak Muzik for this incredible effort... This compilation is now available on Itunes  Amazon  cdbaby

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Grim-looking phantom black marsupial wolves "literally about the size of placental wolves" exist in the colder southern half of the island chain???

My very 1st "sighting" of a solitary large adult phantom black marsupial wolf (Thylacinus phantasmicus) prowling freely in the high open meadow passing by a tall thick barrier of old upland ash forest. pen & ink 11"x 14"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Miguel Salvador's art makes a cameo in a San Diego hip-hop video...

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

Futuristic island mammal fauna Part 3: Shorehounds

                       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

Futuristic island mammal fauna Part 2: Island highland hunters

  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

New original illustration featured on an underground hip-hop compilation...

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...      

Stevie Ray's Bandcamp

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Futuristic island mammal fauna Part 1: Hunting dogs & water boars!!

                                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...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hoohoo The Acid Tongue

                                9"x 12" pen & ink on paper