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"