Sup Blog. The new year is in full swing and that means that the new semester is right around the corner, this Tuesday to be exact. Its pretty scary and exciting, and who knows whats gonna happen. I've decided to swing my thesis in a slightly different direction, and I'm going to work on a short story that I wrote. This'll be different from the religious-based imagery of last semester. I hope to have more of an ebb and flow going with these images, instead of the pressure to explode out of the starting gate with every image.

Also, I'm slightly overhauling my website. I'm keeping the same layout, but I've divided the Portfolio section into an Illustration and Design section. I have enough work to fill up both now and its about time really. That'll be up in a couple of days.

In the meantime, here are the much awaited Behold shirts, a collaboration between myself and Shaun Pantaleon. The shirts are printed on high quality cotton tees. The photographs were taken by Shaun on his travels and are pretty stunning in my opinion, especially the "Help Wanted" image, which is in my own geographic backyard. Also, for those of you who don't know, WBGO is NJ's finest jazz station with credibility to spare. Its cool to give them their due. They'll be available soon for $39 a piece, and are available in M, L, and XL.

*UPDATE* Unfortunately, the WBGO shirts are no longer available, but support them and listen!

That's it for now Blog. Peace.

Spittin' Venom for the '09

Sup Blog. I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year. For me, the off-time has been both relaxing and frustrating, as I have a serious love/hate relationship with deadlines. Therefore, with no deadlines there is nothing to love or hate, which sucks. I turn into a fleshy mess of pent-up artistic frustration.

Anyway, I was involved in an annual Secret Santa through elfster.com and my recipient ended up being my friend Dexter. A few of things to know about Dexter:

1. he's hilarious and acerbic
2. he loves glorifying himself in a non-douchey way (b/c he's a really good guy)
3. his ability to NOT be a douchebag makes you want to feed into his self-glorification upon request

So lucky me, he's my recipient. His gift wish was to have a 16 page homemade comic about himself featuring Venom, Snarf, and a celebrity of my choosing. This is funny because I was the only artist involved in the Secret Santa, and I just happen to draw his demanding ass out of luck. So, knowing that I can't simply do a 16 page comic without getting COMPLETELY caught up and anal retentive about it, I opted to do a portrait of him AS VENOM.

I also had no reference other than some high school photos, so he has his old faded buzzcut and hoop earring which, in the 90's, was awesome. This portrait was also weird for me (besides the obvious weirdness) b/c I DON'T do portraits, and I DON'T draw in a comic book style. So there was a lot of artistic fakery going on. But overall I dig it, even though it doesn't feel like I did it.

Anyway, that's it for now, and I'll be back soon with some really serious and artsy fartsy stuff. Because that's whats really important in these gravest of times.

Nappy Yew Hear!