xXSmack's Big Dreams x Showin' LoveXx

xXSenior Project: Smack's Big Dreams Xx

So here it is. The Grande Projecto that had me with little to no sleep. A project fueled by energy shots, movies, and loud filth flarm filth music. People, I present to you, "Smack's Big Dreams."

(click on the thumbnails for a larger view)

A little bit of insight on this project, I based this on the idea of daydreaming. A symptom which I have been plagued with for far too long. So I decided to document my struggles through humorous art. I wanted to challenge myself with this one by having each daydream that the character (Smack, of course) enters into to be in a different art style. So as you see him enter into the Scrubs-inspired daydream, you can see the style differs a bit from what I normally do. Then during that last page, you definitely see a total change as it goes into the Frank Miller-esque illustration for the next daydream. And yes, that "To Be Continued..." means that I will still be working on this because I definitely want to finish this for my portfolio.

xXReal Recognize RealXx
You know when something great happens to friends I gotta share it right? Well, a couple of friends finally got some official websites up and running so of course I gotta show love and share their artful artyness with the rest of the world. Go 'head and check them out because they're all extremely talented and cause me to level up on my jealous meter everyday...
Rachael Olek
Domenique Chery
Mario Moore
Chelsea Kirchoff
Femi Fatusin
Maria Filar

And as always, I'm Ghost...face baby! (yeah, Biggie Week still continues!)


xXSeperate The Weak From The ObsoleteXx

And it all started with me in Senior Studio steadily working on my final project fumbling around AOL radio...

For those who have utilized the AOL radio stations, go to the Hip-Hop/Rap section, click on the "All B.I.G." station and just listen and examine what's wrong with that picture. Don't worry, I'll wait...

...Figure it out yet? I'll wait some more...

...alright, I can't wait anymore. It's censored. Censored? CENSORED? El censoro? Nah, you can censor Biggie. Listening to a blanked out B.I.G. song is like putting your ear to pavement during traffic, just can't do it.

So with that moment, I decided to partake this week as The One Week Biggie Experiment. Similar to fellow artist and cool I.V. kid Randall's earlier Diplomats-based journey, I will be listening to solely music featuring the brass lyrics of Christopher Wallace to see how it effects my personality, my moves, and my art. The stipulations are as stated:
  • Only music featuring B.I.G. can be listened to. That include all of his albums - released when he lived (Ready to Die, Life After Death) and his posthumous albums (Born Again, and yes even Duets: The Final Chapter).
  • No songs that only SAMPLE Biggie. (that especially means you Smitty)
  • This DOES include other artists' songs that Big was featured on (example: Jay's "Brooklyn Finest" or 112's "Only You" remix. Hell, even the joint he did with Michael Jackson!).
  • Guerrilla Black? F**k outta here.
So with that knowledge, I have gathered and collected as much B.I.G. music that one can fit into his tiny broken down iPod (I really need one of those Touch joints) and have set sail for this interesting experience. And don't worry, I won't come out of it with "Suicidal Thoughts" or go out and "Party and Bullshit" but I will come back probably able to recite a whole lot of tracks off of Ready to Die...

...geez, and I already have enough with finals this week. I always gotta make sh*t difficult heh.

Until then, as always I'm Big Poppa Ghost...face

*In celebration of this experiment, I've also tuned the musical score to an all B.I.G. frequency with a bit of the new Jay song mixed in. Hey, it's for the Notorious soundtrack so it KINDA counts, right?


xX7 Smack Facts (I Hate You, Wes) x Big Dreams Sneak PeekXx

Apparently I was hit with a tag thanks to Wesley so I have hit y'all with seven random facts and also tag other unfortunate souls. Sigh, what you want me to do? I'm sorry! (c) Jay-Z.
  1. Rachael Olek
  2. Alonzo Edwards
  3. William Ketchum III
  4. Chelsea Kirchoff
  5. Mel Miller
  6. Scott Daly
  7. Sway Guzman
  • I used to listen to Marilyn Manson leading toward my Freshman year of high school. (SIDENOTE: I went to a Lutheran middle school lol)
  • I hate when shit isn't organized but get too lazy to organize it myself.
  • When I was little I was so afraid of water that when my mom accidentally hit me with the watering hose I stripped naked one day and ran around my backyard yelling "Ninja Turtles!"
  • I have no rhythm, despite the stereotype that all black people can dance.
  • When I was younger (around 10 maybe) I took karate from a guy that actually looked like Chuck Norris' younger brother, beard and all.
  • Since sophomore year in college I've listen to at least one song from a Detroit musician (Eminem, Royce Da 5'9, Dilla, Slum Village, etc) or at least one Jay-Z song every day.
  • I'm still trying to participate in life and not just observe it.
And I can't have a post without some type of art. So here's a sneak peek inside my senior project that I've been (slowly) working on entitled "Smack's Big Dreams"...

And as always, I'm Ghost...face


xXHappy Turkey Forkstab DayXx

...or Thanksgiving for all you "normies"

And Rachael's Star Wars-a-thon she had at her place last weekend had no effect. Nah, not so ever. Nah...ahem....
As always I'm HanGhost...solo

Okay, maybe it had a LITTLE effect on me...


xXSystem OverloadXx

Another addition to the "Hear What Your Eyes Can See" series. This one also based on a Kanye West produced song, "Love Lockdown" off of his recently released album 808s & Heartbreak, which is surprisingly a decent album albeit it's incredible difference from his past albums. I advice everyone to take a listen to it even if you aren't a fan of Hip-Hop, R&B, or the such.

For this one, I did some experimenting mixing both traditional and digital (or as Don Kilpatrick calls it, "tradigital"). First I did the initial piece in watercolor on canvas paper and then I scanned it and did some tweaks and additions in Photoshop, and finally adding the letters in Illustrator. It was good experience and I just might try it out again when I get the chance.

Expect more for this series to come and no, they won't ALL be the Kanye songs. In fact here are some of the songs I'm THINKING of basing pieces off...
D'Angelo - "Devil Pie"
N.E.R.D. - "Anti Matter"
The Cool Kids - "Mikey Rocks"
Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
88-Keys - "21 & Over" f. Big Sean
Kid Cudi - "Day N' Nite"
Busta Rhymes - "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" (the inspiration for the title of the series).

So stay tuned, true believers (that's right, I used that phrase again. Sue me!), and as always I'm Ghost...face


xXRevolutionary Blogging 101 x Comfort ZoneXx

"The Revolutionary Times" Crew's foray into the world of blogging is up and running. Check it out to dig into the minds of Brandon and I as we post our views on today's world along with favorite songs, books, Youtube moments, etc. So click the picture above to head to the spot and stay tuned, true believers.

Yeah, that's right. I said, "true believers." I believe in Stan Lee, dammit.

xXOut of My Comfort ZoneXx

I recently had an assignment from my Advanced Illustration & Design class where I and a group of other illustrators had to team up with a student in the Advertising department where we would create images for their projects. I was lucky enough to team up with Katie Delong to help design a spread for her book on greenwashing. It was a good experience and I'm glad I got to apart of the project.

And as always I'm Ghost...face


xXRev. Times - Barack to the FutureXx

xXRevolutionary Times - No. 10 "Barack to the Future"
Didn't I tell you that Revolutionary Times would have our two cents in on the election? Granted it's a bit late but still. Oh, and trips to Canada have been cancelled indefinitely. Shoot, do you know how many beautiful women Canada has given birth to? Why SHOULDN'T I want to live there?

And speaking of Revolutionary Times, Brandon and I have finally set up a blog for it. Oh, yes Blogger is about to taken ever Revolutionary style! We don't have any post up yet but we're working on it for sure so stay tuned! Click the pic to head over there.

So as always, peoples. I'm Ghost...face


xXKing Obama x The Dark Knight Show RewindXx

xXYes We DidXx

Him and said, "yes we can" and so what did the man do? He did it. Alright, "KING" is a bit of an overstatement, I know, I know. But if someone said to you that Barack didn't have a feeling of royalty on Nov. 4th then they'd probably be a "lying liar that tells lies" (c) Rachael. I don't have many words for the event (and I know I'm a week late) but I just foresee with my pre-cog powers a good change for the country and not JUST because our president is black (sidenote: Give Jeezy's song a rest, people!) but because he might just be the answer to the Years of Bush. But before the country betters, some of us gotta better ourselves first. 

...and I don't think hitting up the club the day AFTER election day was apart of that betterment process. AND I think we can stop with the nicknames by now (Barack Odrama, etc). Just a thought. In words of Sean Carter, "It's not for everybody..." 

And don't worry, Revolutionary Times will be having it's reaction strip sometime this week. Count on it. 

xRewind: The Dark Knight ShowXx

I've been meaning to actually do an rundown of the Dark Knight show that happened, but since I'm not a camera professional I didn't take any pictures. That's where camera extraordinaire Patrick Daly comes in. All these snaps are provided by his photogenicness so much props to him. Hey, you might even spot me in one of them. It's like playing "Where's Waldo," but with red and white strips replaced by a fitted hat and a hoodie...

As you see, the place was pretty crowded so I call the show a huge success. Much props to Pat throwing the idea out there and Chelsea for spearheading it into action AND for Jokering it up that day. And of course Matt, whose Joker costume was too spot on. If I had a picture I'd put it up on here. 

Also added two more songs to the playlist that I felt compelled to do so after listening to two great albums (Q-Tip's The Renaissance and 88-Keys' The Death of Adam). 
  • 88-Keys - M.I.L.F. (f. Bilal)
  • Q-Tip - "Move" 
And as always, I'm Barack OGhost...face (HA! I'm a hyprocite. Sue me!) 


xXMy Fellow Fresheners...Xx

...That is all. Do you want need to do. You know you NEED to do it. 

*prepares his After Election Riot Kit...just in case of course* 

Barack OGhost...face


xXR. Times - Hockey Mom SyndromeXx

xXThe Revolutionary Times - No. 09 : "The Hockey Mom Syndrome"Xx

Brandon and Sean's correspondents for the wild kingdom return just in time for the most important election of our lives. Do yourself a favor and go out and vote. I'm not going to go and TELL you who to vote for. I'm not Diddy. I'm not gonna have my bodyguards eat your entire family and commit you to serve me cheesecake and Cambodian breast milk for the end of time. Nah, never that. (although I think John is too much of a common for the next president, don't you think?). Either way you vote just make sure you go out there on this Tuesday and get it done.

And my first ever political rant in life ever has ended. Ghost...face


xXHeartbreaks x Heatstrokes x Doctor Cry x Updated PlaylistXx

So I keep forgetting to update this thing regularly. I've just been going through some things that have hindered that idea. Aside through pitfalls, heatstrokes in a hellish apartment, and epic fails I still have some type of hope. Don't worry though, I haven't forgotten about you, blog. You're my only friend...

xXHeartbreaks x HeartsXx
This is the first piece of a series that I'm thinking of starting that are based on certain songs that frequently pop up on my iPod. At the moment it's called "Hear With You Eyes" but it's a tentative title. The first piece is based on Kanye West's "Heartless."

Going from heartless to heartful, this is something I did for my homie John and his girl for Sweetest Day. Hey, if I can't have someone on trivial days such as that then I guess I can help out others, right?
And this lil' diddy was a birthday gift for Rachael who LOVES her some Doctor Who. Lookin' back, I see that I'm always Danny Ocean when it comes to people's birthday comics. Why do you suppose that is? It's certainly not to uphold some type of stereotype that's for...ahem...

....although I did go up to some little kid with a sucker and yelled "Break yo'self, fool!" Loudly. Huh.

Anyways, I also went up and beefed the playlist up some more with some new songs. Awesome. Pure and unadulterated awesome is what is. Here are the new tracks:
  • Nas - Black President
  • Kanye West - Heartless
  • John Legend - Green Light (f. Andre 3000)
  • Black Milk - Give The Drummer Some
  • Kid Cudi - Day & Night
  • Blu & Exile - Blu Colla Workers
  • Slum Village & J. Dilla - Reunion
  • Adam Tensta - My Cool
  • The Cool Kids - Delivery Man
  • Colin Munroe - I Want Those Flashing Lights
  • Slum Village - Call Me (f. Dwele)
Annnd that's about. Oh and kids, here's a tip for the day: Don't accidently go to sleep in a hoodie while your apartment's air conditioner is somehow spilling out hot lava for air. That could cause you to wake up and immediately feel like dying. So yeah, don't do that. For me. Please? Coool.

As always, I'm Ghost...face


xXCrash MignolaXx

Oh so that's what that was for. Just testing out my Mike Mignola-esque ways in preparation for the continuous work on "(Smack's) Big Dreams," the graphic novel I'm working for my senior thesis. More to come....


xXSmack’s Random x Sickly ThoughtsXx

So over the weekend I mysteriously become inflicted with an illness. Who can be blamed for this at of disease? The fact that we have to open up windows in our place because our air conditioner only loves heat? That surprise guest that was only here for about five minutes but later on, it was revealed that she was very MUCH “down with the sickness” © Disturbed? Whatever the reason may be, it happened and here I am, back to making friends with the Outbreak monkey. Oh, Outbreak Monkey. How I missed you. We can be just like Aladdin and Abu now. Or Mark Wahlberg and…uh…gorilla version of Michael Clarke Duncan. But as sickness slowly spreads, one gets to thinking about random things while in the midst of avoiding homework.
  • Damn you, BET. I would never be watching you at all if you didn’t have a “Smart Guy” marathon on at the moment.
  • Mmmmm, Dayquil. 
  • The CCS Nurse needs to start making house calls, for real. 
  • “Chicks needs to stop having these boyfriends just out of the blue, man. It’s not good for the economy or my drive for sex.” Top 5 phrase of my lifetime apparently. 
  • Now that I think about it, what were the OTHER four phrases? I think #1 was “Hight” (Baby Smack’s attempt at saying “light”). 
  • The Mack Within” should be considered as approved reading for both of my history classes because that’s the only book I feel like reading. (Waits for a female to bash the book…)
  • And CCS should slap themselves for even having a math class. That’s just…stupid. 
  • [Name Deleted for Mysterious Purposes], you are like a puzzle to me, a mystery if you will. And I’m like Scooby-Doo, wanting to solve that mystery AND receive a box of Scooby-Snacks in the process. That’s what I call, “success.” Word to Gym Class Heroes and The Dream
  • For someone who’s supposed to be on a diet, my food sure does keep disappearing quickly. I blame bunnies. 
  • For someone who’s supposed to be losing weight, I sure do despise the gym. I also blame bunnies for that. 
  • And I just remembered how bunnies were ruined by that ONE someone. Those first two statements seem very very wrong now...
  • I need a computer with sound immediately. Random beeps are not allowed in my life’s soundtrack. I sure could go for something to fill that void *coughcoughBlackMilkcoughcough* and *coughcoughpausecoughcough* (fill that void?! sheesh)
  • Half of CCS will be saying “pause” soon enough. Trust me. Especially during Image Making II with Matt “let me stroke this object for you” LeBarre. (Ah, Adobe Illustrator)
  • For a singer who’s work I’m not too fond of T-Pain, dude has two of the freshest music videos that are out right now -
  • Oh, gotta love the lightheaded feeling. It feels like…my head is light. That’s my cue to end this…
And with that, I leave with this. Don't know what it is. Don't feel like explaining. It's just there...meh. 

And I'm ghost...face.


xXThree The Hard Way x I.V. Drops BombsXx

xXThe Dark Knight ShowXx
So in the midst of calculating my baby steps for my senior project (which you'll still get more details of) I've been steadily working on something The Dark Knight themed exhibit that will open on the 16th. So I thought I'd go the simple and plain route and do three character shots for the Bats, Harvey, and Joker, and just make it all one composition. Here are the shots separately...
And here they are matted together in one neat Joker-scribed package.
Yeah, can't wait 'til the 16th to be see what other people put up for the show...

xXIdentical Variant - "Drop Bombs"Xx

And here is the final design for the upcoming new IV design for the girl tees, which I guess I'm now THE guy to do them. And if you seen the last posts about the Chibi NinjaGirl tank tops you OBVIOUSLY know that I don't mind one bit. Speaking of I.V., new shirt designs are on sale as we speak. Cop one for yourself. All you have to do is head over to the online store and make that purchase happen! Just don't expect to get the one I got. Specially made colors, son. What you want me to do? I'm sorry! (c) Jay-Z.
...but I think Vanessa (er...Kiana) and Jasmin do a MUCH better job at modeling the shirt than I do...
There will be more to come so keep an eye out once in a while. I'm trying my best to update this thing regularly happens. And it happens a lot around here. So...yeah. Hold your horses.

As always, I'm Ghost...face


xXThe Craze Continues x "Drop Bombs" Sneak PeekXx

The Identical Variant "Chibi Ninja Girl" craze continues at CCS. Much props for Brandi and Jasmin for showing off their purchase...

And while I'm at it, here's a sneak peek of the next I.V. design that I'm working. Most likely another girls shirt, it will officially feature what could be a mascot for I.V.'s girl line...

Stay tuned for the final design and more...

As always I'm Ghost....face


xXOpen Letter II x JYoung x Big Dreams x NotoriousXx

First and foremost...

The road begins. I should actually thank Matt LeBarre and my Image Making II class for this idea. I never thought I'd actually use it as a logo but after I completed I'm DEFINITELY using this as my personal logo. It's just calling out to me, "Seeeeaan, uuuuse me to taaake over the woooorld." And I will, logo. I will. Now on with the show...

xXOpen Letter to the Art Gods IIXx
As I patiently wait for the first wish to come true (I haven't forgotten about you Ms. Jean), I thought I'd add some new recipients into the mix...

Dania Ramirez - I could talk about the obvious and point out her "performance" in She Hate Me along with Kerry Washington but, like I said, that's obvious (obviously hot that is). So I base her addition on the fact that she is on Heroes. She has superpowers, people. Deadly and consequential powers yes but dammit if it's still not sexy as hell. Ms. Ramirez, welcome to my dreams.

...AND she was in X-Men: The Last Stand, which means my nerdom appreciates her even more.

Jessica Lucas - She was an unknown wonder to me for a while. That was until she was running away from J.J. Abrams' C.O.M.D. (Creature of Mass Destruction) in Cloverfield. Hey, even int he midst of dodging parasites and climbing up destroyed apartment buildings she still found a way to be incredibly sexy. And that is why, Ms. Lucas, I ask the Art Gods for a chance meeting with you.

Art Gods, this is your mission if you choose to accept it or not.! (c) Kevin Liles.

xXJYoung the GeneralXx

A while ago I was asked by my boy Jahshua (aka JYoung the General) asked me to do something for his Myspace background. So with weeks of trying my BEST to learn how to somehow draw a damn Cadillac Eldorado I was FINALLY able to make the composition. And this is the end result. What have I learned? I need to learn how to draw vehicles and immediately. So shout outs to JYoung and Ketchum for their radio show Cultural Vibe that are on Saturdays from 8PM-11PM. Check it out.

xXBig DreamsXx

And lastly, here's a sneak preview of my Senior Project, Big Dreams (or Smack's Big Dreams. I'm still working it out). My complete foray into the world of graphic novels to exercise my artistic skill level. Of course this page is still a work in progess but I promise you'll get many sneak peaks as the project goes on.

Keep your eyes open on the blog for some more future updates. I'll soon put up some more Revolutionary Times strips on here plus these pieces that I'm doing for the CCS Dark Knight Show that should be happening sometime around next month. Oh and before I head out, I leave you with this..., they actually made it. A movie about Biggie. This could either be Get Rich or Die Tryin' horrible or Tupac Resurrection great.

And as always. I'm ghost...face