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."

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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