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9.29.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 123


You know, John Candy should've done more to prepare us about the outdoor life...

9.27.2011

The Smack! Process - No. 122

A long time ago (a couple days ago. Insomnia affects time span) I was asked on Tumblr about the process I go about in making my art. So since I spent the whole night working on today’s Revolutionary Times comic I figured it would be a good place to start. (There was actually supposed to be a SpeedComic video about it but…sigh, that’ll be addressed in a later date)…

…so where do we start? Oh right, that’s where Brandon (the writer) comes in. He writes up a rough script for me to get the basic idea and flow of the scene/comic. And in turn, after an hour of Xbox procrastination, I send him a simple thumbnail sketch of the basic layout of the comic…


Once he sees that, we flesh out the story more as far as scene, backgrounds, and dialogue. And THEN…it’s completely in my hands. So of course I take a good nap for five hours…

…and after waking up on carpet, staring at my new friend Roachie, I realize that I have to get a comic down in two hours. So using the trusty internet (it’s more than for porn, people) I get reference pictures, in this case pictures of Troy Davis, royal-like gates, and The Dude from The Big Lebowski. And then to the pencils I go!


And once I have the rough pencils laid out, I scan everything in and head to Illustrator, my go to Inking Station…


From there, I open up the trusty Photoshop and begin to lay out background colors…


And then the character flats…


Now this is usually when I’d do some cel shading but I haven’t done those recently because…well I suck at laying in shadows and figuring out the light source. Maybe next tutorial I’ll be good enough to teach that. But after the flats are laid down, I go into adding extras like the heavenly glow, highlights, etc…


And then I add the trusty Smack patented texture to add some flavor….


And viola! There you have a Smack! produced piece of art. Now take these steps and go and BE somebody!* Until next time, Smack Fiends (yes, that’s a new name I’m calling fans. Deal with it).

*I don’t want you to be anybody. I want all the fame and glory for myself so I can swim in gold coins and splash the asses of my French maids. Of course this is what Evil Smack would say.

The Revolutionary Times - No. 122


Hearts have been heavy. Tempers have been risen. And faiths have been broken. But, The God abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there. 


R.I.P. Troy Davis. 

9.22.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 121


The thrilling conclusion to the "Red Dead Revolution" story. Sponsored by vegans.

9.21.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 120


The gang decides it's time to take the fight to the undead. Besides, that's what Beans would do right?

Cold Men Young - "Time Bomb" (Artwork)


Cover artwork for Cold Men Young's upcoming single "Time Bomb" from their sophomore album #YSBAF, which is to drop hopefully later this year.  The concept behind the cover was inspired by the Michael Douglas starred Falling Down, about a man whose mental state slowly unravels on a hot day in Los Angeles (and was a pre-Batman & Robin Joel Schumacher film. Sigh...Batman & Robin...the Devil's contribution to comic book cinema...)

I'll update this once the song drops!

UPDATE: The song dropped at midnight last night!
Cold Men Young - Time Bomb (Prod. By Jay Norm)

9.20.2011

IV x YaBoyLV | Art Of Hip-Hop (September)


Once again it's on. This Saturday is the the September edition of the monthly hip-hop showcase The Art Of Hip-Hop, presented by Identical Variant and YaBoyLV.com. It's once again being held at Coopers Bar & Grill so if you're going to be around the Flint area come rock with us.

And if you can't tell by the stylishly dressed mouse, fly and formal attire is definitely welcomed.

9.19.2011

Smack x DJ Jewels x Music To My Math








Last fall as I was commissioned by the brother DJ Jewels to do the interior artwork for a project he was working on that fused music and math together to help out kids who might have problems with the subject...

...this was my time. My time to finally avenge the poor grades that I received in high school because of Pre-Algebra and all those other maths I no longer care about. Yeah, you heard right Mr. Tack! I'm HELPING kids learn math now. HOW DO YOU LIKE THOSE APP--

...ahem, obviously it was a very passionate subject for me so I was up to the task. It was a fun and unique project and also something rare since I haven't done many commissions that were geared toward the younger folk.

...also my pain was avenged. No longer did I look at numbers in fear. Confusion still, but no longer were they feared. So thank you DJ Jewels. And thank you kids, for being the reason this project was born. I salute you. 

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE CD/SINGLES

(EDITOR'S NOTE: I didn't do the cover to the CD. Just the interiors)  

9.17.2011

Smack|Cuts - The Taylor Gang



A while back while I was working with Neako on his LOUDPack: Tree tape, he was on tour with Wiz Khalifa who asked who designed the artwork. Then I get a call to draw up some rough character sketches of Wiz, Chevy, Will, and a faux DJ E.Z. Wider billboard to send over for a possible Taylor Gang animated short. These were the results. Nothing ever materialized from it but it was a pretty cool moment.

But who knows. The idea and my name might pop up again.

9.15.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 119


There's only one thing you need to know about the undead...


...They're usually on that bullship.

9.13.2011

YungClassix - Life On The Grid



Fellow BLAT! Pack homie YC aka YungClassix releases his instrumental album Life On The Grid today. Inspired by the sights and sounds of the world of Tron, he samples artist from Britney Spears to Kascade in what he describes as "Tech-Hop."

With designing the artwork for him, the feel of everything had that Tron type of attitude so I matched it with the design.



DOWNLOAD YUNGCLASSIX - LIFE ON THE GRID

9.12.2011

Crimson Gears


Developed as an entry for the Gears Of War 3 contest over at the DeviantArt watering hole.

9.10.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 118

Other forms of quarantine included: Repeated kicking in the groin region, splashing water on, and/or leaving the infected in Canada with only a cup of maple syrup.

9.08.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 117

Never send a Glenn Beck to do a man's job. On another note, This zombie apocalypse is sponsored by Bad Boy Records. Take that, take that.

9.03.2011

The Revolutionary Times - No. 116


Palin and the Bro-Ops (another name change) plan to unleash their zombie attack on the Obama administration. Little did they know, Beck can't deny sugary beverages passed out by infants.