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Dilla Day!

payjayposter February 7th marked the anniversary of the passing of legendary Hip-Hop producer J-Dilla. His life is celebrated internationally on this day throughout the Hip-Hop community. I was asked to design a T-shirt for Dilla day in Hawaii by the Lightsleepers crew. J-Dilla is responsible for so many of my favorite tracks in Hip-Hop, so I was super excited to jump into this tribute piece.

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All I needed was some reference and some Dilla beats to dictate the direction and mood.

IMG_2141 Once the line started taking form, I simply had to guide it. As a character designer who always has to stay within a said style, there is no greater pleasure then when I get free range to design something in my own style, without restriction of an animation production pipeline.

Dilla-day Once I was happy with the design, I brought the image into Adobe Illustrator, vectorized it and did the color separations for the 3 color silk screen. The color scheme was inspired by those classic Rawkus records T-shirts that I wish I held on to.

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Emailed the file to the homies in Hawaii, and VIOLA! the shirts came out super fresh!!!

dfd_flyerdilla_sticker The shirts where packaged with a "Donuts Are Forever" record tote bag and Free stickers. A portion of the proceeds went to the J-Dilla Foundation to help fight against Lupus. A huge shout out to Truest, sneaker and street wear boutique for holding down the event.

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Pencil Mileage...

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When I was younger I use to focus on speed and pencil mileage when it came to drawing, this was drilled in us at SVA's animation department. The mentality of it was...the more you draw, the more bad drawings you got out of your way before the good ones came along. I never questioned it, because at the time 2d animation was huge and it made total sense.

Years after graduation I came to the realization that pencil mileage, just like any other type of mileage needs focus and direction, otherwise you're just driving in circles and not going anywhere.

Slow down, look at a map, study the options before hitting 90 mph. I learn to slow down and pay attention to what I was doing, I didn't feel a need to fill up a sketchbook every week anymore. My sketchbooks became more of an exploration and study of where my lines could go and what they could form. I guess in short I am saying....pay attention to what you're doing and stop rushing your work, it's important to give it the attention it deserves.

Custom Toy Documentary

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Hey guys, peep this dope kickstarter campaign for Jordan Ahearn's new designer toy documentary. I know there's a bunch of documentaries made already about the subject matter, but this one seems to focus on custom toy artist. Jordan came by my studio and interviewed me for the film, I checked out a couple of segments and so far, it looks pretty dope. Here's the video, if you like what you see, click HERE and fund the project!