This week I had a great shoot with Paper City Magazine for an upcoming article this year. The shoot was quick and easy.
Big thanks to Catherine @PaperCityCA and Sara @Kenektid PR!
I was finally able to stop by Avis Frank Gallery to take pics of my recent mural. I tried some new things with this painting that I liked and some things that I didn’t. I took a few videos during the process and I’m hoping to put something together once I find the time.
I recently received this rad gift from Houston artist, Coolidge. I finally found a place for it in my studio. You can find more Coolidge work here.
The Menzingers is a band that I just can’t go a day without listening to. Blasting their music as I’m working is always a must. They are currently on tour and just played here in Houston over the weekend. I was able to put together a tube of poster design concepts together for the band and was able to give them to the guys before they left. I’m looking forward to working with these guys soon.
More words next time
Creating an art installation for FPSF had to be a fast process this year due to the very short deadline. I only had a couple days to come up with an idea and paint as fast as I could. I went through some old sketchbooks and used a familiar face from a past illustration. I was able to film a little of the process during the day I painted and put together this video.
Recently someone sent this really cool portrait of me in front of my mural at Lawndale Art Center. Painting at Lawndale was a fun experience and this is still one of my favorite pieces. Thanks D for the pic!
MOPS’ NEW TRICK – Starring Maple Mops C. Rodriguez
Just like film and animation, music is something that I have always loved creating whenever I have the time. Expression through music is such a different experience than through art. Some days I prefer it. Thoughout the year I write about an album worth of songs and then I set time aside to record them all in December. I record all the instruments and vocals by myself here at home. I’ve been recording these albums for the past five years . Other than myself these songs are not heard by anyone. They are just something I have always done as a creative outlet. This year I decided that I may just put all the songs online for those who want to hear them.
I was contacted by Free Press Summer Fest this week and they asked me if I could contribute another art installation for this year’s event. Creating my cut out installtions is very time-consuming and there was no way I would be able to put anything together within a week. FPSF actually made the whole process easier for me this year by helping me cut out and build all of my painting. A big “thank you” to Sarah who made the whole process a positive one.
I had only a couple of days so I just painted some familiar images and random images from my practice sketch books
We finally took a photo
Film and Animation have always been a love of mine since my early school years. If anyone knew me more than five years ago, you would always see me with a video camera in hand filming. I was fortunate to make multiple music videos, short films and animation shorts back in those days. Over time I started to branch out creatively and my film/animation was just put on hold.
Recenly, I found my old sketchbooks filled with outlines / storyboards that were meant to be animated . Right now I’m trying to schedule time to finally look through these pages and possibly animate something. So far from what I saw, my perspectives and art styles have changed quite a bit, so I may just make some updates.
I reuploaded an animation that I made in 2009 to my youtube. Please excuse the quality.
I was recently contacted by Hackathon about creating a new poster for their second annual event. I was very happy with the outcome and it sounds like a great event for our city.
Hackathon is an event in which software developers, designers, and data analysts collaborate intensively on data and software projects for the City of Houston. Read more here.
Siddhartha is one of my favorites from Mexico and I will be working with this guy VERY VERY soon. Siddhartha played SXSW two years ago and hopefully I can catch them next time they are in the US .
Siddhartha is a music act from Guadalajara, Mexico. Ex-Former drummer from Zoé, one of the most important Rock-Alternative Bands in Mexico. Now since 2008, Siddhartha has released 2 solo albums and he has been nominated for a Latin Grammy for his debut album “Why You?”. Now, with his 2nd album “Náufrago” Siddhartha has become one of the most important and promising music acts for the Alternative Scene
A few months ago, he released his new album, El Vuelo del Pez and new music video for the song ‘El Aire’. Video below.
I really enjoy painting murals and I hate to have one unfinished, especially, for long periods of time. I started this particular two-story mural sometime ago just before winter . The weather started to get cold so I decided to wait until got warmer. Once winter was over and I scheduled days to paint. There was always something that prevented me from finishing. It’s my goal to have the entire wall finished by the end of summer. I’m looking forward to finishing it. I’ll probably explain more once it is complete.
I received this photo in a text this week. I was in the paper a couple weeks ago and was not aware of it.
Thank you to the Arts Writer at the Chronicle, Molly Glentzer.
Starting this month I will be working with a great band from Wisconsin, Windsor Drive. I designed two previous releases for the band in 2007 which was their first release and an EP in 2011. This year the band is releasing a collection of music specifically for Japan. The band decided this time around they wanted to revisit my art direction of the first record “Meet the Tide” for their Japanese audience.
The new album design will consist of multiple repeating patterns and an entire new color scheme. I have been experimenting as much as possible. I want the album to have the same feel but not too close to the original. A few directions are pictured above.
You can check out one of their music videos below.