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    Jenaveve (painting)based on the drawing I did last October. this was much harder than I thought it would be. the drawing was done in pen and pencil, so I was able to get the shading and detail I wanted with no problem. in painting it, I had to figure out how to get realistic skin tones, and small decorative details with a brush- something that I never attempted up until now. initially, I meant to do the whole thing with paint and brush, but when it came to the lettering, I wanted it to stand out and be clean, so I did that in paint marker, hopefully making it more solid and legible. there are other details that I drew or highlighted with those markers, though I kept them to a minimum since it creates a glossy texture that doesn’t quite go with the rest of the piece. another thing I did to emphasize the letters, was to give the rest of the painting soft shading, and almost no solid white. the strands on her hair aren’t sharp, or solid, because I wanted the “Los Angeles” to be the only thing that’s ‘high def’ so to speak. I couldn’t capture it in the photos, but the drips are done with multiple layers of paint, so that if you were to run your fingers across the piece, you can feel them. achieving the textures and going out of my comfort zone to do this lettering was challenging, but ultimately, a great experience.acrylic paint and paint marker on 16 x 20 canvas.

    Jenaveve (painting)
    based on the drawing I did last October. 

    this was much harder than I thought it would be. the drawing was done in pen and pencil, so I was able to get the shading and detail I wanted with no problem. in painting it, I had to figure out how to get realistic skin tones, and small decorative details with a brush- something that I never attempted up until now. initially, I meant to do the whole thing with paint and brush, but when it came to the lettering, I wanted it to stand out and be clean, so I did that in paint marker, hopefully making it more solid and legible. there are other details that I drew or highlighted with those markers, though I kept them to a minimum since it creates a glossy texture that doesn’t quite go with the rest of the piece. another thing I did to emphasize the letters, was to give the rest of the painting soft shading, and almost no solid white. the strands on her hair aren’t sharp, or solid, because I wanted the “Los Angeles” to be the only thing that’s ‘high def’ so to speak. I couldn’t capture it in the photos, but the drips are done with multiple layers of paint, so that if you were to run your fingers across the piece, you can feel them. achieving the textures and going out of my comfort zone to do this lettering was challenging, but ultimately, a great experience.
    acrylic paint and paint marker on 16 x 20 canvas.

    — 1 year ago with 13 notes
    #art  #los angeles  #skull  #Day of the Dead  #dia de los muertos  #LA  #graffiti  #rosary  #hair  #painting  #sugar skull  #calaca  #calavera  #porn  #star  #krink  #old english  #chola  #me 
    i’m not sure how good the resolution might be on this, but i scanned the Metro schedule pamphlet i bought yesterday. i thought some of you here might appreciate this as much as i do. and if you want more MTA goodies, follow: http://lacmtalibrary.tumblr.com 

    i’m not sure how good the resolution might be on this, but i scanned the Metro schedule pamphlet i bought yesterday. i thought some of you here might appreciate this as much as i do.
    and if you want more MTA goodies, follow: 
    http://lacmtalibrary.tumblr.com 

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #los angeles  #los angeles history  #LA  #pasadena  #Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority  #bus  #public transit  #vintage  #retro  #me 
    revisited the Selena Gomez profile i drew earlier this year, this time purely in pen and Sharpie, doing my best to pay homage to the Mike Giant style. unfortunately my lines are too shaky and inconsistent to ever compare to his work, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

    revisited the Selena Gomez profile i drew earlier this year, this time purely in pen and Sharpie, doing my best to pay homage to the Mike Giant style. unfortunately my lines are too shaky and inconsistent to ever compare to his work, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

    — 1 year ago with 41 notes
    #Selena Gomez  #art  #bandana  #chola  #disney  #fatal  #gangster  #greaser  #mexican  #pinup  #portrait  #profile  #rag  #rebel 8  #flannel  #Los Angeles  #Califas  #LA  #earrings  #hoops  #makeup  #hair  #me 

    my first time painting her on canvas. i based the portrait on a photograph of her from 1952, but i changed the setting to the Los Angeles river, with the viaducts in the background, making this painting an homage to several timeless LA icons. 
    done in acrylic paint and paint marker, on 16 x 20 canvas.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #me  #art  #painting  #portrait  #marilyn monroe  #LA  #river  #Los Angeles  #bridge  #graffiti  #street art  #chola  #pinup  #Black and White 
    
ghettobird spraypaint on drawing and manilla paper


    ghettobird

     spraypaint on drawing and manilla paper

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #art  #graffiti  #helicopter  #lapd  #me  #pigeon  #spraypaint  #stencil  #street art  #ghetto  #bird  #print  #facebook  #hood  #los angeles  #LA  #cali 

    Selena Gomez profile

    my sketch of the day, done in pen, pencil, and Sharpie. 
    buy it here  

    — 1 year ago with 10 notes
    #LA  #Selena Gomez  #art  #chola  #disney  #gangster  #los angeles  #me  #portrait  #thug life  #westside  #Black and White  #mister cartoon  #mac  #retna  #usugrow  #estevan oriol  #west  #coast  #cali 
    Atomic
another illustration inspired by the lyrics of a Tiger Army song.this one was difficult because i’m not too sure what the song is about, yet the lyrics painted a romantic picture of Los Angeles and a beautiful cataclysm, that i took literally and turned it into a fake movie poster.the layout and the couple i did in pencil, the rest is digital. 

    Atomic


    another illustration inspired by the lyrics of a Tiger Army song.
    this one was difficult because i’m not too sure what the song is about, yet the lyrics painted a romantic picture of Los Angeles and a beautiful cataclysm, that i took literally and turned it into a fake movie poster.
    the layout and the couple i did in pencil, the rest is digital. 

    — 1 year ago with 12 notes
    #me  #art  #tiger army  #psychobilly  #ford  #thunderbird  #bomb  #mushroom cloud  #explosion  #horror  #romance  #love  #rockabilly  #greaser  #pinup  #california  #socal  #los angeles  #LA  #palm tree  #classic  #american  #car 

    i learned today that Liborio Markets is facing some hard times, economically, and that they’re closing down.
    Liborio has been around my entire life, and that’s less than half of the market’s history. upon reading about the founding, and considering the impact on the Latino community in Southern California, as well as the personal memories the place has given me, i was inspired to pay tribute in my own small way.
    i hope El Liborio stays around for a long time, it’s a Los Angeles landmark, and an important part of Angelenos’ lives for generations.
    the initial drawing is done in pen. the color is digital.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #me  #art  #Liborio  #market  #LA  #Los Angeles  #Latino  #Banco Popular  #Pico Union  #Vermont  #El Salvador  #Mexico  #Cuba  #Salvi  #Guatemala  #Honduras  #Koreatown 

    Street Art is more than just Banksy or Shepard Fairey.
    it’s the art deco movement that held LA’s hand as it boomed in the 20s-40s
    it’s the signage that advertised Drive-Thrus and Diners in the 50s
    it’s the murals on the sides of Liquor stores that served as indicators of the neighborhoods and their people from the 60’s through the 80s.
    street art is the graffiti on Venice Beach, the tagging in South Central, the projections outside LA Live.
    art in our streets is essential- support local arts projects, help end the moratorium.


    — 2 years ago with 6 notes
    #LA  #freewalls  #graffiti  #street art  #mural  #trutanich 
    posted these along Normandie yesterday. the one to the right already had a 100.3 sticker on it, so the “POWER 105.9 : where hip hop died” fit right in. 

    posted these along Normandie yesterday. 

    the one to the right already had a 100.3 sticker on it, so the “POWER 105.9 : where hip hop died” fit right in.

     

    — 2 years ago with 20 notes
    #power  #106  #LA  #Young  #Money  #Lil Wayne  #Drake  #swag  #swaqq  #street  #art  #sticker  #hip hop  #me  #my art  #b2rianLS 
    some LAistory for you all

    some LAistory for you all

    — 3 years ago with 2 notes
    #los angeles  #la  #signs  #history