Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 Temescal Street Fair

The fourth of July is not really a big holiday in my household especially since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the Emancipation proclamation was signed in 1863. Ah but that is not what this post is about! The 4th of July weekend the Annual Temescal Street Fair is held on Telegraph Ave. in Oakland Ca.
I had a good time last year so this year I registered for a booth and had an even better time!
As usual I have many irons in the fire and didn't get to do all the things I wanted to in order to make my booth better but as it turns out nobody is really there for how cute my booth set up is or isn't or how I've organized the stacks of tie dye items.
Again I'll say, next year I'll have better signage! Next year I'll have a easy way for customers to browse through all the clothing and accessories!
Because I sell so many different items the day turned out great! I have items as inexpensive as $5 dollars and as expensive as $100 dollars so a bit of something for everyone.
My friends mentee was available to help me set up and help watch the booth for the day which is always a plus for buying food and taking nature breaks!
My next tie dye event hasn't been planned yet but I will post more the closer it gets and I always try to book Holiday Shows and this year will be no exception! I really have come to love in-person events and meeting and talking to customers! I'm not ready to have a brick and mortar yet but it truly is eye opening to meet those that are into tie dye and fashion.
You just never know who you might meet!
Here are a few pics from July 5th and again there are more images on my flickr page under storm1sky! Here is the link,
Temescal Street Fair Photos!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Life Drawing Marathon at the College of Marin

It's not often that I get to spend the whole day drawing anymore. Typically I either spend about an hour in the morning before work or 20 to 30 minutes at lunch or an hour or two after work to draw.
Even if I am able to draw for an extended period of time during the week it almost always means I have to rearrange something in my schedule to accommodate taking the time to focus on drawing. Most of my dedicated drawing time is during the weekend when I can draw for at least 4 hour chunks of time. Out of the blue I was invited to participate in the Life Drawing marathon which is an all day drawing event where nude models are available for sketching in various poses for varying lengths of time. 1 to 5 minute poses, 10 to 20 minutes poses and 1 hour to 3 hour poses and usually several models in different rooms. Artists can move around to draw not only different models but get warmed up before setting up to draw a long pose which is my case is truly a great disciplined way to start any drawing session.
This Drawing marathon was at the College of Marin in Kentfield ca. The models were from the Bay Area Modeling guild. Other drawing marathons in the past have been held at Merritt College in Oakland ca. and Fort Mason in San Francisco. This was a good test for me since I don't usually draw the nude human figure in my personal work. Most artists feel drawing the nude human figure is the best way to learn how to draw. While I agree with that I also think it's one of the hardest ways to learn. It takes years or decades to learn human anatomy along with all the other skills required to render the human form in any convincing manner.
Drawing the human form is not only about capturing the likeness of the person infront of you but also about how the proportions of the body work together with perspective and fore shortening of the different limbs as they move in various planes depending on  the angle or where the artist is in the room and or distance from the model. To add to that lighting,shading and line quality,gesture and in some cases color palette as well as simple drawing techniques to create an accurate depiction of flesh tone,texture,hair and body language or expression.
I had a great time and had the pleasure of drawing some tremendous models and met some fantastic artists.Since the drawings are of the nude human form I will not post them here but as per usual you can find more images on my flickr page under the user name storm1sky.
Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment or feedback! The pics from June 7th drawing marathon are at the bottom of the album approx 14 pics.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Malcolm X Jazz and Arts Festival 2015

This past weekend I was a vendor at the Malcolm X Jazz and Arts Festival.
The Malcolm X Jazz and Arts Festival is a community event that helps support the Eastside Arts Alliance in East Oakland. It is a community organization that is working to affect social change through the arts and education.
I had a wonderful experience! We had a blast listening to great music and eating good food.
There was so much going on from the other vendors selling clothes,oils,original art,handmade purses and jewelry to whatever else you can think of! Crazy creative people and just a feel good day all around!
The weather was awesome and everyone was in good spirits! Plus the event was a no hipster allowed event! What more could you ask for? Community based and supported by those who live and thrive in the community!
Here are a few photos from the day!
As usual you can find more photos on my flickr page at storm1sky.

Monday, February 23, 2015

TAOLB: The Art of Living Black 2015 Open Studios Show

The phrase "The art of living black" has more meaning now than ever before. Within the recent years killing of unarmed American citizens by police and many other controversial murders of unarmed Black men and women coupled with the alarmingly high rate of incarceration of Black men and women in the U.S. this "art" seems more and more like a skill. Not only do Black people need to be creative but we must become fully aware and present in our everyday lives.
The living part being the most important. It is no longer good enough just to stay alive or to survive or just get by, now today we must be fully functioning living breathing beautiful and totally black. I mean black in the all encompassing vivid in living color, lets not take this moment for granted Black!
In my work I strive to be present and draw from the creative energy one can only tap when fully tuned in and in the moment.
My drawing,my paintings and comic book series help me to remain focused and open and charged with the ability to be teachable and soft hearted.
I will always be grateful and available to the one on one interaction with folks who want that engagement with creators and makers and visually expressive  people.

I was humbled and honored to be invited to participate in the Open studios satellite show that runs parallel to the Art of Living Black exhibit hosted by the Richmond Art Center every year. The show was held on the historic Mills college campus in Oakland California. The show is curated every year by Ajuan Mance who I met while tabling at S.F. Zinefest a few years ago. I am a big fan of Ajuan's art and her current project the 1001 Black Men sketchbook! She not only makes radical drawing but also is a professor at Mills College.
Included in the show were many wonderful artists, Tai Belize, Howard Mackey, Ajuan Mance, Karen Oyekanmi, Lyn Rockwell, Atiba Sylvia Thomas, Valerie Troutt and Nia King. There was also a Zine making workshop with  Shareena Clark.
Some of the highlights were visiting with other artists and talking about their experiences in the SF Bay Area art scene and Art school educations.
I was also able to connect with other artists who had previously bought my comic and wanted to see some of the other work I had on display. I exhibited a few prints of my on-going portrait series as well as a few prints from Inktober 2014. It always stuns and amazes me when folks want a bit more information or want to spend time talking to me about my work. I'm so humbled and moved by the sincere interest and exchange of ideas with like minded people.
It's truly the best part of showing my work. I want to give a big shout out to Ajuan Mance for organizing and curating the show as well as the Mills students who were very welcoming and supportive as well as the other artists showing who participate every year. This was an amazing experience to be included in a show with so many great human beings as well as fantastic artists!

As per usual I will post a few pics here and the rest of the images on my flickr page via storm1sky.
Here is the link to the album,

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BCAF Black Comix Arts Festival Presented by the NORCAL MLK Foundation

It's almost like something that happened way in the past. A long time ago. The memories are warm and feel good just like those childhood memories where everything was sunny and golden and you can only remember the good things! The First Annual Black Comix Arts Festival is like that for me. Although it was just this past weekend it's chronicled in my mind as one of those sweet dusty rose and soft memories couched inbetween the first time in the Pacific ocean and the first time on an airplane. This is the first west coast Black comixs expo I've heard about and or have been too and like Eugene Young told me, " BCAF felt more like a family reunion than a comic book convention!' I couldn't agree more, I've never felt so at home and welcomed by the visitors before. Most if not all who stopped by my table wanted to know about my comic book in depth and detail and spent a good amount of time chatting me up about my vision and my experiences making the comic book.
Some folks wanted practical advice and information and others just wanted to know "how I did that?" I was overwhelmingly humbled and honored by all the kind attention and graciousness shown to me by the arts festival visitors. I typically exchange business cards with a myriad of artists and creatives,makers and media but this one,this one was different! It felt so groundbreaking an right.
To top it off to celebrate and honor Martin Luther Kind Junior on this day and in so many ways only served to make the event all the more special and imprint it in my mind and heart! I'm grateful to all the organizers and countless volunteers for their hard work and diligence! I met Daniel Zarazua who does amazing work as a teacher and community leader. I also had a great time talking with Eugene Young who I'd met before at A.P.E. It was also great to briefly chat with Bill Campbell publisher at Rosarium. I was in awe taking in all the talent and creativity in the building. Literally all the indie artists and publishers that I have read about all in the same place. I could barely take it all in and kept feeling like, 'should I cry,am I going to cry? Is this really happening?"
Maybe if I pinch myself I'll wake up and this will have been a dream!?
As always I posted a few photos on flickr here
Here are a couple of my fav shots from the day!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine Fest

"In 2010, two Bay Area writers/zinesters decided it was time the East Bay had its own indie media celebration modeled on the amazing work people were doing in San Francisco and Portland. Tomas Moniz and MK Chavez organized the first East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair. It was a wonderful experience and a huge success, bringing over 50 participants into Berkeley City College. In 2011, Brooke Appler created the flyer and helped organize the event. Again the tables went quickly, with over 60 vendors and artists participating, and attendance doubled. In 2012, Tomas teamed up with the amazing Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Collective member Ara and volunteers Jamie, Olivia, and Crystal helped the event grow to new heights! That year also came with a new name: East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Festival, or EBABZ (say, "e-babes,") Fest for short."
From the EBABZ Web-site.

Every year I try to add either a new event,art show,fair or zinefest to my schedule of tabling. This year I added several. Usually I would be complaining about how hectic the year was and how jamming so many shows into my schedule is insane and super tiring but not this year, I just tabled at the Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine fest and had an amazing time.  I went into EBABZ just recovering from a bad bug or virus, not really thinking I would have a good time but just "make it through the day"! That's how crappy I felt leading up to the show. I truly believe you can think things, or say things into being. In my humble opinion it's  really about perspective,attitude and where you place your energy. I was determined to share,be open hearted and as sappy as it sounds love. I mean love what I was doing and be present, and stay mindful of being in the moment. Really our lives are just about taking it moment by moment because they all eventually add up. Moments into minutes,minutes into hours... etc. you get the picture! I really believe if you love what you are doing then it will shine through in the work you are producing.
So I was humbly surprised by people who remembered me from the year before and stopped by to say hello, other zine makers who smiled and made me feel welcome, other artists who complimented my work, other creatives who wanted my contact information so that we could build later on and collaborate on future projects! Just AMAZING! I am truly shocked when I question myself or doubt the value of my art but then decide to take positive action in spite of how I feel, something wonderful happens. I am slowly learning to remain faithful and creative and learning to listen to my inner voice. The day was really fun and I had awesome interactions with amazing people.

As always there are too many people to name so I will just highlight a few dynamic artists! Had an awesome time speaking to Michael Manomivibul a talented illustrator. I was able to buy a few of his prints. Check out his web-site yourself. Michael Manomivibul illustration. It's not that often you meet an artist who can capture the essence of a person in just a few strokes, but Ajuan Mance does just that! Check out her work at 8 Rock Press. Also check out Primahood by Tyler Cohen, a great story teller and just a sweetheart of a person.
Always dope and rocking something new also go check out  The Forsley Brothers. Some of the most genuine and kind folks you're going to meet who just happen to have superb art skills.
If you like intricate and soulfoul art with a hint of mysticism please take a look at the work of Rani Goel.
 Can't wait till next year! And a special shout out and thanks to Tomas Moniz of RAD DAD and all the volunteers and organizers who make the Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine fest a one of a kind event. Plus a big thank you to folks who bought things or traded with me and or spent time chatting.
Here are a couple of photos from Saturday. You can find more pics on my flickr page too!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Finishing up Inktober

Inktober Day 23
Halloween was also the last day of inktober. I learned alot this year drawing everyday for the month of October. Grateful to be able to see the progress too. I really should look back and view my drawings from last year but honestly I can see the difference just from the new drawings this year. It was hard to draw everyday but the drawings themselves seemed to flow alot easier. I bought some new pens,copic markers and a copic marker sketchbook which helped me practice using the markers. I am on a mission to teach myself how to properly use copic markers. Inktober was a great exercise for this goal. Here are the last of my favorite ink drawings. Just like my earlier posts, if you'd like to see all of the drawings go to my flicker page. storm1sky

Thanks for reading and looking!

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