Recently, Hackreative and my work were featured by a close friend's new initiative--VIV: Urban Arts Movement. Rayla White-Spraggins (of Limba Lokita Love) has a very distinct energy that I've come to thoroughly enjoy; I am truly excited to see what her dynamic will bring to this new movement. Here's her explanation on VIV: "VIV is an urban revival movement by means of artistic expression to bring together artists and the broader community." VIV already has some other interesting articles and features, so I implore you to check them out after the jump!
Check out my friend Desireé’s food blog, Des Eats DC! It’s just recently launched upon reaching her funding goal, and I’m super excited to read all about her food adventures. Because I helped with the logo design, I’m particularly thrilled to see Desireé’s project come to fruition.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out Desireé’s first blog on my favorite new DC spot, GBD (Golden Brown Delicious). If you’re in the DC area and haven’t been to check out their awesome chicken and donuts! And beer. Can’t forget the beer.
There has been some hype concerning Kanye West's creative agency, which has covered a wide range of design-, art-, and community-oriented ventures. It's encouraging to see this done by people who have the influence to do so. Kanye continues to be hyper-relatable to me. From experimenting with couture fashion to raising provocative questions on his most recent album, he seems to be not superhuman, but rather...extra-human. He wins. Yeezus, indeed. Check out the full article at VIBE here.
As mentioned in my earlier post, I have just moved into a new (bigger) apartment earlier this summer. While perusing through some apartment inspiration, I came across the blog of Ariele Alasko (of arielealasko.com). Brooklyn to West is a beautiful chronicling of her woodworking, sculpture projects, and studio space, in a rustic, neutral palette for which I have grown a huge penchant. Check it out!
Great friend and captivating musician Mariah Maxwell recently commissioned me to design a flyer for her upcoming show at Jammin’ Java on the 28th. I’m always excited to work her, as Maxwell’s eccentric style and character challenge me to explore new approaches and techniques to create results that will complement her aesthetic. This design utilized a photo (shown below) I had taken of her back in December, which was manipulated in Photoshop before bringing it into Illustrator to achieve my signature vector-based, clean style, illustrative style. Enjoy, and check out Mariah on the 28th!