New Personal Project!
|"Run the Streets"|
For the past year or so I've been really getting into the music of hip-hop group Run the Jewels. Killer Mike and El-P make an awesome duo and I wanted to pay homage to them and their music as well as a their iconic 'Pistol and Fist' featured on all 3 album covers, created by artist Nicholas Gazin.
|Run the Jewels / Run the Jewels 2 / Run the Jewels 3|
In addition to tipping my hat to these guys, I used this piece as an exercise in execution. Lately I've been focusing on one of my bad habits of leaving areas of a piece too "unfinished". In my head, the idea is that I need to leave areas of less focus under-rendered so as not to distract from the main focus of the piece. While the concept itself is correct, I've been failing in the execution of it, leaving my work looking unintentionally unfinished, and in hind-sight, kind of sloppy. So with this piece I wanted to tackle it from the stance of wanting to fully realize every inch of the artwork.
I'm pleased with the results of the exercise. I'm happy with how the image looks and I was able to overcome some of the mental hurdles I regularly face while working. I'm hope to continue attacking this problem moving forward and ultimatly create better artwork as a result.
|Some RTJ themed MTG alters I did a while back. They have a song on their 1st album titled Sea Legs.|
To rap things up, if you haven't listened to their music, here are some of my favorite RTJ tracks, some accompanied by awesome music videos. Thanks for checking out this post! Keep on Jewel Running ;)
Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)
A Christmas Fucking Miracle
Blockbuster Night Part 1
Lie, Cheat, Steal
Panther Like a Panther
Thursday in the Danger Room