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Or should I say Jazz Saturday’s, anyway this is the original record used to sample “Survival Of The Fittest”. I liked the actual original record itself.
Credit goes to YouTube user SaintsIV for finding the sample.
This project is titled “Soul Food” (For The Kids). A little passion project that I always wanted to do. I made it for black children. I always been a fan of child illustration books and wanted to create my own. Hopefully one day I can write and illustrate a children book, but whatever. This is a 5 piece project, in my usual 18 x 24 digital art format.
This project talks about things that I feel are essential for young black children to survive in America. I talk about education, knowledge, patience and discipline among various other topics in this project.
1. Young King
2. Tree of Knowledge
3. Game Of Life
5. Escaping Indoctrination
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Usually when people think of “Dreaming Chasing”they see it through a romantic lens. The typical Hollywood underdog sorry. Where the good guy win… get the girl and ride off into the sunset. In movies everything seem to always go as planned. All the right pieces fall into the right place at the right time. The ending is always happy, which is funny… because many influential people in world history life came to a grim end.
Usually in life we start at the bottom.. rise… reach our top and begin to descend back down until were right back at the bottom again like a roller coaster. Life is a series of ups and downs, one minute you’re a “winner”…the next a “loser”…only to become a winner once again. It’s totally unpredictable.
Striving for your goals is very difficult. You face enormous challenges. But what they don’t teach you in school is about dealing with the politics of the world. To gain opportunities you have to go through humans and that’s where things it tricky.
Dealing with corrupt spirit of mankind is tough. People in power hold the key to whether or not how far you can go. That’s why when people say “work harder” it’ bullshit. You can work as hard as you want but if the opportunity isn’t there…you simply won’t advance. It’s beyond hardwork and talent.
You have to deal with people, the same people who happen to be your competition. We live in a capitalistic system predicated on obtaining wealth and resources right?. So what sense would it even make to give somebody that can potentially surpass you an opportunity ? The answer is simple, it doesn’t. It goes against human nature and the rules of capitalism.
So that will put you in a odd spot. How do you achieve your goals when the people that you need to go through won’t accept you? That’s the million dollar question. All you can do is persevere and try to find a way to do it on your own. Hope for the best hahaha
Dreams in life are like Dreams in sleep. Both are facade’s that keep you going everyday. Keep you hoping , believing, striving for a mythical prize that probably don’t even exist.
Me personally, I’ve been trying to change my philosophy, its hard to change it but I’m trying my best. Instead of chasing the material success of the world which is clearly unobtainable… because what is “success” exactly anyway? Where does it end? It’s a never ending tail chase. Earthly objects will never close the hole that you have on the inside.
So I choose to chase inner peace and mental enlightenment instead. Some will say that I’m “full of shit, and just didn’t have what it takes to make it in the real world” But I choose to look at it from a different angle. From a less cynical angle. Wealth is cool, I mean who wouldn’t want alot of money? probably nobody BUT were all going to die not to long from now anyway because our time on earth is short. So why chase something that you cant control? It makes sense to me to chase things that man can’t control, cant take away from you.
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Alright, This project is called “The Appetizer Vol.1”. I created this project as a prelude to my first real life art exhibit “Harsh Lies, Dark Truths”. That project will be done by the spring. It’ll be alot darker and more profound. More personal, it’ll talk about very dark aspects of the society we live in (Race, depression, pain, enlightenment, death, spirituality, dreams and nightmares..etc) I plan on using new styles, techniques and concepts. The goal is to create an aesthetically pleasing project , while at the same time conveying the concepts in a way that will hopefully provoke though/emotion out of the viewer. I want to put this one in galleries, IT’S TIME!!
The “The Appetizer Vol.1” is a free download like my other projects. It’s my typical format, 18×24. This project is very experimental, I played around with alot of different concepts and techniques. Its a nice, but small sample of whats to come
1. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – Daydreaming
2. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – Royalty
3. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – 3 AM
4. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – Angel In My Life
5. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – Picking Up The Pieces
6. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – Pressure
7. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 – The End
8. THE APPETIZER VOL.1 -Island Girl
I dont know much about him haha but I know this is an amazingly soulful song, I found it because I love Jim Jone’s sample from “addicted to the game”