Thursday, May 26, 2005

Illustration Friday: "Aquatic"

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Master of My Own Fate, 2005 • Bic Grip Roller, rubbing alcohol, graphite, and Photoshop®

Using Mozilla for this post has been a total pain in the ass.

Rant over.

Theinspiration behind this piece is a song by Toronto MC 4th Pyramid entitled "Aquatic". Neat, eh? Now, anyone that kno ws me can tell you that I'm not an advocate for illegal drug use, but over the years, there have been some rap songs I like that have done just that. The first two that come to mind are Pharcyde's "Pack the Pipe" and Cypress Hill's "Hits From the Bong". Come to think of it, you put Cypress'"Stoned Is the Way of the Walk" right up there in smokin' top 10. As far as partaking in the actual activity? Hell no.
For the sake of comparison, here's the original drawing before the digital messin' around:

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And just to show you where I'm comin' from, here's the song:
4th Pyramid - Aquatic Warning: language, drug use
If you dig this joint (hardy har), pay a visit to the Definitve Jux site. There's more good stuff there.

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Julie Oakley said...

I like the illustration, beatific expression caught perfectly, but the first version is the one I like best.

Jeope said...

I think so, too. Like the more varied tones of the original. Especially the surrounding textures in the top half of the pic.

Were you using Mozilla for fun?

Allan L. said...

Thanks, guys.
I drew the original while I was sitting at Tim Horton's.

Were you using Mozilla for fun?
Naw, only because sites actually look alright using Mozilla with OS 9. It's shitty when trying to write a new post in Blogger.

paige said...

Very nice, Allan!! Love the textures, colors and loose drawing.

Mmmm, Tim Hortons. We don't have them here in the US but now I think I may have to take a run over to my neighborhood donut shop!

EcamirG said...

for the record, we do have tim horton's in the us. :) but i think they're all non-smoking. at least the ones around here. feh.

good luck on your interview tomorrow, al.

Danidoodle said...

I really like that the smoke looks ... well, smokey.

I'll have to check into this Tim Horton's stuff. Never heard of him/it/the place.

Allan L. said...
That should tell you all you need to know. :)

good luck on your interview tomorrow, al.
Thanks! I really appreciate that.