Here’s a new one in the music inspired series. Sunset needle. Get a print HERE.
This is a series of artwork including type, portraits, and paintings that are inspired by music and musicians. If you’re an avid fan of any genre of music I hope you make you smile. I definitely love making them.
This one is for the music lovers. It doesn’t matter which genre, as long as music is something you can’t get through the day without. Could be for musicians or the fans. The image represents two 45 adapters. These adapters are used to secure and play 45 rpm records. I chose these colors because they are complementary and I love the color the overlay of them creates. check out some of my other “Music Inspired” drawings and paintings.
This is a really old piece I made of a boombox using watercolor when I was just learning it over 20 years ago. As I have been working on some recent music inspired pieces I wanted to share something I made in that same vein many years ago.
The first time I bought a Technics 1200 turntable it was with money I’d earned working and from birthdays, etc. I had saved up enough and got help from my parents to get a used one from my local pawn shop and I was so excited I just started at it. It would take me a good while to save up for the second one and a mixer but eventually I got them. And I gave up drawing and painting for awhile in lieu of teaching myself mixing, scratching, beat juggling, and how to find records and sounds. I had to sell my turntables as a young dad in my late 20s but I’ve never forgotten the feel of these. They were sturdy, heavy, and solid machines that could take hours and hours of practice and keep on going. Did you ever own a Technics 1200 table? Still have some? This is another music inspired joint!
This is a Shekere which is a West African musical instrument used in both African and Latin American music. It is traditionally a gourd that is dried out then scooped of its insides until it is hollow. Then cowry shells or beads are woven around the gourd and when it is shaken the beads or cowries hitting against the gourd make a percussive noise. Here’s an demo where you hear the shekere.
Music is the weapon I kept thinking of as I finished this. I almost wrote a word across the trumpet but I’m glad I didn’t. Anyways, the trumpet is a dope instrument in so many different genres; afro beat, salsa, jazz, ska, etc. What is a song you like that has trumpets in it?
Hey, continuing with this series of music. When I think of the inspiration for this I think of those that remember riding or walking around with some headphones and a walkman, CD, or MP3 player just playing some dope music. The feeling of curating your ride to school or work, or just really getting all your songs ready for a road trip. It’s that feeling of being still and playing music that makes you come alive. That kind of love.
Check it out, here’s a new joint inspired by music, the drum specifically. The world of music comes from this right here. This is part of a new series for fun. If you didn’t catch the last one check out the Orange keys.
This is not the first time I’ve made some artwork inspired by music. But I thought I’d do some new music inspired artwork. This one is inspired by the piano, keys, etc. I painted it with gouache. You want a print? Here it is:
On Sunday Papa and I walked to the record store. I never seen him so happy to go to a store before. He kept whistling and smiling. Then he turned to me and said
“When I was a kid, your Grandpa would bring me here. It’s like a library of sounds from all over the world!”.
This illustration of a father and son walking is special because Amoeba Records in Berkeley was and still is a haven for weird sound lovers like me. I walked there from Berkeley High at lunch weekly looking for new and old hip hop records, samples, drum breaks, and jazz albums. It is a cultural landmark. And although I’ve been to the SF and LA locations, Berkeley is home. Go if you haven’t been recently and see what you can find to pull you away from your screen. Have you been to Amoeba in Berkeley? What’s the last thing you bought there?
It has been almost 4 years since I completed a “short story”. And i’ve worked on so many children’s books and art projects since then which is part of why I paused them. I started working on these to practice my writing and illustration.