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Gabe Morales + Friends T-Shirt Design

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A few months ago I collaborated with my younger brother again, this time on a t-shirt design. If you’re new here, my brother, Gabriel, is a talented musician who has played all over Roanoke and other parts of Virginia with a host of other talented musicians. I’ve also worked with him on the design of his business card, debut album, and a few gig posters (Blues for the Holidays / A Brief History of the Blues). Check out his website for more info: www.gabemoralesmusic.com

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Our goal for the design was to create something simple, but bold. We eventually went with this pedal board design. I drew it by hand in ink first and then turned it into a vector. I was able to play with textures and patterns inside of the geometric shapes and then Gabriel played around with the color scheme and placement of the text.

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The design was printed on soft white cotton t-shirts by local printing company, Press Press Merch. For now you can purchase a shirt at any of Gabriel’s shows, but they will be available online soon. Click here to view his upcoming shows.

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Thanks for reading! xoxo

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May Inspiration

Last month I was largely inspired by performances and stories…

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1. Movie: Big Eyes

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2. Documentary/Exhibition: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

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3. Musical Performance: Banda Magda

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4. Joseph Marr’s sugar sculptures

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5. Kurt Pio’s diamond paintings

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6. Karen Schwartz’s abstract paintings

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6

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Gabe Morales and Friends Album Art

Hey! Today I’m here to share something that has been in the works for a pretty long time. I mentioned a while ago that my younger brother (an active musician) was going to release his debut album soon and it features my artwork. The release date has finally been announced so I can now share the artwork and all the info about the release!

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This album cover was my first big photoshop project that I did on my own (as in I didn’t really know what I was doing), but I began the project with more “traditional” media: pencils, ink, and paint. I painted several small paintings, fiddled around with some stylized lettering, and did a pen drawing of a potential cover. I then played around with two of these images on photoshop, layering them and using a variety of effects. After a lot of experimenting and tweaking (and I mean a lot), this is what I came up with:

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If you live in the Roanoke, VA area, you should totally come out to the release concert and show your support. This album came to life thanks to several bands and individuals including Talk is Cheap, The Jamie McLean Band, The Fat Daddy Band, Carlos Aranguren, and Cameron McLaughlin. The album was funded by a grant from the Blue Ridge Blues Society and recorded inside the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. A ticket to the release concert includes a copy of the new album.

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The release concert is taking place on Saturday June 21st at 8pm in the Rehearsal Hall at Jefferson Center. To visit the Facebook event page and see more info or RSVP click here.

Thanks so much for reading!

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Presenting…

Keep an eye on this one!

Another painting I completed today is one that I’ve been working on for over a month. The reason it’s taken me so long is because it’s a portrait of a person very close to me. Even though I’m definitely getting better, I’ve always struggled with drawing and painting people. I rarely attempt to do portraits of the people closest to me because not only do I become a perfectionist and get frustrated if it doesn’t look exactly right, I also can’t help but worry that the person won’t like it or that they’ll get offended by it somehow.

Anyway, I’m trying to get over that, so I painted a picture of my 12-year-old brother. Perhaps I subconsciously chose him because he’s young and has perfect skin and will just think its cool that I painted him and not notice all the tiny details that I noticed while painting it… :P

I don’t think it’s perfect, but I’m happy with it nonetheless and I worked really hard on it…it’s got lots of layers of paint! :] Here it is:

Since I’m on the subject of my little brother, you should be aware of his amazing guitar skills! He’s already played alongside some great bands and on the news as well. Below are three of my favorite videos of him playing. Make sure to check out his other videos on YouTube as well. Enjoy! :]

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