Tag: blues

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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A Brief History of the Blues: Promotional Artwork

Last year, I mentioned that I’ve been working on my graphic design skills. My younger brother is a musician and I made a promotional poster for his holiday show last year. He has another show coming up at the end of May so I made another poster for him. The process was much smoother this time around and I learned lots of new techniques and shortcuts. If you’re a beginner Adobe CS-user, I strongly suggest watching tutorials on YouTube and then trying out things yourself. Watching videos helped me out a whole lot.

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If you’re in the Roanoke area and you enjoy great music and food, then you should definitely come to the show. I guarantee you will be impressed and entertained! As always, thanks for reading :]

Links:
Gabriel’s Facebook Page
Gabriel’s Website
Event Page

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Graphic Design

As an artist living in a culture that relies heavily on technology, I’m realizing more and more that I need some graphic design skills. There is a need for graphic designers in so many fields whether they’re art-related or not. When I interviewed for the teaching job I have now, the man interviewing me said that computer arts skills are basically a requirement for being an art teacher today.

Ever since I was a student at JMU, I’ve been dabbling in graphic design. I took a computer graphics class as a sophomore (or maybe I was a junior…) and I was introduced–key word introduced–to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design. I learned a ton of information, so much that I forgot most of it after a few months because I didn’t use the programs anymore.

In the past year however, I’ve been getting those skills back and then some. My younger brother, a talented musician, has kept himself very busy with his music and is working on an album release and some shows here in Roanoke. I designed his album cover (hopefully I get to share that with you guys soon) and I just designed my first promotional poster for him:

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I’ve used Photoshop and Illustrator for both of these projects and the trial and error process is basically how I’m coming to understand them better. It’s a slow process, but the results are rewarding. You can expect some more graphic design projects in the future! Thanks 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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