As I'm on a performing arts hiatus (that I'm unsure will ever resume), I've been working on a few interior design projects.
I love designing homes, I find it to be a special task, as I get to impact peoples day to day lives and create lovely spaces with only the best quality luxury Italian products in the world.
Part of my job is to spot places that need help. Since many business owners have no sense of design, it is my responsibility to be able to communicate my ideas to them in a way that is easy to understand what I am seeing.
Most people know what looks better if they can see a before and after, but perhaps wouldn't have thought of the idea that I'm presenting to them. By doing this, I can shine a light on something that the owners may not realize they needed, then, granted that there is enough budget to work with, we can take their place to the next level.
After analyzing the business concept, I usually develop ad hoc visuals that go with the theme, then I photoshop renderings of different options that would vary dependent on the budget. This restaurant's theme is 'black panthers' and it is a Mexican restaurant. The restaurant is beautifully set up, with brand new everything and exposed brick (which New Yorkers LOVE), and it just needs a little push to take it to the next level.
There are some more design recommendations I would make to this business, however I usually like to build upon the changes in order to make everything work best.
As you may or may not have noticed (maybe you just hadn't been here before), my website is going through a complete revamp.
I think as a person evolves, everything is to evolve accordingly and public image>>website, is not to be forgotten.
I hope you all find it easier to navigate, as well as more according to my current place in life.
This project is a huge one as I have lots of files to reorder as well as lots of others to document and organize.
Oh well, life is a work in progress ;)
I created these probably about a year ago, and finally got around to printing them... and they look amazing.
I'm going to turn them into a big painting with multiple color variations, and some I will make in big canvases.
On other news... I got to hang around one of my favorite people in the world. My long lost bestie Elias, who left the Manhattan to go find professional success in marketing for a cosmetics company in the southwest. Good times.
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Recientemente fui a un interesante evento fotográfico en una galería de arte ubicada en East Harlem, mejor conocido como Spanish Harlem. En la galería encontré una revista llamada Mariachi Times, una revista de "cultura Latina" en NY.
La revista no estaba mal, así que decidí visitar la página de internet de esa publicación para saber más sobre ellos, lo que hacen y representan.
La página es un desastre. Las gráficas son malas en cuanto a la ejecución y el diseño, parecen haber sido creadas por alguien que no sabe usar Photoshop, además de que la composición es desagradable. Aun con esos problemas, lo que me preocupa más es la forma en la que están representando a la cultura latina.
Como pueden ver en la toma de pantalla (la imagen que encabeza este texto), encontrarán un bebé con un sombrero de Mariachi (porque eso es “claramente” lo que se lleva en México), que por cierto es un bebé de ojos azules (porque poner un bebé de ojos café en la portada de Mariachi Times?) Bajo el título, una imagen en rotación muestra un perro Chihuahueño también con un sombrero, y un letrero grande que grita TAMALES!, todo con unos colores que no van muy bien juntos y visualmente, muy pesados.
Si quieren dar su opinion, visiten el sitio ustedes mismos y comenten y compartan que opinan en la sección de abajo.
La pagina es www,MariachiTimes.com
I recently attended an awesome event in a gallery located in East Harlem, otherwise known as Spanish Harlem. At the gallery I found a publication called Mariachi Times, which is a 'Latins in NY' type culture magazine.
The actual magazine didn't look too bad at all, so i figured I would check out their website to learn more about who creates the magazine and what they are about.
Well, the website is a hot mess. Not only are the graphics bad in terms of the design, but they are put together poorly, as if someone with bad photoshop skills made them. While that is bad, as far as I'm concerned the bigger issue here is the way they are portraying Latin culture.
If you see the screenshot I added, you can see a baby wearing Mariachi Sombrero (because that's what babies wear in Mexico), and of course its a blue eyed baby (because, why would you put a brown eyed baby on the cover of the MARIACHI TIMES?). Under the title, a rotating image, shows either a Chihuaha puppy, also wearing a sombrero, or a big sign that says TAMALES, all very color clashing and layed out in a way that feels like knives to the eyes .
Feel free to visit the site yourself and let me know any comments in the section below.
The website is www,MariachiTimes.com
One of the great joys of painting is having the ability to simply throw any idea straight on to the canvas regardless of how silly it might be.
For my Disney inspired pop art, I decided to take characters we all feel comfortable with, and give them that cooler, sexier edge.
Who doesn't want to see Mickey Mouse as a cool, buff playboy? Or goofy as 'one of the guys'?
This mini series also made me realize that no matter what age, we all gravitate towards what we are told is supposed to be appealing.
When i took the paintings out for a stroll and sat out at the Highline in NYC, i noticed all people alike, children and adults, males, gay or straight, seemed to believe Buff Mickey was the coolest guy in town. They all smiled an pointed and found a certain interest and comfort in seeing their 'long time friend' was after all, one of the cool guys.
I love that about art. Being able to see what i can learn about people through seeing their reactions to what I've created.
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