Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Milagro Center Teens Creations Takes Over Cornell Art Museum

Exciting times!!! We're getting the teens work ready for their art exhibition opening Friday, Febuary 2  and runs til the 28th

Visualist and I are proud of the work the teens have been putting in. From the "Black Icons" paintings, photography and so much more.

Anthony & Ian had a real strong vision for the youth.

I cant wait for you all to see what they've created. It's an honor to of been apart of
this project and for them to be exhibiting in a museum no less.

"TIME IN RETROSPECT, The Future The Past and Now."

Event :https://www.facebook.com/events/1435933409848551/?ti=cl

Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square
 51 N Swinton Avenue Delray

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Inking A Treal Toonz Comic Strip

The process of "inking" is sometimes the
most tedious part. But it's where the image is starting to come to life. I have a series of comic strips featuring the Treal Toonz called "Strip'Down" where they in one or two pages have misadventures with Agent Rotten Orange or tackle various other topics.

The strips aren't going to be colored so the differentiate for people what is meant to kids and what's more "Adult oriented content".

Inking The Strip Video

As I type I'm 7 strips in with a goal of 12-15 before publishing. 

This is one of the strips part of the "Phukin'with Agent Rotten Orange" series. This time featuring BeBe Treal.

I've released 4 strips that can be viewed on my site right now.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Memory turned Toonz, Leaving A Mark x Teens Art Exhibition

Three years ago when did our first Exhibit Treal group art show. The night was classic. That was during the time when I was more focused on curating art shows.

Turtle reposted this dope photo from it of all of us and I decided I wanted to recreate it as a Treal Toonz Illustration.

Making of Video:

The Vibes 

Also last night the vibes hit strong. There's this wall I been eyeing forever where a bunch of people randomly spray painted words that's just been there.

I don't know what got into me but the messages of "listen to the universe" & "leave your footprints" sparked me to leave my own.

So In about 5 minutes I drew this Treal
Toonz strip using the SoHo Permanent Markers.

They're fade &: water resistant and have this dope shine to it.

I won't say where but y'all know.

Students Exhibit!

Save the date, next Friday you'll get to see all the incredible work the teens have created from the "Black Icons" Paintings, Jamaal Clark "photography sessions" with them, 3d Printing & so so much more that they've done. Come support these youths!!!!

With the Black Icons series we wanted to touch on those we've lost and how it matters. Especially with the portrait of Corey Jones who was a major part of the Milagro Center.

Corey Jones

Nina Simone x Sandra Bland

Martin Luther King Jr x Trayvon Martin

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Treal Toonz "Stripped" Down in New Project

These are the 1st four pages of a series for a book I'm releasing later this year of handdrawn & inked comic strips called "Phukin With Agent Rotten Orange" featuring the Treal Toonz

The Series black and what series will mostly focus on The Treal Toonz antics messing with "Agent Rotten Orange" but will also touch on various other political and social topics. 

The book it's self with the collection of strips will be titled "Toonz Stripped" or something better by then. Stay tuned.  

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Monday, January 22, 2018

The Treal Toonz Debut To The Public

The Treal Toonz made their debut this past Saturday in an exhibition showcasing the artwork. From bright paintings, Illustrations, pages from the work in progress comicbooks & more.

Those who came where treated to up close view of the new body of work. In my 8 years of being an artist this exhibit was
really different. The questions from those who can't where different. I didn't feel like your typical artist, I felt more like a creator.

A creator giving the general public a great behind the scenes look of what Treal Toonz was about.

As Visualist took over a portion of the building, The Toonz took the other part.

I watched this little girl go through the characters Illustrations and stop when she got to the female characters smiling and taking her time like she was studying them. I watch
adults look through the comics I'm working on with excitement and had my brain picked by teens on the characters...

I had a grown man spend over 10 mins explaining to me how much joy these characters I've created bring him.

All I heard for the last two
weeks is all I ever hear from people and that's the negativity talk about Tamarind.

Tamarind being considered a "dangerous hood"....

Well  Visualist & I turned a center (Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach) that provides a place for the youth of Tamarind to go into a art museum with our work. Imagine what that does to the mind of these young kids you dismiss when they see what two young black men created. In a world that pushes the narrative that "either you sell crack rock or got a wicked jumpshot".

That for us meant everything.

Seeing the youth embrace the artwork, the books, the bag and having in-depth conversations with them about it is the real win. Inspiring them to do something more... See themselves as more is everything!

It in the end inspired me even more. And reconfirmed for myself that what I'm doing with Treal Toonz is exactly what the universe wants.

The work is still up and we may leave it there for a while so that more youth and people in the community can come through and check them out.


Speaking of youth. Judah is a big Star Wars
fan so to show love we gifted him with the Treal Toonz/Star Wars original watercolor Illustration. It's a blessing to know how much he loves it.


Between working on the "Uncle Duty" comicbook & Illustrating the new Teddy Elephante book... I've been working on these short comic strips for a another book called "Phukin With Agent Rotten ORANGE" where various Treal Toonz characters are "phukin" with the arrogant, narcissistic a-hole, the villainous Agent Rotten Orange.


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