It's Christina Santini Appreciation Month here at Smack! Illustrations...No, it's not an actual holiday. And yes, I need a life.
First and foremost, I want to say thanks to everyone who's shown support to The Red Book since it released back in July. The love I've gotten for it has been above and beyond anything I really expected. And it all couldn't have been possible without the great and creative women who helped with the project. I'm a bit late on putting this news up but the first book is now officially available on Amazon for purchase while you can still get the digital .PDF version of the book at the Tumblr page.
I say "first' book because I'm in the midst of putting in work for the next chapter tentatively titled "Love + Lust." Submissions are open for the next book for any ladies who are interested. Again, all body types, shapes, and sizes are welcomed to participate. Just shoot me an email for the details. Also, something new for this one, couples are allowed to participate in it as well (as long as the focus is still on the woman). So yeah, I'm trying to make this one bigger and better than the last one. Hopefully everything will be ready by late 2014 and there might be a Kickstarter sometime to help move things along. So we'll see where the future holds.
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Last Saturday I had to chance to take part in my first ever art battle. The competition, called The Battle Of Art & Sol, was held in downtown Saginaw and featured 12 other awesome artists all competing for the prize of $500. Thanks to my friend Jared, who ran the event, I was able to do it digitally. That also meant hauling a big ass flat screen to the outside and praying my computer didn't break down on me.
I mean, it did (Thanks Apple). A lot. But I managed.
Unfortunately not enough to get the top prize but congrats to Becca Brown for winning the first prize and Jose Garcia for winning People's Choice. Will I do another art battle? Maybe. If I do I think I'd might want to try painting, or the Dave Chow method of using the power of the Sharpie on a canvas. But overall it was a great experience and I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of it.
Posted by Sean Mack at 11:28 AM
I recently had the opportunity to talk to the lovely Olivia Brown for her site Olivia Brown's Dope Show where I talked about my art styles, music, KOBK, and the creation of The Red Book. That very interview is officially up for you all to read and enjoy so go check it out.
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King .Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the infamous March On Washington.
So the Revolutionaries wanted to take time out of their hiatus to celebrate the inspirational words of Dr. King and the power they still hold today.
Yep, it takes the return of Breaking Bad to get Brandon and I back on the table for some more Revolutionary Times art. So here's our Walter Walt inspired piece of fan art to celebrate the last final episodes of the show.
Now we go back into our cave to continue our plan for the revolution.
Tonight is the opening of another gallery showing I had the opportunity to be a part of. Thanks to fellow CCS alumni Heather Hansma, I had the chance to be a part of the "Joke's On You, Buddy" showcase at Starkweather Arts Center in Romeo, MI. The exhibit mixes the idea of comedy and art together in something very unique. For my pieces, I decided to go with inspiration from some of my favorites bits from both Eddie Murphy and Mitch Hedberg. The showing is tonight from 7-9PM and shows through August 24th. If you're in the area you should come through and check out some great art.
It's been about a year in the making, but I can finally say that my art book The RED Book is finally on sale today. Something that started off a change of pace from my usual art (comics, etc) became something bigger than I originally intended. Something that started with an iPad sketchbook app and a great model turned into 110 page book full of beautiful women of all types and sizes. Thank you to everyone for the support and more importantly thank you to the women who helped inspire everything. Without you this couldn't have even been a possibility.
So go cop yourself a copy of the book, either the physical version of the digital .PDF version that you read on your laptop, phone, or tablet device! Thank you for everything!
(*International buyers email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org before purchasing for shipping rates)
So thanks to the honorable sir James Thigpen Jr, I got the chance to be a part of the "Graphic Integrity" showcase at the Buckham Gallery in Downtown Flint last night. It was a great experience seeing how people responded to my artwork. The only other show I had been in was The Dirty Show so this was a change of pace (ya know, since apparently kids could come to the gallery). It was real humbling to just be around a lot of great art so I was just honored to be in the show. In the end, people really liked what they saw and I ended up selling two pieces (the "Dilla" and "RED" joint).
The exhibit will be up until August 3rd, so if you're around Flint you can always stop by and check it out for yourself.
Posted by Sean Mack at 1:31 PM
Back last year I was approached by Detroit emcee Stryfe and producer to create the artwork for their joint project The Last Resorts. After a year of finalizing and tweaking the album, they finally dropped it today on iTunes and Bandcamp. The idea for the art was to create a type of Yin-Yang idea amongst a feeling of chaos. You can listen to the album below and check out the inserts as well.
Yep. The book is set to drop next month. I set up a Tumblr page for it as a one-stop destination for the book and any of the illustrations. Keep an eye out for the exact day to be announced along with the first look at the book's cover soon.