Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cup O' Blue Jay Noodles

I've gotten mixed stories about blue jays and I'm not sure whether I'm a fan or not. I've heard that they can be nasty birds that are aggressive and attack other birds. I've even heard that they hunt and eat smaller birds. They are part of the crow family so scavenging is a definite trait of this species. Nasty or not they're esthetically pleasing to look at especially surrounded by a cup of noodles. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birds and Music

I've recently started a series of illustrations that mash together birds and old school music devices like cassettes, 45s, turntables, microphones etc.  A lot kids growing up today have never heard of an album or let alone an 8-track. For example, my 13 year old niece and I walked into Whole Foods the other day and she began flipping through their album collection (Whole Foods has a section of albums for deejay enthusiasts). She asked me what an album was. My daughter who's almost 2 years old is one day going to ask me "Papi,what's a CD?"

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Poster Art of the Latino Comics Expo so far...

Three years ago I approached Javier Hernandez and Ricardo Padilla about designing the logo and poster for the first ever Latino Comics Expo(Full disclosure I am friends with Javier and have known him for years so it wasn't to difficult to get this gig.)

 After having lived in Mexico for almost 2 years on a Fulbright scholarship I was very excited about promoting Latino comic artist. Javier breathed a sigh of relief for the help and we started right away to get things rolling for a May show at the Cartoon Art Museum. The show was a modest hit and Ricardo and Javier saw the potential to do something important for Latino artists. Giving them a platform to connect with the public in a more concerted and unified way. 

Three years later and 4 shows under the belt here we are about to launch our fifth show. And since then I have taken on the official role of Graphic Designer for the Latino Comics Expo.  And we're happy to announce that our next show, LCX 2014, will be held at San Jose University with some special guests to be announced soon!

The inspiration for the poster came from a mask I had bought in the town of P√°tzcuaro during Dia de Los Muertos. The poster evolved into the four art pieces called Los Elementos which I am proud to say are sitting in the special collections at Stanford University Library


Below is the collection of Latino Comics Expo posters and the art that inspired them.
1st Poster Latino Comics Expo 2011
Original Art: Los Elementos Water
2nd Poster Latino Comics Expo 2012
Original Art: Los Elementos Earth

3rd Poster Latino Comics Expo 2013
Original Art: Los Elementos Earth
4th Poster LCX Los Angeles
Art by Rafael Navarro
Design by Jose Cabrera

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Las Brujas Gig Posters!

Okay, so I've always wanted to be in a band but never had the cojones to do it. Music is so intimate and to put yourself out there like that is courageous! So I'm doing the next best thing. Gig posters! Full disclosure, Dave Lewis, long time friend hit me up to do a few posters for a band he plays bass for Las Brujas. They basically let me do what I wanted and I had a blast. And I really like their music especially Purple  Midnight Wall! Go have a listen. So all you bands out there if you want some art let me know!




Monday, February 24, 2014

GHOULA Posters so far...

Recently I've been working on some gig posters for friends. The first them being for the Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles GHOULA. My friend Rich Carradine heads up the organization which has been around for 5+ years. The last 2 posters where for Marionette shows trying to raise funds to for Bob Baker the award winning puppeteer.

But more recently I created a Poster for an up coming GHOULA event in March 2014 The Haunted Houdini Bus Tour:


Here is one I did in October 2013 "The Return of Strings that Go Bump in The Night":

This is the first one I did back in Sept 2013 "Strings that Go Bump in The Night":

There are more posters to come!