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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cold Starting

I'm listenin' to some cool hip hop. I made a compilation of my top ten favorite producers in Rhapsody. Something I'm probably going to post later.(mood hint::introduction).

Right now I am currently working on a design for an online gallery. Its taking me a minute to get the sketches up here but they soon will get posted. But be patient. I am creating a full journal on my design process and I want this to be my big bang to style. So in the meantime, I have decided to take a break from the design upload, and check up on my other portals and blogs like myspace.com, facebook,
blackplanet, and what not. Hopefully I can finish all of this new work I'm doing, get the sketches and finished work on here, and also at deviantart.com.
I just had an idea of redoing all of the customizations of my other blogs. I am even in the process for creating a completely different blog for this site. So stay tuned for that.

But for now, since I went and checked up on my myspace account, after months of not even thinking about it. Once there at my myspace, I was drawn to my collection of old works in the slide.com presentation. I am thinking of getting rid of it all together and making a better way to showcase and present my works. I dare not add anything new because I think it just doesn't fit the mode at all. But before I come up with the new scheme (well actually I already have) I put the works here below. Just to show where I have been. Tell me what you think. All of these designs were done before I graduated from college two years ago. There were a lot of works in this period of time that sparked my whole design reasoning and seasoning all together. Unfortunately, when in school you don't have the time to really let an art piece grow and speak for itself. Which is why I took the time to post it here. So, hopefully there is great reflection on the style and its growth. Annnnd, hopefully you like it.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Idea Seeds: Increase and Development


I'm coming up with some cool ideas for my portfolio and I am looking for ways to express them. In the past I was simply a designer that did normal layouts in Adobe Pagemaker, Indesign, and Photoshop. But one thing I noticed about my design was that I was a bit of an extremist. I couldn't get clean flat minimalist designs. Must have been my Libra roots (go figure). Remembering back I was always drawn to graffiti. And I can remember coming up with tags and putting them on the walls. I never thought of my self as an artist even though I had advanced art classes in high school and majored in art at college. One of the reasons I decided to get a degree from Eastern Michigan University was because I had two cool friends before I went to college. One was a graphic designer and knew Adobe Photoshop really well. He gave me the honor of showing me how to use the program. What was interesting was that I didn't even want to do design at the time and had no inclination for Photoshop. I didn't even pick my major yet at college. But the fascination of being able to manipulate images digitally became an inspiration that would never die. At the same time I was getting tutorials from my friend. Another friend of mine was inspiring me by his photography. I would hold blank stares into his images which seemed like hours. From there I grabbed my fathers Canon AE1 P camera and hit the streets. I think I must have taken over 200-300 rolls of film and about 50 came out ok and another 15 were really really good (or at least I thought). After showing the photos to the photographer friend he would tear the concepts and compositions apart pointing at the pictures screaming "focus, focus, focus!". Then there came the poetry where I would sit at my event less retail job at the African Shop and write poem after sections after notebook. I would write on anything. Now I want to blend them all together. And I often end up in department stores carrying Marc Bucanen's Ecko and just staring at the t-shirts wondering why didn't I think of that. I think the ideas just hit me and I would like for you to check back to see if I put them up. Everything is in sketch phase and i am doing just like that poetry, just like that photography, and just like my designs. Im constantly doing what it is. And whenever an idea hits me its going down on whatever I can get it on. I might just put up some of the sketches. Check back periodically.
and Thanx for reading.

How To Become a Published Poet???



I have always wanted to do the published poet thing. Where I have a hard back or paper back book. I wanted a majorly published book able to find my cool looking publishing in large bookstores like Amazon.com or within Borders Books and Music. Every where I have searched for information has turned up like a dry well. They usually point to individual publishing such as dorrence or xlibris. Now my impression of dorrence and xlibris is that you can do your own basic book or publication to your liking but it doesn't seem like its of the highest quality.I had the opportunity of signing up with xlibris just to check out how their system operates and found it to be extremely annoying. Once they had my name on their list they sent me literature that filled my trash can quick. They, also, constantly called with some starving sales associate on the other end that wanted me to just shovel out $1200 to $3000, or more, for a publication. Its funny you can't help but laugh because they prompt you to the option like you are buying a candy bar at a gas station. Books have to be well thought out to have it be received by the correct target audience. You want your book very well organized so that it reads well and has some compelling pulls on emotions and suspense. You can't just rush into it after being pressured over the phone or by reading some brochure. Now, I know that there are publishers out there but every time I tried to get information on their contacts and process I was told that I would have to have a production geared for high impact and a large return on royalties. That's literally impossible for a person that goes to a coffee shop every now and again and posts his poetry on the ever saturated internet blogs such as Xanga.com. Essentially, a major book turns out to be a play on confidence for your particular idea, your face, and your name in my understanding and opinion. The aftermath of all of the confusion, and the depression from getting noes on my poetry style opted me to give up in failure. I deleted my blog on Xanga.com, said I wasn't going to write again as well, and afterwards I received a pretty cool email from a company called Author House. This company seems promising. At first I ignored it because I was getting constant emails. But what caught my attention was the title saying "YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED FOR FREE!". Now I have already, just recently, set up my account and have began to take a little time to set up my manuscript to get it started. The cool thing about AuthorHouse is that they set it up, publish, and print it for free. There is a bookstore that you buy the books from and you gain a commission off of the high quality finished piece. If you are an artist, or a poet, or a photographer like myself and you want to get published, you don't want to be haggled into the process, and you know you don't have the money or the notoriety for a major publishing program, then go the Author House way. But like Lavar Burton used to say. "You Don't Have to Take My Word For It."

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Introduction



Hey whassup!

People call me Sun. I don't really remember how I got the name Sun Rhythms. I can remember back in the day they used to have Night Rhythms on 92.3 (they probably still do), and I remember me asking why everything had to be about the night if it revolved around love or love making, why not the light and heat of the sun. I personally think that sunlight is one of the most sensual things. I think the name Sun Rhythms probably came about because of my many days being lost and found drifting away in my day dreams while staring at the horizon delicately kissed by water mesmerized by the cool vibes of wind. A place where I sit still and the earth and sun dances to dizzy bird songs until the stars twinkle on some hard rock at a quiet lake in a secret spot. I'm also usually known for another favorite past time where I am caught in the act of just chillin, head bobbing, a complex polyrhythmic, yet relaxing ambiance of flute and drum or trumpet and sax, maybe a lil bit of Frakie and maze, or some Sam Cooke over coat the environments temperature with a whole lot of soul, funk, blues, jazz. I mean, I don't know if there is one particular music that I like. I do know that I like jungle, down tempo beats in a car in the summer time with the window open at high speeds with a lady at the passenger. And when I'm working on something hard and complicated I like that hard and gritty metallic techno. When I'm bummed out I like gangsta beats, not always the rhymes, but the beats do me real nice when I'm pissed off. So that's it in a nutshell sunlight and great music. And with that is a great clue to my personality. Which brings me to why I'm writing all this. Well Im starting a blog basically to get the word out on what I do, what I feel, and what I like. I have always loved to write so I just wanted to do the damn thang and get my style noticed. This blog is basically going to be a diary. What I would like to do is share some of my artwork and designs with you, some of my photography, and poetry. Also I am just going to talk about the progress of certain things to. My focus is accomplishment. I want to share as much accomplishment as I can, and abundantly accomplish. In the process of all this good fortune I want to make some friends along the way. Of coarse nothing worth having isn't free. So I guess I am going to speak on some of the things that are in my way. My obstacles are going to be thrown in the picture like hero verses villain. And what to attack an obstacle but with the power of faith itself. I will exploit these faiths in words bombed on these digital screens. Welcome to my blog.