Friday, February 17, 2012

Some old doodles and ideas.

   Sometimes when I can't think of what to draw or paint, I go back and look at my old sketchbooks to see if there are any ideas that i can develope or improve. These are some old doodles or ideas from about 2 to 6 years back. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012


  Adan Jodorowsky aka "Adanowski" was born October 1979 in France. The actor/director/musician is the son of Chilean/French film director Alejandro Jodorowsky. As an actor,  Adanowsky  won the "Saturn Award " in 1989 for best performance by a young actor, in one of his fathers films called "Santa Sangre."
  Adanowski started playing piano at the age of 6. At 7 he met James Brown (who was a friend of his brother) at a concert backstage. Brown taught Adanowsky to dance like him.  He was also given a few guitar lessons by George Harrison of the Beatles. 
  In 2006 he released his first solo album Étoile Éternelle  with the hit single "L'idole"  which was also released in Spanish as "el idolo."  For more info about Adanowsky go to

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

jake shimabukuro

  Last Saturday, my girlfriend Nico invited me to check out a show at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. She received 2 free tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro, who is one of the best Ukalele players in the world. At first I was thinking "I like Hawaiian music, but can I take a whole concert of a solo ukalele artist? And how complex can a ukalele get?"  
  As soon as I hear Jake play, my eyebrows flew off my face. Especially when he covered Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. He redefines the sound of a 4 string 2 octave ukalele and takes this instrument to a whole new level. Jake has earned comparison to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Listening to him live was like taking a trip around the world. 
  Jake Shimabukuro was raised in Hawaii and began playing the Ukalele at the age of 4. Starting with traditional Hawaiian music, Jake later started listening to Rock, top 40's and all other genres of music. Although he would get inspiration from hearing Van Halen or Hendrix tunes, his biggest influences are not musicians. Bruce Lee and Bill Cosby are his biggest influences. “Bruce Lee’s philosophy on martial arts was that it was simply a form of human expression,” says Jake. “And he didn’t believe in sticking to one ‘style.’ He studied all forms and was open to everything. And Bill Cosby – now here was a performer who just sat in a chair with a microphone, and brought joy to millions with his stories. He connects with an audience like no other.”
  For more information about Jake Shimabukuro go to    

Monday, February 13, 2012

Caricatures in feb

  Here's a few pics of some recent caricatures I drew recently.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Los Dynamite

  Los Dynamite is an indie rock band from Mexico. The band met in high school and started playing music together ever since. Los Dynamite started getting recognition after their single "TV"  was on a Cell phone comercial in 2005.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

David La Chapelle

  David LaChapelle began his photography career in the 1980's  when he began to showcase his work at galleries in New York. His work caught the eyes of many including Andy Warhol, who later offered David his first job as a photographer for interview magazine. 
  LaChapelle's captivating images have been on the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D.
  I am a big fan of his vivid colors and surreal influenced images that can take you through a carnaval of emotions. Have a look.

  To see more of LaChapelle's work go to 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Joe Bluhm

    When it comes to drawing extreme caricatures, I would have to say Joe Bluhm is one of my favorites.  Check out some of these hillarious caricatures by him.

To see more of Joe Bluhm's art and caricatures go to website or blog

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Classics in Spanish

   Growing up in Watsonville California, I was exposed to a variety of Spanish music. Take a tour of the different styles of Spanish music I grew up listening to. 
Los Felinos -El Callejon del Romance (baladas romanticas)
La Sonora Santanera- La Boa (Danson)

Benny More- Me voy pal pueblo (spanish folk)
Perez Prado- Mambo Lupita(Mambo)
Julio Jaramillo- Nuestro juramento (Boleros)
Julio Jaramillo- Sombras Nada Mas (Bolero Ranchero)
Buena Vista Social Club- Dos Gardenias (ballada romantica cubana)
Jose Jose- Una mañana (Romanticas)
Vicente Fernandez- Mujeres divinas (Rancheras) 

Los Angeles Azules- Como te voy a olvidar (cumbia)
Hombres G- Sufre Mamon (Rock en Español)

Lupita D'Alessio- Mi Corazon gitano (balada romantica)
Julio Iglesias- Rio Rebelde (balada)

Banda Macho- La culebra (banda)
Juan Gabriel- no tengo dinero (balada ritmica)
Los Teen Pops- Popotito (Rock n Roll)
Los Xochimilcas- Boogie Woogie (rock n roll/swing)
Carlos Gardel - tiempos viejos (tango)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bajo Fondo Compilation

  When it comes to music compilations,  Bajofondo Tango Club would have to be on my top 10 list.  It was released in 2002 by Vibra Records. This compiliation has an eclectic mix of French House, Argentenian Tango, Trip hop, Chillout and Drum and Bass.  Here are some of the artist they feature. 

  1. "Montserrat" by Orquesta del Plata– 5:10
  2. "En mí / Soledad" by Campo– 4:07
  3. "Los Tangueros" by Orquesta del Plata - 5:12
  4. "Mi Corazón" by Campo – 4:24
  5. "Maroma" by Emilio Kauderer – 4:44
  6. "Perfume" by Luciano Supervielle, remixed by Campo – 5:26
  7. "Vacío" by Didi Gutman– 2:48
  8. "Esperándote" by Moviola– 4:13
  9. "Naranjo En Flor" by Campo featuring Verónica Loza – 4:38
  10. "Bruma" by Moviola – 6:13
  11. "Éxodo II" by Juan Blas– 5:15
  12. "Duro y Parejo" by Moviola - 5:26
  13. "Forma" by Luciano Supervielle - 3:54
  14. "El Sonido de la Milonga" by Campo - 5:33
  15. "Av. de Mayo" by Diego Vainer Fantasías Animadas - 5:42
  16. "Ese Cielo Azul" by Luciano Supervielle - 6:05 bonus track

Luciano Supervielle
Orchesta de plata- Montserrat
 If you would like to purchase this compilation, you can purchase it here

Monday, February 6, 2012

Art show at Somos gallery

  Last friday I went to support my friend Pepe Nunez at "Somos" art gallery located at 262 Main st. Salinas. Somos carries various genres of art: ranging from pop surrealism, tattoo, car culture, street, graphic art. They also carry prints, vinyl toys, and apparel created by many accomplished artist. Check out some of the pieces I saw this past friday.  

Watercolor and ink by Pepe Nunez
 Alex Pardee
 Alex Pardee
 Alex Pardee
 Shaun Nel
 Somos gallery

 Alex Pardee
Shaun Nel

 Edu Cerro- O'Reilly's Tattoo
 Edu Cerro- O'Reilly's Tattoo
  For more information on Somo's monthly art show's, visit  Somos gallery link

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pepe Nunez el Pepelini

  Born in Watsonville California on Feb 15th 1983, Pepe Nunez developed an interest in drawing at an early age. Influenced by pin up art and Japanese anime in high shcool, Pepe became incredibly good at bringing out the beauty in anything he saw or drew.  
  A few years after high shcool, he started working as a caricature artist at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In 2009, Pepe strived to start his carreer as a tattoo artist. He is currently working at Strong Tattoo in San Jose.

 Death Viper Mafia girl #1
  Q- What is your biggest struggle in art?
 P- My biggest struggle is being consistent and coming up with my next idea. I want to make each piece better than the ones before, so it could be discouraging at times if I'm not in the zone. 

   Q-  What do you do to get resolve that problem?

P- I just make myself do it. If i'm feeling lazy, I'll force myself to start drawing and eventually an idea will pop up.
   Q- Do you have any drawing tips for artist that are starting out?

 P- I would say to look at other artist styles who you admire, or research new artist. It is very helpful looking at other peoples art because that's how we learn new techniques, and we borrow ideas from all different styles. 
  Speed is also very important in drawing to me because the faster you can execute an idea  with the same feel as something that takes  long to draw, the more ideas you will be able to get out there. 
Q- Who are your influences?

P-  "James Jean, Adam Barton (Orieles Tattoo), Alfonse Mucha, McGinnis, and William Waterhouse." 

Tattoo I got by Pepe
Pepe Nunez is having some of his art displayed tonight in Salinas at "Somos media and gallery"
It's from 7pm to 10 and the adress is  262 mains old town Salinas. For more info on Pepe you can contact him here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

La Vida Boheme

  Out of the streets of Venezuela, La Vida Boheme formed in 2007.  Although at first they didn't have and album to distribute, they kept playing shows at dive bars to raise money for their first album. After winning a local band contest, a few doors opened up for La Vida Boheme. They now have their album out called Nuestra. For more information on La Vida Boheme, go to