Posts Tagged ‘sketch’

Everything is Dooable

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Matt “Doo” Reid (March 2nd, 1971 – December 12th, 1998)

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One of the most important and yet underrated hip hop visual artists since the days of Basquiat, Haring, and Quinones. (more…)

Roots & Culture of the Hip Hop Family Tree

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Every Tuesday for over a year now, Pittsburgh resident Ed Piskor has been adding to an increasingly complex archive, telling the tale of hip hop from DJ Kool Herc onward, including an ever growing flowchart of nearly all its innovators, influences and important participants. He does this by penning, illustrating and digitally inking his webcomic, Hip Hop Family Tree.

His subject matter is well researched, pulling from documentary and historical footage, books and interviews, then compiling what is known into a weekly story, with some occasional artistic license thrown in for good measure when needed. However, his overall goals seem to include both accuracy and increased awareness, having already gotten props from the likes of Chuck D, Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.

And this does not look like your typical webcomic. In fact it doesn’t look like any comic due to its educational and authentic nature, in addition to its wide reaching scope. The look and style is that somewhat reminiscent of R. Crumb but also pulls from the traditional four color format of superhero comics, down to the yellowed newsprint paper and colors being grabbed from such iconic hues as Superman’s cape. Piskor cites DC Comics’ 1978 issue Superman vs. Muhammad Ali as an early hip hop comic crossover due in part to the fact that Ali won.

Ed’s thesis statement prior to Hip Hop Family Tree’s first issue. (Click to enlarge.)

So far the actual comic does a fine job of following a rough chronology, building off of what is already established and explaining who these people are and their contributions while still being comprehensive and yet easy to follow.

According to interviews the artist has done with the site that hosts Hip Hop Family Tree: Boing Boing, as well as About.com, Columbus Museum of ArtInternational Design TimesMTV Hive and Reglar Wiglar, among others, he plans to make upwards of six hundred pages worth (saying it may take up to a decade to complete), going as far as showing the deaths of Tupac and Biggie or at least the last episode of Yo! MTV Raps, though he has also thought about stopping as early as Wu-Tang and Illmatic.

To see what is going on behind the scenes, constant updates are being posted by Mr. Piskor himself on his Tumblr and Twitter pages.

Click to see the process in which Ed creates his art.

Download the first sixty issues, properly organized and titled either here or here and be sure to check here each and every Tuesday for the next in the series.

(Note: The weekly family tree itself is included in a separate folder within the download, though it is missing a few pages. That is because either nobody new was added that week and / or the wrong photo was uploaded to the site, meaning this collection is as complete as it can be as of this posting.)

If you like what you see, a physical copy including illustrations by other artists and a bibliography will be included in the first volume of Hip Hop Family Tree (of which there will be at least four others), which’ll be released sometime before Christmas this year. The project is available for pre-order now.

– The Big Sleep

The Phuncky Feel One By Mark 563

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Yet another one dope work by Mark 563, but this time it’s vector illustration. That’s some ill shit.

Thanks Mark!

Enjoy!

–Markshot

Big Poppa By Mark 563

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

It’s been a while since Mark’s last update, but Mark 563 is back with new, nothing more than awesome sketch.

Enjoy!

–Markshot

“Rainy Dayz” Sketch by Mark 563

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Mark 563 is back with his newest, dope Raekwon sketch.

Enjoy!

– Markshot

Brooklyn Zoo By Mark 563

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Last friday morning, in a just five minutes, Mark 563 did an Ol’ Dirty Bastard sketch.
We say it’s dope.

Check his blog for some other stuff too.

–Markshot

Mark 563′s Sketches & Illustrations Update

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
It’s been a minute since we presented you Mark 563′s sketches and illustrations.
Well, he came back with few new ones, a really dope work as usual.
Hope you will like it as well as appreciate Mark 563′s amazing work.
Check out all of his dope work on http://runtheline.blogspot.com/.
Also you can check it via T.R.O.Y. Blog by clicking here.
**click on picture to get it in a full size.



–Markshot

Mark 563′s Guru Tribute Sketch

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Almost two months ago, we presented you the great hip hop sketches done by Mark 563.

There were West Coast, East Coast and Wu-Tang editions.
After the recent death of Guru, Mark 563 decided to pay his tribute by doing an awesome sketch.
Express your opinion about Mark 563′s work, but for sure it deserves nothing less but an admiration.
** Click at the picture to get it in higher resolution.
– Markshot

Mark 563′s Hip Hop Portrait Sketches: West Coast

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Mark 563 is a DJ, a graphic designer, he is also into amateur photography, but he also dabble into illustrations.

He is also a proud owner of one of the greatest vinyl collection i have ever seen.
Stay tunned after this one, cause soon after we will show you some more of his great work.
Enjoy and pleas leave the feedback, thanks.

** Click on the image to see it in a bigger resolution.





Mark 563′s Hip Hop Portrait Sketches: East Coast

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Mark 563 is a DJ, a graphic designer, he is also into amateur photography, but he also dabble into illustrations.

He is also a proud owner of one of the greatest vinyl collection i have ever seen.
Stay tunned after this one, cause soon after we will show you some more of his great work.
Enjoy and pleas leave the feedback, thanks.

** Click on the image to see it in a bigger resolution.










– Markshot