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Hey internet! I'll start of with the obligatory things have been really busy quote, but they really have. Between taking classes, helping organize the Illest of Ill show, and taking on new projects it's been a wild ride. But I'll elaborate a little on the post I made a few days ago. In a real random/lucky sequence of events I was put into contact with the manager of Tony Williams (check out his music, it's really great, his new album is going to be flames) who is a member of G.O.O.D. Music (one of my favorite music labels). Tony is the voice behind some of Kanye's biggest hits, and is actually his cousin. So I did some introductory work, such as the image I have here, and a longer term relationship is being negotiated specifically with Tony's project, with a lot of exciting projects in the future. To step away from professionalism for the moment, I'm a giant fan of Kanye, Common, John Legend, Consequence, GLC, now Tony Williams, and really recently Kid Cudi. So to be able to directly or indirectly work with this label is a giant rush for me. I'm having a great time!!!! I've done a few more pictures in this series, but I'm tweaking them now, so I'll be sure to post them as they are wrapped up.

On the other end of the spectrum, class with George Pratt has been great! He drops illustration science on us every class and I'm filling up my sketchbook with quotables every time we meet. We recently were given an assignment to do a bunch of head studies. Unfortunately I had to do them the night before class and these are a few of the interesting ones. I accidentally discovered that coating your drawing with a layer of wood stain is probably one of the coolest things I've done! My buddy pointed out that if you put the female figure piece in the light, a skull in the ink blot shows up.......creepy stuff... The Fechin studies are from another class. I highly recommend doing a few Fechin copies!

And this image is from a poster I made for this year's Illest of Ill. The show is this Friday the 10th, and I can guarantee it is going to blow everyone away. We've been working on organizing it since early summer and we have some exciting things planned. If you're in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay Florida area, be sure to stop by! It will feature the best illustrations Ringling has to offer.

take care,
-francis

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Francis: Excellent Work!!!!!! Your stuff is worth waiting for!!! EMV

RAWLS said...

Looks great my friend!!

LuisNCT said...

Grrrrrrrrreeeeaaat!

Charlie Griak said...

Beautiful work Francis-- really amazing. It was nice meeting you this summer at the Illustration Academy.

Rob Rey said...

nice detail in the lettering!

Josh Kao said...

great stuff! he looks like a king to me because of his facial expression

Jared Fiorino said...

This look really nice man! Good job!

Eric Braddock said...

Great portraits man, sounds like you've got a lot on your plate these days. Awesome news about the music label you're stoked to work with, that must be one hell of a rush. Anyway, keep it up man, looking good!

ingrid said...

Thanks a lot for your comment!

I am really enjoy to discover your work!
I'll be back ^^.

see you!

craig said...

killer..the expression on the girl, second from the top is captivating. Too good.

Frank said...

sick drawings. You're having so much fun with these.


f.

M said...

you're on fire!

Dustin dArnault said...

Word man drawings are looking dope! That has to be the tightest illest poster ever! I am proud of you bro keep knocking em dead left and right!

-Dd

Diantres said...

man, great drawings in the Fechin's how you get the reference? you have a book, you see the originals or though the web? if you have digital files, please please, upload a folder, like you did with Repin, that would be awesome.

good luck in your projects!

roland eitler said...

looks very good to me.
great and not an every-day-style.

*thumbs up*

leandra said...

whoa! i just stumbled onto your page from nomi chi's... then i saw your poster for the illest of ill show.

i go to new college.
i'm a model at ringling.

whaaaaaaat!

i can't wait to meet you.

leandra said...

P.S. when do you have class with pratt?

Miras said...

Hi Francis!
Thanks for visiting.
Smashing pieces you have here. Great expression, incredible sense of form. Love 'em.

Francis Vallejo said...

leandra: thanks, I have Pratt 12:30 Tuesdays and Fridays, small world huh?

Julien alday said...

Damn, the one with the letters is great ! I also dig the drawing of the woman with the blue tone. Great stance and energy.
Bravo, Francis !
Julien.

Mattias said...

very impressive stuff, love the portraits

Oliver Dominguez said...

Nice Work man! So George has you busy than ever.

Thanks for your kind words. I sent out the packages already but Im making more for January.

Cheers,

Oliver

Bruno said...

Muito legal os trabalhos.
Legais mesmo!
Show!!!

Saigonradio said...

Very nice pencils dude. You seem to be exploring more with these sketches. I love the skeleton face woman. Very Kent like with a twist of your own flavor.

lindsaykay said...

fechin fechin fechin..those are great studies

and the heads are just okay i guess...

great work :)

-lk

Shawn Escott said...

Oh Yeah!!! Awesome work! Those Fechin sketches are really nice man. Great style. Beautiful typography as well. Hand drawn? WOW!!

EaronE said...

its more than amazing!!!!!

Kyle said...
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Kyle Marshall said...

Love your work!

Joe Bluhm said...

These are great, Francis- especially the first few... HOT.


Keep at it, bro.

Andre Barnwell said...

never stop grindin homie.

LuisNCT said...

great works, as usual. The second face is beautiful

Francis Vallejo said...

thanks for the encouragement everyone! Sorry for the delay. I'm working on 2 comics right now, along w/ the Tony William's work, So as soon as some "postable" work comes from that I'll throw it up.

best!!!!

Joe said...

Man Francis, those portraits are soooo siiick

Joe said...

Man Francis, those portraits are soooo siiick

Vladimir Bursać said...

Great blog Francis!

The first two portraits are really outstanding!
Congrats!
Best,
Vladimir

Per H said...

these are all delicious!

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