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Selasa, 31 Maret 2009





Tevin Cambell



randy

Spray Can Art...

The above photo is of one of the roll down doors at the paint shop. It's used for advertising purposes, and done completely with spray cans...
...and I painted these two skulls for my friend at the Heavy Metal Designs garage. They are part of a larger wall mural that is used for a backdrop for shooting photos of custom bikes. I'm going to start making time to paint more graffiti...

Senin, 30 Maret 2009





Ask AJ

Here at the RAD garage we had a couple FAQs for AJ. peep the vid...


Randy

Almost Showtime...

4 days until my show at Lulubell Gallery. I've been working late into the morning hours finishing my remaining pieces on a steady diet of junk food, booze, and speedmetal. If your in the area Saturday, come by and check it all out!

Minggu, 29 Maret 2009

How to do Silver Leaf Lettering on Harley part 2...

...after the engine turns have been added to the silver leaf, I outlined the lettering with a #2 Kafka liner brush in dark grey. I wanted the outline to look beveled, so I used black to add a low-light to the outline, and then used a lighter shade of grey to add a hi-light in accordance with the imaginary light source...
...when painting a beveled outline, it's important to always use a very small amount of white for the hi-lights. Use the white sparingly though, too much will detract from the subtle effect you are attempting to create. I also painted a drop shadow using an orange that's a shade darker than the base color. This makes the lettering appear as if it's floating off the surface of the tank, and adds another small trick ingredient to the whole piece...
...and this is the finished product! Notice the silver pinstripe that follows the shape of the tank that completes the bike. The silver stripes are subtle, but serve an important purpose by bringing the lettering color onto the other parts of the bike. The owner was very pleased by his bike's new look, and I was happy because I had something to post on this blog!

Sabtu, 28 Maret 2009

How To Do Silver Leaf Lettering on Harley part 1...

A friend had brought me his new Harley to paint because he thought it was too plain looking. His idea was to paint a silver pinstripe along the body lines of the fenders, and write Harley on the sides of the tank. I had all ready painted his wife's bike a few months earlier, and was very happy with the job I did, so he let me use my judgement for how the lettering was to be painted. I suggested using silver leaf for the inside of the letters, and he let me do my thing...
I started by sketching the lettering on paper, and then adjusting it to the correct size using a copier. Then I used a pounce wheel to make tiny holes in the paper so that I may rub black pounce powder through it. I do this to both sides to make sure that the lettering layout is exactly the same. After that, I gently blow off any excess powder so that only a faint outline of the lettering remains...
I then use a lettering quill to brush on size. I prefer Rolco brand fast drying gold leaf size. When doing this step, it is very important to only brush a thin even coat of size on the tank. If you use too much, the size will pool up where your brush strokes start and finish, and cause you big problems later when you try to engine turn the leaf...
You must wait for the size to dry to the proper tackiness before applying the leaf. If you don't wait long enough, the size will be too wet and cause problems when trying to engine turn. If you wait too long, the size is too dry and the leaf will not want to stick at all. Knowing how long to wait is something that comes with practice and experience, so I don't have much advice. I'm using loose silver leaf, which is far too delicate to handle with my hands, so I must use a gilder's tip brush to take the leaf from the pack, and apply it to the tank.
I then take a soft haired cosmetic brush and remove the excess leaf. Then I burnish the leaf with a cotton ball to smooth out the wrinkles, and remove any small pieces of leaf that remain. I usually take a blow gun and get all the excess leaf off the bike. You don't want any bits of loose leaf to end up in your clear coat or outline...
Now is the most fun portion of the project, spinning the leaf! I use a small battery powered drill with a spinning tool attached the the end. The spinning tool is a piece of genuine velvet wrapped around a padded head. When the spinning velvet is applied to the silver, it gently puts scratches in the leaf, which then looks like holographic swirls. This technique is normally only found on old fire trucks and lowriders. When done correctly, it's appearance is brilliant and eye catching! 
I will continue this how-to article in the next post...

Jumat, 27 Maret 2009





Join the Society



Gallery Nucleus and SILA are exhibiting a society of some of the best of the best of the best illustrators. Over 90 artists and 140 artworks. It's gonna be fresh! Hit up Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. Opening Night is tomorrow, March 28th.

*Randy

Keeping it Simple...

I painted this bike at the Horse Smokeout bike rally. The owner wanted some old school pinstriping done in red and white, and wanted some dice on the side cover also. I kept the striping to a minimal, because sometimes less is more...
I brushed in the dice shape, then used the airbrush to add shadows and hi-lites...
...and I really like the striping design on the rear fender...its simple, unique, and old school using the bare minimal amount of lines!

Kamis, 26 Maret 2009

Recent Tattoo Work...

I did this tattoo last night on a friends wife's ankle. I'm not exactly a huge fan of faireys and girly stuff like that, but I still give it my all when tattooing these type of designs...
...and here are some better quality photos of a leg that I filled in an existing flame outline with skulls. I am working on some sketches for another friends leg that will be covered with skulls, girls, and gangster images. Hopefully, I will start that soon...

Rabu, 25 Maret 2009

I'm a Low Life...

This is the latest lowrider I pinstriped and silver leafed. It's a daily driver, and even though it needs some work before it's show quality, it's still a pretty slick ride. I gave it the full treatment, with blue silver leaf, and designs inside the doors. The only thing missing is airbrushed murals. These types of jobs are my favorite!



Senin, 23 Maret 2009

the RADtube

The upcoming new RAD site is going to feature several artists. and will have a video section of what we call "garage sessions." Here's AJ Rafael at our last sesh...

stay tuned for the vid... it's classic.

randy

Candy Skulls and Tribal...

I painted this motorcycle tank for a friend back east a couple years ago. He requested that there would be skulls painted all over the tank, but other than that, I could do what I wanted. So after spraying the tank silver, I painted skulls of varying sizes throughout the tank using black. Then I candied the tank blue, and finally painted silver beveled tribal over it all. I like that you see the silver tribal first, then as you get closer, you notice the skulls ghosted in the blue. Paint jobs that pack a surprise are always my favorite!

Minggu, 22 Maret 2009

Nobody Beats the Wiz...

Here's another airbrushed panel art piece I did a while ago. This looks like it might have been painted on the side of a van in the 70's! I don't know why this wizard is levitating a skull, but who cares, it looks cool. My favorite part of the painting is the rainbow rays of color behind the wizard, and how the colors are reflected in his hair. I'm not big into fantasy art like dragons, castles, and wizards, but I still like this piece!

Sabtu, 21 Maret 2009

Custom Paint Panels...

The piece above is a metal panel used to demonstrate some custom paint techniques I can do. It features a beveled woodgrain border, green real fire, brush lettering, and an airbrushed skull inside a varigated leaf ace. Panels like this are fun to do, and really help people know what can be done...
...and I painted this panel while in Atlanta working with B. Papa last year. Gangster Franklins were very popular, especially in the "A"!

Jumat, 20 Maret 2009

Recent Work Out of Fastlane Tattoo...

A friend came into the shop with outlined flames on his leg. He wanted me to add skulls inside the flames and make it look complete. I drew the skulls in with a Sharpie and went to work! Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, when the leg is healed I will try to get better pics in good lighting...


...and this is my friend Joeys forearm, he wanted some script lettering of his kids names...

Kamis, 19 Maret 2009

To all the people who can quest like the Tribe does

"The Loud&Theory Tee"

"Stressed Out"



Loud&Obnoxious has been consistently coming out with incredible Tee's
and they hit the note with this Tribe called quest color way of there infamous Logo.
It just so happens that R.A.D. came out with the same theme ones before. Our color choices is different though, We went for the more earthtone colors and Loud went for the more vibrant colors. It just shows that great minds think a like, and that we have great taste in music. Thats just a preview of Loud&obnoxious spring line if you wanna see the rest check them out at www.Loud&obnoxious.com or check out there blog loudandobnoxious.blogspot.com.

Shout out to Brian and Kris from LOUD
and Shout out to Tribecalledquest!

Gallery Show Preview...

My solo gallery show is near, and this is one of the pieces that will be featured. If you will be in the Tucson area, check out the show. The opening is April 4th, and the show will run for one month. There will be a DJ spinning records during the opening, and booze also.....Lulubell Gallery and Toy Bodega  439 North 6th Ave. Suite 187, Tucson, AZ     Phone 520-792-1920

Selasa, 17 Maret 2009

Purple

WUSSUP!!! my fault yall... the RAD site is being fine tuned and will be up ASAP. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Peace and Love,
Randy

P.S. Rules for tonight: Be safe, take a shot for RAD, and have tons-o-fun!

New How-To Article...


The current issue of AutoArt Magazine contains two features on me, one is this how-to article, and the other is an interview and portfolio profile. I like this article on how to airbrush flames that look like they are "punched out" of the metal. It's a fairly easy method of painting flames, and when it's done right, it really looks great. The best part is that it's so simple to do, and requires only two colors! I have some future projects that I'm thinking about documenting for how-to articles also, so look out for those!