Wednesday, July 12, 2006


ok. Straight from Texas comes "The Neo-Soul Slam Poetry" group. This commission comes courtesy of Ms. Jo Vanzandt. To summarize, these verbal assassins compete locally and nationally against poetry troupes around the country for the title of National Slam Poetry Champions. This piece is going to be used for promotional items such as t-shirts, posters, cd's, etc. An extra big shout out goes to Ms. Vanzandt who found me via blogger and I'm glad she did...I haven't gotten a chance to stretch my wings in a while on a piece like, I had fun!!! Here's some progression shots as promised. Enjoy!


Anonymous Brian said...

I know you must grow weary of this...but good bruh. I really appreciate what you have done...I'm the big muscle bound guy...and yes big shout out to JVZ..


11:09 PM  
Blogger St John Street said...

Yes T.I.M nice to see you out an about congrads bro will call soon 4 details hope you good though Just 2 SiCk !!!!!!!

11:09 PM  
Blogger REE said...

brian -
one can never grow tired of praise. Thank you so much and i'm glad I did you justice. Good luck in the tournies!!

L -
now doubt, son. we still motivatin over here...ain't sh*t changed.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Adrian Ceballos said...

Hi Tyree,

I'm a former CSUN animation student; you might remember me. Although I visit your blog regularly (really I do!), this is my first comment because I just realized you don't need an account with Blogger to leave a comment (I know "DUH!").

Anyway, this is a fantastic piece. Each caricature is appealing and still provides the viewer with an idea of the subject's personality.

This was done digitally, right?

1:57 AM  
Blogger joey said...

Wow...helluva shout-out Ree! thanks so much for all your hard work. So glad you had fun! Expect a few more comments, using this post for the big "reveal" to the team tonight!
mad love,

8:32 AM  
Blogger Shelle said...

OMG!!Like the team saw this for the first time tonight, and there were no words for about 5 minutes..just gasps. i got a lil' teary eyed myself.
you are an aaaaaamazing artist, and you have caught each of our personalities so well. much love to our Jo, i love u babeeeeee. OMG...i just can't stop looking at it...okay okay...but DAMN!!
a.k.a sex kitten

12:32 AM  
Blogger Goro said...

man that is so damn great! The faces look great and you nailed the values! Perfect!

2:39 AM  
Blogger REE said...

adrian - whaddup, fam! thanks for finally showin love. lol! but, yeah...this piece was done completely digitally. didn't really have time to fuss with a tight line drawing. What you see in the progressions is pretty much how I work under time constraints. Look at the reference for a bit, but don't be a slave to it, go with my gut (the red drawing), then, emotional lines. I worry about "drawing" in the painting stage becuz the final product is going to be in values.

Thanks for the comment on the personalities...that's huge cuz I don't know ANY of these people. I don't think I'm a good character designer...but, I'm a good judge of character.

joey - no doubt. Thanks again so much for the opportunity and the patience. I'm sooooo glad peeble are pleased.

shelle (aka sex kitten) - That's a very nice compliment. I like those kinda reactions. I'm even happier now. I'm glad Ms. V saw something in my work that she knew I'd be able to bring something special to the table. I'm glad your pleased and I had fun diggin into every nuance I could to pull personality and subtle caricature from each of you. Respect and good luck with the tournies.

goro - my man. Your comment means alot, man. Since I wasn't doing a line drawing, the values were what I was after completely cuz that would give it that "uuuumphf". Thanks again!!! :D

6:21 AM  
Blogger BigSleep666 said...

Hey! I'm the guy on bended knee in the picture and it is fantastic! Thanks so much for doing such an amazing job on it! We were all thrilled when we saw it.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Allen Awesome said...

Man, you are hella talented. I mean you got me down; from my bracelet to my my necklace. I was being goofy the other day and I had my arm on Jo's head. She stopped me and says, "Remember that you just did that, so you know what I'm talking about when I remind you later". Man, I had no IDEA what she was talking about. Then last night I saw the final art. I almost fell out. That is hilarious man. From Joe's thousand watt smile to B's Gunshow (lookin like a superhero), Mike's expression and long belt. Pause. Chelle is very happy about her ample representation of certain personal ASSets, she also commented on something else, but we TRY to be gentlemen, so we gladly mentioned that she POINTED it out first. Kim liked the changes that you made to the final edit, I think she fell in love with you when she saw the 13 on her shirt. Well done sir, well done!

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Tony Jackson said...

Damn! Next year, I'm going out for the NeoSoul team, so that I can in on a "Superhero looking ass" sketch! How you gonna make B. Francis look like the Hulk? Oh yeah, I'm definitely on this team next years!

Just kidding! I love my TEAM AUSTIN-EGO'S 2006, but damn, this picture is the shit!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Beezle said...

Nice work here!

12:11 PM  
Blogger heri said...

man!this one is neat! I gotta start viewing your blog more often, I like how you you posted your process.

keep rocking.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Kristian Antonelli said...

ree this so good, no, i mean it its fantastic.. i especially love the dude upfront with the rolled back eyes. from looking at your initial sketches u changed his expression, and brother it makews such an impact..great confident work..spread those wings more often

1:33 PM  
Blogger REE said...

Allen - I can't tell you how good that makes me feel. For me not even to know you, any of you, but still get you all down as you see yourselves...that's an accomplishment and I'm blessed to have been able to pull it off. Thanks for showin me love!!!

tony - I accept paypal and major credit do not have to wait for next year to get a sketch, homie. ;)

beezle and heri - thanks a lot. Come anytime.

Kristian - (blush) thanks dawg. I left your message your blog...but, about the changing of expression, it happens. And, even if I would have figured everybody out on paper still would have happened most likely...shit, it ALWAYS happens.

spreadin as we speak...

10:21 AM  
Blogger Devo! said...

NOOO ur givin away the secrets man!!! haha so dude i finally caved in and posted some more, you have coaxed me to the point where i couldnt take it anymore. THank you my friend!

4:35 PM  
Blogger thir13teenandtheysayitain'tlucky said...

thanks. i always wanted to be a boondock character.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Hans said...

Hey REE,

Daaajmn!!!! Everything's been said already and I agree with all of it. Even though I haven't seen these guys in real life, the characters and personalities are looking great and the staging and silhouette is perfect. No doubt they were so thrilled, you did a really great job:)



6:17 AM  
Blogger Element615 said...

The rendition is crazy! My family looks beautiful, words can't say enough...I gotta put something to the side so I can get a self portrait with the teddy bear ears & muscles, j/k...but seriously this was a great job, especially for someone who's never met us. Thanks again

12:26 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!! So many great new paintings!! You ROCK!

1:46 PM  
Blogger McGee said...

Great blog you got here man!

1:18 PM  
Blogger REE said...

thanks again everybody...I'm soooo happy that I just wet myself. j/k

Come again and tell a friend!!!

2:54 AM  
Blogger McGee said...

This little piece right here is a total success. It looks like you had complete control from the very beginning.

4:37 AM  
Anonymous danielle said...

OK, enough already I know but I just had to say, A-MAY-ZING!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Rob Bodnar said...

wow, I like how you nailed the personalities, and the process. It all works here.

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