@_victoriamoronta for The Manifold shot x @torirayphotogtaphy, styled x @thesunsetsessions. yum yum yum!
MEOW! Lyall Aston submitted this beautifully put together editorial with a bunch of high named brands that us beach gals could only dream about! Enjoy! And in the meantime, go check out Lyall’s work, it’s AH-may-zing.. for real!
Hoppy #laborday weekend y’all. #3dayweekend #letsgetweird #sunsoutbunsout ( this cute tush belongs to the beautiful @marleybarbies )
Spotlight Saturday features LA illustrator, @nonstndrd up on the website…
Kwasi B. a.k.a. Nonstndrd
Age: Hella Old
Hometown: Los Angeles (Hollywood/Koreatown specifically)
Preferred medium: Pen & Ink (but I like to paint acrylic on wood too)
Tell us your first experience with art.
I’ve always been a creative person but I didn’t take art seriously until middle school when I got involved in graffiti and skateboarding. That experience got things started for me. I soaked in everything from bus tags and throw ups to skate graphics and that drove me to create things for myself. Not to mention the big influence that Anime had on me as a kid. Macross, Akira, Gundam, Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, anything by Studio Ghibli…the list goes on and on. All that stuff had a hand in me becoming an artist.
Tell us about your art process from start to finish?
I’m a creature of habit, I’ve been refining my process for my entire life. Most of the time it begins with someone that I see on the street. It doesn’t have to be anyone notable, just as long as I notice them. From there the image normally sticks in my mind and by the next day I’ve started working on a piece. My technique varies depending on the medium but I always start with a light pencil sketch and then begin to craft the line work. My work is really about the relationship between thin and thick lines and the interaction between those lines and the white space.
Do you listen to music while you draw/paint? If so who pumps you up?
Music is a big part of what I do. At any given point my rotation consists of: Run The Jewels, J-Dilla, Flying Lotus, Mad Lib, Little Dragon, The Foreign Exchange, Dilated Peoples, and way too many other dope artists to name.
I see that your characters are named are they named after certain people or just inspired by your imagination?
I’ve lived in L.A. my whole life and my characters are a blend of different people I observe on a daily basis with an injected dose of fantasy. A lot of times they are named after a feeling that I had when drawing them or it just comes to me when I look at the finished artwork. Occasionally there are political undertones as well.
Do you have a particular piece that is your favorite? If so why?
My favorite piece is the one I’m going to draw next, I’m all about progression.
How would you say your style of art developed?
My style is a result of growing up in one of the dopest cities in the world and being surrounded by great artists. The way that I render my characters has it’s origins in West Coast graffiti, that’s the foundation that my style is built upon.
Do you have any projects up and coming? Exhibitions?
I have a T shirt/zine combo coming out before the end of the year. Possibly some limited edition prints as well, still working out the details on both projects.
What inspires you about the place that you live?
The diversity and energy of LA is unparalleled. The possibilities are infinite if you stay on your game.
When it comes to art, artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, etc who would you say has had the most prolific effect on you and why?
Far too many influences to name here but in general, I respect people who push the boundaries of their art. And who actually care about craftsmanship. That’s really important, especially these days.
Do you have a philosophy on life?
If you leave this world and are known for one thing what would it be?
Gotta be 2 things, being a dope artist and a great father.
Well that’s definitely a great legacy! Thank you, Kwasi B for being a part of our Spotlight on Saturdays.
SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY: ILLUSTRATOR KWASI B.. read about what he wants his legacy to be, what pumps him up, and how he first started in art.. Name: Kwasi B. a.k.a. Nonstndrd Age: Hella Old Hometown: Los Angeles (Hollywood/Koreatown specifically) Preferred medium: Pen & Ink (but I like to paint acrylic on wood too)
Up on the website right meow an editorial feature from @thesunsetsessions. Photography x @torirayphotogtaphy modeled x @_victoriamoronta and @elise_crigar and styled x @thesunsetsessions YUM!!! #skatergirlsrule
IT’S BAAAAAAACK, THE ANNUAL HI SKATEBOARDING SHOWCASE…
Let the surfers and sunbathers have the beaches! Hawai‘i’s skateboarders are happy to exploit every patch of concrete on the islands. At the 3rd annual Hi Sk8 Films showcase, see local skaters and filmmakers alike display their cinematic innovations and indefatigable antics on the big…
Skater/Model 1: Elise Crigar @Elise_Crigar (Insta) Model 2: Victoria Moronta @_VictoriaMoronta Photographer: Tori Ray http://torirayphotography.blogspot.com/ @ToriRayPhotography Wardrobe/Styling: The Sunset Sessions @TheSunsetSessions http://sunset-sessions.com
From the wonderful beauties at Sunset Sessions we bring this photo skatorial.
In our HOME issue out now, featuring the photography of @stephen_dyer in an editorial we called “On A Hillside” we take a look at houses in the PA area..
In a preview to our next issue, where we feature adventure photographer, Krystle Wright, we found this amazing video by Canon where she shares what she does and just how gnarly it is!
Watching along in the way that Sebastian Linda intended, creating moments from all angles, with mini power ballads of music accompanying majestic Indonesian backgrounds. Join in on…
#tbt when we shot this beauty @henanipuakea for our 2nd issue