A Day with My Friends

Today, I spent the day in San Francisco with my friends Justin and Anthony. This was the first time we’ve hung out in a while and every moment of it was well worth it.

One of the main reasons was that they wanted to buy the Jimmy Garrapollo’s San Francisco 49ers jersey after being signed to a 5 year deal of over $2,500,000. Plus, he helped turned their season around after an 0-9 start, finishing their record at 6-10 with a 5-0 record as a starter.

They bought the jerseys at the NFL Pro Shop at Pier 39. Even though it was over $100, it was well worth it! This pro shop is definitely one of my favorite stores because they have a collection of items for everyone’s favorite teams, from NFL, to MLB, NCCA, and everything in between.

Even though I didn’t buy a jersey, I did get a lot of inspiration for future poster designs in the sports category. Although I have started a few, the jersey colors, helmets, and team logos provided me with more creativity at what can be done, especially with A House Divided, which will probably take the longest to create because of all the teams I have to do. 

Aside from the jerseys, we also went through Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Chinatown, Union Square, and my local hang out spot, the Westfield Shopping Center inside the Powell Street BART Station. Of course, those two bought a lot of stuff from team caps, to a sword, a knife, and other things I couldn’t keep track of!

Even though I have been going to San Francisco alone, I feel that sometimes it’s more fun to go with friends because you’ll always have someone to hang out with and you’ll create lasting memories! Who knows where our next destination will take place! Maybe I’ll even take them to some of the art festivals or flea markets I plan to go to! 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to spread the love to your sweethearts and everyone else that you love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Poster Project Developments

Over the past three weeks, I’ve been using the Adobe apps on the computer to create some posters while learning how to use the tools on Illustrator and Photoshop at the same time.

A majority of the projects have been created on inDesign because I find it easier to download images and fit them to size. Here a list of the ones I’ve created so far:

-A House Divided (NFL)

-TV Nostalgia (PBS/Nickelodeon Game Shows)

-Custom Made Sports Posters

-Transportation (Freeway/BART)

As the weeks go on, I plan to create more of these posters while developing the skills. For those who are wondering why I am creating these posters, the sports posters are for my interests in sports and it’s fun seeing rivals face off against each other.

As for the rest, they brought back childhood memories and I’d like to relive some of those good times so other people could remember how great a lot of these treasures were.

Most of the titles remain the same, but there are a few new updates:

-Freeway Series (Freeway Interchange Signs)

-Transit Series (BART, MUNI, Caltrain, etc.)

-Video Game Nostalgia

-Pop Culture

I hope to complete these projects so I can upload them on the website and maybe display them during the Alameda County Fair this summer, along with my paintings and greeting cards! All it takes to complete is lots of research, inspiration, and creativity!

Super Bowl Champions/Season Recap

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning Super Bowl LII! It was an intense back and forth game, but in the end, they defeated the New England Patriots by a final score of 41-33, and giving them their first Lombardi Trophy!

This season overall was up and down for a lot of teams and had a bunch of surprises!

Aside from the Eagles first Super Bowl win, the Buffalo Bills made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. However, they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card Game.

The Minnesota Vikings were trying to become the first team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in their own stadium. During the NFC Divisional Game against the New Orleans Saints, they were up 17-0 at halftime. But the Saints, came back with a score of 24-23 hoping they would pull off a huge upset. In the end however, it was Vikings WR Stefon Diggs’ 61 yard TD that gave them a huge win by a final score of 29-24. However, it was not enough to get past the Super Bowl Champions as they lost 38-7 in the NFC Championship game. 

The only downfall to this season was that the Cleveland Browns became the second team in NFL history to finish the season 0-16. The only other team that did this was the 2008 Detroit Lions. 

With football season over with, the offseason has officially begun! Players being traded to other teams or getting contract extensions during the free agency, former college players testing their skills during the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in March, the NFL Draft to see what teams they’ll play next season, and training camp during the summer.

Before you know it, it’ll be a long journey to find out which two teams will compete in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA and who will end up with the Lombardi Trophy.

As I said in previous blogs, I’ve been stating that my designs would include the NFL. Over the past week, I started working on those projects, including “A House Divided,” where fans can argue on their favorite teams. Plus, it’s fun when rivals square off against each other! As I develop these projects, I plan to have them up on the website, so everyone can root for their favorite team!

To all the NFL teams out there, thanks again for another season and good luck to the new players, coaches, and referees next season!

 

2018 Alameda County Fair

SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT!!!! Anyone who missed my past card sales or didn’t get a chance to buy any of my cards, this is your opportunity! This summer, I’m returning to Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair to sell my new cards and display my past creations.

For those who don’t know what Artist Alley is, basically a lot of local artists from the Bay Area display their masterpieces such as sculpture, jewelry, handmade crafts, or anything else creative.

This will be my third year doing it and I’m hoping for a successful sale. The first year I did it back in 2016, I only displayed my paintings and did a demonstration of some paintings I created. It was okay, but the problem was that it was a little too much work because of all the set up and clean up. Plus, I didn’t get a lot of people to come watch my demonstration.

Last year was my first card sale and it was a better idea since I didn’t have to do a live demonstration. The only downside was that I only had three days to sell everything, but not a lot of people came due to the extremely hot weather. The other thing was that I didn’t have a logo or business card at that time.

Since I have these things now, this will be one of the key points to a successful sale and this will give people a chance to contact me if they’d like to order cards.

The Alameda County Fair is June 15 – July 8 from 11 am – 11 pm (closed Monday and Tuesday), and my card sale will be the last week of the fair from the 4th of July (Fair Closes at 6 pm) – July 8.

More details will be announced later, so if you’re planning to go to the fair on those dates, I hope you stop by and buy some cards! 

 

TreasureFest

The first art show of 2018 led me to TreasureFest on Treasure Island near the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. This flea market was filled with antiques, sports memorabilia, and creative items that people have created.

With so many booths, this was my chance to get some inspiration for projects that I plan to create.

No visit to this flea market was complete without a visit to Linda Cullen’s bottle cap booth. This is where I definitely got the most inspiration because the possibilities are endless, whether it’s sports, pop culture, or miscellaneous, who knows what’ll strike the imagination!

As I go to more of these art shows, there’s always something waiting for me to be inspired for my next project!

Future Project Ideas for Kevin’s Cards

With a new semester at Laney College, new projects are going to be created for Kevin’s Cards.

The bad news is that there will be no paintings to display for 2018. However, the good news that I’ll be using Adobe to create new ways to use my previous paintings into different designs and lots of other creations.

As mentioned in previous blogs, here’s some of the potential candidates:

-A House Divided! (NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA)

-Custom Sports Posters

-TV Nostalgia (PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, Food Network, Game Shows)

-Transportation

-Freeway Signs

-Pop Culture

Of course, the cards are never going anywhere since this is the main seller! Plus, they will feature the new logo created last year instead of my actual picture.

Will my new designs be best sellers along with my cards? You never know what can happen!

Super Bowl LII

With the regular season over and the playoffs finished, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will face off in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.

The last Super Bowl they met was in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005 when the Patriots won 24-21, earning them their third Lombardi Trophy.

Since winning the last Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, they are on the verge of winning their sixth to tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The only team the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl was the New York Giants twice. First time was 10 years ago in Super Bowl XLII in Arizona, when they were one game away from becoming the first team to finish the season 19-0. However, it was Giants WR David Tyree’s helmet catch that became part of the huge upset. The second time was in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis in 2012.

What will become the overall outcome of this game? A sixth Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots, or a first for the Eagles? You never know what’ll happen!

May the best team win!

East Coast Trip Departure/Recap

After a long 10 day trip to the East Coast, this is definitely without question one of the best trips of 2018 so far!

Last night, I took a 6 hour flight from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO). Although I did wanted to stay an extra day or two, it was nice to be back in California. 

And now, I’ll recap all the places I’ve visited during my trip.

 

Washington DC

-The White House

-US Capitol Building

-Thomas Jefferson Memorial

-Washington Monument

-Lincoln Memorial

-Vietnam Veterans Memorial

-World War II Memorial

-Arlington Cemetery

-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

-The Pentagon

-Pentagon Mall

-Ronald Regan Washington National Airport

-Tyson’s Corner

-Smithsonian Museums (American History, Natural History, American Indian, Air and Space, Visitor’s Center, Zoo)

-Library of Congress

-Reflecting Pool

-Union Station

-Old Post Office Building

-Madame Tussaud’s 

-Dupont Circle

-Georgetown

-Washington Nationals Park

 

New York City

-Times Square

-Empire State Building

-Brooklyn Bridge

-Grand Central Terminal

-Chrysler Building

-NFL Experience

-NBA Store

-Radio City Music Hall

-Rockefeller Center

 

Philadelphia

-Liberty Bell

-Independence Hall

-Betsy Ross House

-Chinatown

-Reading Terminal Market

-City Hall

-Love Park

-Logan Square

-Philadelphia Museum of Art/Rocky Steps

-Philadelphia Zoo

-Eastern State Penitentiary 

-Penn’s Landing

-Drexel University

 

On my next trip to the East Coast, here’s a list of some of the places I’d like to visit:

-Williamsburg, VA

-Alexandria, VA

-Hershey, PA

-Boston, MA

-Central Park

-Yankee Stadium

-Statue of Liberty

-Ellis Island

-New York Public Library

-Wall Street

-New York Stock Exchange

-Ground Zero/911 Memorial

-Madison Square Garden

-Carnegie Hall

-Chinatown/Little Italy

-Harlem

-King of Prussia Mall

-Valley Forge

No matter where I travel to, there’s always something waiting for me to be discovered. Maybe my future projects will include all the landmarks I’ve visited. Who knows where my next destination will take place!

Special thanks to Tito Noel, Tita Malyn, and Brianna for letting me sleep at their house in Ashburn, VA. Hope to see you guys again soon!

East Coast Trip (Georgetown/Smithsonian Zoo)

The final stop of my East Coast Trip led me to Georgetown. With it’s brick sidewalks, historic style houses, fancy restaurants, and lots of great shopping, this is one of the must-sees while visiting Washington DC.

I especially loved walking by the houses because I can imagine myself living in one of them and potentially creating one of the rooms into an office in the style of a library like the one I saw at the Library of Congress for Kevin’s Cards.

Another must see is the Waterfront with a view of Rosslyn, VA, the Key Bridge, and the water, even though it was frozen for the winter. 

With nothing else to do in Georgetown, where else did I want to go on my last day? I decided to return to the Smithsonian Zoo to see if it was open. Along the way, I made a stop to see Dupont Circle.

Upon arrival to the zoo, it turned out it was open and this was my only opportunity to see what it was like. Just like the Smithsonian Museums, there was free admission to get inside. However, there were no metal detectors to go through.

Unlike the Natural History Museum where they display models of zoo animals, you can actually see the animals live in action. Unfortunately, most of them were not seen due to the cold weather and some were used to warmer climates.

I did get to see a lot of them in a variety of categories. Some of the typical zoo animals included tigers, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, apes, and monkeys.

In the reptile category, different species of snakes, lizards, alligators, and turtles.

The mammals I saw included beavers, American bison, foxes, skunks, bears, and prairie dogs. The only bird I saw was a bald eagle.

I even saw a rain forest exhibit where it’s almost like walking through the real thing with humid weather, and replications of the plants, trees, and the overall environment.

Overall, the Smithsonian Zoo was a great way to end my East Coast trip and I hope to see more animals when the weather gets warmer!

As this trip comes to a close, I have to say that this was one of the best trips of 2018 so far and I can’t wait for my next visit to the East Coast and wherever I plan to take my next destination!