Basquiat animation experiments

I drew a picture of Jean-Michel Basquiat from this photograph:       I wanted to use reference pictures that were less obvious, and not the really famous and popular images usually seen of him. I then scanned the image in and began editing it on photoshop. However when scanning I did some experiments by …

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How much for that Basquiat?

Dustheads record auction price Above is the painting Dustheads by Jean-Michel Basquiat which sold in May of last year for $48,843,750, the most ever paid for the artist’s work and the fourth time in 12 months that Basquiat’s record price had been smashed. The huge amounts paid for his paintings is at odds with the opinions of …

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Heroin price research from 1988

When researching heroin prices in the 1980′s I found this document on drug prices. I have then taken some of the graphs out of this to try and work out some figures to help my research. I know that one “stamp bag” contains a single dose of heroin, which is roughly 100mg, and this is …

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Concept Map

    These were some rough drafts of the concept map, when I was thinking of focusing my project on Jean-Michel Basquiat. After researching more and focusing my work into just the “Riding With Death” painting I have started again with the concept map, doing the whole step  by step way of writing a list …

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Lucid Lettering

Recently I have been really interested in warped text and have seen a lot of examples done using a scanner in an odd way. I wanted to post some of these in here as there are many cool examples of different ways this has been used, and I think it work well in my project …

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Basquiat design work

Now that I have to begin visualising my research and doing some hands on design work I thought I would have a look into graphic work that has been done based on Jean-Michel Basquiat by other people. This is a publication about Basquiat’s life and work, the designer explains how they “Made using different grammages, textures …

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Riding With Death: The Final Basquiat?

1988: Basquiat returns to New York for a one-artist show at the Vrej Baghoomian Gallery in April. Some critics praise the work, and it seems as if Basquiat has suddenly been redeemed. Paintings include Eroica I, Eroica II, The Dingoes That Park Their Brains with Their Gum, The Mechanics That Always Have a Gear Left Over, and Riding …

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Do The Right Thing (1989)

Do The Right Thing is a film by Spike Lee from 1989, set in the Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn, New York City. The film focuses on the tension between the Italian pizzeria owners and the rest of the black neighborhood. The character below is Radio Raheem, who at the end of the film is killed …

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Reflect, Refine, Rewrite

Narrowing down the field of inquiry I have focused my research into looking into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the events surrounding his career. I have looked into heroin and how prevalent it was in society at the time. And how New York was in the 1980′s, what the politics was like and the …

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