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Chicago, Illinois, United States
I'm a south side/Park Manor native, I graduated from Simeon Career Academy class of 2004 and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the American Academy of Art. Illustrator & Graphic Design are my skills of trade. Typically draw athletes but I also like topical illustrations as well. Contact for commissions: jess.nelsonjr@yahoo.com

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson 1958-2009



Music and pop culture icon Michael Jackson past away from cardiac arrest.
Granted his career was marred by controversy especially in his last few years but what it really comes down to, the guy was talented and gifted. He was known and loved worldwide for 40 years. I think his impact is bigger than Elvis' was on pop culture.
He was very eccentric and troubling at times but I was kinda hoping that he would finally get it together after this tour put out one more album of just pure hits (not a bunch of whining Heal the world songs) and get the redemption he deserved just for art sake. I mean whenever I leave this Earth I would love for people to remember me as a whole person and for my art. No I won't miss MJ the person because I did not know him, but his music will definitely live on.

Shots out to the family of actress Farrah Fawcett who also died yesterday at 62 years old. And to the family of little Jada Justice of Indiana (this is becoming way too common in our community).

Peace.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

new ills





previews to monster football game. started on these two weeks ago, but delayed the finishing of it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Willie Baxter,Sr.

Today my grandfather has finally fallen asleep in death, after nearly 3 1/2 years of struggling with various illness.

Nellz Nation



the flag of Nellz Nation. 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book1

I've recently began to check out books, real novels by real authors to see if it can help generate some imagination and take me somewhere mentally to a different place.I read alot of comics and graphic novels, while they are fast and entertaining to read, it's hard to really let your imagination work when the pictures are fully detailed already (which doesn't help much as an artist).



Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon (c)2007



So my first completed book is Gentleman of the Road. It's an adventure tale of a mysterious Jewish journeyman, Zelikman and his giant African companion, Amram, doing battle with nefarious priest and warlords set during early century Middle Eastern lands. They run into a problem when they have to ensure the safe return of Prince Filaq (who's not all what he seems) to take his place as leader of the Khazarian nation.
It was a suprisingly good book from start to finish, full of action, damsels and suprises and humor that wasn't too over-the top yet very intelligent. There's some pretty decent illustrations (by Garry Gianni) that help describe some of the action especially when Chabon starts to get a little too handy with devices of writing. It seems like it was geared toward young men from 14-up, which is fine because it got my imagination to work, so I know it will work for anybody else if they give it a read.