Question… Have you gotten your Scape Martinez Collection together?
I was equally humbled and amazed to see Amazon.com compile what they call the “Scape Martinez Complete Selection“. It made me ponder a few things. Like when I was a teenager wild in the streets, wanting to hit up every bare wall I could think of. No one could have thought that I’d be the author of three books. No one. I’d just as soon been a statistic of some sort, a number on a list, a face just as soon forgotten.
I reflect on the desires of my heart, that I had back then. How incredibly narrow my world view was, yet at the same time how wild my imagination was. I was always inventing, inventing things to do, styles to draw, how to create my graffiti, where it should go, who should see it, things like that. I thought about transforming my neighborhood, but not transforming myself.
Over time somethings changed… not sure exactly where or when, but they do and did. Somewhere I learned that I have a voice, and that voice could be heard beyond Bascom Avenue… the eyes to see belonged to people far removed from Independence High School, and the ears to hear belonged to souls far removed from San Jose, California.
So the first at bat:
Once viewed as merely a blemish on the urban landscape, graffiti today has evolved into a legitimate art form in its own right, influencing entertainment, advertising, fashion and other creative industries worldwide.
In this unprecedented book, master graffiti artist Scape Martinez shows how he does his thing, offering streetwise advice to help other “writers” create maximum-impact, legally sanctioned work. Step by step, he lays out the philosophies and realities of the genre. From picking a “tag” and developing letterforms, to the logistics of prepping a wall and working a spray can in a painterly fashion, Graff will help you find your style and leave your mark—large and loud. If you don’t have it yet, get your copy here!
Second at bat:
The original book, Graff, put you in touch with your creative style. Graff 2 is here to help you find your creative soul. Is it wildstyle or bubble letters? Flat or three-dimensional? Black and white or full color?
Delving deeper into the elements covered in his first book, graffiti artist Scape Martinez brings you into his world, sharing his approach to letters, color and design. From working it out with paper and pens to working large (and legally) on walls, Graff 2 reveals the nuts and bolts of graffiti style along with ideas and techniques for bringing those styles to life. Get your copy of GRAFF 2 here!
Scape Martinez has some great tips, tricks and techniques that will have you coloring like you never have before.
It all comes down to how colors interact and how you explore those interactions to create bold visual statements. To make learning fast, fun and effective, Scape teaches you the way he taught himself, by copying sketches and practicing color combinations on paper. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to develop your coloring skills. Get it here!
Not bad from a kid from Newark, New Jersey.
Thanks to everyone that have supported my efforts, but get ready for more, as the best is yet to come!