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Throwback Thursday #TT or Flashback Friday #FF — This was the flyer for the first official offline event for my online pop music blog.  You can see the use of a version of the logo I shared a couple of weeks ago.  It featured two talented local Austin artists — Lisa Marshall and Phil Dutra.  I was branding the event as “pop show.”  The idea was to do it regularly with different artists whether that was quarterly, monthly, or on some sort of a schedule.  This one was the only one that came to fruition. 

Throwback Thursday #TT or Flashback Friday #FF — This was the flyer for the first official offline event for my online pop music blog.  You can see the use of a version of the logo I shared a couple of weeks ago.  It featured two talented local Austin artists — Lisa Marshall and Phil Dutra.  I was branding the event as “pop show.”  The idea was to do it regularly with different artists whether that was quarterly, monthly, or on some sort of a schedule.  This one was the only one that came to fruition. 

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Throwback Thursday #TT— This was the logo I designed for my now defunct pop music site/blog, popolio.  Initially, I had partnered with someone to fill a webmaster/co-editor role and he created the logo for the first year. 

This is the one I created that I used from the second year on.  I wanted something like hieroglyphs and I liked the idea of just using circles and lines.  I thought of it as something you could write in the sand with a broken branch. 

I also liked the idea of it coming in and displaying it in different color combinations at different times. This was inspired by comic book covers where the colors of the logo change from month-to-month on each issue.

These are just 3 of the various color combos I came up with.  What I use for inspiration for some of the color combos were Nike sneakers of the late 1980s and early 1990s that were always funky.  Mainly, the ones where I used three colors and not just two.

They always used two colors that went well together, but then threw in a weird third color that you wouldn’t think would work with the other two, but that third color always brought it together and made the shoes stand out in a way they wouldn’t without it.  Who remembers those funky Nikes? Anyway, that’s what I was going for. Enjoy!

Question 5 of 2-Part Stage Center Productions Interview

Part 2 of my interview (which was going to be done in 3 parts, but ended up in 2) with Stage Center Productions posted 2 week ago.  Part 1 was just Question 1.  Kinda’ a tease.  I talked about my Latin music/entertainment site, LATIN-AMERICAN-AMERICAN. You can find the interview in its entirety here

Last week I shared my answers to Questions 2 through 4.  They were about how I work and my creative process.  You can read my answer to the final question of the interview below.  It’s about which of my project(s) I’m most excited about currenty.  I mention Cartwheel Group 3 Comics and the lyric video I edited for my brother, Panamatic. They also included links to all my sites at the end. 
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5) What are you most excited about - today? [in terms of your work]
I’ve been blogging for over five years. So, that’s kind of old hat. Before LATIN-AMERICAN-AMERICAN, I created the now defunct. but still live, popolio, which was a pop music site, in the broadest sense.

What I’m most excited about is my online superhero comics site, Cartwheel Group 3 Comics. I’ve always wanted to write superhero comics. I can doodle characters, costume designs, and concepts, but I don’t draw well enough to draw out my own comics. Through the years, I’ve posted CraigsList ads and the whole bit, off-and-on. But, I’ve never been able to find collaborators to work with. So, I created this site to try to find artists to work with and make my dream come true. Any aspiring superhero comic artists out there? Check out my site at cartwheelgroup3.com and hit me up at cartwheelgroup3@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.

I also recently edited an Official Lyric Video for my brother who is a hip hop artist. I studied Radio-Television-Film at UT-Austin and wanted to direct music videos. That never materialized and I kind of got away from it and into other things. But, this kind of took me back to those academic filmmaking roots a little bit.

His name is Panamatic and the song is called “Waiting For?” It samples Pat Benatar’s “Invincible” from the Legend of Billie Jean. We don’t normally work together, but it was just kind of a fluke how it all came together. It has a good message and it’s bumping. And, that song and movie happen to be among my favorites.

It’s from his latest free mixtape, The Revamp of a Conscious Mind, with 23 tracks. It’s the only pop-infused song. The rest is straight up hip hop, just to let you hip hop heads out there know. You can download his mixtape at Da`tPiff here: http://ow.ly/txdm9. Also: Check him out on ReverbNation here:http://ow.ly/txdtv and on Instagram @Panamatic.

Let me just say, though, that the images are not mine. I googled them and a few were my brother’s. Everything else was all me, though. The creative. The conception. The editing, of course! It was fun, so I’d like to do more. So, another callout to any up-and-coming, underground, or indie musical artists who may want a lyric video done for one of their songs. Reach out to me by emailing me at alfredorjr@yahoo.com or via Twitter @freddiebeat. I’m not trying to charge. At this point, I just want more experience doing it.

Video: Panamatic Waiting For? Official Lyric Video

My sites:

http://latinamam.tumblr.com/

http://cartwheelgroup3.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/freddiebeat

http://freddiebeat.tumblr.com/

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Throwback Thursday #TT — These are two versions of the flyer I created for the 2nd anniversary event for my now defunct pop music/entertainment site, popolio. Since I came from hosting poetry open mics and slams in El Paso, the idea was always to move into live offline events with musical artists for the Austin-based online site. The purpose of the site was to try to build an artist network to pull from for popolio shows, showcases, and events. You’ve heard of Puffy’s White Party. Well, for this I wanted people to dress in their best black-and-white attire. The vision for the 2nd anniversary was less of a show or showcase and more of just a fun dance party. I hired a local DJ and asked him to play ’90s pop. The flyers just play on the black-and-white theme with that color scheme and feature a man’s and woman’s shoe. I was going for a classic, classy, fun, and simple look for the flyers.

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Questions 2 through 4 of 2-Part Stage Center Productions Interview

Part 2 of my interview (which was going to be done in 3 parts, but ended up in 2) with Stage Center Productions posted last week. Part 1 was just Question 1. Kinda’ a tease. I talked about my Latin music/entertainment site, LATIN-AMERICAN-AMERICAN. You can find the interview in its entirety here

Or you can check out Questions 2 through 4 below. These are just about how I work and my creative process. I’ll be sharing my answer to the final question of the interview next week.

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2) Besides collaborators, business partners - with whom do you first share your work - once complete?
Normally, I don’t share it with anyone, but if it’s an interview or feature that involves an artist, then they get to see it before I blast it on social media. That way they can make any minimal edits or corrections and I can get their buy-in, make sure they are happy with it, and, hopefully, have them blast it as well. More recently, I’ve been sharing things with my brother and sister. I feel like I exist in a creative bubble a lot of times, so I want to get some feedback before I put something out, but it’s usually closer to an end result and not so much at the beginning stages.

3) Do you work better solo or in a partnership?

I think a little bit of both. I don’t mind meeting and huddling, but, then, I like to go to my corner and you go to yours and I do my part and you do yours. Then, we can always come back together and fine-tune each other’s work. Brainstorming is always better in a group, though. 

Overall, I feel like I get further and gain more traction when it’s my project, but everything I do is collaborative on some level. So, that’s to say, someone may not be my “partner” per se, but they’re helping me out in some capacity to achieve my vision for my project. And, I’m always in need of people to feature or work with depending on what I’m trying to do.

4) What type of work space do you keep - or - do you have a nomadic approach, setting up tent where you will, to work?

I work on creative projects from home, so wherever I can sit with my laptop, I’m good. Usually, I’m in my room, though. Some things I have to do on the desktop computer, so that’s in the living room. In an office situation, my cubicle is one of those that looks somewhat cluttered, but I’m the kind of person that knows where everything is and where I put everything even if it looks messy to others. If you move or take something, I’ll know it’s missing and I’ll go looking for it or ask you about it.

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They told me it would be posted in 3 parts, but I guess they decided to post the whole thing this week. So, it was done in only 2 parts. Check out my interview with Stage Center Productions where I discuss my Latino music/entertainment blog, LATIN-AMERICAN-AMERICAN, my superhero comic site, Cartwheel Group 3 Comics, the lyric video I put together for my brother and hip hop artist, Panamatic, and more. Click the link above and then click my picture to get to the interview.

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Throwback Thursday #TT — I thought it’d be fun to start sharing flyers and logos I’ve created for the various creative endeavors I’ve dabbled in through the years. This is a second 2010 promo flyer for my now defunct Austin-based pop music blog, popolio. Like the first I shared 2 weeks ago, it was created to print out copies and post around town; it was not an online flyer. This concept was about highlighting a connection to pop legend iconography and that rebelliousness that pop can have and tying it to the “not for the popophobic” tagline I came up with. Not that I’m a graphic designer, but I often do a lot of my own stuff around whatever I’m working on. The purpose of both flyers was to get more visitors to the blog and its social networks and just to get the word out about it in Austin, where I and the site were based at the time.

Throwback Thursday #TT — I thought it’d be fun to start sharing flyers and logos I’ve created for the various creative endeavors I’ve dabbled in through the years. 

This is a second 2010 promo flyer for my now defunct Austin-based pop music blog, popolio. Like the first I shared 2 weeks ago, it was created to print out copies and post around town; it was not an online flyer. 

This concept was about highlighting a connection to pop legend iconography and that rebelliousness that pop can have and tying it to the “not for the popophobic” tagline I came up with. 

Not that I’m a graphic designer, but I often do a lot of my own stuff around whatever I’m working on. The purpose of both flyers was to get more visitors to the blog and its social networks and just to get the word out about it in Austin, where I and the site were based at the time.

Throwback Thursday #TT — I thought it’d be fun to start sharing flyers and logos I’ve created for the various creative endeavors I’ve dabbled in through the years. This is a 2010 promo flyer for my now defunct Austin-based pop music blog, popolio. This was created to print out copies and post around town; it is not an online flyer. I think what I was going for is self-explanatory. Not that I’m a graphic designer, but I often do a lot of my own stuff around whatever I’m working on. The purpose of this flyer was to get more visitors to the blog and its social networks and just to get the word out about it in Austin, where I and the site were based at the time.

Throwback Thursday #TT — I thought it’d be fun to start sharing flyers and logos I’ve created for the various creative endeavors I’ve dabbled in through the years. This is a 2010 promo flyer for my now defunct Austin-based pop music blog, popolio. This was created to print out copies and post around town; it is not an online flyer. I think what I was going for is self-explanatory. Not that I’m a graphic designer, but I often do a lot of my own stuff around whatever I’m working on. The purpose of this flyer was to get more visitors to the blog and its social networks and just to get the word out about it in Austin, where I and the site were based at the time.

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