Black Hippy Concert Poster

Black Hippy Concert Poster - student project

I'm a white dude who grew up in Long Beach CA in the late 90's/early 2000's. I came up on rap music and have always been immersed in 'hood culture'. My friends, my interests, my personality, it all was influenced by that environment. 

Kendrick Lamar, only 2 years younger than me, growing up in neighboring city Compton, speaks a lot about what I saw growing up . 

Ab-Soul – Black Lip Bastard (Rmx) (feat. Black Hippy)

Black Hippy – Rolling Stone

Black Hippy is the rap group I chose to base my poster on. This group is composed of West Coast rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Schoolboy Q. All of these artists are up and coming and represent a fresh step forward in hip hop music.

The concept is to illustrate a neighborhood scene in Compton where the kids are idle and loitering. In the scene we find a lemonade stand but the word lemondae is crossed out and instead reads 'dope'. There is familiar iconography of the hood - pit bulls, cigarette butts, barred windows and gates, liquor and chrome rims. The neighborhood is run down but it's a sunny Southern California day and the overall mood is business as usual.

very rough brainstrom sketch

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 1 - student project

Update 2/12/13

The inital idea had too much going on. I decided to simplify. I found the picture below of the group and decided to do an illustrated version of that. I liked this approach better because it allowed me to create a distinct character style. I would love feedback on how I can use this style even more to flesh out the scene. It's very similar to the styles of David Choe and Sam Flores

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 2 - student project

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 3 - student project

just playing around with an idea. not ocmmitted.

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 4 - student project

Some inspiration, I really like the idea of the second illustration. Like having the ideas coming out of their heads. maybe have the blob spell out black hippy

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 5 - student project

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 6 - student project

update 2/17/13

here's a more refined version I've been working on. This is the concept I settled on and will continue to flesh it out in phtooshop and illustrator

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 7 - student project

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 8 - student project

update 2/22/13

Brought this bad boy into illustrator. Lines, lots of lines. I am still playing around with the contents of this piece in illustrator and adding some elements. Then I will add color and details. Very happy with this so far :)

Black Hippy Concert Poster - image 9 - student project