Concept Art for my novel series

After far too many years hiding this from the world…I’ve decided to finally start showing bits and pieces…

The following are rough sketches of characters appearing in the first story arc of my planned novel series.

I am not a trained illustrator and should my work ever take the form of a graphic novel, I would probably hire an artist. I have always maintained that writing is my strongest talent. Which is why I’m babbling on now and not just getting to the darn posting of the pics…lol here we go.

Mike Hart

young black doctor in the 70s


cookie cutter superhero who tries to break the mold he was made into

additional Ace sketches

black girl

no character name yet, just something that may be used in a flash back

urbanite hipster swag queen in the city

secondary character (name tbd) supporting cast for female protagonist (Mackenzie)

Malcolm Bell

Malcolm Bell based on my brother – obvious to those that know him

Nikki Noble… based loosely on an old friend 🙂 I hope she doesn’t mind…

Norman Bell, father to Malcolm and Tyson Bell


The Spades Youth Club – inspired by my friends- obvious to those who know them

Emma Abrams…supporting cast

Rachelle C. supporting cast

Mina…inspired by a good friend I made out in Egypt..hope he doesn’t mind 🙂

Detective Frank Knotts… main character… drawn about 13 years ago

Father Morrisand – catholic priest … he’ll fit in the story in strange ways

Daniel Currie…based on my favorite High School Teacher… hope he doesn’t mind

Astan Morningstar (revealed)— he’ll have an interesting journey

Female Lead, Mackenzie Hart…in a strange place

Alien race, tentatively called the Omak

Serun…based on a High School Friend – obvious to those who know him…maybe?

Our antagonist, in his most menacing attire

supporting cast…the name is stolen, but not based on where I stole it from

As you can see, I’m playing with a bunch of different styles and haven’t settle on one. This is however, just concept art.  From the various pics, you can also guess that the story is of the sci-fi fantasy genre, influenced by comic books, anime, and even the Wire, if you’re reaching (see Spades drawing).

More to come. This is just the first batch of stuff I happened to scan today. I think I’ll have subsequent posts be dedicated to individual characters.

I also just bought a Wacom Tablet, that I’m having a lot of trouble getting used to. Hopefully I can incorporate the work I do with that in photoshop into what I share here.

If you do look at this, constructive criticism is always welcome.

Stay Classy,

Black Ty.

Flip the coin. Choose a side.

you wouldn't lie to me, right?


How can we, the people, who have lived so long in the comforts of our ‘first world’ nations with veils pulled over our eyes, how can we every truly know who is telling us the truth about the world at large?

We have mouths to feed as well, the average one of us does not have the time to do the due diligence necessary to find the ‘truth’.

Alex Ross weighs in:

Mr. Ross always strikes me as a more educated Rush Limbaugh with a heart.  But can we believe him?

His theories seem so far reaching and far fetched that they’re either spot on, or laffy taffy.

The United States of America vs The People’s Republic of China

Battlefield: AFRICA

Big Ideas, but they make logical sense if you just think about it for a second.

Who to believe? Will cynicism just debilitate us all?

Flip a coin. Choose a side to fight for. But make sure you can live with blood on your hands because either way, you’re complicit; just probably in ways that you’ll never truly understand.

Stay Classy

“Keep a sword tucked tight upon your personal..” – RZA

KONY @)!@ 2012 (Shift the World This Year)

stop at nothing

Thanks to my Tumblr account I tripped on this powerful video just days after watching (and crying through) Machine Gun Preacher.

Clench your fist and raise it to the sky; somebody’s got to die.


reblog the video below!



Black Ty’s Black’n’out

Tomorrow, in protest of a bill that will go before the senate greatly limiting the freedoms enjoyed over the internet,, Wiki-pedia, Mozilla, and countless other e-staples of the web will go ‘BLACK’. This will affect the global online community even though it is just a bill proposed in the US.

This is a chance to rediscover adventure bound not by 1’s and 0’s, even if just for a day.

After showing your support – if you are an American citizen you can visit to do so – go outside. Don’t use the weather as an excuse. I’m assuming if you can afford a computer and internet access, you might also have enough clothes to dress for the weather.

Bring a book with you; read.

Talk to a stranger and be friendly and polite.

Hold the door for someone incredibly far away.

I will allow earbuds; we all need a soundtrack.


Hey Hey, I like her, isn’t that how it starts?

Some posts below, I spazzed in rhyme form to vent my feelings at having my heart broken. I said some out of character, inappropriate, and down right prickish and inaccurate things.  For that, and more, I am truly sorry. This apology was inspired by a closer listening and accidental revisiting of Elzhi’s Euro Pass Album; the track of ‘The Transitional Joint’ in particular.

After a ‘public’ diss, which was a mistake in the first place, I should issued a ‘public’ apology. After criticizing my father for simply explaining his misguided actions and not actually apologizing, claiming that it takes a real man to admit wrong doing and apologize, I felt like a hypocrite for not heeding my own words. So here it is…

It’s been too long, since I
wrote that song
popped some thongs, so I
guess I’ve moved on
there’s still one thing left to say

“yeah that’s right! you’re a sorry sack of sh!t” – you’ll probably think

to which I would reply in recital of Elzhi’s lyrics…bolded lyrics are especially poignant

“Hey, hey I like her
Isn’t that how it starts?
She feel the same y’all came together but you’re now apart since it went sour tart
you got a coward heart
You’re never giving up, thinking all the while it’s smart
It made you ice cold ’cause you gambled and your dice rolled snake eyes
that make guys play, when they twice old
and you thought that you would never trust again
thinking they’re good just for lust and sin and not for busting in
And like the other players where they take us to their lair
then you lay her, there’s not a special person in your prayers
Going through women, some thick, a few slim and
busting out their shirts, others out their blue denim
and there’s a lot of fish in the sea, where you swimming that you could fetch
but wouldn’t think they were a good catch
Till one day that fly one comes along
you think of her off an R&B cut, then hum the song
and get the feeling feeling numb is wrong
when she’s away, you miss her like when the summer’s gone
The place where this coming from is strong
and you trying to fight it. Delighted, when she come around hot and you’re excited
they say you can feel real when you first sight it
Also known as the gift and the curse silent
Get bit by the bug, coping, show a few the symptoms
you fall in love but just before you fell, you were tripping
meaning you were slipping then you got opened
and told her everything, through your body language, it was not spoken
You out with her it’s like you never call your hoes
give her the tallest rose, y’all hit the mall for shows
You stop going to bars
where a baller goes to pop bottles with top models and take off all her clothes
You’re still in denial, but you’re building a smile
when she say she, feeling your style

‘Cause baby girl you got that glow
very, very far from a hood rat and not that hoe
I’m saying you could spot that yo
make you wanna plot at getting her she’s hot that show
‘Cause baby girl got that, got that, got that…..

I will forever regret how I handled that situation. But I won’t dwell on it any longer. Cuz that’s life ain’t it?

Tell’em Frank…remember when I used to sing Frankie to you Green Girl?…those memories are indelible shorty

Live Long and Prosper.

Back to the classy,

Black Ty

Skillz – Celebrate Life f. Travis Barker (Video)

Black Ty Approved

Celebrate Life!



Movie Review Monday: Somewhere

The above trailer is set to the music of my 2nd favorite band of all time (The Strokes) and their song I’ll Try Anything Once. Lyrics below.

I can see me in your eyes….

The song, and the movie remind me of the quiet, actually brief but seemingly epic moments in life when you truly appreciate what you have had, what you do have, and what you will get.

If you’ve ever tried and failed at being a Stephen Dorf fan, try again with Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere; a tale about a man trying to find himself while his daughter floats adrift in a broken home and dysfunctional family between parental units. A reminder that we don’t choose our parents or our kids, but that we can choose love and life over death and dismay.

Peace to the Godz and Earths.

Ten decisions shape your life,
you’ll be aware of 5 about,
7 ways to go through school,
either you’re noticed or left out,
7 ways to get ahead,
7 reasons to drop out,
when i said ‘ I can see me in your eyes’,
you said ‘I can see you in my bed’,
that’s not just friendship that’s romance too,
you like music we can dance to,

Sit me down,
Shut me up,
i’ll calm down,
and i’ll get along with you,

There is a time when we all fail,
some people take it pretty well,
some take it all out on themselves,
some they just take it out on friends,
oh everybody plays the game,
and if you don’t you’re called insane,

Don’t don’t don’t don’t it’s not safe no more,
i’ve got to see you one more time,
soon you were born,
in 1984,

Sit me down,
shut me up,
i’ll calm down,
and i’ll get along with you,

Everybody was well dressed,
and everybody was a mess,
6 things without fail you must do,
so that your woman loves just you,
oh all the girls played mental games,
and all the guys were dressed the same,

Why not try it all,
if you only remember it once,
oooh ooooooh,

Sit me down,
shut me up,
i’ll calm down,
and i’ll get along with you,

(okay one more time)


“…in the past if you picture events, like a black tie,
what’s last thing you expect to see? black guys…”

Kanye on Murder to Excellence – Watch the Throne

Stay Sassy Internutz,

Black Ty