Hey everyone,

Back again to joedichiara.com with some new art!  This month’s illustration was devised in anticipation of the new Men In Black III movie.  Will Smith is one of my favorite actors, and anyone from my generation grew up with him during his pre-movie star days as a member of the Hip-Hop duo “DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince” and on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.  I previously did a illustration of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” entire cast, but this go around I decided to focus on “The Fresh Prince” himself and apply a more digital feel to it.

Check out the trailer to the new MIB3 movie, and see Will Smith discuss the “Fresh Prince” theme song and perform it.  Can’t wait to see the new film.  Enjoy!

“I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab is rare
But I thought ‘Now forget it’ – ‘Yo homes to Bel Air’
I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie ‘Yo homes smell ya later’
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air “

Hey everyone, back again to post an update on the “Ghostfunk” project I collaborated with DJ Max Tannone on back in July.  There were recently a limited number of vinyl copies pressed, which I had the opportunity to design with Chicago distribution company Groove Distribution (GrooveDis).  Here are some images of the layout and actual vinyls, they came out pretty awesome.  Glad to of been apart of this project!

Here’s some track samples of the Ghostface Killah/1970’s Afro-Funk mashup!

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a while since my last post but I have been very busy working on various projects. Recently, I finished up a collaborating artwork with DJ Max Tannone who gained a notable buzz from his prior release a mashup of Jay-Z and Radiohead titled “Jadiohead”, on his new release “Ghostfunk”.

“Ghostfunk” pairs one of Hip-Hop’s most prominent artists, Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music. The music is excellent and I am very proud to be apart of this project.

Below is the full artwork for the album along with the tracks for your listening pleasure and a few links where it can be found for free download!





Hey everyone, I’m back again! Sorry for the long gap between posts, but It has been a busy time in the midst of the holidays, class, and work.

This week I am posting to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com a new music illustration of Lil’ Wayne. Last month he was released from prison so I decided to take new techniques and styles I have been toying with and apply it towards a new piece. This artwork is done entirely using Adobe Illustrator CS4. (One of my first to use it in its entirety) In the coming weeks I plan to post more illustrations in this style.

So here is this weeks artwork which I will post the final composition next week after I tweak it up a little.


Here is a video off of Weezy’s album “I Am Not A Human Being” which was released while he was still in prison.

Hey everyone today I am uploading to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com the finished artwork for the last piece in my hip-hop “beef” illustration series. This set of artwork was a real pleasure to take on and allowed me to portray many of my favorite musicians in an artistic fashion. Each individual character and composition not only challenged my style, but also allowed me to expand my use of digital medium. I hope everybody has enjoyed the journey of these illustrations over the past few months. Here is the final artwork for “Hip-Hop “Beef” Part 3 (2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G.)


Today in the spirit of finale of the “Beef” series I am posting a video of Biggie and 2Pac performing together prior to their beef.  They started as friends and died as enemies.

Hey everyone, I’m back again this week to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com posting the finished character work for The Notorious B.I.G. This is the final character art for the last instalment of my “Hip-Hop “Beef”” Illustration series. Be sure to check back later this week to see the final artwork for “Hip-Hop Beef, 2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G.” and also be sure to log onto http://www.joedichiara.com to see additional artwork.


This is the music video for Biggie’s first single “Party And Bullshit” (low budget but a classic)

Hey everyone, I return to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com with the first completed character art for the last installment of my “Hip-Hop Beef” illustration series. As I posted last week, the final artwork will be for arguably the most famous and popular beef or “The Notorious B.I.G. vs. 2Pac” a.k.a. the “East-Coast vs. West-Coast” rivalry.

Today, I am posting the finished individual art for one of my all time favorite hip-hop musicians Tupac Shakur. Be sure to check back to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com and make sure to log onto http://www.joedichiara.com for the finished Notorious B.I.G. artwork and much more.


This week I have included a video that gives a more in depth encounter of this infamous “beef”

Hey everyone I’m back again this week posting finished artwork to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com. Yesterday I posted finished character art for my second illustration in the “Hip-Hop Beef” series. So here it is the finished poster for “Jay-Z vs. Nas”! Below I have posted a video for your enjoyment that details this infamous “beef”. Be sure to log back onto https://joedichiara.wordpress.com to http://www.joedichiara.com for the next piece from the series.


October 6, 2010

Hey everyone, recently I have had a large amount of people ask me about my process, and how I approach an illustration from its preliminary stages to the finish. Rather than go into a detailed rant I decided to post some character art samples of my process throughout various stages.


Hey everyone I’m back this week to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com with finished character art for the second installation of my “Hip-Hop Beef” Illustration series. Last week I posted the first finish for the series of “Ja Rule vs. 50 Cent, this week is one of my favorite rap battles “Jay-Z vs. Nas”. Although presently these rappers have ended their feud and even collaborated on projects, this “beef” was one that goes down in history as one of the greatest. Here is my finished character artwork for Jay-Z & Nas, be sure to check back this week for the final composition and artwork posted to https://joedichiara.wordpress.com and http://www.joedichiara.com!


A few years ago I had the pleasure to see Nas perform while in college, I came across this video clip of him performing “Got Urself A Gun” from that show, one of his songs that was popular during the time of his “beef” with Jay-Z.


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