San Diego City Beat! / November 30, 2011

I was just featured in this weeks San Diego City Beat! Very grateful for their support. Here is the write up they did.

Meet the cover artist

David Peña goes by the artistic alias Half Asleep (halfasleepdesign.com). “Float Cluster,” his drawing of a somewhat shapeless, anthropomorphic creature on the front page of this week’s CityBeat, is indicative of most of the work he does. Pena lets his stream of consciousness take over and tries to give form to the meanderings of his mind.

“It’s more about color, geometric shapes and being conscious and aware,” he says. “That’s the vibe I try to reflect in my artwork…. For me, it’s like this dream state. I like the idea of portraying this feeling of floating or being half awake and half asleep.”

Peña’s process starts with a drawing. He then scans the sketch and colors and manipulates the image in Photoshop and Illustrator. The art student is also in an electronic-music trio called Illuminauts and says his approach to making music is similar to the way he makes art.

“Music is such a big part of my life and my creative process,” he says. “It’s another way of expressing myself with these psychedelic sounds. I feel like our music is on a similar wavelength with my artwork…. It’s this stream of consciousness that I’m trying to project through music and by putting it down visually.”

—Kinsee Morlan