INSPIRATIONS & UPDATES
September 10, 2015

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Cover girl put the bass in your walk, head to toe, let your whole body talk - Ru Paul Beyond thrilled to have been featured along side Mac Barnett on the Sep 2015 Kirkus Magazine.

June 5, 2015

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Made a short animation to introduce Leo A ghost Story, written by Mac Barnett. Thank you John Kwiatkowski for inviting me into your classroom, and thanks to all the wonderful students who gave great interviews.

May 23, 2015

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Happy to announce these really high quality giclee prints on archival watercolor paper are available for purchase at Gallery Nucleus. To order online click here:Gallery Nucleus

May 20, 2015

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Had fun designing these new GOLD foil cards for Red Cap Cards. To purchase them online click here:Red Cap Cards GOLD

May 2, 2015

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Made an illustration for the New York Times Sunday Review! The article hits on a some touchy subjects, parenting, race and social class. I think the writer makes a lot of generalizations of white and black moms. I take this opinion piece for what it is, simply someone’s opinion, one rarely heard in the media. Being a mom of any color is a difficult job, no need to compare or criticize. My hats off to all moms who are doing their best.. To read the article online click here:What Black Moms Know

April 15, 2015

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Framing these guys for an upcoming show at Gallery Nucleus. The exhibit will feature various illustrators work from the Red Cap Cards greeting card collection. Opening reception April 25th at Gallery Nucleus 7-10 PM. To learn more or find out how to purchase original art online click here:Gallery Nucleus

February 6, 2015

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Matt de la Peña author of Last Stop on Market Street and I talk about our latest picture book on NPR Morning Edition with David Greene. To listen online click here:NPR Books Interview

February 5, 2015

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Yesterday I read Josephine to a class of 4th and 5th graders. After the reading a girl came up to me and said “Josephine is her favorite book!” and asked if I’d sign her copy. Then the girls mother came up to me and told me how her husband was a bartender for many years at Chez Josephine (a restaurant in NY owned by Jean-Claude Baker one of Josephine’s 12 adopted children) Not sure why I’m sharing the story, but it felt like a special moment. Thank you CSK Book Award and Robert F. Sibert Committee for honoring Josephine.

January 2, 2015

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Honored to be apart of La Casa Azul Bookstores first gallery exhibit of 2015 along with Angela Dominguez. La Casa Azul Bookstore is located in East Harlem and is much more than the average retail store, it is the literature hub of the neighborhood serving as a meeting place for the community and promoting diversity in children’s books. These hand made screen prints will be sold in store. To learn more about the event click here:LA CASA AZUL BOOKSTORE

January 1, 2015

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Excited to share my latest book Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt De La Pena, with new friends. Since the story takes place on a city bus, it only made sense to find some folks riding public transportation to share it with :) You can pre-order online by clicking the link :LAST STOP MARKET STREET

November 15, 2014

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Whenever I give presentations at schools or libraries I love sharing a fun drawing activity with the kids. You can download the activity for free by clicking on the link. :GASTON ACTIVITY

November 11, 2014

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What is Dance? is a short animation that documents children’s understanding of dance. It was a GREAT honor to direct and animate this film for the Sesame Street Workshop Season 45 (aired Oct, 11) Thanks to the help of Producer Kimberly Wright, Karyn Leibovich and Andrew Moriarty. And of course thanks to all the wonderful students who gave great interviews!

October 29, 2014

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Art to Heart is an effort to help bring relief to those in need in the Philippines after the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster. A bunch of artist in the Bay Area got together and decided to throw an art auction and benefit concert to raise funds. The piece above is my contribution, to learn more about the event and how you might be able to purchase this piece and others or make a donation go here:ART TO HEART

October 20, 2014

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Gaston is now available at anthropologie stores nationwide! This is a personal milestone because I’ve always loved their selection of books and have always said (quietly to myself) that it would be a dream to see a book of my own in a beautiful department store such as Anthro!!! Aaaaahhh!!! You can also order Gaston from their online store linked here:Anthropologie

October 14, 2014

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Josephine was honored at the Boston Globe Hornbook awards in the nonfiction selection. Which means I got to go to Boston! in the FALL!!! which was AMAZING!!! You can learn more about the event here :The Horn Book at Simmons

August 18, 2014

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Feeling really really honored, thrilled and beside myself! to have been able to contribute to this years Publishers Weekly Fall Children’s Books announcements cover. Here’s a link to an article about my journey in illustrating books for children:PW Article

August 15, 2014

“simon”

Simon Chung was a well loved college acquaintance of mine who recently passed away. Funds are being raised to help Simon’s family deal with medical bills and incurred expenses. This original illustration from Gaston along with a signed copy of the book is being sold at auction among a bunch of other pieces. Here is a look at all the other pieces friends and artist have contributed:

Simon Chung Fundraiser Art

Learn more about the event here: EVENT silent auction takes place Aug 22.

June 5, 2014

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Man On The Moon an animated music video I created for Moses Sumney.

May 1, 2014

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Also on the picture book horizon is The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts. This story is so sweet, amazing and timely! I’ll just say bullies will be put in their place this fall. You can pre-order here:

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

April 20, 2014

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It’s the best feeling in the world to finally get your hands on a copy of a book you helped bring into being! You too could get your hands on Gaston very soon by ordering here: GASTON

April 15, 2014

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So, I’ve already known this for awhile, but I have the best job ever! I get to draw pictures, read stories to kids and then to top it off people sometimes give me prizes for already doing what makes me happy!!! How did I get this lucky? Thank you friendly universe.

February 19, 2014

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Where do I begin? Firstly I’ll say 2014 you’re my new best friend! Seriously though, I’m hoping I just don’t awake from this amazing dream! Keats is one of my all time favorite illustrators and I’ve always been inspired and influenced by his work, so to have the EJK foundation acknowledge Rain! is so UNBELIEVABLE!!! Of course none of this would be possible, without Linda Ashman’s BEAUTIFUL story! I still feel like the luckiest illustrator in the world to have been considered for the job! So many people to thank, making books is a team effort, one I’m so grateful to be apart of. but I’ll save the thank yous for the acceptance speech, OMG I get to give an acceptance speech!!! AAAHHHH :) And congrats to all the other winners!!! The article at the end is something I’ve been holding onto for awhile, I found it in a copy of Ezra Jack Keats A Letter to Amy. It’s one of my treasures! Here is a link to the official press release: EJK AWARDS

February 15, 2014

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Who other then Beyoncé could follow a post about MLK :) This is a piece I made for a dear friends B-day. He and I are both huge B fans, So I had a lot fun to making this! XO

January 19, 2014

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Feeling honored, blessed and at a loss for words. Thank you Dr. King for leaving this world in a far better place than you found it. Thank you friendly universe for giving me the opportunity to honor that legacy. Oh, and thank you Google!

October 1, 2013

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Had a lot of fun designing new holiday cards for Red Cap Cards! Recently featured on Daily Candy as a holiday card worth sending. Send a warm holiday message to someone you love, order here:

Red Cap Cards Holiday

September 10, 2013

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Apparently it’s raining somewhere in Japan. Just received a copy of Rain! translated into Japanese. It’s unbelievable to think something I worked on in my teeny tiny studio/bedroom is now out in the world (reaching as far as Japan!) hopefully placing a smile on someones face. According to my cousin who is learning Japanese, the title translates as Grandpa and Frog Boy, and the banner says “Rainy days can be fun too, right Grandpa?” You can order the Japanese version here:

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August 2, 2013

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She’s real!!! Just received a very early copy of my latest book Josephine, written by Patricia Hruby Powell. I don’t even know how to begin describing what it’s like to finally hold a physical copy of the book you’ve helped bring into being. Simply put it’s a good feeling. Publication date is Jan 2014 you can pre-order a copy here: Chronicle Books

July 5, 2013

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A painting I created for an exhibit at Gallery Nucleus. The shows title was Yesterdays Tomorrow and the theme was the future as envisioned in the 1950’s. Click the link below to check out all the art from the show or to purchase this piece: Gallery Nucleus

June 7, 2013

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Another Illustration I created for UBS Magazine about the Terra Cotta Warriors of China being on exhibit in Bern Switzerland. Click the link below to see the article online: UBS Magazine

May 25, 2013

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Not really sure where to begin with this post. What is Music? is an animated documentary short I made with the help of radio producer and audio recordist Martina Castro. The short was made for Pop-Up Magazine, which took place May 20th at Davies Symphony Hall in SF. Pop-Up Magazine is a wonderful event where a bunch of writers and filmmakers and other creative types do live presentations—the organizers describe it as being like a magazine, but live. For this “issue” they teamed up w/ Beck to do an evening about music that featured Beck and others performing songs from his new album (which is really just a book of sheet music). I’m still not entirely sure how I got invited to contribute, but it was a lot of fun to finally work on another animation and share it with such a great audience. A BIG thanks to the guys at Rock Band Land who nurture young artist by sharing the love of music. And a very special thanks to the awesome kids who’s voices are featured in the short.You can learn more about the event here:Pop-Up Magazine

May 15, 2013

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Here is a preview of one of my upcoming books Josephine, publication date Jan 2014. I was so excited to learn that Chronicle Books was using art from the book for their 2013 fall/winter children’s book catalog cover. Still shaking my head and wondering how I got to be so lucky! Above is a pic of me signing Josephine posters for librarians and books sellers at Chronicle Books. You can pre-order a copy of Josephine here:Josephine, The Dazzling life of Josephine Baker

April 2, 2013

Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor

Harlem’s Little Blackbird receives the 2013 Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor!!! The award is given every year to honor the work of emerging picture book illustrators and authors. Congrats to Author Karina Wolf and Illustrators Ben and Sean Hilts for The Insomniacs who took 1st prize. I’m still in disbelief over this honor, thank you Marion Vannett Ridgway Award committee for shinning even more light on Harlem’s little Blackbird and my work! Here is a link to the list of winners: Marion Vannett Ridgway Award

March 15, 2013

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So thrilled to be apart of a group show at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition opens on March 16, 2013 and runs through July 7, 2013. A public reception will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 5 pm, and will include appearances by guest contributors Jon Klassen, Roman Muradov, and Me, among others. I will be signing my latest illustrated book, Rain! by Linda Ashman, and Jon will be joined by local author Lemony Snicket to sign their new picture book, The Dark. Click the link to check out the Museums info: Cartoon Art Museum

February 7, 2013

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An Illustration I worked on for UBS Magazine about the Terra Cotta Warriors of China being on exhibit in Bern Switzerland. Click the link below to see the article online: UBS Magazine

January 31, 2013

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Harlem’s Little Blackbird receives a NAACP Image Award nomination. I’m still beside myself over this honor. The author Renee Watson and I were able to attend the star studded event together in Los Angeles, an experience we will treasure forever. Even more special was having my grandmother (who was parent and legal guardian to my brother and I) attend the show with me. Getting kind of chocked up just thinking about it now. We didn’t take home the statue, but I seriously feel like a winner. Thank you friendly universe. Click the link below to view all the nominees for Children’s Book Literature: NAACP Nominees

December 26, 2012

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Muahahahaha!!! So, for some reason a starred book review brings out my villainous laugh. I was so very pleased to learn that Rain! written by the Amazing Linda Ashman received a starred review from Kirkus!!! I lucked out big time being able to illustrate this book, the story is incredible, with few words and a lot of heart. Cannot wait to share this with young readers. Publication date March 5, 2013. Click link below for online review:
Kirkus Review

December 18, 2012

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The image above is a holiday card I designed for the Writers House Agency. It’s a time-honored tradition to show a wintery scene with the Writers House Agency building as a focal point. Of course squeezing a book in the illustration is a must. It was a real honor to create this years card!

November 20, 2012

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So proud of my good friend Adoma who recently directed a short film produced by Focus Features! Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal story of Adoma’s mixed with a well known West African Folktale about a spider who wants to hoard all the worlds wisdom. I was thrilled when my friend asked me if I’d design her poster. The design at the top was selected as the official poster! You can learn more about Adoma and her film here: Indie Wire

November 12, 2012

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So excited to have the NY Times shed a little more light on Harlem’s Little Blackbird! I love seeing the book reviewed under the title GREAT LIVES, Just reminds me what a privilege it’s been to honor Florence Mills life by sharing her story with young readers. Here is a link to the review online: NY Times Book Review

October 8, 2012

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Designing a business card can be overwhelming. How does one represent themselves best in a 2" x 3.5" inch space? it’s like trying to create a good 1st impression, but having a very limited amount of time to do so. This is a job for less is more and keep it simple! I tried placing the focus on the function of the card and designing around that. Thank goodness for Skylab Letterpress who helped design and produce the card.
You can check out more of their amazing work here: Skylab Letterpress

September 3, 2012

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Greeting cards anyone? I’m so flipp'n thrilled to share a line of greeting cards I designed for Red Cap Cards! I’ve always been a cheapskate when it comes to buying cards myself. Why spend the extra cash when I could make it myself? Now that I actually have a collection of cards out there, I hope folks don’t take my attitude. As you could probably tell I’m not that great at selling myself. Red Cap Cards
You can check out my cards and others here at:
Red Cap Cards

September 1, 2012

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More good news for Harlem’s Little Blackbird!!! Just found out that the illustrations for HLB were accepted into the 2012 Society of Illustrators, Original Art Show!!!
You can learn more about the show here:
The Society of Illustrators

August 27, 2012

HLB Dinning Room

Recently I did an interview with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast a blog about books. Thank you so much to Julie Danielson for shedding a little more light on my work! It feels so good and still a bit unbelievable to be able to do what I love and have folks be interested in the work.
You can check out the interview here:
Seven Impossible Things Interview

July 22, 2012

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Oh my lucky stars! I’m so pleased to share a peek of the soon to be released picture book I illustrated, Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills. I’ll say more closer to the actually release. For now I just want to thank the author Rene Watson for sharing this powerful story. Thank you to the book editor Suzy Capozzi and art director Ellice Lee for even considering me as a potential illustrator for this book. Of course thank you Steven Malk my agent for pretty much helping me make my dreams come true. Lastly thank you Florence Mills for inspiring us all. I’m so proud to have been able to contribute in the sharing of her story to young readers.
Here is a link to an interview I did with the art director Ellice Lee and our collaboration:
Random Acts of Reading
Learn more about Florence Mills from Children’s book Enthusiast and the kindest blogger Joy Chu: The Got Story Countdown
Starred Review from Booklist!
Booklist Online
Pre-order a copy online now and save:
Harlem’s Little Blackbird

March 24, 2012

thank you rhino

Hi there! I was feeling blog neglect guilt today, so I thought I’d dig deep and find something to post.

February 28, 2012

conquest of land

These are a few pieces of concept art I made the other day. Unfortunately the project they were intended for didn’t come thru, but what can you do? Try your best and if you don’t get what you’re aiming for at least you’ve gained experience!

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