3.8.20

Online Exhibition via SF Int'l Arts Fest

Peace, my crew "Trust Your Struggle Collective" will be participating in this year's San Francisco International Arts Festival which is usually a lively in person event with visual art, dance, music, etc. This year however with Covid everything is online so tune in to see a virtual exhibition of some of our individual and collective works.

Invite LINK


1.8.20

Mixed Kid Sticker

New Sticker!

What is a "mixed kid"? To me, it is a person who comes from a background with mixed heritage. They can be Black and White, Latin@ and Asian, Indigenous and American, Caribbean and Australian, so many combinations of people are in the world and we all have an interesting story to tell about who we are and where are families come from. There are mixtures of heritage within one ethnicity or skin color, and there are people whose family are from various racial backgrounds. This is for all of you. Me personally I am African American, Korean, Mexican, and Apache and this phrase means something to me.

Cop a sticker HERE

If you missed it, here is the Blasian sticker and this is the original "Mixed Kid" painting this one is based off.

31.7.20

Care Package for Black Boys

Just made this care package for you to send to a Black Boy anywhere. You can send this as a gift to a child, family, etc to encourage them to keep reading even in amidst the quarantine times we're living in. 

In this care package you will get:
-An 11" x 14" Read print
-A copy of Furqan's First Flat Top (Bilingual/hardbound ) a picture book about Black hair, imagination, and a father & son written and illustrated by Me!
-A copy of 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy (hardbound) written by Tony Medina, illustrated by 13 illustrators, including me.
-Two Bookmarks
-One Bookplate sticker
-One postcard

Purchase this care package HERE

29.7.20

Blasian Sticker!

Yo! Super excited to make and share this with you. This is a term I've heard used for at least 10 years to describe an esthetic, couples, children, and people. "BLASIAN" or "Black" and "Asian" to me represents families and people who share both Asian and Black heritage. They could be specifically North American, but I believe the term could apply internationally to these mixed kids. Being a mixed kid myself (Black, Korean, Mexican, Apache) I identify with this term and hope you can share it with others you feel would love it.

If you'd like to get one COP IT HERE.

Stay tuned for more and please check out my Self Care stickers if you missed em.

28.7.20

Just Us Video Interviews


Pat Cummings has been super encouraging to me and so many other book creators. Check her out.
This was a great interview about their work and historical knowledge about the Tom Feelings , Pat Cummings, Black creators for children, and so much more. This series is interesting because they interview some OGs in the children books world.

27.7.20

Old Art 3 - Big Daddy Kane


I painted this in 2001. I had just started using watercolors and it was part of an art portfolio. This man right here is one of the sharpest lyricists to ever rock the mic and is a pioneer. Check out "Young Gifted & Black".

Here's Old Art 2 - Overalls

RAD-Movies I love

LOVE this movie. Always have. I didn't see it in theaters because I was probably too little but I watched the vhs of this over and over and over again. Its is one of my all time favorite films ever. Still holds up. And you can now own it digitally which is dope. Cop it on digital platforms.




23.7.20

Kickstarter- 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy



Hey, please check out this kickstarter to help publisher Penny Candy Books reprint this wonderful book written by Afro Latinx poet Tony Medina from NYC and illustrated by 13 Black illustrators from all over the country including yours truly.

If this campaign is successful this book will go into its 5th printing. That means hella people have loved it and purchased it. But, there are plenty of kids who have never seen it. Check out the video, campaign, and throw down if you got a few bucks. Kickstarter LINK

Thanks in advance!

22.7.20

VIDEO: Wexner Center for the Arts (Portraits)


Here is the third video in a series where I talk about how I draw something for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio. This one in particular is about portraits or faces. Check it out and share with the young ones in your life.

You can see the previous videos here:
Lettering
Characters

20.7.20

Inspiring Artist - Jamel Shabazz

This is Jamel Shabazz, one of the illest photographers to hold a camera. He's a former corrections officer and a portrait photographer who captured so many aspects of NYC, hip hop, and Black and Brown culture in the 80s. And he's still shooting today. I've known about him since I saw his books

Doesn't matter what genre you work in, check out Jamel's work. Check out his books for free from your local library, unplug, and get into it. Peep some more below.








Here's a recent interview he did w/ OG Black Thought.


Did you see the last inspiring artist I shared here? Peep Afu Chan