18.10.19

The Bull Horn- Formerly M is For Movement


So the blog I've been writing for for over the past year and a half is now "The Bull Horn"!! Why? Read about the changeand help us shape the direction of the new blog HERE.

There are some new posts up as well about writer Carole Lindstrom and librarian Laura Gonzalez. Please follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well.  

16.10.19

Children's Portraits 53-54 - Mila & Zenzi

Wow, I was so enveloped in new bebe world with my daughter that I forgot to post these paintings I did last year! So these sisters are African American and Chinese. They are super sweet, smart, kind, and beautiful. And their parents are friends of the family. 

Wanna see the last one I painted of Mom Roopa and her son Ravi? Click HERE.

If you're interested in getting a portrait commissioned, please go to my store or on etsy. I have done over 60 portraits of children since 2012 I believe and it is always a fun gift to give to a parent, grandparent, or loved one. 


4.10.19

Ohio Visit - Photos

Recently I went out to Columbus Ohio to attend the SOL Con at Ohio St University and to read to some children at an elementary school out there. Here are some photos from my trip. The photo above is from an apartment area I saw. I really dug the architecture. All in all, it was a great experience. Katlin who along with Prof Aldama organized so much of the event was great to meet. All the exhibitors and folks I met were super cool. I took most of the photos but a few are from the SOL Con facebook pg.

The day of the con 
One of the huge buildings 
This is the school library before the babies arrived. I had a lot of fun meeting the principal Dr. Robinson, all the school staff and Dionne from the Wexner Center for the Arts. It was really great to meet their students, show them artwork, and talk to them about storytelling and Furqan's First.
Talking
Reading
Walking around the city from my hotel to leaving. Its always fun to walk around a city. I wish I'd had the time to see more but my trip was super short.
Entrance
Prof Aldama & Jaime Hernandez

See my previous post about the SOL Con here



1619 Podcast - Bad blood

If you're not a reader, podcasts can also be a great way to get the info. 1619 is a ground breaking new piece curated by Nikole Hannah Jones at the New York Times. The podcast has 5 episodes so far. The one about the legacy of medical mistreatment called "bad blood" is incredible. Take a listen:


2.10.19

My Inktober favs 2013-2018

Yo! I started doing Inktober back in 2013 and i'm taking a break this year. But I wanted to do two things, share some of my favorites from the past and some artists who've been inspiring to me to watch during the month. Inktober really helped me stretch out with social justice, Latinx, and character design themes. And it has lead to me doing Black, Asian American, Women and Latinx history/heritage month drawings. And it is a reason to keep practicing. 

No matter how good or bad you think you are, you can improve. Often, I don't love 80% of the drawings and art that I do because I am self critical, but once I do put work out there I feel good about just making art. You can see all of the Inktober drawings I've ever posted here and some of my favorites are in this grid and listed below.

Ok top to bottom, left to right (click on each to learn more about them)
3. Ava DuVernay 2015
4. Black Hair 2015
5. Brown Berets 2018
6. Idalys Ortiz 2016
7. Walkman & Gi 2018

Here are some artists who've been inspiring to watch during the month of the years:

And of course Jake Parker the creator of this art challenge.
If you're interested in trying it out, here are the rules and a good realistic piece of advice.
Keep creating!

If you have questions for me about materials I used or subject matter let me know here or via email at info@robdontstop.com

30.9.19

Recognize - Designers of Color

What up?! Just saw that this was posted so here I am sharing it with you all. Brother Maurice Cherry from Lunch Studio and Revision Path podcast reached out earlier this year and we collaborated on this anthology. He was working with a set up designers who were writing pieces about work and academic life in graphic design and I did an illustration for each article. Here's the description:
RECOGNIZE is a design anthology featuring essays and commentary from Indigenous people and people of color—the next generation of emerging design voices.

Check all of them out HERE

Inside Design is a blog from Invision which is a digital product design company based in New York.


Shout out to bro Maurice Cherry, if you've never heard his podcast Revision Path, you need to go check it out. It is a wealth of information and resources featuring Black Designers of every stripe.


Inspiration board 33

Ok starting from top to bottom, left to right these are some recents inspiring tings:
1. Musician- Kiefer 2. Picture book- Owl Moon 3. Illustrator- Suheb Zako 4. Vocalist/Musician-GreenteaPeng 5. Documentary-Merata (filmmaker) 6. Documentary-Keepers of the Game (Native Girls Lacrosse) 7. Nation- People of Sudan 8. YA Book- Children of Blood and Bone 9. Animation- Substance 10. Musician- Vweto 2/Georgia Anne Muldrow 11. Comic-The Faithful Spy 12. Nation - People of Puerto Rico 13. Journalism- 1619 Project 14. Podcast- WMC A history of capitalism 15. Film- When they see us 16. Illustration- Gian Galang

Want to see my last Inspiration Board 32 ? Click HERE

26.9.19

One of a Kind Like Me - 3 yr anniversary

Photo by Sujei Lugo
Yo, its the three year anniversary of this wonderful book! To celebrate, the author Laurin Mayeno made a new website with testimonies, background,  and ordering info. Go check it out!

LINK

20.9.19

SOL CON! - Columbus OH

Yooooo. I'm so excited to announce that I will be at this years 5th annual SOL CON in Columbus Ohio. This is an amazing comic con and creative festival featuring Black and Brown creatives from the midwest, the East Coast, the West Coast, Mexico, and so many more places. I met the festival's organizer Dr Frederick Luis Aldama at the last Latino Comics Expo! This event will be held at the Ohio State University and sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Billy Ireland Cartoon Research library, and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. I

f you're in the area or know someone who is, please invite them!! Here is the website link to see who's there and some of the workshops. 

Check out this video:


Check out this other poster!!

18.9.19

Aqui Estamos- Video


Check out the trailer for this new documentary showcasing the self determination of the Puerto Rican people of Comerio. Find out more information about it here at We Still Here.

17.9.19

Sam! Copies

Just got my copies, bout to read with Dani tonight at the El Cerrito Public library. And you can get copies at your local bookstore, public library, or order them online HERE.

Again, here's the synopsis of the story:
Sam is a nine-year-old boy who loves riding his bike and learning about the American Revolution. There’s just one problem: Sam’s family knows him as a girl named Isabel. Sam feels a sense of relief when he finally confides in his sister Maggie, and then his parents, even though it takes them a while to feel comfortable with it. But with lots of love and support, Sam and his family learn and grow through Sam’s journey to embrace his true self.  In the vein of I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Sam! is based on a real story. With a note from the author explaining their family’s experience, Sam! is an important addition to a list of books that help children and adults discuss gender identity.

13.9.19

Array Films theater + Film Fest

New theater and film fest poppin off in Filipino town LA lead by Array Films. Check out the article LINK

11.9.19

Heat Rocks Podcast! - Lyrics Born on Curtis Mayfield

I've listened to a few of the episodes of this podcast and I love how they discuss music and allow for artists to talk about other artists who have inspired them. Most recently I listened to this episode on Curtis mayfield by the Bay's own Lyrics Born.

Episode LINK

Some of the other ones they've done are about D'Angelo, J Davey, Prince, Meshelle Ndegeocello, and so many more. Give them a listen.

10.9.19

Sam! Releases today!

You can go get this amazing new picture book I illustrated for Dani Gabriel and Penny Candy Books today. If you don't see it at your local bookstore or library please request it!

9.9.19

1st Tonga Public library

Check this out, just saw this from my friend and fellow author Cathy Camper, Tonga now has its first public library! Click on this LINK to read and hear the story.

5.9.19

Chapter 510 Poet - Samuel

Yo, just finished painting this for Ch510. This Friday September 6-9pm come through to Chapter 510 to meet and hear this young brother spit. Here is the event LINK.

And more info:

This year's Laureate Samuel Getachew was recently deemed the "Freshest new poet in the town" by the East Bay Express and held well-deserved space on the cover!  Samuel was also featured in Black Joy; An Anthology of Black Boy Poems (Nomadic Press) as part of our 2019 Black Joy workshop. 

Doors open at 6pm.
Reading at 7pm.
Open mic at 7:30.

Featured poets (so far):

Siara Edmond, 2019 Finalist
Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, 2019 Finalist
Lizette Navarro, 2017 and 2019 Finalist
Darien Em, 2018 and 2019 Finalist
Eleanor Wikstrom, 2019 Vice Laureate
Samuel Getachew, 2019 Laureate


To see the previous Chapter 510/Oak Poet Laureate:

3.9.19

Bee Paper Sketchbook Feature



Photo by Scott La Rockwell
Hey, I'm excited to say I have been featured on Bee Paper's blog of artists. This is super dope because I have been using their sketchbooks for a few years now and love the "Super Deluxe Mixed media" sketchbook. I draw a lot so it is important for me to have a sketchbook all the time.



Here's an example of my previous sketchbook using their product. These sketchbooks are dope because you can use ink, watercolor, pencil, marker, whatever and the paper holds. It doesn't fall apart. Try out it out if you haven't used them before.

Transfinite plays at Oakland Pride Art Film Fest


Hey, I worked on this film and its in a Bay Area film fest if you want to check it out.

Umber Magazine -inspiration


28.8.19

Art Action - No To Public Charge

Art by Innosanto Nagara

Yo, check out the artwork these artists created to protest Trump's new "Public Charge Law" which basically says the onlky immigrants who can come to the US must be middle class or wealthy. Immigrants who need things like medical or other governments subsidies will not get to be citizens.

Check out more artwork from this action that took place in Oakland on Tuesday.
LINK

27.8.19

Bookmark 6 - Read Graphic Novels

Hey, just made some new bookmarks which I'll be getting printed up soon. Here is the first one. I wanted an image of a young Black boy reading a graphic novel. If you missed my last post about the importance of graphic novels check it out here. If you'd like to cop one of these new bookmarks go to this:

LINK

Here are 5 graphic novels I recommend for young readers:
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
Hicotea by Lorena Alvarez
The Dam Keeper by Tonko House
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper/Raul the 3rd






26.8.19

Hiero Day 2019

For all you hip hop fans, I will be at Hiero Day 2019. Bring your positive vibes, your teens, kids, partner, and friends. There will be the Town legends Hieroglyphics crew of course, alongside a long list of new musicians and OGs. Check the line up and get your tickets

I will be there alongside Akira's book club selling books, art prints, and book accessories. See you there! 

22.8.19

New Book in the works!

Soo, here's some good news. I began working on this story over a decade ago and I'm excited to bring it to you and the young readers in your life.  I wanna give a big shout out and thank you to my agent Marietta Zacker, editor Laura Atkins, my wife, and my kids book community for supporting me on this journey. Holler!

While you wait, go support Lee and Low Books now
Annnnd,
check out the roster over at Gallt & Zacker

17.8.19

Muphoric Sounds Throwback


For those of you unaware, I love music. A lot. I started buying my own tapes at 9 or 10, then at age 14 I moved on to vinyl. These days I don't buy that music but I still listen to new cats. For more than 8 years I wrote short pieces for a music blog started by Vanessa Warren called Muphoric Sounds. I started two columns; "In the trunk" about old records of every genre and "Press Rewind" about instrumental beats. If you started checking out my work recently and dig music, go check out some of the pieces I wrote.

Here are four:

Los Orientales De Paramonga- Botecito Cumbia
Funkdoobiest/ Buckwild- Rock On remix Hip hop
Marcos Valle-Nao tem nada nao Funk
Curtis Mayfield-Kung Fu Funk

Occasionally I wrote about stuff I liked that was new at the time too, like this.

Keepers of The Game Documentary


Great film, just watched this. A great story about sports, women's empowerment, self confidence, colonization, and Native American traditions. I definitely recommend watching it!

Graphic Novels ARE Books Print

Yo! Just finished this piece. You can cop a print HERE.

I have heard many times adults and others put down Graphic novels as if they are not a valid form of literature and I refute that claim. I believe graphic novels to be not just a gateway into reading for some people but I huge force to be reckoned with. This print came about because I wanted to remind adults, teachers, librarians, parents, and kids themselves to read more Graphic Novels! I want to advocate for these stories as books. I want them used in elementary, jr and high schools, college, and more to read for fun and to learn. Don't let anyone tell you that graphic novels are not real books. They are and they are a powerful way to tell a story.


13.8.19

Sam! first review


Hey, just saw our first review for the book me and author Dani Gabriel created for Penny Candy Books. Check it out, as it talks about two other children's books that feature stories with LGBTQ stories. Shout out to the homie Bao Phi!!


12.8.19

ACLU Annual Report 2018



Check it out, some more artwork for the Northern California chapter of the ACLU. A few take aways to notice are that in an annual report you have vital information about how an organization did its job. In this report you'll find data on that and short pieces on education equity, voting rights, civil rights, lgbtq rights, immigration, and more. 


Here are some more process art.

If you're pissed about a particular thing a city, state, school, president is doing I implore you to seek out an organization who is supporting what you believe in and contribute your time, money, and/or support to them. Get angry and get active, the institutions who fight for our rights need as much help as they can get. Doesn't have to be the ACLU, could be your local organization, gallery, you get the point.