6.12.19

Character 149 - Photo

Character 149. Inspiration for this? Chinese elders on a weekend shopping with their grandkids.

Did you see the previous character? 



5.12.19

Sticker sheet 4 - Self Care

Can't believe it has been two years since I made a sticker sheet. Here is a new one. I have been working on affirmations for a decade as a gift for people, to myself, and to just share my type drawing skills. This one I made as as a reminder to take care of yourself. I need it to remind myself. Please hustle, do good work, fight for whats right, stand up for your rights, all that. And....take good care of yourself because the world needs you. 

Want one? Here's the link ETSY.

Did you see the last one? Its here.






Short story 25 - Haenyeo

This is a short I've been wanting to do for awhile. In fact, I drew this sketch over a year ago and never put the final touches on it until now. For those that don't know, a Haenyeo is a word for Korean women who dive off the coast of Jeju island. No time for a history lesson but what they do, many could not at the age of 20 or 80.

Did you see the last short story? Its here:
Short story 24-Argue




2.12.19

Marcus Books in Oakland


Check out Marcus Books in Oakland if you have not already. If you have, please go back there and support again. You can not only find history, psychology, memoirs, novels, children's books, graphic novels, non fiction, and fiction. But, you can also request books and they will order them. And when you buy it from them instead of through online giants you're helping to keep the dollars in this store and the Black community of Oakland.

Marcus Books website

3rd Annual Social Justice Children's Book Holiday Fair

What up family, this is the third year we've done the "Social Justice Children's Bk Holiday Fair" and the venue, date, and some of the guests are above. Please bring your children, families, teachers, librarians, friends, and activists to come meet some of these kids bk makers and hang out. The following is a list of some of the authors that will be present!
Laura Atkins
John Casselberry
Madeline Connor
Angela Dalton
Michael Genhart
Maya Gonzalez- Reflection Press
Daria Leavitt
Kamaria Lofton-Like The Moon
Janine Macbeth-Blood Orange Press
Innosanto Nagara
Beth Reichmuth
Lourdes Rivas
Matthew Smith-Reflection Press
Justine Villanueva- Sawaga River press
Khalid White
Here is the facebook event LINK please rsvp and share, share, share!

This year we're back at Chapter 510 in Oakland.

24.11.19

Mode 2 - Video Inspiration

MODE2 "Preludes" Art Exhibition in Paris from Rebild Productions on Vimeo.
I'm not joking when I say I have been a fan of this guy's since I was a kid. It all started with Spraycan Art by Jim Prigoff. Then , just seeing his work in Graffiti magazines (before the internet). Then actually seeing some of his pieces up close in NYC. Now you can follow him on social media and he has had a website for at several years. Check out this video of him putting together a show!

20.11.19

SF Etsy Holiday Emporium - I'm a Vendor!

Yooo! So honored to be a part of the 7th annual SF Etsy Holiday Emporium. I started at this event as a volunteer and last year was my first year as a seller which was phenomenal. This will be my second year and I hope you'll come thru to see some of the amazing talent there. People who make clothes, bags, accessories, jewelry, art, prints, furniture, toys, food, desserts, so much! And each year I make a few more friends. Check out some info and photos below.  I'll have a new book to share, plus the classics, bk accessories, and a lot more art prints. I like forward to seeing you.

Evite LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/2462250047430957/
Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sfetsy/?hl=en



WHAT: SF Etsy Street Team will host its 7th Annual Indie Holiday Emporium on November 30th 12-6 pm and December 1 from 11am to 5 pm at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.


WHO: SF Etsy is a local Etsy community with over 2700 members of local artisans and designers who together have created a supportive, artistic community sharing their knowledge, time and gifts for the betterment of their creative community.
For more information about events, member features, and creative inspiration please visit SF Etsy’s website: EtsySF.com. and Social Media @SFetsy #IHESF2019 #etsymadelocalsf #sfetsyshow #sfetsy
This event is free, kid friendly and open to the public. Sorry, no dogs except service dogs.

Check out this blog to see some sneak peaks!

WHEN:
Saturday, November 30th Noon - 6 pm Sunday, December 1 from 11am to 5 pm

WHERE:
New Venue: Pier 27 Cruise Terminal, The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94124.
Plenty of nearby public parking / paid spaces available and its easily accessible via SF Public transportation, and by bicycle.
For more information: Please visit the Facebook Event Page

CONTACT:
SF Etsy Leadership Team - shows@etsysf.com

Here are a few shops I remember liking or folks I know. 









19.11.19

The Bull Horn Blog- Kenneth Braswell

Yo, so many months in the making, I finally got a chance to interview Kenneth Braswell of Fathers Incorporated. Please check it out on "The Bull Horn Blog"

LINK

Justine Villanueva - Gold & Great Podcast!

Yo!! So inspiring to hear this amazing creative, author, publisher, Justine talk about her new book and the process she went through making it and becoming a publisher! PLEASE listen and share this. Let folks know about her bilingual books and all that she does for our literary community!

Listen below or on itunes, spotify, etc. Shout out to Gold & Great podcast (Kollaboration) too.


18.11.19

Hoods to Woods


I met this cat Brian "Deka" Paupaw while living in Brooklyn. Cool dude, good vibes. I knew back then that the brother was into snow boarding but did not know he was taking the babies and showing them. Such an inspiring thing to watch! Check them out on facebook. If you're feeling it, you can donate to the org to get more kids out there.

11.11.19

Character 148 - Ride

Working on my colored pencil swag.
Wanna see the last character? Here it go.
Here's another one -Dad's who dig

TYS @ Sol Collective in Sacramento- Nov 16th

Eyy, if you have friends or family in Sacramento please invite them to this show. Trust Your Struggle Collective is celebrating 16 years at one of our many homes, Sacramento California which is the home of the mighty SOL Collective who have been with us since the very beginning. 

If you've been to any of the group or solo shows at Sol you know its about to be live. Come through!

7.11.19

Character 147 - Donny & Jalil

Donny & Jalil. Wanna see more?

Character -Ana Delgado

What is this? I have been doing a series on character design for over a decade, just trying to work on proportions, expression, mood, movement, and style. Learning is life long.

Short story 24 - Argue

Short story 24
They fought all the time before Mama went away. She took care of them and taught them lessons about loving each other that took a long time for them to understand. In fact it wasn't until the flu began watching their every move that Donny and Jalil truly understood what brotherhood meant. They would have to agree on more than just the channel for this new technology to work. 

On shorts: I started doing these over 8 years ago as a way to practice my writing and illustration. Just barely starting to pick it back up again. Want to see more? Check out:


Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

Check it out folks, I created an illustration for the Bay Area International Children's Film Fest! Its happening in February of next year at the Chabot Space Center in Oakland! Bring your kids and come check it out.  February 22-23rd 2020!

Please visit their website to see information about the films and playing and the workshops that will be offered. LINK

We are delighted to announce the upcoming 12th Annual Bay Area International Children's Film Festival , which takes place  February 22-23, 2020  (Sat-Sun) at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland.

Save the Date  for an amazing program of films and activities inspired by our theme, The Power of Kids , as BAICFF highlights the ways that young people use their voices to change the world. Through premieres of international family-friendly films, special events, and presentations from award-winning filmmakers, the festival celebrates children  who use social justice, activism, and civic engagement to call attention to issues that affect us all.

This year's highlights include:
  • Films and Guest Filmmakers from around the World.
     
  • Election Year Special! Get your civics lessons  with the retro "School House Rock!" BAICFF showcases some of these beloved animated educational short films, which originally ran on television from 1973 to 1985 and are still just as relevant today.
     
  • Our ever-popular Stop Motion Animation Workshops, for kids ages 6-14.
     
  • The Fest's "How did they do that?" series highlights Berkeley-based Kuku Studios, with a special behind-the-scenes program about their new Netflix show "Go! Go! Cory Carson." This new animated show for preschool audiences follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of his childhood in Bumperton Hills. The BAICFF program will even be hosted by Cory Carson himself!

30.10.19

Radix Media (publisher) - Interview

Go check out the interview I did with Radix Media HERE.

Who is Radix? They are a worked owned printer and literary publisher that is unionized and eco conscious. Read more about them on their website and check out some of the zines, books, cards, posters, invitations, and pamphlets they print. Offset, letterpress, and digital!
This photo by my friend Tiffany Eng has been in rotation since 2013.




29.10.19

Ayentee - A year of songs


What up hip hop fans. My homie Ayentee (MC/Producer/Dad) has been making hip hop for over 20 years. He has released several albums and collaborative projects. This year he started a new endeavor to release a song every week I believe. And so far it is has been amazing to hear both content, rhyme, and beat wise! If you're over 30 you'll really feel this one. Listen and share!

Buy his first 12 songs, the LP is called "The Fall"

24.10.19

Trust Your Struggle at Amor Eterno - Oakland

Hey! If you're in the Bay Area, I'd love to see you at this show on Saturday. Wer'e showing some photographs chronicling some of the Oakland work that we've done and showing a bit of our work from over the past 16 years. Come thru to Amor Eterno, an awesome gallery and tattoo space.


Cece Carpio - KQED Arts



YES! So juiced to see my sister Cece get featured in KQED Arts as she works so very hard to craft stories and beautiful images of indigenous women and peoples. If you didn't already know, Cece is one of the members of our crew "Trust Your Struggle Collective" Please watch and follow Cece on Instagram.

23.10.19

Bookmark 7 - Leer Novelas Gráficas

Hey, continuing with this the bookmarks, here is another one in Spanish urging the reader to "Leer novelas gráficas" or "read graphic novels". Forgive me if there's a simpler way to say that but I want to encourage Spanish speaking kids and adults of all kinds to read these books as well. Hopefully this will be useful.

If you'd like to get one of these please cop it here.


Here is the last bookmark I did: Read Graphic Novels



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