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