20.1.22

Step Forward Gold Sticker

 

Man many moons ago I did this painting and a whole series of pieces I called "positive wall affirmations". It was a great creative exercise for me since I do a ton of figurative/ portrait work. It's fun to play with lettering since thats how I got my start. But for folks who couldn't buy an original painting, I decided to approach some of those same positive sentiments as stickers. And so far so good.

Cop one here


The last one in the series was "Pause"

19.1.22

Character 161 - Spikey

 

Ready for school and ready to kick ass! Here's a new character drawing/painting. If you missed the previous character check her out here:


Here's he last Character Collage

15.1.22

Storytime prints (Set of 4) updated

 

I released this print set in 2019, and I'm just updated it and re-sharing it. Check it out for your classroom, library, organization, or home. Why did I do these? I made these to illustrate children of color reading or being read to to foster an environment that is welcoming and encourages reading for fun.

Cop it HERE

If you missed my set of prints that say READ, check them out here.

14.1.22

Gratitude - Lunar Heights

 

The words, feel, vibe, and subject matter are resonating big w/me today. These cats have been rocking for at least 15 years and one of them was a teacher to my son in Oakland. Big respect to Spear of the Nation and Jerneye!

To cop music from them: lunarheights.bandcamp.com/

In case you missed it, here is some recent music I was feeling from the UK.

13.1.22

Video: National Sticker Day 2022

 

Here are some of the stickers I've made over the past year or two. They focus on affirmations, taking care of ourselves, and affirming cultural pride. If you haven't looked at my shop recently check it out here.

5.1.22

Video: Book trailer - Alejandria Fights back!

 


If you missed it this is the book trailer for Alejandria Fights Back/ La Lucha de Alejandria which came out last summer. This is a book published by Feminist Press in NYC and written by Leticia Hernandez-Linares and the Rise Home Stories Project; and illustrated by me. 

Please watch the trailer and check out the other projects from this team such as a video game, animated short, podcast, and more HERE

If you're an educator and you'd like to get a copy of the book there are limited free copies here.

3.1.22

Winter Playlist -by TYS Collective

 

It's that time of the season again, a new playlist from the TYS Collective. Feliz año nuevo to you all. Here's a playlist from the Trust Your Struggle Collective (Hip hop, funk, Reggae, Jazz, Rock, and more). 

To listen go here: LINK



While you're there check out a post about some of the people we lost over the past year. if you're not following my crew on IG, here's the link. You might get some exclusives from the TYS Newsletter though....

16.12.21

Film Study 4 - Love Jones (1997)

 

Here's a film study of the film "Love Jones" by Theodore Witcher. As I learn a bit about storyboarding I am looking back to some of my old favorites for inspiration. And looking at how they were shot makes me understand filmmaking so much more. Here's the synopsis for Love Jones. I watched this film with my first girlfriend and loved it ever since then. Such a dope romantic film! All the actors and the crew did a fantastic job with this film. Here's the trailer.


Synopsis: A poet and a photographer take a chance on romance but find their ambitions and baggage could keep them from taking the relationship further. 

Did you miss the previous film study? Here it is: Whale Rider (2002)

If you love this film, check out this conversation w/the cast in 2019

9.12.21

Inspiring Artist - Gabby Zapata

 

I love Gabby Zapata's character work. I can't remember when I came across her but she has an incredible style, sense of color, and attitude in her work. It sings with life. Check out a few of these!





Gabby works in animation, comics, and illustration. You might have seen some of her work in films like The Legend of Tembo, Tangled, Alebrijes, and she is now a lead designer at Disney. She is from LA and both Mexican and Colombian!







If you haven't seen this before, it's a series of posts where I share and or highlight inspiring artists in a variety of fields relating to art (photography, film, animation, illustration, fine art). Check out a few of the previous ones:

La Bestia - Animated short

 

Dope short film by Ram TamezMarlijn Van Nuenen and Alfredo Gerard Kuttikatt!