Halloween '17!

It's almost Halloween '17 and I've got a few magic tricks up my sleeve!

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Like this cool, little GIF I made for the spookiest time of the year.   And, hopefully, more illustrations to share on social media and this site. 

I may not have a lot of free time nowadays to make some personal artwork but I did manage to work this one into my busy schedule.  I couldn't miss out on another holiday, heck, I've already missed so many!  So I'll just give myself a pat on the back for squeezing this one in. 

Happy Halloween!

Goodbye Spring

Goodbye Spring, and hello Summer!

Wow it's Summer already, can you believe it? Time to bring out the swimsuits, lemonade, and shark fins.  Oh, and here's a little illustration to start your Summer season. 

Happy Summer Solstice!

Color Me a Kidlit 'Illustrator'

So a few weeks ago I got to be featured on the writer, Dionna Mann's, 'Color Me a Kidlit Writer' blog! She's a talented freelance journalist and an avid kidlit enthusiast like myself. :) You can check out her website and our interview here!

I've also been preoccupied finishing up some projects so I don't have a lot of new artwork to share but here's a little warm up sketch I've made this week. :) I hope you enjoy it and if you're feeling feisty, please leave a comment on Dionne's blog.  We'd love to know what you think!

Spring is here!

In case you didn't know, today is the first day of Spring!

I don't know about you but I'm so happy that this season has finally arrived...I ready to put on my flip flops and stop hibernating in my apartment. Happy Spring to you!

Published!

I'm a little behind in letting you know that last month two books that I've worked on have been published!

The first, 'One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance,' published by Bloomsbury, is a book with a collection of poetry that takes a look at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance by combining their work with the original poetry by the award-winning author Nikki Grimes. It also includes original artwork by fourteen talented illustrators including one by the author, and of course one by yours truly!

The second, 'Beacon to Freedom: The Story of a Conductor on the Underground Railroad' is a nonfiction picture book about the Reverend John Rankin who is credited with providing safety through the Underground Railroad to more than 2,000 runaway slaves.  Published by Capstone and written by Miss Jenna Glatzer, another award-winning author, this story gives recognition to a courageous abolitionist who bravely guided runaways across the Ohio River with a light in his window, giving them hope in a time of great fear and danger. 

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to work on these two books and learn so much more about the history of the Harlem Renaissance and the Underground Railroad.  I've even developed a fondness of poetry and a greater interest in American history because of them.  Now I hope that these historical stories will be as inspiring for you and other young readers as they were for me.

:)