Children’s portrait 76 – Isla & Wren

A new children’s portrait! Not only has it been awhile since I posted one of these, but its been awhile since I was commissioned to do one. This one is of two girls, cousins actually commissioned by the mother of one and the aunt of the other.
Check out some process:
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Dig this? Check out some of the other portraits I’ve done:
Children’s portrait 73 – I (untitled) 
Children’s Portrait 66 Karen’s nephews
Children’s Portrait 63– Jabreel, Kubwa, & Jahlyl

Character 168 – Revisited


I was just taking a character design class on how to push your poses by Tony Bancroft and one of the assignments was to take an old pose (2011) and redraw it. I really like how this came out. 

In the new one, I was trying to put more of a curve in his pose. I wanted it to feel more 3/4 as well. Not straight on, and with some weight in his feet. Anyways, you can always improve! And thats what I’m trying to do. 
Dig this? Check out the last Collage of Characters 2020-2022

Character 166 – Picture me cruisin


Here’s a new self portrait for the new year. I pictured myself cruisin in a futuristic go-kart! One that hovers. Happy new year to you and yours. Trying to keep rollin with the changes. Every few years I do a new one to keep my website, blog, etc fresh. You’ll see this new image on all the tings.
Dig this? Here’s a previous self portrait I did in 2019 . Here’s another one from 2015.
A few close ups…

The previous character before this was Mama Peng

Character 165 – Mama Peng


I was vibing to a Greentea Peng song and thought it would be cool to paint her as a mama and the performer she is. If you’re not familiar with her, check out her music and her videos. She’s a talented genre blending artist from the UK who I discovered through the Colors YouTube channel back in 2019. If you dig her music, whats your fav song? Mine is “used to” and “dingaling”.
Dig this? Check out my Collage of Characters 2020-2022
and this painting of Rocky Rivera

tbt – Ceasfire characters


This is a throwback to these characters I drew inspired by real life people in the documentary film “The Interrupters”. If you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend it. This came out many years ago and I painted these awhile ago. As an outsider I have no idea if its gotten worse or better in Chicago, but I know the gang violence was HEAVY. Heavy like LA in the 80s/90s. And I just loved seeing these folks highlighted who had been in the life out there trying to make a change n the midwest.
Peep the individual Characters:
Recent interview w/ Ameena

Here’s a TED talk Eddie gave

Soapbox: Do not fall for the line that gang violence is completely on those who bang. If you do not talk about structural racism, the history of violence in this country, Capitalism (because it is tied to $$$), and Patriarchy you are not seeing the full picture.

Character Collage 2020-2022

What up fam, wow its been two years since I uploaded my last character collage. Back in 2020 I was a new dad again, and then the pandemic hit! I have still been sketching, drawing, and painting but lord it was rough balancing the kids at home, my work, and life. So here are a snippet of some of the characters I made over the past two years. This is the 9th time I’ve uploaded a collage of these over the past 13 years or so. I started making these as a way to practice character based artwork for storytelling, and I still love to do it. Always practicing to see improvement.
Left to right, top to bottom: 1. Word? 2. Bruce Leroy (Last Dragon) 3. Neighbor 4. Sketchbook doodle 5. Laura Charles (Last Dragon) 6. Hammer 7. Hmmph 8. Motorcycle 9. Sketchbook doodle 10. Deb Never 11. Crate Digger 12. Sketchbook doodle 13. Judging you 14. Spikey 15. Pink Dread
You can see the previous collages here too: 
If you are interested in more information about any of the characters, want to work with me, or interested in a print just email me at

Throwback- Characters from The Last Dragon

Yo, if you’re a fan of 80s films check out this trio of characters from the classic 80s cult film The Last Dragon.
Trailer link
The film was released in 1985 and featured Taimak, Vanity (rip), Julus Carry (rip), Mike Starr, and a young Ernie Reyes Jr!The director Michael Schultz also made Colley High, Car Wash, and Crush Groove! And the brother is still working today.  Sadly we lost both Vanity and Julius who played Sho Nuff, but even three decades after its release folks like me still love this film produced by Barry Gordy and written by Louis Venosta.
Back in 2016 I painted Sho Nuff from the film:
And this year I decided to paint both Laura Charles (played by Vanity)
and Bruce Leroy from the film.
Check out this time lapse video of me painting Bruce Leroy using ink and watercolor.

If you like my character work please check out some collages of characters I’ve made in the past:

2020-2022 collage LINK
 2020-2018 Character collage
2018-2017 Character collage
and here is a portfolio of my illustration work