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VIDEO: My Fav Art Books 4

Somehow I forgot to post this video here last year. I think after Palestine and moving my brain went alesewhere but here is a video of some of my favorite art books. Check it out! Note: I define art books as mostly pictoral books exploring various generes of art such as photography, fashion design, illustration, animation, filmmaking, cooking, dance, public art, and more. its not everyone’s cup of tea as far as “art books” go, but its my absolute jam. A mix of styles, interests, and disciplies. Enjoy.

Dig this? Check out My Fav Art Books 3 or cop my first art book “Art of Rob”.

VIDEO: My Favorite Art Books 3

Hey everyone its been awhile since I did one of these and I’m excited to share it.  The aim of these is to inspire you, inspire artists, young readers, and more. Art books to me are books using visual art, photography, design, collage, and words to highlight a topic, art form, person, place, genre, discipline, or medium.
They are a great way to unplug when you’ve been staring at screens too long. They’re great for traveling, road trips, flights, etc. They’re great for getting inspired and they’re a great way to get young people reading; as long as its about a topic they LOVE. Please watch and share.

I discuss 13 books in the video including my own art book:
“The Art of Tekkenkinkreet / Black & White” – Shinji Kimura
“Supreme Glamour”- Mary Wilson
“The Art of Juanjo Guarnido” – Juanjo Guarnido
“Shelter in Place” – Avy Jetter
“Dinotopia” – James Gurney
“Painting The Streets-Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion”- Nomadic Press
“Creations Vol. 1” – Derek Laufman
“Iguana Bay” – Claire Wendling
“Black Champions in Cycling” – Marlon Lee Moncrieffe
“Maestrapiece- San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural” –Heyday Books
“Art of Rob” – Robert Liu-Trujillo
“Prince of Cats” – Ronald Wimberly 

Dig this? Check out “My Favorite Art Books 2” the second video in this series. And if your local bookstore or library doesn’t have any of the art books you’re looking for, politely request them 🙂
If you’d like to purchase some of them I suggest ordering them from your local, or StuartNg Books in LA.

Spiderverse 2 Trailer

Yo, super excited to see this!! I LOVED “Into the SpiderVerse” with Miles Morales. Watched it with my son and my wife and was so inspired not only by the style of animation but the content and having an AFRO LATINO kid be the main protagonist of the story. If you havent seen the first one go watch it and show up for this one. Its important!
Dig this? Check out this drawing os Brenda Banks-animator and Sandra Equihua also an animator


Pinocchio behind the scenes – Drops Dec 9th!


Yoo, I’m so excited to see this new Guillermo Del Toro film. Not only because he made it and I dig his work, but because I LOVE STOP MOTION ANIMATION! Check out some of these behind the scenes peaks.
And watch the film when it debuts on Netflix next month.
Dig this? Check out the trailer for Wendell & Wild (Henry Selick/Jordan Peele)

Inspiring Artist – Ami Thompson


I believe I came acRoss Ami’s work through Pinterest. I keep a board of inspiring characters and saw her work recommended to me. WOW. So much raw energy, emotion, design, color, and mood. I love her work-all the excitement and danger, the strong female characters, and the carnage I believe some of these characters could cause if we were living in Ami’s world. 

I’m sure you’ll recognize these cats from Avengers.

Ami has worked on a bunch of films such as Raya and the Last Dragon, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mutafukaz, and she is currently working on the Maggie Kang directed Sony Pictures film “K-Pop: Demon Hunters” which I can’t wait to see!

Here’s an interview she did with Bobby over at Schoolism.

If you get a chance go follow Ami Thompson on Instagram. She doesn’t post a ton, but when she does its dope.

If you missed the last inspiring artist, check him out here: Zeke Peña
Before that I shared some work from:

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: