Check out this reading of 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by the author Tony Medina. Back in 2018 I was one of 13 artists to contribute an illustration to this beautiful book. You can get a copy here.
Hey, please check out this kickstarter to help publisher Penny Candy Books reprint this wonderful book written by Afro Latinx poet Tony Medina from NYC and illustrated by 13 Black illustrators from all over the country including yours truly.
If this campaign is successful this book will go into its 5th printing. That means hella people have loved it and purchased it. But, there are plenty of kids who have never seen it. Check out the video, campaign, and throw down if you got a few bucks. Kickstarter LINK
Just wanted to share some news about “13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy” that I illustrated for author Tony Medina/ Penny Candy Books along with 12 other illustrators. It was included in the NY Times magazine “Wirecutter’s” list of Anit-racist books for children.
Here’s a synopsis of the book in case you missed it:
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina offers a fresh perspective of young men of color by depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina’s tanka is matched with a different artist—including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.
If you’d like a copy you can purchase it from me now HERE.
So I can finally write about and show y’all a bit of the process for my recent piece in the Penny Candy Books release “13 Ways of looking at a Black boy”. This is a great book! It’s hardbound, about 30 pgs total, and matte color finished. The book is an anthology of artists who each get a piece of Tony Medina’s poem about Black Boys. Tony Medina is a dope poet from NYC that has not only published a bunch of poetry books, but he’s also published many picture books, and his graphic novel “I am Alfonso Jones”. The artists that Penny Candy picked are an awesome array of experience and technique. There are digital illustration, collage, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and ink. Here is my piece.
Here you can see a bit of process.I generally start with thumbnails, then move on to refined sketches and color ideas. Once those are approved I paint!
If you’re interested in getting a new book for your classroom, office, school, or library please support this company and the story. Also, check out the amazing artists featured in the book.