I usually shy away from editorial assignments. Typically it’s because I’m busy with book work, but mostly it’s because I have always been nervous about the quick turnaround. Well, those nerves got set aside when SU almun, Jim Cooke, asked me to illustrate Veronica Chamber’s review of Honorée Jeffers’ novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. … Read more
On Saturday I visited Messiah College to celebrate their latest original picture book art acquisition from my first picture book BIRD, written by Zetta Elliott. Over the years I have had a few inquiries about the original art for Bird, but I always declined because I wanted to keep the artwork together. The Ruth E. … Read more
For the past three years now I have joined The Highlights Foundation as a faculty member for their annual summer camp. It’s an amazing opportunity for authors and illustrators to learn more about the business of picture books. Participants have a chance to be mentored by published authors and illustrators while they work on manuscripts … Read more
On May 7th, Chronicle Books will release a gorgeous illustrated book that features artwork from 16 amazing artists (Selina Alko, Alina Chau, Lisa Congdon, Emily Hughes, Molly Idle, Juana Medina, Innosanto Nagara, Christopher Silas Neal, John Parra, Brian Pinkney, Greg Pizzoli, Sean Qualls, Dan Santat, Me, Melissa Sweet, and Raúl the Third). Each illustration represents … Read more
It has been a fantastic and busy season over here in the studio! First off, I helped launch an exhibition of my work at The Highlights Foundation!! How cool is that?? This year, my linocuts from A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings will be on display at the barn. I will be back up … Read more
“Be curious about the world and how it works.”–Shadra Strickland Join me for a at the Highlights Foundation on Saturday, March 17. The reception launches The Highlights Foundation’s 2018 Visual Arts Exhibit, which features original art from A Child’s Blessings and Prayers: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World, written by Deloris Jordan (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman … Read more
Happy Fall! Tis the season of crisp, cool air and noisy crunching below foot. For me, it’s also a time of renewed creative energy and longer hours in the studio. I hope that you are surrounding yourselves with good books as you prepare for cooler temperatures and shorter days. Happy Book Birthday!! My latest … Read more
If you’re in New York, check out The Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators! Loving vs. Virginia is one of the books selected this year and I’m thrilled to be on the wall with so many talented illustrators.
If you’re in New York this spring, head on over to Brooklyn Public Library to see the amazing work of Pat Cummings! Also on display is the work of many of her former students including yours truly. Pat Cummings is this year’s Katowitz Radin Artist-In-Residence this year.
Last week I spent a few days in snowy Montpelier as author/illustrator in residence at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults program. It is a low residency program where students meet for ten days of workshops and lectures and then spend six months working … Read more