Guilty Pleasures

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Don’t you love that moment when you sit down to work and procrastination that you scheduled two days prior and had forgotten about comes calling and you feign disappointment thinking to yourself, “Dang, I was just getting into a groove.”, while a sinister smile crawls across your lips?

Clearing a path

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This weekend I had a wonderful visit from the lovely, Zetta Elliott. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with some pretty phenomenal creative people over the years. Zetta holds a very special place in my heart because she is the author of Bird, but also because I am learning and questioning something every second in […]

Living Diversely . . . Syracuse

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 in diversity, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

continued from Living diversly…part 2 Graduation came and went. Syracuse offered a program called summer institute that allowed incoming minority freshman to take a few classes and bond with other students before the school year officially began. I was so excited to begin college early and to meet other students. As kids often do, I […]

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I am in Georgia for two days for a family event, and am soooo lucky to be here in time to see Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, on display now at The High Museum of Art! If you are in the area, ppppplllllleeeeaaaaassssseeeee make sure you can see this show.

Living diversly…part 2

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in diversity, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

continued from “Living Diversly. . . Part 1“ “Nigger!” I had heard the word before, but never hurled at me out of anger. I had heard it at home, mostly at my grandmother’s house when she referred to black folks who she decided didn’t work hard at anything, were undereducated and those who sounded ignorant […]

CBC Author Pavilion – The State of African American Kidlit

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 in diversity, Uncategorized | No Comments

Yesterday I spoke on a panel with Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambatti, Kekla Magoon, Bil Wright, Paula Young, and Wade Hudson on the state of African-American Children’s Books. Each voice was unique in its experience within the industry. Wade Hudson, co-founder of Just Us Books brought to the table over 20 years of experience in making, promoting, and […]

Living Diversely…part 1

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 in diversity, Uncategorized | No Comments

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on diversity in both my book world and my academic world. Who’s fault is it that the majority of books being created today reflect limited experiences? Why aren’t there more students of color enrolling and staying in higher ed? Is it the fault of publishers for not […]

Society of Illustrators Original Art 2013

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Illustration, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

  Last Monday I checked off another item from my bucket list. I was a juror for the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. I sat in a room with Brian Floca, Jennifer M. Brown, Robert Andrew Parker, Raul Colon, The Brothers Hilts, Ann Bobco, Barbara McClintock, Jason Chin, Jeanette Winter and looked at over […]

ZOOBEAN – picturebooks by mail!

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 in Interviews, Teachers Rock!, Uncategorized | No Comments

Ever wish you could receive stunning picturebooks in the mail each month for yourself or you a loved one? Zoobean is a service that not only offers picturebooks by mail, but you can also personalize subscriptions by age, gender, and interests. Created by fellow Syracuse University alumn, Felix Brandon Lloyd and his wife Jordan Bookey, […]

The Joys of Masking…traditionally.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I was talking with The Bean recently about the joys of masking. We debated the pros and cons of frisket film vs. masking fluid. I am a huge fan of masking fluid because I can paint it directly onto my paper instead of having to wrangle with scissors and X-Acto blades to cut perfect shapes […]

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