Countee Cullen for the NYT Book Review

Posted on Oct 31, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Countee Cullen for the NYT Book Review

I was asked to illustrate a young Countee Cullen for the 125th year anniversary issues of The New York Times Book Review. So pleased with how this came out!

Sketching for Season 3 of YOU

Posted on Oct 21, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The also asked for a sketch of The Little Prince. I sent a box full of old drawings, sketches, and old paintings for the prop master to choose from. I figured it’d be easiest for me to send a variety of things for them to work with. Now that the show has aired, it has […]

NYT Book Review

Posted on Sep 12, 2021 in Art, editorial, Uncategorized | No Comments
NYT Book Review

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. […]

Ruth E. Engle Memorial Collection of Children’s Book Illustration

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Art | No Comments

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. […]

Kidlit Summer Camp

Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Art | No Comments

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 […]

Scaling Back

I’ve always been an all or nothing type of person. As a kid I would play outside in the hot sun all day until I would be attacked by a crazy migraine and my mom would have to place cold compresses on my head and soothe me until I’d eventually throw up. Now, I know […]

We Are the Change

Posted on Jan 21, 2019 in Art, Books | No Comments

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 […]

Never Caught Cover Story

Posted on Jan 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | One Comment

This week marks the release of “Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition”. In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons when they were the First Family—and an in-depth look at their […]

Support the Arts!

Posted on Dec 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s the last day of 2018, which also means it’s the last day that we can donate to our favorite organizations and declare it on this year’s taxes. I ask that you consider donating to two organizations that are dear to my heart, The Highlights Foundation and I, Too Arts Collective. Both organizations are committed […]

Hollins, Tulsa, and Highlights!

Posted on Dec 29, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The second half of 2018 was full of wonderful happenings. I spent time mentoring great talents at The Highlights Foundation this summer, I presented my work at Hollins University, I participated in an amazing show titlted “Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature” at the Miami University at Oxford, and spent time sharing […]

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