Kinara’s Children: Everyday Heroes are a series of illustrations and stories based on the 7 principles of the Nguzo Saba, the underlying basis of the Kwanzaa holiday. Each principle is represented by a character who embodies these principles, Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Kuumba, Read More ...
I’m a graphic artist, Illustrator, musician, and most importantly, a father. I started my creative journey drawing comic books as a child, picked up the guitar as a teen ager, and studied graphic design as an adult. I’ve been involved in graphic arts for over 20 years. I’ve done marketing design, book design, developed websites, created logos, and dabbled in Flash. I pay the bills as a book designer for the Kent State University Press.
In all that time I’ve always wanted to produce childrens stories and illustrations. I remember my mom reading me tales of Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit, and John Henry. I loved the stories and didn’t realize I was also learning valuable life lessons from those characters. That, along with my comic books, instilled in me a love of fantasy, mythology and storytelling.
Financial realities and other interests kept me from fully pursuing that goal however. That changed with the birth of my daughter in 2011. I need to create these stories now while she’s young enough to enjoy them. Understanding the power of words, images, animation, and film to influence and educate, I want to add culturally relevant, educationally based images and ideas to the media stream for the benefit of African American youth, their parents, and educators. My website is primarily focused on that goal.
I do this in my “spare” time, after my day job. Everything I do is digitally created using 3D software and image manipulation programs. No paintbrushes are harmed in the creating of this artwork… the pixels are taking a beating though, lol.
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