Positive Images for Positive People


Not done with Skyla yet. Is she a warrior or shaman? From the future or from the past? I’ll leave if for you to decide.

I gave her the black line treatment, going for a comic book feel. I seem to be drawn toward heavy lines and contrast. 

Skyla Full image

The top image is the full scene. The image below is cropped to be more dynamic.

Skyla Cropped



Skyla Illustration


This is an experiment that turned into an artwork. It happens rather often. This time the focus was on texturing a 3D model. I created the makeup and scarification as well as the nose ring. I think the chain could be heavier but it’s so difficult to pose an 80+ bone object that I doubt I’ll go at it again. I call her Skyla after the hair product that ended up hidden under the hood.

Are Free Men Less Brave than Slaves?

Free Men Image

This image was inspired by a reproduction of the Civil War recruitment poster that had hung in my parents home since I was a child. The title of the piece and the question raised in the poster is one I’ve contemplated for a very long time.

“(Frederick) Douglass’ “Men of Color to Arms” editorial was used to make several recruiting posters (see the above and this one), with sign-offs by many of the most prominent black leaders of the day. Douglass went on to speak throughout the Union in favor of black enlistment; both Douglass and his son Frederick Douglass Jr became army recruiters. (Douglass’ sons Lewis and Charles joined the 54th Massachusetts US Colored Troops regiment, which was made famous in the movie Glory.) “

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This image is available as a high quality print at Fine Art America

Faces of Imani

Faces of ImaniWorking on expressions in this image. These are basically sketches to use as a jump off for later images or stories. Went a bit farther than expected but experimenting with color and layout is also part of the process.

Kinara’s Children Character Cards

KC character cardsNew for 2016, Kinara’s Children Character Cards. This is part two and complements the previously available Activity Cards. This pack contains all 7 characters plus the title card. These 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 sized cards feature full figure images on the front and their bios on the back.  They provide more information on the group and can be used in conjunction with the Activity Cards for learning or just for fun. Get yours today!

You can order here or find them at the Gift Shop with other gifts for friends and family.

Strolling by

Strolling by. © Darryl CrosbyThis image was inspired by the African women who carry baskets and such on their heads as a part of their daily routine. I believe that the balance they aquire give them a certain posture and regal air. On a cool fall evening, the men folk appreciate her stroll.


Kinara’s Children Activity Cards


Now available from our gift shop are the Kinara’s Children Activity Cards. These 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 sized cards feature all seven Kinara’s Children characters on one side and the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba on the back. 

A resource for parents, teachers and students, the cards can be used to teach the seven principles, as a reward for practicing the principles, or simply as a reminder that Kwanzaa is not just something to be practiced during the holiday season.

You can order here or find them at the Gift Shop with other gifts for friends and family.