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Kinara’s Children: Everyday Heroes

Kinara’s Children: Everyday Heroes is a series of designs and illustrations 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, Nia, and Imani.Aimed at a young audience, it lies somewhere between picture books and comics but it’s not your typical superhero group. Each character possesses amazing skills based on hard work and determination. Eventually they’ll come to learn why they’ve been brought together and the awesome power of the collective.

A work eternally in progress.
Many thanks to Maulana Karenga the creator of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba.

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.



Sometimes a piece of artwork will create itself. . . or demand to be created. This one was completed over Memorial Day weekend 2015. It wasn’t by plan but fate.

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword and Tupac wielded his pen like a berserker wading into the fray. The title comes from one of my favorite songs of his, “Soulja’s Story”.

RIP my brother.

African Masks-3D Modeling

3d model of african masks image


So this is something new I’ve been working on for the last month or so. I’m slowly teaching myself 3D modeling using Blender in order to create and modify simple objects for use in my Poser art. Here are two masks modeled after authentic sources, textured, and set up for display. I expect these to turn up in some of my other artwork in the near future.

I didn’t spend much time on texturing and lighting. The figures need to be unwrapped and made to look less polished, as if they were actually used in African religious ceremonies. I don’t want to get too caught up in perfecting a single object at this point. I’m really trying to stay focussed on the modeling part first. If you’re a 3D pro, the flaws are apparent, but for now I’m just excited to be learning some new tricks to add to the repertoire.

Taking it To the Streets

Taking it to the Streets

There’s something happening out here in the community. Kinara’s Children had to be part of it. This is a peaceful demonstration. Keep an eye out for that guy on the right, though. He has a hard time getting with the program.

Kuumba’s Family

Kuumba's Family

Kinara’s Children, Group Shot


This image was originally created as a Facebook banner. I modified it slightly to work as a 5 x 7 print. 
You can order it here or find them at the Gift Shop with other gifts for friends and family.