Simone Visits the Museum is a story about Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant African-American young girl growing up in a neighborhood in Southeast Washington, DC. In the first book of this new series, Simone spends an exciting day with her mother. The highlight is a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Throughout this story, Simone learns lessons about responsibility, paying attention to her surroundings, and the importance of family. Available for purchase here.
I'm super hyped for Black Panther! You can read all about why I did this piece here.
Random illustrations not done with a specific brief in mind.
Goode Stuff Publishing
Skin Like Mine is a children's book that is illustrated by me and written by Tiffany Elle Burgess. The story tackles the topic of intra-racism and colorism, all through the eyes of a ten year old girl.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
Concept Art & Illustration
The Brooklyn College Community Partnership is an excellent organization that works with middle school and high school students in arts, music, technology, and more. As a former teaching artist there, I was asked to create some characters that would be used on their new website and program. Here are some final designs and concept sketches that I came up with.
Concept Art & Illustration
The OKUN is a short comic book project in the works, written by Robert K. Jeffrey and illustrated by me.
Here are some designs done for a Nationwide commercial pitch, beginning with initial concepts that I came up with before moving into a more concrete style that was decided upon later. This was a team effort, where we often did clean, revised drawings on top of another artist's loose sketches (you can see the comparison drawings for the backgrounds at the end). Artist Christine Kim helped with the foreground art and characters in the colored piece, while I revised and colored the background elements.
Fan art for Route 3, an indie comic written by Robert Jeffrey and drawn by Sean Hill under the Terminus Media imprint. Check it out here:
Unused character designs for a Jolly Rancher commercial pitch. The objective was something bright and fun, just like the candy.
Submission for the Artists Against Police Brutality anthology headed by John Jennings, Bill Campbell, and Jason Rodriguez. An essay I wrote was also included in the anthology.
APB was one of the most important projects I've contributed to in the past year, and I was very humbled and happy to have been included.
Character concept sketches for various Fiber One spots. The goal was to show character emotion while maintaining a semi-realistic look.
Boards from a music video pitch called "Trapped."
The objective was to create something sexy, surreal, and fleeting.
I had the pleasure of working with director Kris Merc on The Peach King's "Mojo Thunder" animated music video. Here are some of the preliminary storyboards that I contributed to the project as well as the full video produced by Ataboy Studios.
Character and concept designs from the conceptual stage of a Country Crock commercial.
The objective was to design objects that could be brought to life and reflected the range of a child's imagination, from toys made out of wood to giant monsters created out of Play-Doh.
Storyboards for Eyetalian Frenchip, a music video by CJ Fly of Pro Era directed by Kris Merc and Ahmed Klink of Sunday Afternoon and produced by Juan June Medrano
A pitch that I helped out on at The Mill for their client, Unilever. The goal was to create an army of germs that were nasty, but cute.