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I'm not sure where to post this, but I'd love to know who your favorite African-American illustrators are. Of course, Kadir Nelson and E.B. Lewis are on my radar already but if you have other favorites or know of any up-and-comers, I'd love to hear about them.
#1 - February 06, 2009, 04:12 AM
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Floyd Cooper, Sean Qualls, Nicole Tadgell . . .
#2 - February 06, 2009, 05:03 AM
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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Oh, I love Sean Qualls too. I forgot about him. His style is different from what I was looking for but awesome nonetheless.
#3 - February 06, 2009, 05:11 AM
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I have to give a plug for Colin Bootman, who's beautifully illustrating my forthcoming picture book "Finding Lincoln" for Albert Whitman this fall.  Look for his books!
#4 - February 06, 2009, 05:14 AM

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E.B. Lewis is presenting at our NJ Annual in early June.


#5 - February 06, 2009, 05:47 AM

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E.B. Lewis is presenting at our NJ Annual in early June.


 :love My heart is seriously twitterpated with his illustrations. I want to be there!
#6 - February 06, 2009, 06:01 AM
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Yeah me too. I think that my work is more like Qualls's. I kind of identify more with that style. I can't do realism for crap. But boy do I have tremendous respect for it. A good friend of mine does serious realism and he blows me away.
#7 - February 06, 2009, 06:05 AM

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I have to give a plug for Colin Bootman, who's beautifully illustrating my forthcoming picture book "Finding Lincoln" for Albert Whitman this fall.  Look for his books!

Ooo, thanks...checking his work out now. Lovely!
#8 - February 06, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Hey guys don't forget to check out The Brownbookshelf.com for spotlights on some great African American illustrators. Nicole Tadgell was the spotlight this past Tuesday.

We interviewed Qualls last year, along with Leonard Jenkins, John Holyfield and Shane Evans (my fave!!). 

Last year's spotlights can be found here: http://thebrownbookshelf.com/28-days-later/28-days-later-2008/

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#9 - February 06, 2009, 08:10 AM

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Thanks, Paula! I was hoping you'd weigh in.
#10 - February 06, 2009, 08:34 AM
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London Ladd.
#11 - February 06, 2009, 08:54 AM

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Elizabeth, London Ladd is the Brown Bookshelf spotlight on Feb. 17th.  Be sure to stop by and leave a comment letting him know you like his work.

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#12 - February 06, 2009, 10:56 AM

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Making notes! Thanks everyone.
#13 - February 06, 2009, 04:13 PM
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Kadir Nelson, hands down.  I began watching his career and collecting his books before he was famous.  I met him a few weeks ago and he's the nicest, quietest person on earth.  He's up there with Norman Rockwell IMHO.

Ashley Bryan who was keynote at a retreat I attended.  Has a passion that goes for ever and is equally affectionate with those of us "up and comers" who are just starting out.  Not a mean bone in his body and a real passion for working with kids.  We spent a lot of time talking about his work to help build schools in Africa.

Shane Evans, who started Dream Studios to showcase new talent. He walks his talk and shares his good fortune.  He films the artists talks and performances then posts them on public access.  His talent is sorely overlooked.

Nancy Devard.  Got started illustrating one of my books and just took home a CSK honor for her latest book!
#14 - February 06, 2009, 04:29 PM

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Sean Qualls is one of my favorites...and from the other posts, it seems like I've got company!
#15 - February 11, 2009, 12:40 AM

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Love Don Tate's work.
#16 - February 11, 2009, 01:27 AM

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Don is such a sweetie!!  We should start a hot males of children's illustrations club.  Some of these guys are so nice and sweet and that translates to definite hotness.

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#17 - February 11, 2009, 05:25 AM

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Aud's picture book is being illustrated by Don Tate. I'm excited to see what beauty he creates with her beautiful story.
#18 - February 11, 2009, 05:35 AM

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Thanks everyone! I've loved checking out all these sites of illustrators I didn't know of. There is some amazing, amazing work being done. Gorgeous!

#19 - February 11, 2009, 08:25 AM
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I have to admit my bias is for my illustrator Randy DuBurke. He does a unique comic book style that really captured the mood of Six O'clock. He won a Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe award in 2003 for Moon Ring. You can see the cover here:http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Ring-Randy-Duburke/dp/0811834875/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234371296&sr=8-2. I was thrilled when they told me who they picked to illustrate.
#20 - February 11, 2009, 08:59 AM
Transcendence (Walker) - June 2012
Sequel (Walker) - June 2013
Dirty Little Secrets (Walker) - Feb 2010
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Oh, wow, CynJay. Randy Duburke's work is amazing, isn't it? So unique.
#21 - February 11, 2009, 09:22 AM
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Leo Dillon, one half of the husband and wife team! Caldecott winners and absolute gods of illustration.
#22 - February 25, 2009, 07:21 AM

The very talented and true gentle man, Jerry Pinkney, multiple Caldecotts or not.
#23 - February 25, 2009, 02:19 PM
THESE THINGS COUNT! award-winning nature series Albert Whitman
TWIGS (YA)  Merit Press
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Aw, Pamela, you made me all blush-y. I was just coming here to give a big shout out to Don Tate. I cannot WAIT to see what he comes up with. The character sketch he posted on his blog of Effa Manley months ago blew me away.

Just me-too-ing on Kadir Nelson, Sean Qualls, Shane Evans. And I love R. Gregory Christie's work. And Faith Ringgold's.
#24 - February 25, 2009, 02:27 PM

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On a slight tangent, does anyone know any AFRICAN illustrators? Or American illustrators with a strong tie to Africa? (E.g., born in Africa, lived in Africa, has a parent from Africa . . .)
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A few great illustrators from South Africa --

Niki Daly:            http://www.childlit.org.za/ndaly.html
Piet Grobler:        http://www.pietgrobler.com/
Catherine Stock:   http://www.catherinestock.com/

I tried to google and find some non-caucasian illustrators from Africa, but couldn't find much.  Any ideas out there?
#26 - March 05, 2009, 07:45 PM
"Writing is making sense of life."  --  Nadine Gordimer

http://www.africakidandtheworld.blogspot.com/

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Don Tate and Kadir Nelson are great! I'm less familiar with some of the others, but will certainly have to check them out!  :yup
#27 - March 06, 2009, 07:43 AM

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Don't know if anyone mentioned James Ransome. And he's got a killer website, too!
#28 - March 09, 2009, 11:12 AM

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I had a critique with E.B. yesterday. He is really sharp, and was very thorough and insightful, and had great suggestions for the presentation of my artwork.  :yup  :yup :yup
#29 - June 07, 2009, 06:07 AM

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I met E.B. at the NJ Conference yesterday too.  He gave a great, inspirational talk. 

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