Standing Cartoons

It was early (8:15) on Monday morning. I arrived at the center ahead of schedule with chai and croissant in hand. My headphones were belting out some CFreedom, Maimouna Yussef, Nakia Henry, Rona and Teisha Marie tunes. (All very talented vocal artists, look them up!)

Contemplating on which cartooning project to have the young artist do (out of the many I have to choose from) I decided to instruct the two groups of active art campers to create a character, creature, tree or building… “Whatever you make, make sure it’s tall!” I said, megaphone like.

After sketching, coloring, inking and cutting out their work…they were given the task of making their creation stand and this is how it went:



20130731-103655.jpg I was surprisingly impressed that all 27 of them completed their pieces and it appeared as though they enjoyed themselves!

Until next class…keep creating!


My creations Hooked and Loopyed into life

I’m in awe!

We met a two Saturdays ago at the Fenton Street Market. Since I was familiar with her work I placed an order. Two crocheted dolls of characters that I’ve developed. Each would be over a foot tall and have to have all of the detail that I utilize when illustrating them.

In the moment that Sarah, of “Hooked and Loopy addictive knit and crotchet“, saw the images on my phone she said, “Ooo those will be a challenge, fun but challenging!” I immediately began to rethink my double order. Perhaps reducing it to a one doll trial run would be the best way to go…but, I stuck to my gut and went for it!

I made the deposit and a few days later, I finally emailed my children’s book characters, Patrick (A Boy Called Patches) and Malcolm (‘I Won’t Eat That!’) to her…the ball was now in Sarah’s court.

Throughout the week Sarah expressed how excited she was to be working on them. I confessed of my anxiousness and that I was tempted to ask for some behind the scenes/ in progress photos but I refrained, wanting to be thoroughly surprised at what she created.


Needing to pay my balance, Sarah and I corresponded to make arrangements and much to my surprise she informed me that both Patrick and Malcolm were finished! Which leads me to why I’m in such awe…

They arrive at our agreed upon location (and by they I mean, Sarah and her daughter) we greet, make the proper introduction and then the first awe moment happened. This beautiful young lady smiled with such a richness that it practically floored me. Turns out that she actually liked the characters and kinda watched Mom work on them. Then came that moment when Sarah starts to pull them out of their carrying bag and I instantly covered my eyes and turned my back…when the two them told me that I could turn around, I did and this is what I saw:

Dope right?! Okay, okay, okay, you have to see them beside their illustrations and then PLEASE tell me what you think! Ready?!<a


Sarah is GOOD and she’s QUICK!!! This was me right after meeting them both in this form:


I’m V. Kuroji Patrick and I love

Immortalized once more…

She’s 13 or so and her manga skills are strong! I gifted her-her first set of illustrator’s pen and a twenty minute tutorial after class was through…now I ask, when is class REALLY ever through? Anyway, she gifted me a piece of art..a portrait of me.


I also gave it a go by attempting to capture her likeness…


Overall, each of the more than twenty young artist left me with a piece of themselves and I with them…art works wonders!

Now, go create something!

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