uses the “scratchboard” technique to
create many of his illustrations. Rather than adding black lines or paint
to a white canvas or paper, he subtracts; it's almost like drawing in
reverse. Starting with a white board covered in black ink, Brian uses
sharp tools to scratch away the ink to expose the white board below,
creating white lines that emerge to form the image he is trying to portray.
in scratchboard is like drawing, etching, and sculpting all at the same
time,” says Brian.
He adds the color last, using a new technique by tinting
the black-and-white images with Luma dyes, then painting on top of that
with acrylic paint.
image from Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, 1993
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Color: Indigo blue
Favorite Kid's Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Favorite Grown-up Book: Another Country by James Baldwin
Favorite Time of Day: Midnight
Favorite Musician: Dizzy Gillespie
Hobbies and Activities:
playing drums, dancing, tai chi, playing with my kids, reading
Brian is very busy drawing and painting and doesn't spend much time
on the computer at all. For now, please only contact him about school
visits (see below).
Yes, Brian does school visits! Please contact him for details about booking,
fees, travel, and other guidelines at email@example.com.
Brian is represented by Rebecca Sherman at Writer's House. All inquiries
about book projects and rights should go to her at RSherman@WritersHouse.com.