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Kadir Nelson

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on 14 February 2014

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Interesting Facts:
-He worked for Dreamworks where he created conccept artwork for feature films like" Amistad" and "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"
Kadir Nelson was born in Washington D.C. on May 15, 1974

He currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and three children.
He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklynn where he majored in illustration
Quotes of advice to beginning artist
-"Practice, practice, practice! Everyday draw and try to become better."

-"Draw things that you know and like."

-"Follow the advise of MAya Angelou: Say it out loud and set about the business of becoming who you are and who you want to be."

-"Wish upon a star, but do your homework."
Awards : To Name a Few
The book
We are the Ship: The story of Negro League Baseball
is one of my favorites. This book has a section on Satchel Paige and he was my grandfather's favorite player. I also love baseball trivia.
Kadir Nelson


www.kadirnelson.com
2001 -NAACP Imagine Award for
Just the Two of Us
2001-Society of Illustrators Award for
Under the Christmas Tree
2004-Coretta Scott King Honor Book Designation for
Thunder Rose
2008- Coretta Scott King Award, Robert F. Siebert Medal, and the Casey Award for
We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League

Baseball
2014- Coretta Scott King Honor Book for
Nelson Mandela

-Nelson has created paintings for Sports Illustrated, Coca Cola, and the U.S. Postal Service.
-He created the mural used as the cover art for Michael Jackson' posthumous 2010 albulm.
My Favorite Kadir Nelson Works
I like
Henry's Freedom Box
which tells the true story of Henry "Box" Brown who escaped slavery by mailing himself north. The story shows the sad part of slavery to children when Henry loses his family. But, it also shows how Henry overcomes his loss and gains his freedom.
What is outstanding about Kadir Nelson's work?
His artwork is very life-like and shows a range of human emotions. His illustrations are able to make you feel sad, happy, or hopeful depending on the subject.
He also shows African American historical experience and presents it in a way that shows the harsh realities of slavery, but also shows hope.
His illustrations are moving and sometimes deal with very difficult subjects like slavery, the underground railroad,poverty, etc.....

The illustrations of kadir Nelson appeal to people of all ages. His artwork captures the real emotions of the characters.
Young children will be most likely to appreciate his art in the picture books.
Young African American children will enjoy his stories because he presents their cultural heritage
Sources
http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/nelson#bio
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/kadir-nelson
http://www.kadirnelson.com/Artist-Biography.html
https://images.search.yahoo.com/

Dancing in the wings
Kadir Nelson's illustrations give life and emotion to Sassy and her dream of becoming a ballerina. She feels she is too tall and that her feet are too big to realize her dreams. She finally takes the adivice of her Uncle Redd and lets her height make her stand out to catch the attention of Mr. Debato and win a trip to the dance festival in Washington D,,C,
Henry''s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

He's got the Whole World in His Hands
Kadir Nelson took and old spiritual and children's church song and put it in book form and used his beautiful illustrations to bring the song to life.
Mr. Nelson's Illustration add emotion and depth to the story of Henry "Box" Brown who shipped himself North to freedom in a box. The his pictures help you feel the pain when Henry is sold from his mother and later the tragedy repeats itsef when his wife and children are sold and he never sees them again. The story show the bope and bravery of Henry taking his chance of escape. His daring escape makes him famous.
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