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Jerry Pinkney Author/ Illustrator Study
Transcript of Jerry Pinkney Author/ Illustrator Study
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Three Little Kittens
Sweethearts of Rhythm
Born in Philadelphia, PA December 22, 1939 and lived in the in the Germantown section of Philly.
Received a full scholarship to attend the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (now University of the Arts).
Began Drawing at four years old
Dyslexic as a child and had a hard time with reading and spelling
Began copying drawings from comic books and photo magazines
Despite his disability he excelled in Art
He found ways of hiding his dyslexia and created inventive ways to participate in classroom instruction
Finished elementary school with honors.
Met customer John Liney while selling newspapers in Philadelphia
John looked at his sketchbook and invited Jerry to his studio
John became his mentor and they are friends still to this day.
Graduated from Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School with a concentration in commercial art.
Where he met his wife, fellow Author Gloria Jean
Moved to Boston with his wife and child for his First job at the Rustcraft Greeting Card company
After Rustcraft, he became a commercial artist and produced work for advertising agencies, corporate annual reports, and even fashion and retail, including six-foot-tall paintings for Thom McAn shoe stores.
In the late 60s he opened up an independent studio named Kaleidoscope Studios with other up and coming artists where he worked for two years.
His move to Boston in the 1960s started his interest in African American Subjects.
Book that came into his possession in the early sixties:
The Wind in the Wows, illustrated by Arthur Rackham;
The Wonder Clock
Rain Makes Applesauce
Can see influences of those books in his art today
illustrated by Howard Pyle
illustrated by Marvin Bileck
Dominant Themes of Jerry Pinkney's Art
Sensitivity to and Interest in Cultures
African American folktales and cultures
Known for watercolor painting , created with pencil, colored pencils and watercolors
Characterized by rich detail and shading
Illustrated over 100 books
Many projects based on African American and multicultural subjects
His art is a permanent fixture at the Library of Congress, Delaware Art Museum, and the New York Public Library.
Mirandy and Brother Wind-1989
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South-1990
The Ugly Duckling-2000
2010 Caldecott Medal, as well as five Caldecott Honor Medals
Five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards
2011 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame
Four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards
Original Art’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2006
Artist for Eight US Postal Service Black Heritage Series Stamps (1978-1986)
Member of the NASA artist team for the Space Shuttle Columbia
Awards and Honors
Brian and Andrea
Brian is an award winning illustrator and author.
Andrea is a author.
Myles and Sandra
Myles is a photographer and has appeared in children's books
Sandra is an author.
A Family Affair
Half a Moon and One Whole Star-1987
The Moon Over Star-2009
God Bless the Child-2005
Goin’ Someplace Special-2002
Minty: A story of Young Harriet Tubman-1997
The Talking Eggs-1990
Mirandy and Brother Wind-1989
The Patchwork Quilt-1986
Count on Your Fingers African Style-1981
God Bless the Child
Jerry Pinkney Studio
Count on Your Fingers African Style
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Mirandy and Brother Wind
The Moon Over Star
The Patchwork Quilt
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South
(Study Guide) The Talking Eggs-
Coretta Scott Book Awards Discussion Guide
Goin Someplace special Resources-
Celebrate Diversity with HarperCollins Children’s Books
It still amazes me how much the projects I have illustrated have given back to me in terms of personal and artistic satisfaction. They have given me the opportunity to use my imagination, to draw, to paint, to travel through the voices of the characters in the stories, and, above all else, to touch children."