Writing was the first artform I fell in love with, with drawing following behind. Writing a children's book is the most sensical way to fuse the two artforms.
Growing up, reading was my escape.
I would crawl into the world of a book and stay there. I would get so lost in books I could finish 700+ page long novels by the time that I was in the third grade. Teachers would bring retired textbooks to help satsiate my thirst for learning. I could read at a high school level by third grade.
Being well read and very intuitive, I couldn't help but notice that while there were some great books with characters like me, there was not nearly as much representation as other groups. I wanted to create the representation I felt I was lacking growing up and make her fun, colorful, and inquisitive like myself and my own daughter.
I started sketching on a Sunday night in April 2020, hoping to refamiliarize myself with sketching on paper. Over the years, as my process became increasingly digital, I've lost some of my touch with hand drawing. This project didn't help me to reclaim any of my mojo, but it did stroke a creative firestorm of an amazing character concept.
Paper Line Sketch
Digital Line Sketch
Full Color Concept
Building Lola's Universe
Lola has two mommies and her main play mate, her cousin Caleb (Caramel Caleb) is parented by a single dad. The uuniverse itself is vibrant and colorful and almost has a fantasy design.
Lola is parented using "conscious parenting" methods. Her mommies encourage her to question her surroungings. Each of Lola's books is designed to teach children a life lesson in a way that is fun, digestible, and engaging for young minds. Lola will be a series and so far, she is one of my favorite creations. Lola will hopefully spawn a franchise that will influence generations of little Black girls for years to come.