All in the Family

November 4, 2008 - January 10, 2009
Central Library, Youth Wing
All in the Family

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

 From Andrea Davis Pinkney, author:

As a publishing executive and author, one moment that truly inspired me was introducing the cast of the Broadway musical The Lion King on stage. I had the privilege of doing so at a publishing reception, during which cast members came out and sang.

I am also inspired by my greatest muse, New York City. I am most intrigued by the Brooklyn Bridge, one of New York's brightest jewels with her majestic arches, glittering nighttime lights, and solid design and form. I have spent many evenings pondering ideas and stories as I stared at what I call "the necklace of New York."

From Brian Pinkney, illustrator:

In my work, I use the "scratchboard" technique. Rather than adding black lines or paint to a white canvas or paper, I subtract; it's almost like drawing in reverse. Starting with a white board covered in black ink, I use sharp tools to scratch away the ink to expose the white board below, creating white lines that emerge to form the image I'm trying to portray. It's like drawing, etching and sculpting all at the same time.

I add 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.

BPL Exhibition, Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney



Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney.


Andrea Davis Pinkney is vice president and editor-at-large for Scholastic Trade, where she has acquired and edited a robust mix of award-winning titles. She has also written more than 20 children's books, including Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Let it Shine, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. She earned a B.A. from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Brian Pinkney illustrated many children's books, including two Caldecott Honor Books: Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend. He has also written several picture books, including The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Additionally, he is an NAACP Image Award nominee, the recipient of more than a dozen American Library Association Notable Book citations and was recently acknowledged by the National Council for Teachers of English for his contributions to children's literature. He earned a M.A. from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


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