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Illustration for review for Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’s book “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,”


Shadra Strickland

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NEW YORK, NY 10025
United States

illustration of Black woman in green flowered dress deep in thought
illustration of Cover image for book Never Caught; The Story of Ona Judge a slave belonging to George Washington who escaped
illustration of Black boy against blue background holding jar filled with inspiring words words on yellow strips falling into jar and surrounding him
illustration of Black Girl standing on record with old fashioned gramaphone speaker on urban roof top
illustration of from the book Loving and Virginia. Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter walking together on path in field


Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University, and completed her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work in her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott. Shadra is passionate about promoting positivity through her work, and her ultimate goal as a picture book author and illustrator is to teach children how to live their dreams. Her style is a whimsical blend of reality and imagination, and she loves to create stories that children can see themselves in. Shadra travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers, and librarians. She currently teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.


Acrylic, Lettering, Line with Color, Watercolor, Pattern, Silk Prints


Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Editorial, Historical, Icons, Landscape, Music, People, Political, Portrait, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Ethnic, Urban