Friday, May 23, 2014

Lots Going On in My Studio


Hello Blogger Friends, Hope that you all have been doing well. It's been super busy for me with family and work. I feel bad because I haven't really been around. Sometimes life happens so fast that the things you love to do get passed over. I miss you all so very much and I long to come back and start blogging again. I am making time to do so. Wish me luck. Sending you all best wishes and creative thoughts today and everyday. Shalom

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014


As a child of the 60's, I really didn't see myself in many picture books. I didn't see me reflected in Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty Magazines or Golden Children's books. My parents would buy my sister and I these wonderful books and magazines because it was important to be a kid, but it often saddened and frustrated them that the books didn't reflect the people in our home. One day, I went to school and a teacher named, Mrs. Russell, put me on her lap and showed me a wonderful book by Ezra Jack Keats. That book would change my life. "The Snowy Day". Mr. Keats would be one of the first illustrators of children's books that would have a chocolate boy center stage in his book. Peter looked like me. He was beautiful. I never heard a word Mrs. Russell read honestly. It was the pictures that told me the story. It was Peter's cute little brown face against his cozy red snowsuit. It was his mama who looked just like my mama! It had everything to do with his daddy that looked like my daddy. Peter and I were sister and brother in my head and the pictures that Ezra created proved it. The Snowy Day is 50 years old and I just turned 50 last year. It saddens me deeply that we still don't see children of color in books as often as I would like. Of the 3,500 pictures books created last year, only 95 represented people of color. We live in a very multicultural world and it is my joy to be reflected this in the books and product that I create. I would hope that others would begin to feel the same. Don't get me wrong, we have a few, but not enough. I love Mr. Keats's reply to an editor. She asked," Why did you make Peter black? Are you trying to make a statement or something?" Mr. Keats answered, "I put Peter there simply because he should have been there all along." I feel the same way. I believe that ALL children should be represented in Children's book! They all need to see themselves in everyday situation that encourage imagine, diversity , problem solving and community. Every child deserves this. #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Monday, April 21, 2014


I love the colors, sounds, and taste from India! Have a wonderful week People!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Shelly wanted to get away from it all and Orangangmini wanted his heart fixed so they figured out a way to make it work for the two. Hope your day works out too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Hello Bloggers, Hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Today, working like crazy, green tea and honey, and lots and lots of MUSIC MADDNESS. Whatcha doin'?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hula Hoopin' Queen


Hello All, It's been ages since I have posted anything and I am soooo very sorry about that. I have been working and taking care of family. It's been super duper busy in my world. I wanted to come by and share a few things that are happening here in Charlotte. I have this wonderful book coming out in few days called, "Hula Hoopin Queen", written by Thelma Lynne Godin. I did the illustrations for this wonderful book and I wanted to share a couple of pages with you. You can get the book here Hope that you will get a chance to see it. Again, I am so sorry for missing in action. Hopefully I will be able to blog more soon. Best to you all of you.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


I have learned that the only person who is responsible for your happiness and joy is YOU. Find your fun spot and enjoy! Have a great day.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Awesome Sauce kind of day. Hope you are having one. HUGS ALL AROUND!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

There are many books about Martin Luther King Jr. for reading aloud with children in celebration of his birthday on Jan. 15, including picture-book biographies like “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” by Doreen Rappaport, with illustrations by Bryan Collier, published in 2001. But the trend for looking at big events through the prism of small things (“The Civil War in 50 Objects,” “A History of the World in 100 Objects”) is particularly attractive for children, who may have an easier time understanding the parts than the whole. “The Cart That Carried Martin,” by Eve Bunting, with illustrations by Don Tate, and “We Shall Overcome,” by Debbie Levy, with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, take this approach, telling the story of the day of King’s funeral through the mule-drawn wagon that carried his coffin, and the story of the civil rights movement through a popular song. RELATED COVERAGE Times Topic: Children's Books Reviews Even adult readers may not know that Martin Luther King’s body was carried from Ebenezer Baptist Church “through the streets of Atlanta, past the Georgia State Capitol” to Morehouse College on a battered old wagon borrowed from an antiques shop. In an author’s note, Bunting writes that she first learned about the wagon in an article by Jim Auchmutey in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bunting’s suspicion that the tale would make a good book for children proves to be accurate. Launch media viewer From "We Shall Overcome" Though her narrative — following the cart from the shop to its current home at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site — has a simple trajectory, Bunting’s writing brings out the emotional weight of the day: “The cart was not heavy. The coffin was not heavy. The man inside it was not heavy. His great spirit had been the heaviest part of him. It could not be kept in a coffin.” Later, someone standing on the street asks, “Is it over?” And the response is: “It will never be over. . . . What he stands for lives on.” Along the route to Morehouse College, people sang “We Shall Overcome,” and that song, so closely identified with the civil rights movement, receives its own history in Levy’s book of the same name, which traces its powerful, inspiring message back to the slaves who “suffered, yet they sang — to soothe the hurt, to fight the cruelty, to declare that — yes! — they were human beings.” As protesters for the rights of African-Americans brought the church song “I Will Overcome” to the streets, Levy writes, the words changed slightly, to “We Will Overcome” and eventually to “We Shall Overcome.” Brantley-Newton’s cheerfully colored illustrations go on to represent the populations that have sought strength from the song in places as distant as South Korea, the Middle East and South America. For readers ready for the hard facts, Levy includes a timeline with notable dates when the song was sung, including Sept. 23, 2001, when the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem sang it in remembrance of the victims of the events of Sept. 11. It’s a nice touch, reminding readers that “We Shall Overcome” still has plenty of work to do. THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN By Eve Bunting Illustrated by Don Tate 32 pp. Charlesbridge. $16.95. (Picture book; ages 6 to 9) WE SHALL OVERCOME The Story of a Song By Debbie Levy Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 32 pp. Disney-Jump at the Sun Books. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)

Friday, December 20, 2013


Wishing You All a very blessed and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs, V

Saturday, December 14, 2013

If's "Spirit


Sarah told Ethan that her Great, Great Granny had the Christmas spirit in her mouth! Ethan did believe her. When Sarah's Great, Great Granny opened her mouth snow came out and so did the spirit of Christmas! Ethan is now a believer.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Hello All, Hope you All had a most wonderful Thanksgiving. The Holidays are here and before we know it the New Year will be too. I want to thank you all so very much for your awesome support and visits to my blog. It's been a blessing having you all as blogger friends. Okay so, there are a few character that I am working on. I illustrate people very well, but sometime I struggle with animals so I did these lions. Hopefully I get better and better. Wish luck! Later

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Wishing Everyone one a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thankful for you friendship and your comments. Don't eat to much people! Hugs V

Monday, November 18, 2013


Hello Blogger Friends and Family, Soooooo sorry that I have been away so very long. I do apologize for that. Work calleth and I had to answer so I can keep food, roof and lights and computer on. Know what I mean??? I knew you would. It's been a long while. Gosh I miss you all so much! I really do. Life has been going on from deaths to births and jobs and no jobs and all kinds of good stuff. I say good because if we stay on the negative to long it will bring one down and as you know, and if you know Vanessa, that ain't me. Anywhooo, I am working on books and doing things that I hope share soon. Looking to do some videos on collage and showing you the day in the life of Vanessa Brantley-Newton. It's so not what you think LOL! Okay, so here are a few pieces that I have been working on. Still doing character studies and then there is a piece from a up coming book by Disney -Hyperion which is called "We Shall Over Come". And the very last is a personal piece. I think people are beautiful and that I get to capture them beautiful, flawed, happy or sad, is a blessing and it is my joy to share it all with you. Hope that you all are doing well and will be with the ones you love for the holiday. I will be back before then to share more with you all. Shalom and blessing!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

YOU GO BELLA SINCLAIR!!!!!


Hello Friends, Just dropped by to tell you about a cute new book by my dear Friend Bella Sinclair Bella is an amazing illustrator and has a sense of humor second to none!! This little book is just TO CUTEEEEEEE! I am soooo very proud of her!! YOU GO BELLA! How awesome is this! Of course we are looking to see more. You can purchase the book here on Amazon.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


I want to THANK EACH and EVERYONE of you who stopped by and left me such sweet and encouraging words at such a difficult time in my life. Your comments and words are like healing balm to my soul and I appreciate that you took time to say anything at all. God bless each of you. Now just a little something to make YOU smile. I love when Trick or Treaters come to my door. Honestly I do! I love the costumes and the cute little faces. They always bring a smile to my face. I just had to share a moment that I captured. These kids really made my day with their awesome costumes. Have a wonderful week beautiful people!!

Friday, October 18, 2013


Hello Good People!! It has been a super duper long time since I have had the pleasure of blogging. The last couple of weeks have been really very difficult for me and my family. I lost three very special people in my life. One right behind the other and it was devastating to say the very least. I have done more crying over the last couple of weeks then you even want to know about. Everyday day gets a little bit better. Today is one of those days. I had the pleasure to work with Debbie Levy a wonderful author of children's and young adult books. The book is called, " We Shall Over Come" Published by Disney-Hyperion Books. I am happy to share some of the pictures here with you. The release date is set for Dec 2013. You can find it at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Hope you like it. Best to you all.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Have an exciting week beautiful people!!

Monday, September 16, 2013


Wishing everyone a whimsical and wonderful week! Keep smiling Y'all! V

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Pondering all this sweet and beautiful and very whimsical!! Someone very special, whom I love vey much, helped me in my greatest time of need. She didn't judge me, but loved me and helped me more than she will ever really know. I will always be grateful to her because people like her don't come into your life everyday. She is more precious than gold and sweeter then honey from a honey comb. We don't speak or email everyday. We don't do lunch every week. We don't even send each others birthday cards or anything, but she is family. My sister from another mother. Thinking of you today with so much appreciation and more love then one heart can hold.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Hello Blogger Family, Well it has indeed been a long time since I have posted anything. I have been so very busy with family and work up to my eyeballs. I am so grateful for work and all, but I really, really, really miss blogging and visiting your blogs!! Now that the children are back in school I should hope to find more time to blog. Please forgive me for not coming around to visit you all. I hope you all know that I appreciate your comments and encouragement. All of you are in my thoughts always. Your visits mean so much. Wishing you the sweetest week ever! Best to you all. Just a little project that I am working on. Stay Creative!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Thinking of you all today! All of my blogger friends. You are in my thoughts constantly. Sending each of you the biggest hug right now. Lord knows we need it. Hope that your day is filled with smiles and giggles and yes, a hug or two just when you need it most. Thinking of you Bella Sinclair!! Hugs

Saturday, July 13, 2013

If's Travel


One day I will travel to see Laura Muvla. She is my new muse and I love her sound and her beautiful spirit

Friday, July 12, 2013


Hello Blogger Family, Hope that you all are enjoying your summer! It's been raining here in Charlotte, NC for about 3 weeks now and I need some sunshine beautiful people. If there is anyone who can lend me some sun, please let me know as soon as possible as I think I am gettin' all pruney. Some good things are happening and I think that the rain is a good indicator for that. Last week I was interviewed by Rachel Awes, of Allididwaslisten and I just finished another awesome interview with Koosje Koene on her fantastic blog Koosjekoene.blogspot.nl Here is a little excerpt from her blog. Finally, my very first Online Character Design Workshop is ready to be launched. Below is a little sneak peek. It's a 4-week workshop starting Monday August 5. It ends on Saturday the 31st of August. There are limited seats, so be quick to enroll! Read all about it by clicking here Then another interview with Julie Danielson of Kirkus Reviews. and Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast!! Thank you Lord for the wonderful people that you have given me through Blogging. You beautiful souls have been such a bright spot in and through some very, very rough times. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. It's such a blessing! Shalom to you all.

Friday, July 5, 2013

All I Did Was Listen Rachel Awes Shares My Art Work


Hello Bloggers, Hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and if you are still enjoying the holiday that it's filled with lots of good food, friends, and family. Rachel Awes of, allididwaslisten.blogspot.com invited me to share to how I listen with my brand of art. I really, really love Rachel's blog. She has been a great inspiration to me as an illustrator and artist. She is also a fantastic Artist and illustrator too. She is a great listener as well. Check out her blog for her new book named after her blog! YOU WILL LOVE IT A wonderful journal that will warm your heart and inspire you to just listen. Thank you Rachel for letting me share my art with you and your blogger. XOXOXOXOX

Friday, June 28, 2013


I really, really miss all of my blogger friends. Sending you all so much happiness and joy today. Have a blessed weekend beautiful people. Me Shalom