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John Nez
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Author & Illustrator of more than 75 children's books
Author & Illustrator of more than 75 children's books

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A Book From the Time of Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs are always something to wonder about.  For one thing, they're really BIG. But this particular Dino is very easy going and fun. It's been interesting to recreate the classic art of Syn Hoff for these books about Danny and the Dinosaur. They seem to...

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Never Lose Hope
On the train yesterday was a child with a tiny pink hat - sort of pinned on and far too small, wearing a silly pack and handmade sign. Outside on the station wall was a poster of MLK looking out that read 'Never Lose Hope'. I had to sketch it out when I got...

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Pinklash in Seattle
It was a bright beautiful day to get out and keep hope alive in Seattle. Last November America got a dose of what Van Jones called 'Whitelash'. Today is what I think might be called a good dose of 'Pinklash'.

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A new year message arrives!
The old year has grown old with woe... but a message arrives from the New Year requesting imaginations to alight and rejoice.  And so we might try... having little choice in the matter. This is from a hilarious graphic novel sort of story I wrote up. I thin...

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Some new sketches...
It's a bit peculiar how artists and their drawings seem related. Once I had a famous illustrator come visit my studio and the first thing that popped into my head as she walked up the steps was 'You look exactly like your drawings!' - even though her drawin...

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Here's wishing everyone some happy holidays!


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Happy Holidays!
It's that time of year for some...   holiday, holiday, holiday art!  Here's wishing everyone some Happy Holidays! 

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From the picturebook dummy to the real book
 Before a book is real, it first appears as a 'dummy'. That is to say it's a rough version of what will be the finish art and text.  I made this dummy book with my printer and lots of cleverness. Here's a post showing how a book might change and progress be...

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Thank you thanksgiving...
I'm grateful for pencil and paper... and my eraser.

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Honored to be part of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency
I'm happy to be able to finally announce what an honor it is to be invited to become part of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency - represented by Lara Perkins. Luckily I have no shortage of picturebook ideas. It's flattering to be in the company of other artis...
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