Now & Then spotlight:
Raúl the Third
Image in ballpoint pen.
“I taught myself to draw by copying my favorite images from comic books onto whatever sheet of paper I had available, using Bic ballpoint pens. As a teenager I continued this practice and fell in love with similar drawings I found in the fan art section of Lowrider magazine.
When Cathy Camper approached me to collaborate with her on the Lowrider books—a series about three friends equipped with nothing more than their imaginations and a love for cars—I knew just how I wanted to approach the illustrations. I created every Lowrider book using ballpoint pens, the same tool I learned to draw with when I was a boy. It is a medium that is accessible to many children and teaches them that they can create amazing art with any material they already have on their desks.”
– Raúl the Third
Illustration for Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper, 2018. Ballpoint pen and marker on paper. © 2018 Raúl the
On view in the ONLINE ehxibition: Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art https://sway.office.com/G9RSlkoTtCNWfRpa
Will you grow up to be an artist? Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka honor childhood creativity in the online exhibition Now & Then, featuring 19 artists' childhood drawings alongside published illustrations. The pairings inspire young visitors to make connections to their current creations—and their future potential. In addition to Grace and Jarrett, the featured artists are Cece Bell, Nidhi Chanani, Jason Chin, The Fan Brothers, Julie Flett, Jeff Kinney, Elisa Kleven, Barbara Lehman, Rafael López, Oge Mora, Juana Martinez-Neal, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, Evan Turk, and Tillie Walden.