Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Drake's Cover Artist: The San Diego-based painter and illustrator Kadir Nelson

Uploaded on Sep 23, 2010
Kadir Nelson is a naturally gifted artist whose extraordinary talent continues to develop and be discovered. Before the age of 30, Nelson had already illustrated children's books, sold paintings to celebrities, and worked on a movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

In 2007 Kadir Nelson received a Caldecott Honor for his evocative illustrations in Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. In 2008 he won a second Caldecott Honor for his artwork in Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. BLOUIN ARTINFO

"...Kadir Nelson was commissioned by Canadian rap star Drake to create the Pop art-inspired, photorealist cover design for his upcoming album, "Nothing Was the Same." His previous work includes an illustrated Nelson Mandela biography and a Michael Jackson album cover, and his paintings hang in the homes of Ice Cube and Steven Spielberg, among others. [Globe and Mail]"
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