Nikkolas Smith is a Theme Park Designer & Concept artist at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Children’s Books Author/Illustrator. He is the author/illustrator the picture books “The Golden Girls of Rio” (nominated for an NAACP Image Award) and My Hair Is Poofy and That’s Okay. He also creates activist art paintings and Hollywood movie posters (Black Panther, Southside With You, Dear White People, Stranger Fruit). His works have been featured on TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Academy of Motion Pictures, The Guardian, ABC, NBC, KCET and many more. His art has been shared on social media by Van Jones, Shaun King, Viola Davis, Erykah Badu, Lupita Nyong’o, Kendrick Lamar, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava Duvernay , Common , Simon Biles , Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Williams, Amy Shumer and many others.
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He is a proud 2016 White House Innovators of Color fellow. His latest book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas is a visual journey on life, a collection of more than 100 sketches he has done in the last five years. Nikkolas also talks for conferences (TEDxWatts) and schools all over the country, leads workshops in digital painting and movie poster and character design, and after hours on Saturday’s mentors kids in Compton & Watts, CA, giving art lessons and life skills for success. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Interview with Nikkolas Smith:
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In this Episode, You Will Learn:
- Nikkolas Smith’s Story
- New Opportunities in the Art World
- How to learn style from the best
- How to deal with a lot of work in short time
- Tips for starting out from nothing
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