Pops of color. Pieces of patterned paper. Tools both techy and elementary. A happy greyhound rescue named Baldwin basking in a sunlit spot. An occasional spider creeping out from a corner. Welcome to Christian Robinson’s creative space: a converted garage at his Oak Park home, where he’s been dreaming, creating and experimenting for the past two years. Robinson has worked on more than a dozen picture books for children, both as illustrator and author. His illustrations for No. 1 New York Times best-seller “Last Stop on Market Street” earned him a Caldecott Honor, and for “Josephine,” a Coretta Scott King Book Award. Most recently, he illustrated the jacket for “Sunny Day: A Celebration of the Sesame Street Theme Song,” which was a dream come true for a lifelong “Sesame Street” fan.
What brought this incredible talent to Sacramento? “I love Oak Park’s history of being a place where people of color have been able to establish themselves and start businesses,” says Robinson, who grew up in Los Angeles and had previously lived in San Francisco for seven years. “I’m always blown away with the diversity and inclusiveness of this city. If you look at the line at Gunther’s—it looks like one of my illustrations. I’m inspired and empowered by that.”
To learn more about Christian Robinson and his work, visit theartoffun.com.