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Eric - Shabazz Larkin

Artist / Creative / Film-Maker / Illustrator / Writer

New York, NY, USA
804.349.9996
Exploration is the thing I appreciate about old Grandfather Creativity. He has no real rules. He re-defines the definitions. His wisdom is free. His inheritance, is in his unending plea. "Astonish me." he cries - over and over again.
Experience
New York, NY, USA
2010Present
Creative Director
The Creative School of Thought is a production company, geared to create content and experiences that re-affirm positive identity, spirituality and relationships. The work focuses on film, music and design.
New York, NY, USA
Jan 2014Present
Creative
New York, NY, USA
Oct 2010
ACD
Smirnoff, Macy's, Bayer, Berocca, Bing
Seattle, WA, USA
Oct 2008
Creative
The Gates Notes, NUUN, Bill Gates, Sierra Mist, Pepsi, Pacifico, Seattle's Best Coffee, Hotmail, Microsoft, Bing
Portland, OR, USA
May 2008
Creative
Nike, Coca-Cola, Heineken
London, United Kingdom
May 2007Aug 2007
Creative Intern
Frank, Boots, Andy Awards, Fox's Biscuits
Richmond, VA, USA
20052007
Video Editor & Designer
Nascar, FedEx, Sprint, Switch Soda, Longwood University, Virginia Union University
Education
Richmond, VA, USA
Aug 20062008
Masters - Advertising
Richmond, VA, USA
20012005
Bachelors - Communications
Norfolk, VA, USA
19971999
Art Instruction Schools
Associates - Fine Art
BIO
Eric-Shabazz Larkin was born an artist and illustrator, but developed his leadership style and creative entrepreneurship through his years in the advertising industry. He has an unusual career in this regard; an art director by trade, he’s been known to wear many hats in the creative process--artist, writer, designer, illustrator, director, composer and award-winning poet.

He was raised in Norfolk, Virginia, with three other siblings. He's lived in Kenya, Portland, Seattle, London and now, New York City. The places he's lived have shaped how he sees the world and why his work reflects so much diversity. Larkin studied art in high school, but attributes much of his technique to his career in advertising as an art director. This is where his affinity for big type and bold color comes from in his paintings and illustrations.

“My favorite thing about being an artist is that there are no walls in the house of creativity.”
Awards
2014
The Green Prize
For Sustainable literature
2010
The One Club
Gold Pencil
2008
American Illustrator's Association
Upcoming Illustrator of the Year