Eric - Shabazz Larkin

Artist / Creative / Film-Maker / Illustrator / Writer

New York, NY, USA
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.

Work Experience

Creative School Of Thought

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.
2010 - Present New York, New York, United States



January 2014 - Present New York, New York, United States

J. Walter Thompson (JWT)


Smirnoff, Macy's, Bayer, Berocca, Bing
October 2010 - New York, New York, United States

Creature Seattle


The Gates Notes, NUUN, Bill Gates, Sierra Mist, Pepsi, Pacifico, Seattle's Best Coffee, Hotmail, Microsoft, Bing
October 2008 - Seattle, Washington, United States

Wieden + Kennedy


Nike, Coca-Cola, Heineken
May 2008 - Portland, Oregon, United States

Mother London

Creative Intern

Frank, Boots, Andy Awards, Fox's Biscuits
May 2007 - August 2007 London, United Kingdom


Video Editor & Designer

Nascar, FedEx, Sprint, Switch Soda, Longwood University, Virginia Union University
2005 - 2007 Richmond, Virginia, United States


VCU Adcenter

Masters - Advertising

August 2006 - 2008 Richmond, Virginia, United States

Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelors - Communications

2001 - 2005 Richmond, Virginia, United States

Art Instruction Schools

Associates - Fine Art

1997 - 1999 Norfolk, Virginia, United States


The Green Prize

For Sustainable literature


The One Club

Gold Pencil


American Illustrator's Association

Upcoming Illustrator of the Year



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.”