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Hi, I'm Noah! I'm a queer, trans, freelance artist and illustrator from Atlanta, Georgia (stolen Muskogee land). I make art for, about, and in collaboration with my communities, who I define as trans kids, queer southerners, and sexual trauma survivors.  I create children's books, comics, paintings, zines, and whatever else brings me joy! I love working with kids, and often visit schools to lead workshops on art, gender, and storytelling.

My art explores queer futurism, gender euphoria, and dreamwork, seeking to better understand myself and my community by illustrating my own dreams and the dreams of my subjects. I find myself returning to themes of neurodivergence and survival, as I process and navigate my own PTSD and ADHD. My goal as an artist is to uplift trans youth, make space for community healing, and nurture post-traumatic growth for survivors. My work stems from a burning desire to tell the stories I needed to hear as a child, both to affirm trans kids, and to aid trans adults working to heal childhood wounds. I am interested in independent creative projects that imagine a world transformed by radical love and liberation.

When I'm not making art, you can find me wandering the Atlanta forest, puttering around in my garden, curled up with a book in my hermit home, or dancing my heart out at my local burlesque studio!

links:

If you like my work, you can follow me on Instagram, subscribe to my Patreon, and buy my art in two places: my Etsy shop, where I sell homemade  prints and stickers, and my shirt shop, where I design apparel to raise money for mutual aid. I also have a printable art activity for young kids to do at home, feel free to use it and share it!

current work:

 

My solo show, Protect Trans Dreams, is on display at Boston Children's Museum from April 13th to July 24th, 2022! Protect Trans Dreams is a series of large scale acrylic paintings celebrating seven local trans kids and their visions for the future. I have been working on this project in collaboration with kids and families since 2019, and I can't believe it's finally happening! You can learn more about Protect Trans Dreams here on my pagein the Boston Globe, or on the museum's website. Get tickets here. Gallery admission is included with general museum admission, and the museum offers $1 tickets on Sunday afternoons.

I am also slowly working on my first solo children's book, Mama Moon, and my first graphic novel, Cloudland. Both books are deeply personal, and are slated for publication by Henry Holt in 2024! Mama Moon is an illustrated poem about a child who muses that their mother, who has bipolar disorder, is like the moonCloudland is the story of a trans boy's first crush, at an all-girls summer camp in rural Georgia. Both books are based on my own childhood memories, as a trans boy growing up in Georgia, in a family deeply impacted by mental illness. I've been working on these two stories for what feels like forever, and I cannot wait to put them into the world!

published work:

 

I am the illustrator of It Feels Good To Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn (2019), The Every Body Book by Rachel Simon (2020), and The Gender Identity Workbook For Kids by Kelly Storck (2018). My art has also appeared in We're Still Here: An All Trans Comics Anthology (2018), The Transgender Heroes Coloring Book (2019), and on the covers of Rolling Warrior by Judy Heumann (2021), Too Bright To See by Kyle Lukoff (2021), The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean (2020), The Other Animals by Audible (2019), and Boston Pride Guide (2019 and 2020).

contact:

Say hi, don’t be shy! I am still booking events and school visits for 2022, with limited availability. If you are interested in hiring me to illustrate a book or book cover, please contact my literary agent, Kelly Sonnack, at kelly@andreabrownlit.com.  For all other inquiries, please use the form below.

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education:

 

I graduated from Lesley University in 2018, with a BFA in Illustration and a concentration in Creative Writing. I completed an AIR Serenbe Focus Fellowship in 2020, and returned to Serenbe in 2021 for an independent residency. I'm always looking for opportunities to continue my education, within and outside of academic structures. I believe in the power of communal knowledge; my community has taught me more than any institution ever could. I am always learning and unlearning!

values: 

 

I believe in art as a means of healing from trauma, envisioning dreams, and manifesting change, at both individual and collective scales. I believe in adrienne maree brown's fractal model of change, maintaining that "how we are at the small scale is how we are at the large scale"; therefore, we cannot enact systemic change in the world at large, without first visualizing change in ourselves and our communities, through art and other means of generative communication. I use my art to imagine a more equitable future, free of the violent cissexism of the colonial, carceral state. I believe that, by working together and rejecting the scarcity mindset that capitalism ingrains in us, we can dismantle systems of oppression and replace them with networks of community care. I support abolition of police and prisons, reparations, and Land Back. I am interested in creative work that centers and empowers marginalized voices, and inspires direct action towards liberation.

identity:

 

I am a white, able-bodied, neurodivergent, queer, nonbinary, transmasculine, trauma survivor. I strive in and out of work to be allied with, and follow the leadership of, Black, Indigenous, migrant, disabled, fat, femme, sex worker, and other marginalized communities. If you are looking to hire an artist who identifies within these communities, feel free to reach out, I will provide referrals to the best of my ability.

partial client list:

 

My clients are typically activists, educators, writers, publishers, and small businesses. Past illustration clients include Southern Fried Queer Pride, Trans Resistance MA, Transmasculinidad, Boston Pride, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Audible, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, New Harbinger Press, Beacon Press, Utile Design, and Berklee College. (These are clients who hired me to make art; see below for clients who hired me for speaking engagements, school visits, and community workshops.)

events:

 

I love visiting schools and community spaces, both physically and virtually! I have taught workshops at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, museums, libraries, book festivals, and community centers. Some of these spaces include Lesley University, Northeastern University, MassArt, Amherst College, the Henry Frost Children's Program, Milton Academy, Acton Academy at Serenbe, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children's Museum, Charis Books, Little Shop of Stories, and the American Library in Paris. Here are some photos from past events:

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