Queens brothers create ‘2 Brown Boys’, a range of greeting cards featuring various characters

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) — Two Queens brothers are using their artistic talents to create a line of greeting cards, featuring characters that look like them and their families.

Since Chase and Cruze Brown were old enough to hold a pencil, it was clear that their drawings were exceptional.

“Their teachers were sending homework and circling things… their kindergarten teacher was sending back, gifted, seeing little signs that there was something special there,” mother Nahdi Brown said.

Over the years, their sketchbooks have filled the basement of their home in Jamaica, Queens. Then their father, Rick Brown, had an idea.

“We have to do something with this, it’s not right to have all this art hidden here under a desk for the rest of our lives,” he said.

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The family has thought, researched and just launched “2 Brown Boys”, a line of greeting cards showcasing the art of the brothers.

“When kids see themselves as these powerful characters, I think that’s important, it really shows the potential and what they could do,” Cruze Brown said.

The series is a mix of drawings from their archives with new material.

The boys, now aged 15 and 17, were self-taught and focused on creating diverse characters.

When they were kids, they say they didn’t see many characters that looked like them.

“I would love to draw myself, cartoons for the white cause, I was mirroring what I saw and I don’t want other kids having to go through that,” Chase Brown said.

The brothers said they are not competitive and generally collaborate more than compete.

It’s a real team effort with Nahdi and Rick Brown taking care of the commercial side. In doing so, Chase and Cruze learn the ins and outs of being entrepreneurs.

“We have many facets and it’s important for the world to see that, especially young people,” said Nahdi Brown.

The boys are branching out and incorporating their work into fashion and exploring the digital world of NFTs.

They told Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson that if you have a talent, you have to somehow show it to the world.

You can order cards from their website. For more, you can check them out on social media on Facebook and Instagram, just search “2brownboysgreetings”.

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