Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 Color Illustration Directory

 2014 Color Illustration Directory PDF
Finally the 2014 Color Illustration Directory featuring the art of 29 CBIG 2014 members. 

As the  theme of our 2014 Color was the 4 seasons,  members were asked to submit 1 image for any 1 of the seasons for the cover. We then asked our members to vote on the illustrations that they felt were the best for the season.  The cover winners are for: Fall - Allyn Howard, Winter - Melissa Iwai, Spring - Jason Kirschner, Summer - Yuko Katakawa.  Many of the remaining cover submissions were used throughout the book as spot art on the table of contents and member index pages.

Please click on the thumbnails of the 2014 Color Illustration Directory and/or the 2014 Black & White Illustration Directory in the sidebar to flip through the PDF booklets. Please go to to see more of our illustrators art.

Upcoming posts will feature the 39 promo pages in the 2014 Color Illustration Directory. Previous posts featured the promo pages in the Black & White directory.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2014 CBIG Black & White Illustration Directory

2014 Black & White Illustration Directory PDF
Tah Dah - the 2014 Black & White Illustration Directory! With the current rage in publishing centered around Middle Grade, Young Adult and even New Adult Books, we thought we'd give our 2014 members a chance to showoff their black and white illustrations. We envisioned this as a section in the 2014 illustrator directory but we gathered enough illustrations from our members to warrant it's own PDF Booklet. Please click here to flip thru the 2014 Black & White Illustration Directory CBIG Pages.

To create the cover we asked members to submit cover art and than the submissions were voted on by the 2014 membership.  The four winners are: Yuko Katakawa, Patricia Keeler, Allyn Howard, Barbara DiLorenzo. The remaining cover submissions were used throughout the book as spot art on the table of contents and member index pages.

Please go to to click on the link to our Illustrator Directories: 2014 Black & White Illustration Directory and 2014 Color Illustration Directory.

I will be featuring the illustrator pages in the upcoming posts for both directories. First up will be the 21 illustrators featured in the Black & White directory.

Monday, December 8, 2014

CBIG Promo Postcard 2014
All art work copyrighted by the individual artist that created it.
Please click on the image to see it bigger.
Here finally before it's 2015, is the CBIG Postcard that was sent out fall 2014. The front features 35 member illustrators and gives a hint of the diversity of illustration styles among our membership. The back of the card lists all 2014 members. Please go to our website to view more of our art and to take a gander at our 2014 CBIG Illustration Directories: COLOR and NEW for 2014, BLACK & WHITE.

Illustrators on the front of the card. From left to right, starting from the top row:
Patricia Keeler, Jason Kirschner, Angelique E. Anderson, Misa Saburi, Roberta Rivera,
Stephanie Ruble, Sharon Lane Holm, Nina Edwards, Christine Mix, Ginger Nielson,
Donna Miskend, H. Ruth Karpes, Gwen Connolley, Ruth Chan, Yuko Katakawa,
Lisa Falkenstern, T. T. Tyler, Catherine Stine, Lisa Cinelli, Karen Romagna,
Claude Martinot, Adrienne May, Marilyn Papas, Susie Lee Jin, Betsey Franco Feeney,
Deborah Cuneo, Kristine Lombardi, Jennifer Merz, Robin Meeks, Laura Goetz,
Vicky Rubin, Melissa Iwai, Doreen Marts, Barbara Dilorenzo, Diana Ting Delosh.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Book~ Ginger Nielson

This is the cover from my latest book illustration assignment. Sled Dog Poodles, by Karen Morss is the true life adventure of John "the Poodleman" Suter, who raced standard poodles in the Alaskan Iditarod.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tomie Semi-Finalist-Lisa Cinelli

Hi, hi, thrilled to be one of the fifteen semi-finalists in the latest Tomie dePaola Illustration Contest.

There is a second part to the contest for the semi-finalists.
Images and information copyrighted 2014-lisa cinelli
Painter, Author/Illustrator, Teaching Artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Patricia Keeler: Down at the Shore

©Patricia Keeler
Here is my submission for the June, 2014, New Jersey SCBWI art show, entitled Down At The Shore. My piece shows a crashing wave at the beach - and Lizzie lost her flip-flop.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CBIG Member Winners - NJ SCBWI Conference

CBIG is happy to announce that 2 of our members won awards at the 2014 June NJ SCBWI Conference for their illustrations in the Gallery Show. The theme of this year's show was SHOREJason Kirschner won honorable mention in the unpublished category and Deborah Cuneo won honorable mention in the published category. Kudos to Jason and Deborah.

© Jason Kirschner
© Deborah Cuneo

Monday, June 2, 2014

ABFFE auction

Members of CBIG have contributed to ABFFE's on-line auction of children's book illustrations in support of Kids Right To Read.  CLICK HERE to be taken to the auction.

The Kids Right To Read Program is co-sponsored by ABC Children’s Group of the American Booksellers Association and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) with the National Association Against Censorship.The on-line auction open to the public click HERE (opens: at noon, June 2, 2014 and closes, June 9, 2014 at noon), and there will be a holiday auction in the fall. For more information visit the web sites highlighted.  
Examples of books that have been banned or challenged effecting availability:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; Angels in America by Tony Kushner, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Click HERE to see more books, many considered literary classics and important portrayals of American history.
Contributing CBIG artists include:
Wallace West · Jennifer Thermes · Vicky Rubin · Stephanie Ruble ·  Marilyn Papas · 
Clare Pernice · Christine Mix · Donna Miskend · Doreen Marts · Nina Mata · 
Patricia Keeler · Melissa Iwai · Lisa Cinelli

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vicky Rubin - Blue Warthog

Here are a couple of new images for a postcard of a blue warthog and friend. As you can see, she's initially displeased. If it pleases you, you can see them over on my blog at

Monday, January 20, 2014

Roberta Rivera - Tomie Illo

Roberta Rivera © 2014
watercolor, salt and digital inking.

My entry for the Tomi de Paola contest and exhibit. A Sneeze is a Breeze.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Diana Ting Delosh - Tomie Illo

Elephant Sneeze © Diana Ting Delosh
ink watercolor and digital
A sneeze may be a breeze, unless of course, you're an elephant. In which case, BEWARE!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tomie Illo - Ginger Nielson

© Ginger Nielson
This was my entry to the Tomie de Paola challenge. I actually had another illustration in mind, but this one was the one I submitted. Sometimes I wonder if I rethink things too much. I loved working on the challenge and look forward to this each year. I am not sure if the fact that the child is sneezing the critters right off his quilt quite got through, but that is what was intended.

Tomie Illo - Patricia Keeler

© Patricia Keeler

Entry for the 2014 SCBWI Tomie DePaola Illustration Contest.
Patricia Keeler -website

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wise words from Twain for the New Year...

Loved these words from Mr. Twain. So inspiring! Wishing all of my fellow CBIG friends the very best in 2014. Can't wait to see all of you! :)  -kristine

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Kidlit auction for the Philippines

This auction is to raise money for the Philippines relief effort. It's being held now til Dec. 6 at

Facebook page:

Items include an amazing assortment of art/manuscript crits from authors, illustrators, and editors; a Web site consultation; books, art, school visits, and more.

Here's my donation, an ms or dummy crit:

Member Diane Allison is offering an NYC author-illustrator school visit that sounds great!

Please bid on any item (or more than one) for a great cause!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Art Auction: American Booksellers for Freedom of Expression

The American Booksellers For Freedom of Expression Holiday Auction is Live. American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) Click HERE for the link. New work will be added about every five minutes. November 26 - Dec 2, 2013

CBIG members: Vicky Rubin, Angelique Anderson, Marilyn Papas, Donna Miskend and Madonna Davidoff are among the many children's book industry wide illustrators participating in this worthy cause.  Both prints and original artwork are included.