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 The theme of this year's show was SHOREJason Kirschner won honorable mention in the unpublished category and Deborah Cuneo won honorable mention in the published category.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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving land on the same day for a once in a lifetime mash-up: Happy Thanksgivukkah!

-Ann Koffsky

Monday, November 18, 2013

Morris... the Downside-up Bat, H. R. Karpes

Morris...the Downside-Up Bat  is about a nonconforming (and adorable) little bat who isn't afraid to be himself and surmounts all bat obstacles, including bullies, as he succeeds in launching his career as a singing sensation.
Book is available online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Links are on author illustrator, H. R. Karpes' website  Retail it's available in Barnes & Noble  etc.

Friday, October 18, 2013

CBIG Promo Postcard 2013

Ta Dah! Just sharing our lovely 2013 CBIG Promo Postcard.  Click on image to see it a little bigger.
CBIG Illustrators appearing on the front of the Promo Postcard. From left to right beginning at the top:
Diana Ting Delosh, Yuko Katakawa, Barbara Dilorenzo, Susie Lee Jin, Roberta Rivera, Jennifer Merz, Laura Goetz, H. R. Karpes, Jason Kirschner, Karen Romagna, Ginger Nielson, Mike Herrod, Leeza Hernandez, Lisa Falkenstern, Maria Madonna Davidoff, Betsy Franco Feeney, Lisa Cinelli, CBIG Logo type, Doris Ettlinger, Patricia Keeler, Nikos Michalakis, Nancy Doniger, Deborah Cuneo, Allyn Howard, Kristine Lombardi, Amalia Hoffman, T. T. Tyler, Sharon Lane Holm, Donna Miskend, Stephanie Ruble, Vicky Rubin, Sara Kahn, Wallace West, Marilyn Papas, Melissa Iwai.  

 All images are Copyrighted by the individual artists ©2013
The back of the card lists the names of all our 2013 members and mentions our Latest endeavor the CBIG Fall/Winter 2013 Illustrators Directory.

for more info about our group go to

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Diane Allison - Puppet Performance/Workshop 10/13

Diane will have a workshop performance on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 5pm at TADA theater, 15 W 28th St. NYC. It's an hour long with time for feedback at the end. It's called MIRIAM. She'll be building a life-sized puppet on stage with stuff lying around the room; then the puppet comes to life. Here's a link to the poster on her website:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Roberta Rivera's New Website

  One of Roberta's new illustrations from her website
  Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving
  This illustration is cater for Older Middle Grade and YA.

She has a new website and here it is
New work will be posted often so come by and check it out.

Thank you.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Laura Goetz - Artist Choice

c Laura Goetz All Rights Reserved
Watercolor painting by Laura Goetz illustrating, Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale, " The Fall of the House of Usher." 

View more work: htpp://Lauraspencil.blogspot or  http://  Laura Goetz portfolio 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Madonna Davidoff Sketch

Maria Madonna Davidoff

Hansel and Gretel in Bali

line art by Madonna Davidoff  2013

Part of some sketches I made for the SCBWI Illustrators bootcamp in NYC

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New Book ~ Ginger Nielson

I just completed work for a new book that is due out this fall.  "The Phantom Poodle of Rainy Pass" keeps two young girls on the lookout for a mysterious dark figure in the Alaskan winter.  Based upon a true story told by John 'the Poodleman' Suter to the late Dan Levinson, the book is geared toward 6-12 year olds but will certainly hold the interest of younger and older readers.  John Suter was the first musher in the Iditarod to hitch standard poodle dogs to his racing sled.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sara Kahn - Seasons, Rhymes in Time arrived from the printer!

The book I spent the last two years illustrating: Seasons, Rhymes in Time arrived from the printer. I like the way they printed the spot UV on the cover, it makes the leaves shiny and the white part matte.

I wrote a blog post about my illustration process, the blog post address is:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TRUCK STOP Book Launch- Melissa Iwai

I’m thrilled to announce the release of TRUCK STOP, written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by me!  The official Viking pub date is this Thursday, but our blog tour started yesterday.  TRUCK STOP is a fun picture book for young kids that celebrates all the different trucks and their drivers who gather for breakfast every day at the young narrator’s family’s truck stop diner.

When I first was offered the manuscript in 2011, I was so excited to see it was written by Anne.  I’ve been a big fan for a long time.  She`s written over 100 children’s books for all ages, on topics ranging from boats, history, mythology, to the first day of school, bugs, to the seasons.  Go check out her collection of books here!  Needless to say, I didn’t need much time to think it over and said “yes” to my editor immediately.
Most people don’t realize it, but usually the author and illustrator don’t meet or collaborate at all on the book.  Exceptions are made, of course, if they are married, related, or perhaps have worked together in the past.  So it was such a pleasure last week when I finally had the opportunity to meet Anne in person.  We had been corresponding via Facebook  for the past year after I turned the artwork in (yes, it takes a year for a book to be printed!)

I knew I wanted to use collage for the illustrations of TRUCK STOP.  I like painting, but I feel that collage forces me to keep the shapes simpler and that's what I wanted.  So the artwork is a sort of combination of both.  Parts of it are painted (the skies and a lot of the paper used in the collages).  But I glued everything together to make a whole.

Melissa Iwai © 2012

I also wanted to incorporate white space into my artwork to give it some lightness.  The structure of having each truck drivers introduced along with their breakfast item lent itself well to that approach.

Melissa Iwai © 2012
Anne and I will be doing book events in the area.  If you are nearby, please stop by and get a signed copy!  We will both be at Book Court in Brooklyn at 11 am on June 1.  I will be alone at Greenlight Bookstore participating in some “Artists’ Battles” (I’m a little nervous since I’ll be “competing” against Sophie Blackall and Sergio Ruzzier and Melissa Guion….!) this coming weekend, May 18 at 11 am.  Come cheer me on!
In the next two weeks, Anne and I will also be doing a blog tour.  Our book will be reviewed and given away on several blogger’s sites.  I will be tweeting about it and will also be hosting a give away of a signed book on my blog, The Hungry Artist, so stay tuned.
Here are some giveaways already going on if you want to try and win a copy!
For some fun free downloadable games, puzzles, and coloring sheets based on TRUCK STOP, please visit the Activity Sheets section of my website here!