Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dickens: Vicky Rubin

I too chose The Old Curiosity Shop, since I like the idea of old curiosities. The first image shows 14-year-old Little Nell in the center, with her grandfather leading the way through the shop where the two live. The man in back has just helped Nell find her way home. 
Nell and her grandfather are forced to leave their home because he has lost all their money gambling. Nell goes to work for a traveling wax-works show. Image 2 shows her nervously sharing a room with the wax-works. 

The last image shows the evil Quilp horrifying his wife (in back) and mother-in-law as he gobbles down breakfast in a most uncivilized manner, bending the silver and even eating shrimp and eggs with their shells on.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dickens: Doris Ettlinger

I  have a page of sketches from 7th grade of characters from Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.  I show it as part of my school visit presentation.  Our literature text book had no pictures.  My illustration-deprived classmates were excited by my drawings of Madame De Farge and others in the story. That reaction was one of my motivators to become an illustrator.  

I googled "underrated Dickens novels".  The Old Curiosity Shop is an early novel, written serially.  Dickens' early characters were black and white, not as nuanced as in his later books.  It's the story of Nell, on the edge of maturity, whose grandfather is a gambling addict.  Nell gets Grandfather out of town to flee the clutches of the evil money lender Daniel Quilp. 

Nell is the angel of the story. I've suggested a halo with her bonnet.  

Daniel Quilp, who has no redeeming qualities, appears in his wharf shack surrounded by smoke from a faulty chimney and pipe smoke, the red flame reflected in his eyes.  A devil, indeed!  

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Dickens - Donna Miskend

From the exhibit Dickens, A Celebration In Pictures on view through Oct. 31, 2012 at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Also join us Oct. 13- Dickens Day click to view schedule
The Ivy Green, The Pickwick Papers (watercolor and pen)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dickens - Deborah Cuneo

My favorite Dickens story is A Christmas Carol. I have seen so many different versions 
and they all inspired me! I wanted to show the softer, more humorous side of Scrooge.  
 (This is done in Acrylic and Colored Pencils) 
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dickens Day: September 13th, Artist Reception Plus

Hope you can join us on  September 13th
 for the first of 2 Dickens event days. 
Part of the CBIG/Dickens Exhibit:  
Dickens, A Celebration In Pictures: 
Illustrations by the Children's Book Illustrators Group
August 25, 2012 - October 31, 2012 at the Yonkers Riverfront Library

(ages 3 up)
10am – 11am Dickens Story time with Kathleen Judd, children’s librarian in the Children's Rooms. 

11am – 12pm Craft session with Doreen Mulryan Marts, CBIG artist in the arts & crafts room

12 – 1:30pm book signing with Doreen Mulryan Marts, in the art gallery

(ages 5 and up)
1:30 – 2:30pm Drawing Dickens’ characters: demo and instruction with Wallace West, CBIG artist in the Arts & Crafts room

(teen through adult)
2:45 – 3:45pm Dickens Discussion Panel, moderated by Donna Miskend, CBIG exhibit curator with GUESTSElizabeth Bird, Youth Materials Specialist NYPL and children’s book review blog creator A Fuse #8 Production, Fred Kaplan, (in absentia, Q&A selections read from interview.) Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center CUNY, biographer (Dickens, A Biography), Mike J. Quinn, founder Friends of Dickens NY chapter, actor and writer, Catherine Robson, Associate Professor of English NYU specializing in 19c British literature and culture, faculty member of the Dickens Project. Yonkers Room

4 – 5:00pm Art demo about his illustration process with Wallace West, CBIG artist in the Art Gallery

4 – 5:30pm Creating Dickens Comic Book Art, demo, and discussion Where To Go From There, with Carol Burrell, Editorial Director Graphic Universe/a.k.a Klio web comic artist in the Yonkers Room 

5:45 – 6:45pm Performance Reading by the Friends Of Dickens in the Art Gallery
participating performers: Marilyn Baranoski, Kevin Quinn, Mike J. Quinn, Francie Scanlon, 
Dorothy Smith

6 – 8pm Artist Reception and book signings in the art gallery.
Book signing list posted at the library.

Book sale: CBIG artists and guests, available all day.

The 2nd Day of Dickens will be on Oct 13th - 
Please see the complete schedule of events for this show at
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Artist's Choice ~ Ginger Nielson

Do you ever wonder how Einstein may have spent his spare time as a child?  

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dickens - Diana Ting Delosh

A Ghost of a Wedding Cake
© Diana Ting Delosh
Black Medium Point Bic® Pen
This illustration is inspired by the Charles Dickens novel, Great ExpectationsMiss Havisham's wedding cake has been standing as it was the day she was jilted. Over the years the frosting has hardened and now the cake is inhabited by spiders, centipedes, noseeums, rats, ants and is festooned in cobwebs and dead roses. A ghost of a wedding cake for a ghost of  bride.

The above illo is part of the CBIG Illustration Exhibit, A Celebration of Dickens in Pictures at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Gallery. The show will run from August 25th to October 31st, 2012.  The artists reception will be on September 13th. For a complete schedule of events for this show please visit .

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Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Illustration on June 2, 2012 | The New York Public Library

Earlier this past summer CBIG Officers: Donna Miskend, Diana Ting Delosh, Vicky Rubin, H. Ruth Karpes and Madonna Davidoff were panelists at the New York Public Library speaking about what they love, illustration and CBIG. Please read all about it in this lovely article.

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Illustration on June 2, 2012 | The New York Public Library

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dickens - Marilyn Papas

"Young Charles Dickens Reading; Stoking the Fire of Imagination, ages 5-9, 1817-1821" 
  © Marilyn Papas

I chose to illustrate how Dickens' father's fine taste in books influenced his future interests. He was inspired to travel to Italy and look into the crater of Vesuvius. He would include a three year tour of Europe for David in "David Copperfield", when his ill young wife, Dora died. "David Copperfield" was thought to be his most autobigraphical book.

"Young Dickens Working at Warren's Factory, ages 12-13, 1824-1825"

    ©  Marilyn Papas
I chose to show how even though this was the most miserable year of Dickens' life, if he could've looked into a crystal ball and seen his future, it wouldn't have been so bad at Warren's Factory. He would've been able to endure his 10 hour work days gluing labels on to pots of boot black (shoe polish) in the rat infested falling down factory on the Thames. I show that he would he would wear "many hats" in his future and as a famous author someday, he would include this experience in a book called "David Copperfield". In the crystal ball, I show young David working at his evil stepfather's wine bottling factory in London. Mr. McCawber, (based on Dickens own father) his land lord and friend, is giving him wordly advice.

"A Future Author Meets Her Idol: Kate Douglas Wiggin Meets Dickens on a Train, 1868"
    © Marilyn Papas

I wanted to show a very warm, and charming moment in a wonderfully entertaining conversation 56 year old Dickens had with Kate Smith, age 12, on the train from a reading he gave in Portland, Maine on his way back to Boston in March 1868. They both loved "David Copperfield" the best; she read it six times except for the long boring parts. Dickens laughed and took out a journal to jot down exactly what they were. She would go on to become an author of 19 books including "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" in 1903 and "A Child's Journey With Dickens" in 1912.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dickens Laura Goetz

c 2012 Laura Goetz"Please sir, may I have some more?"

Like many fans of Oliver Twist, I remember the famous request, "Please Sir I want some more?"
Oliver an orphan is in a workhouse with desperately hungry boys, asks Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle for another portion of gruel.
I chose to illustrate the poor and less fortunate children in this scene, because unfortunately, hunger is still a reality in today's society. See more of my art at

I am honored my pastel illustration was selected for the front of the postcard invitation.  The back of the postcard has more CBIG exhibition/ event news and info for the Yonkers Riverfront Library.
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