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: https://www.facebook.com/KidLitPhil

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

Happy Thanksgivukkah! -Ann Koffsky

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 Indie.com. Links are on author illustrator, H. R. Karpes' website http://hruthkarpes.com.  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 CBIG-NYC.com

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: http://www.dianewallison.com/id40.htm

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  www.robertariveraart.com.
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:// www.cbig-nyc.com  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!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vicky Rubin - Book Expo America auction piece

The Tailors and the Snail, Mother Goose Rhyme
This is my donation for the Children's Book Silent Auction at Book Expo. It's to raise funds to fight children's book censorship. There is also a weeklong online silent auction beginning May 18. The print illustrates the Mother Goose rhyme The Tailors and the Snail. To read the rhyme on my Web site, click here.

Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are was banned when it came out for its new and, for the times, disturbing content, and he battled with editors for four years over the content before they agreed to publish it. Read about the censorship here. His In the Night Kitchen has also been frequently challenged because of its depiction of nudity.That's why book lovers need to continue this fight. Here is info about the auction:

Monday, May 6, 2013

Madonna Davidoff at Book Expo America

One of my original illustrations will be auctioned off at the 
on  May 29, 2013 from 5:30 -9:30 PM
during the Book Expo America at the Javits Center in New York City 

The proceeds of this auction will support freedom of speech for everyone
in the children’s books industry.

The Book Expo America runs from May 29 - June 1,2013

My illustration and design for the Picture book entitled: 

At Home Around the World
Written and illustrated by Madonna Davidoff

© 2012 Madonna Davidoff

publication date: Sept.2013     published by BaliBliss Press

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Donna Miskend - Jumpin' In Those Spring Showers!

Ha! Bunny Splash, © Donna Miskend 2013
This illustration is included in work on auction at the 19th Annual Children's Book Art Auciton, to support The Kids Right To Read Program, sponsored by ABFFE. They work against censorship of books. Did you know that these books have been banned or challenged for availabilityTo Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; Angels in Americaby Tony Kushner, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. The on-line auction opens May 18. For further information, click HERE
web site: www.DonnaMiskend.com   blog: www.donnamiskend.blogspot.com

Monday, March 18, 2013

Vicky Rubin - Mother Goose

I Had a Little Husband

 I had a little husband no bigger than my thumb,
I put him in a pint-pot, and there I bid him drum;
I bought a little handkerchief to wipe his little nose
and a pair of little garters to tie his little hose.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

          Roberta Rivera illustrations  http://roberta-rmriveraillustrator.blogspot.com
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ginger Nielson ~ New Book

This is the newest book I illustrated. From Little Peanut Books.  The book comes with an interactive lullaby that can be heard with a scan from your smart phone or just by visiting  the publishers website.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Vicky Rubin - Mother Goose

 The Tailors and the Snail

Four and twenty tailors went to kill a snail
The best man among them durst not touch her tail
She put out her horns like a little Kyloe cow.
Run, tailors, run! She'll kill you e'en now.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mother Goose: Laura Goetz

  c 2012 Laura Goetz,  Little Miss Muffit

Little Miss Muffit is a pastel illustration in the Mother Goose Re-Imagined, CBIG Exhibit at the Flinn Gallery.  The show features Mother Goose illustrations in a variety of art styles and mediums.  An event for children's book lovers of all ages, open until January 16, 2013.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

CONVERSATIONS with Donna Miskend: ART

CONVERSATIONS with Donna Miskend: ART: Mother Goose-Interview with the Artists Part I   I   as part of the exhibit: Mother Goose Re-Imagined Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Pub...

Head on over to the above link where a few CBIG illustrators discuss their art process.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Mother Goose - Diana Ting Delosh

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
© Diana Ting Delosh

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
© Diana Ting Delosh

3 Bold Mice
© Diana Ting Delosh
The above 3 ink and watercolors are currently hanging in the CBIG Mother Goose Re-Imagined Illustration Exhibit at the Flinn Gallery

I hope you get a chance to view the art on site before the show ends on January 16th. This blog is just giving a taste of the wonderful art and the lovely venue.

For more info - Please visit: dianadelosh.com