a conversation with the ARTISTS of the CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS GROUP (CBIG)DM. Why did you choose this scene/character/story to illustrate?
as part of the exhibition:
DICKENS, A CELEBRATION IN PICTURES
ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS GROUP
August 25 – October 31, 2012
Yonkers Riverfront Library
One Larkin Center, Yonkers NY 10701
DAY OF DICKENS events:
September 13 and October 13
ARTIST: I love words and no one dishes up a better serving of words than the master himself, Charles Dickens. I have taken a famous scene from the two books that are his most known and loved by children (Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol). I chose these moments to illustrate from each book as they are a dramatic snapshot of character study. Dickens was famous for his never-ending plethora of characters. My third art piece is Charles Dickens.
- Clare Pernice
Like many fans of Oliver Twist, I remember the famous request, "Please Sir, I want some more." Oliver an orphan, who 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.- Laura Goetz
- Mike Herrod
DM. Did you discover something new or interesting while doing your research for this exhibit?
ARTIST: Yes. He liked animals. He had a favorite cat named Bob after his character, Bob Cratchit from "A Christmas Carol". Bob the Cat would sit on his desk and keep him company while he wrote. Apparently Dickens loved holding Bob's paw so much that when the cat died, Dickens had the paw stuffed and made into a letter opener - so he could continue holding his paw. This artifact resides at the NYPL. Dickens also had a pet canary named Dick that he pampered by feeding a thimbleful of sherry every morning.
- Diana Ting Delosh
DM. Did YOU LEARN TO APPRECIATE DICKENS FROM READING HIS WORK IN SCHOOL OR FROM SEEING A MOVIE OR PLAY?
ARTIST: In 7th grade our English Lit anthology was 2 inches thick and had NO PICTURES. When we read Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities, I doodled pictures of Madam DeFarge, Lucy Darnay, etc.
My classmates were very interested in how I visualized the characters. Little did I know that when I grew up I would do this for a living. Here is a picture I show kids when I do school visits.
- Doris Ettlinger
DM. Tell me about your illustration process.
ARTIST: I usually come up with ideas and layouts when I'm walking down the street. I do very rough sketches from these before researching the era, clothing online and in books or prints. I like to draw from life, but if I can't, I use photography, sometimes my own or found photos. Then I carefully sketch in the lightly finished lines and add in the color in whichever medium I choose based on the subject.
- MARILYN PAPAS
I START DRAWING THUMBNAILS ON LITTLE POSTIE NOTES, NAPKINS OR SCRAPS OF PAPER. THEN I RESEARCH DEPENDING ON WHAT I HAVE TO ILLUSTRATE. THAT MIGHT REQUIRE TRAVELING AND TAKING PHOTOS. AFTER THAT, I MAKE COLOR SKETCHES AND REVISE MY SKETCHES UNTIL I PICK ILLUSTRATIONS THAT ARE SUITABLE FOR THE PROJECT. I LIKE WORKING IN WATERCOLOR, GOUACHE AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS SUCH AS COFFEE AND TEA. I LOVE WORKING IN INKS TOO. THE COMPUTER SOFTWARE HAS HELPED ME IMMENSELY WITH MY WORK.
- ROBERTA RIVERA
There's always a gesture and expression I have in mind before I start. Then I try to create that gesture and expression by memory or image research and shooting my own photographs. The eyes are my favorite part. They can make or break a character or emotion.
- WALLACE WEST
This exhibition programming is underwritten by the Yonkers Public Library Foundation. Free and open the public.
For further information and a schedule and visit
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or call the library at 914-337-1500
This exhibition programming is underwritten by the Yonkers Public Library Foundation. Ages children - adults Free and open the public.