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... it's a mock-up of work from my Summer 2010 MFA endeavor at Marywood University's 'Art of Children's Book Illustration' class.
I was hesitant about taking on the daunting task of illustrating a children's book, but my wonderful professors, Megan Halsey and Melanie Hall were so positive and supportive during our initial meeting, I felt energized about completing this project.
Everyone in the class was assigned a manuscript and I believe they picked the perfect one which allowed me to explore my artistic strengths. I have crafted a style of art where I use the xerography process (photocopy words and sometimes images) and hand-tear the resulting paper palette to create my imagery. I created several (political) pieces of artwork using this collage technique prior to this class (my first piece was in 2004). but I believe by spending almost a year + on perfecting these illustrations (I did several versions of each spread) has allowed me to successfully showcase my style of illustration and offer this service to my clients (Thank you M & M!)
The slideshow below is the final project, a complete 32 page illustrated book of her manuscript. I sent numerous copies to publishing houses for review and have received wonderful feedback from many of them, but no one has officially agreed to publish this version. Even though I did receive approval from Miriam's estate to solicit prospective publisher's with my version of 'Lazy Day', I believe because this was previously published (and is not in public domain) I am wrestling with an additional obstacle of having a prospective publisher weed through attaining her estate's publishing credits. However, I am still soliciting, but mainly as a portfolio piece which showcases my illustration capabilities. For this reason, I figured I'd just post the entire book as a part of my portfolio.
I am working on writing and illustrating my own book, but I realize, even as an illustrator with a specific style, breaking into children's book publishing is not only a crap shoot, but if someone decides to pick up your book, it's also a mighty long process until the work is published. It may be a long journey, but I am set for the challenge and will keep everyone posted of my progress.
Until then, I am happy to share with you and hope you enjoy my version of Miriam Schlein's 'Lazy Day'!
(As of 2012, all imagery below is for educational use only, not for print publication Credits: Artwork © Christina Galbiati; words © Miriam Schlein).
Shown below is my handmade paper collage illustration shown at the "Art Takes Times Square" show in NYC on June 18th. Much thanks to Michelle Hunter, (http://twitter.com/artcoholic) for taking the picture. (Direct link to her photos: http://a.yfrog.com/img861/8692/dppf.jpg)
Show below is the full image, a 12" x 12" paper collage; subject/inspiration for the piece was Monotype Imaging, s global font company. They provide "text imaging and graphical user interface solutions to consumer electronics devices." They also offer "font solutions to independent software vendors who develop applications and operating systems."
Since they specialize in all things type, I decided to create a custom handmade illustration using their name, and also using as inspiration for the main type/image, the individual metal type characters that were used to set type on old-school letterpress printing machines (Vandercook/Linotype, etc).
The background pattern was created via the xerography process; using their name in 11pt Goudy Type, and repeatedly copied using a photocopy machine. (Materials used: French Paper, Grape Jelly and Razzle Berry (28/70lb text), French Paper Construction, Steel Blue (28/70lb text), solid black toner ink.)
The result is a handmade paper collage illustration, which symbolizes the importance of tangible print media/type communication in today's digital dependent society.
(Original artwork is available for purchase; email: email@example.com with subject of email "Monotype" for pricing.)
...click 'collect me' in the top right corner of this page link (if you are not a member, a quick sign-up needed) to vote for my artwork on artistswanted.org. The prize: a whopping $10,000 grant and a solo gallery show in NYC!! The voting is only open for the NEXT 6 days, so act fast!
I have over 100+ pieces of artwork completed and ready-to-show (below is sample).
I thank you in advance for your support!
All my best,
Essence Fine Arts and Literary Magazine is a collaborative effort of Kutztown University students who share and express personal feelings, philosophies, and views through the artistic media of photography, illustration, life drawing, painting, fine metals, sculpture, crafts, poetry and short stories. The works contained within (this publication) are considered, by the Essence staff members, to be some fine examples of creative art and literary expression of Kutztown students.
In its 19th year, I was honored to partake in this legacy, and become faculty design advisor for this 2012 issue. The project begins in the fall when the literary staff puts a call out for submissions; the design staff follows suit in the spring, seeking fine art submissions. After jurying, the design staff gets to work; creating a layout that supports their concept, while successfully integrating all of the art and literary works accepted.
The result is a beautifully designed, 32-page publication; 3000 copies are printed and distributed throughout campus and the downtown area. Capping off the two-semester effort, is the finale, a launch party at Eckhaus Gallery.
Designers Rachel Hickey and Jenn Haskins crafted a statement that summarized their inspiration for this year's design: "The word. Essence as light captures the definition of essence as, the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, that determines its character. Light is the root of how we see, how we interpret, how we discover and most importantly how we experience life. The background photography is heavily influenced by the photographer Uta Barth. As our inspiration developed, we hoped to capture various environments that surround us by transforming them from the recognizable to the mere essence of the space."
I would like to take the time to acknowledge the hardworking 2012 staff: Senior Designers: Jenn Haskins, and Rachel Hickey for their wonderful concept and beautiful design; Co-Editor's: Philip Baily and Kyle Yadlosky; Secretary: Caitlin Romascavage; Treasurer and Junior Designer: Lenny Marchica; as well as Literary Advisor: Dr. Tony Bleach; and Professor Kate Clair ( on sabbatical this semester, her role as design advisor for the past 18 years has made this organization a success).
The Essence staff expresses appreciation to all its contributors and readers for sharing in this student publication.
We invite everyone to attend the launch party at Eckhaus Gallery, 157 Main Street, Kutztown, tonight from 7-9pm.
(above) poster design for launch party, designer: Lenny Marchica
(below) cover and interior spreads from the 32-page publication, designers: Jenn Haskins, Rachel Hickey
(left) Jason Rowles: Memorial Chamber, Pricetown, Pa. 2011, Oil; Amy Patt: "What Occupies My Dreams"
(right) Gillian Beck: Tacazze Sunbird, Watercolor; Olive Pegler: "When A Hearts Of No Use"
(below, left) Jacob McCauley, Nowhere In Kutztown; Katie Marrone, "The Box"
(below, right) Diana Balderson: Is That George Washington or Is It Your Grandmother?, Oil; Amanda Glenlast: "Not So Hopeless After All"
(below, left) Daniel Warnander: Untitled, Intaglio Etching; Devin Shingle: "Sunday"; (right) Amanda Quevedo, Identity, Photograph
(below, left) Daniel Green: Conflict, Linocut; Janna Adams: "The Trend"
(below, right) Katie Hosler: Reclining Nude, Acrylic & Oil; Caitlin Romascavage:"Exhale"
... below, a recent redesign of technical data sheets for a chemical pigment distributor (top image: old design of the technical inserts; bottom images: final redesign, front/backs) Enjoy! – CG
For Christina Galbiati’s art/Illustration site click here.