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1. New MB Artists Catalog

MB Artists has released our newest catalog, themed "Adventure".  Check out all of fun new artwork!


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2. Gold Medal for "All My Stripes"

I am excited to announce that "All My Stripes" has been awarded a gold medal by Mom's Choice Awards!  Yay!

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3. NogginRings

I just got a product sample of the latest infant development toy from SmartNoggin, the NogginRings.  I worked on the parent guide that comes with the toy to detail different activities and techniques that parents can use to help their babies meet developmental milestones.  It was great to finally see the product in person, and my baby enjoyed testing it out as well!

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4. Cover Reveal

Rodeen Literary Management has released the cover for my upcoming book with Magination Press, "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf".  Look for this title in the spring of 2016!

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5. August update

Hi, All!  It's been a busy month!  I just finished the artwork for "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf", to be released by Magination Press in spring 2016!  I hope to be able to share some images from this book soon.  However, in the meanwhile, here is my new promotional piece.  I wanted to create something to appeal to upper elementary readers, and I have always loved magic, mystery and steampunk.  I had a lot of fun with lighting in this piece.  Hope you enjoy!

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6. MB Artists Promotional Catalog

My agent just released our new promotional catalog, themed "Ethnicity".  I love seeing all of the artists' interpretations!  Check it out!


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7. MB Artists Catalog

Check out the great artwork in my agent's new promotional catalog, themed "Perspective"!


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8. Rainy Day Friends

New promotional piece!

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9. Save the Date

Save the Date for an "All My Stripes"  book signing!  See you there!

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10. Book Release and Publishers Weekly

Exciting news!  "All My Stripes" has been released by Magination Press!  You can purchase the book through my store on my website, or through any bookseller.

 Also, Publisher's Weekly has announced by next picture book from Magination Press, "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf."  I'm working on the final art for this title right now, and am excited for its release in spring 2016!  In the meantime, check out this sneak peak at the character art!  I had a lot of fun designing Red's outfits!

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11. New MB Artists Catalog

Check out my agency's newest catalog, themed "Hobby"!  So many fun illustrations by some great artists!


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12. Highlights Hidden Pictures

Fun mail. A copy of "Highlights High Five" came in with one of my hidden pictures inside. Many of these horses pictured are similar to ones I played with as a child. Olivia and I had fun doing the puzzles in this magazine together today!

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13. Captain James and the Dragon

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14. It's Good To Be King

A little gift for my husband!  Happy New Year!

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15. Pre-Order "All My Stripes"

My newest picture book "All My Stripes" will be released on March 9, 2015, and is now available for pre-order!


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16. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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17. All My Stripes

It was a fun mail day for me.  I just got my illustrator copies of "All My Stripes", my newest picture book to be released by Magination Press in spring 2014.  "All My Stripes" is a story about a zebra named Zane who feels out of place due to his autistic stripe.  Zane's mother gives him space to express his feelings of being different, and helps Zane to see and appreciate his many other "stripes".  While "All My Stripes" is foremost a book that reaches out to children on the autism spectrum, it is also a great story for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider....which is something that I think everyone can relate to.  Since one of Zane's interests is math, I have hidden visual "Easter eggs" throughout the book that pertain to math and math history.  It was such a challenging, enriching and ultimately fun project to be a part of!  I can't wait for the release in the spring!

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18. Allie's Troll Bridge

I've been enjoying my maternity leave and spending some special time with my new baby Elyse and my "big girl" Olivia.  However, I was able to find a few moments to finish this illustration for my niece Allie, who is about to celebrate her first  birthday!  Happy Birthday, Allie!

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19. Business 101

Are you ready to officially set up shop in the illustration industry?  Check out my new post on Once Upon A Sketch about starting a small business for your freelance illustration.


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20. Highlights Fall Issue

Just got my illustrator copies for the new Highlights Fall Newstand issue! Olivia was so excited to see Mommy's artwork on the cover!  I remember loving Highlights as a kid, and it is great to now be a contributor to this magazine, which my own child now loves and looks forward to! 

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21. Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari

Hi All!  "Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari", has been released!  I've done the book covers for this new Christian series for tween-age girls.  Hope you enjoy!


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22. JZ Artworks has a New Look!

It's been a long time coming, but my website JZArtworks has a new look!  Thanks so much to my husband and personal web developer Romeo Zivoin for the beautiful new design, and for all of the UX coding to make this site more mobile-friendly.  Check it out!


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23. Highlights Winter Hidden Pictures

I love getting fun mail!  Today, I got my copies of the upcoming "Highlights" Hidden Pictures Seasonal Winter Edition, featuring my artwork on the cover!  Can you find all of the objects and hidden snowflakes?

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24. Welcome, Baby Elyse!

As many of you know, we have been expecting a baby, and are happy to announce that our second daughter Elyse Zivoin arrived this past weekend!  Our 3 year old daughter is very proud of being a big sister.  Elyse is doing very well, and we love having her in our family!

Also, the new MB Artists catalog, themed "School", has been released!  Check out my page at the end for a sneak peak at my newest picture book to be released by Magination Press in 2015....

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25. Day of the Dead

Check out this special Highlights hidden pictures image that I did for The Day of the Dead, sponsored by 20th Century Fox for their new movie "The Book Of Life".  This was a great piece to work on, because in addition to working with some fun imagery, I got to learn about another culture's holiday, which I was previously unfamiliar with.  I love how each of my projects opens the door for me to learn something new!  Happy Fall, everyone!

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