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My newest picture book "All My Stripes" will be released on March 9, 2015, and is now available for pre-order!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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.
It's been a busy summer! I've been working on a new picture book, and also many images for Highlights and Highlights High Five Magazines. Check out the cover artwork for the new Highlights Hidden Pictures special Fall Edition, coming out this week!
"Painted Lanterns", along with other pieces by many of my fellow MB Artists, is up for auction to benefit Wee Hopes. With your help, WeeHopes.org is working to raise $15,000 toward funding a library in Gondar, Ethiopia. All proceeds from the auction go toward the library, populating the library with books and furniture, and training/staffing the library. Together, we can bring the power of reading to children the world over! Also, check out Wee Hopes on Facebook!
Hi everyone! Check out my new post on Once Upon A Sketch about the basics of transitioning from traditional illustration to digital illustration!
Check out the great new artwork in my agent's newest promotional catalog! All artists created pieces with a "Food" theme. I highly recommend sitting down with a bowl of ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate while browsing! Enjoy!
Folioplanet is featuring several of MB Artists' talent for their Father's Day blog, and one of my pieces has been included! This piece was created a few years ago as a gift for my husband on his first Father's Day, and still has a special place in my artist's heart. Thanks, Folioplanet, and Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there!
I created this piece for my agent's upcoming catalog, with the theme "Transportation". I think every kid's favorite mode of transportation is imagination and a cardboard box!
My newest books "Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek" and "Riley Mae and the Ready Eddie Rapids" have been released by Zonderkidz! I did the covers and the spot art chapter headers for these middle-grade chapter books about a girl named Riley Mae who becomes the spoke-girl for Swiftriver Shoe Company. Soon she's appearing in commercials and magazine ads, and every girl in town wants to wear Riley Mae shoes. Well, except for Riley. Because walking in those shoes means missing out on softball season, making her best friend TJ mad, and embarrassing her new friend, Rusty. It also means sneaking around, hiding, and keeping secrets---because suddenly something isn't quite right at Swiftriver. But a contract's a contract, so Riley laces up her 'Rock Shocker' hiking boots for a climb up Half-Dome in Yosemite. Will they be the right shoes to get her back on solid ground?
Hi All! Check out my first post to Once Upon A Sketch! I offer tips and advice for setting the right goals for 2014 for your business and portfolio.
My agency, MB Artists, just released its new quarterly promotional catalog. The theme this time was "Transportation." Hope you enjoy all of the new illustrations by our artists!
Check out my new post at Once Upon A Sketch! It's about the Indiana SCBWI conference that I attended a few weeks ago What a great experience!
Check out my new portfolio piece, inspired by my current chocolate cravings, and my daughter who loves bunnies. I really enjoyed researching retro diner designs and colors for this piece. Enjoy!