About CBIG

What is CBIG? CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group, was formed in 1987 by a group of Brooklyn illustrators to share publishing information and industry experiences. Today our member illustrators and author/illustrators create art for the trade, editorial, and educational markets, and work in product design, licensing, e-books, graphic and Web design, fine art, and animation. Some also do school visits or are teaching artists. CBIG members are brought together by their interest in producing exceptional artwork and books for children. CBIG’s guest speakers and portfolio reviewers include Illustrators, Editors, Art Directors, Art Reps, and other industry professionals. If you’re interested in being a guest speaker or portfolio reviewer, please contact Barbara at wavepaint@gmail.com. We provide an honorarium. For Artists: What does CBIG offer? CBIG meetings are held bimonthly at NYC member apartments. Meetings are open to all artists, from neophytes to published pros, who are interested in the field of children’s book illustration. CBIG’s guest speakers and portfolio reviewers include Illustrators, Editors, Art Directors, Art Reps, and other industry professionals. The following benefits are available with CBIG membership:

  • Networking opportunities at CBIG events
  • Access to CBIG’s meeting minutes archive, events schedule, mailing list, and more
  • Marketing opportunities, including our online presence and listserv; exhibition opportunities; our annual promotional postcard mailing to 200+ children’s publishing contacts; and a Member Page with self-managed portfolio on the CBIG Web site.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Invitation to the CBIG November Portfolio and Dummy Review, where members get one-on-one time with two editors/art directors of their choice.*

*For details, see the Join page.