Kristine began her career in advertising and promotions, working on everything from Pepsi and ConAgra to Orbitz and Tanqueray. In 2003 she left agency life to pursue both design and illustration-working with publishers, event planners, magazines, PR firms, corporate clients and greeting card companies . She added author to her title with the debut of her first picture book "Lovey Bunny" in 2015 (Abrams) Her second book "The Grumpy Pets" received a glowing New York Times review and was named a "Children's Choice" selection by the International Literacy Association. Her books have been translated in Romanian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Her work on “Mr. Biddles” (Harper Collins) was featured in Uppercase’s “Ephemera” book in 2019. She recently illustrated a much needed picture book for Macmillan about diversity (Christy Ottaviano Books) which releases in Spring 2020.
Kristine also teaches illustration classes at the Montclair Art Museum and through community outreach programs-working with everyone from 5 years of age to 90. She creates artwork for the licensing industry and works on everything from greeting cards and gifts to decorative tableware, soft goods and wall art. Kristine posts work-in-progress and colorful illustrations on her Instagram account "illustrationlombardi" ( you really should follow her, by the way! ) An early riser, Kristine can be found creating in her sunny studio, while her sweet calico rescue Boo naps nearby.
She is a member of SCBWI, CBIG and The Author's Guild. Here are some of her clients:
Partial Client List:
Abrams Books for Young Readers, Andrews McMeel/Universal, American Greetings, Arnold, Arthur Frommer, Bloomingdales, Cargill, Central Market, Conde Nast, Delta, Disney/Hyperion, Hallmark, Harlequin Books, Harper Collins, Hearst, Henry Holt, Hill Holiday, Houghton Mifflin, MacMillan, McCann Erickson, Marian Heath, Meredith Corporation, Merrill Lynch, MSLO, New York Observer. Papyrus, Publix, Random House,Reader’s Digest, The Richards Group, Rodale, Inc., Running Press, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Tracy Locke, Unilever Foods, Vanity Fair, Wayfair and Wiley & Sons
Publications showcasing Kristine’s work:
Uppercase Magazine Issue #43-featured for hand lettering.
Ephemera “Encyclopedia of Inspiration” Janine Vangool/Uppercase
1,000 Handmade Greetings: Creative Cards and Clever Correspondence Laura McFadden
More Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists Jenny Doh
Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career Katherine Sise
What Alice Forgot Lianne Moriarty
Noah Webster: Man of Many Words Catherine Reef
Your Daughter’s Bedroom Joyce T. McFadden
Gracefully Grayson Ami Polonsky
Sharon Draper’s “Hazlewood High" Trilogy of YA novels Forged by Fire, Tears of a Tiger, Darkness Before Dawn