A bit about me..

I’m a children’s book illustrator who lives in the Bay Area, California. Since ’98, through my company, gabbyandco.com, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with various companies designing, illustrating and hand-lettering for the technology, greeting card, medical, toy, and publishing industries.

More recently, I’ve been devoting all of my time to my first love, children’s books. I have stacks and stacks of books and continue to collect them. I’m represented by the wonderful Nicole Tugeau of Tugeau2.com and have worked with great clients in the children’s publishing industry. My work consists of lots of sketching (I love pencil and paper), watercolors, gouache, colored pencils, pen and ink, and other media with digital touches in the finished work. I find lots of inspiration on my daily walks with our dog, Zsofi, but mostly from my incredibly smart and talented daughters & husband.

If you’d like to view more of my work, please visit my children’s illustration site, www.shirleyngbenitez.com

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Friends of Calligraphy
Pacific Scribes
PBAA – Association of Professional Children’s Trade Book Illustrators since 1990

Here are a few other places you’ll find me:

Twitter: @shirleysillos
Instagram: @shirleysillos