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LAWSUIT! was an idea created by Tina Nelson, an attorney and mother, as a gift to her husband for Father’s Day, to teach their three children a little bit about what she and their father do as attorneys.

After copyrights and a patent were obtained, Leslie Cober-Gentry was asked to create the illustrations that would make the game unique.

“Tina showed me her idea, and I thought it would be fun to have the game flow around columns that resembled my unique version of the Supreme Court.

“I wanted the game board to resemble a courthouse with great steps, a banner that would state LAWSUIT! and a frieze bas-relief at the rooftop which would show adult’s and children playing the game.

”After creating sketch ideas and then finished illustrations for the game board,
money and question cards, it was extremely exciting to see LAWSUIT! printed, packaged, and boxed.

“And who would believe that the game would eventually be sold in The Supreme Court gift shop!”

LAWSUIT! recently won Creative Child Magazine’s 2012 Game of the Year Award for the 7th year in a row, was named “Best Game” by Grandparents Magazine, and “Best Gift Under $300 for Lawyers by Associated Content, the People’s Media Company.

LAWSUIT! has been featured in several publications and television shows, including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, New York Magazine, CNN Money, and Newsday, Fox News, CNBC,  and ABC.

Lawsuit game
An eclectic collection of treasured art, stylish accents, and curious furnishings sprout throughout this 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom colonial, reflecting the character and background of its owners—one a doctor, the other a highly regarded illustrator.

Built in 1998 by Sherwood Homes, the structure, perched along Sherwood Farm Road, has immediate curb appeal. Homeowner and professional illustrator Leslie Cober-Gentry explains that the home design was offered as a template, which she and her husband, Eric, a doctor of pulmonary and critical-care medicine, modified to create more flow and spaciousness.

A bluestone path leads from a three-car garage to a columned portico at the center of the meringue-yellow, two-story haven. Inside, an inviting foyer is grounded by white-crystal marble tiles and accented with Murano glass sconces. A handsome office with formal Baker desk, leather recliner, mini-bar, and built-in shelving is just off the main hallway, with a small half-bath with glass-basin sink nearby.

In the kitchen, the white-marble flooring plays off contemporary maple cabinetry, granite-topped counters, a center island outfitted with stainless-steel bar stools with Lucite seats, and a full complement of stainless-steel Thermador and Sub-Zero major appliances. The real standout features here, though, are a hand-blown Venetian-glass chandelier hovering above a Saarinen breakfast table with lime-green Jacobsen chairs; and hand-cut, white-glass backsplashes. “Designer Jo Ann Ceasrine assisted me with choosing the tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms,” says Cober-Gentry. “She has a great sense of textures.”

In the family room, with its 18-foot-high vaulted ceiling, one is treated to a host of visuals—and history—that delight. On the contemporary end, large picture windows, a granite-framed fireplace, chocolate and cantaloupe–colored furniture, and a unique Ligne Roset rug with the texture of a Rastafarian’s dreadlocks present a fresh-faced palate. On the historical front, a mix of antiques, including a hand-carved carousel rooster and a candy-striped barber pole circa 1900, provide intrigue.

But it is framed sketches of sports figures Pete Rose, Don King, and Sugar Ray Leonard and a fun-looking ceramic character peering down from built-in shelving that coaxes Cober-Gentry to mention some remarkable family factoids. “My dad, Alan E. Cober, was a well-known illustrator who was just inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame along with Norman Rockwell and Howard Pine,” she says. “His work really changed illustration from a classic-American style to a conceptual, journalistic view. His sketches are featured throughout our home. While he achieved amazing success as an illustrator, in the 1980s he wanted to move into a different medium and began creating ceramic figures. These were essentially his illustrations materializing with a third dimension. He was really becoming established in this category before his untimely death at 62 in 1998.”

Besides the notable sports stars he sketched, Cober traveled with Time on Presidential campaigns, was an artist for NASA, and accompanied Pope John Paul II on a tour of the U.S. He and his wife Ellen were also among the leading American art collectors in the country.

Paintings from the Cobers’ collection, created by American masters of the 1800s, grace the Cober-Gentry dining room on the opposite side of the house. Decorated with Italian contemporary furniture, the space flows into the living room, where hardwood-oak floors meet Baker side tables.

Below, the furnished basement boasts a media room with pool table, air hockey, sitting area with flat-screen TV, and full bath. Facing the backyard, a sunroom/gym with terracotta-tiled floors and French doors spills out onto a raised deck with hot tub and views of a Gunite pool, white pines, spruce, lilacs, and other assorted trees. The top floor offers a vaulted master bedroom with walk-in closet, Italian-cherry furniture, and a Michel Ducaroy–designed Togo chaise—also from Ligne Roset. Two more bedrooms, connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, are occupied by the couple’s two children.

Perhaps the space that Cober-Gentry is most at home is her studio, where she has worked on hundreds of assignments for magazines and corporations. “This is where I do all my creating and illustration work, which was inspired by my dad,” she says. “My studio also houses my various collections—iconic advertising dolls, vintage cake toppers, and toy figurines.”

Cober-Gentry’s humorous “anything goes” style is echoed in the architectural highlights and artwork in her home. Here, she says, “Heirlooms find a comfortable balance with more contemporary works and sleek modern furniture.”

Fairfield magazine

New York Mets Hall of Fame recipient Darryl Strawberry visited the classroom of Fashion Institute of Technology instructor Leslie Cober-Gentry. The fourth semester General Illustration class was working on an assignment in which they were asked to create the portrait of a well-known sports personality for an editorial article. Mr. Strawberry posed in front of the classroom for 1 1/2 hours while the class drew his portrait and listened to him speak about positive work habits that pertain to both being a professional baseball player and a professional artist.

Teaching at F.I.T.

Drawing Darryl Strawberry’s portrait with students

Originally published in 1975, this remarkable collection of portraits of people living “lives out of sight in nursing homes, prisons and mental institutions” was created by Leslie’s father, legendary illustrator and fine artist Alan E. Cober. Upon the occasion of the re-issuing of the book in a new edition in 2012, Leslie created a 10-page introduction to the new book chronicling Cober’s journeys as he created it, and including interviews with some of the subjects and others involved with Cober and the project.

The Forgotten Society

Leslie Cober-Gentry created a new introduction to the updated edition of her father’s masterpiece sketch journal.

The Illustrators Journal

Featured artist Leslie Cober-Gentry interviewed in the Spring 2012 issue of The Illustrators Journal

Board game design by Leslie Cober-Gentry

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the interview click here:

Updating Atomic Wings’
NYC TriBeCa Franchise

Atomic Wings in New York City’s TriBeCa district gets a hip upgrade, complete with designs by Leslie Cober-Gentry

Leslie Cober-Gentry, designer, illustrator, and faculty member at The  Fashion Institute of Technology and Adam Lippin, CEO and Founder of Atomic Wings, have joined together in collaboration with Kidrobot, well-known retailer of designer toys, to present a gallery setting in Atomic Wings’ NYC TriBeca franchise.

Lippin invited Cober-Gentry to upgrade the restaurant franchise into a modern, trendy environment. She has designed an atmosphere where Atomic Wings customers can relax in a creative environment and view original artwork (which will change twice per year) while they socialize, play pool and enjoy the complete menu and famous wings.

What are they doing there and how did they get there? That group of intriguingly weird, artistically cartoonist, sometimes beautiful and occasionally ghastly little Kidrobot Munny figures huddled under the display case in Pomerantz D3. 
They sprang from illustration Professor Leslie Cober-Gentry’s off-the-2D-beat-and-path class assignment.

“Kidrobot is a retail store that carries toys created initially by well-known artists.  When Munny is heated with a hairdryer, the vinyl becomes pliable and can be cut away and then molded said Cober-Gentry.  “Students get tired of the 2-D thing. So the 3-D project is really exciting. They’re stimulated by the new thought process.”

The instructions went something like this: paint a do-it-yourself Munny from Kidrobot; illustrate a background environment for the Munny — medium of the student’s choice.  “After creating and enlarging numerous thumbnail sketches, students created their own custom Munnys in their own environment,” says Cober-Gentry.

“On the East Coast there’s more emphasis on (illustrating) publications,” says Cober-Gentry. “California is more entertainment–movies and videos. This type of assignment shows the students there’s a world of opportunity out there. They will have to go out and look for different directions to show their abilities.”

“The Munny project provided students  with a common 3-D canvas to create something unique while working on identical items. A lot of students found their voice with this project. It was a fun way to shake things up at the end of a long semester.” - Emily Arlington

“Making the Munny was really fun,” says [student] Michael Wong. “The process took me back to my childhood, cutting papers and fabric, gluing things, molding. It was an exciting end result. I initially thought I would fail, but it actually went better than I thought. I learned new applications for illustration, and that different media is not just paint, ink, papers and canvas; it can be anything!” “I love that Michael worked within the box. They looked for all kinds of material and came up with incredible solutions,” said Cober-Gentry.

“Students often ask ‘What does this have to do with illustration?’ But it’s not just about 2-D publishing. It’s an assignment-based project. They’re answering the assignment — that’s what illustration is all about. It’s similar to something you’re asked to do,” said Cober Gentry.

“It’s amazing what students do when they really love an assignment — when they’ve been working passionately throughout the semester, taking in critiques, studying established illustrators and noticing what’s being created around them. They become stars in the end,” says Cober-Gentry.

FIT Kidrobot Munnys

Leslie Cober-Gentry’s students go 3D

By Rachel Ellner · Feb 2013 (from

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KidRobots by Veronica Stone

and Ian Hansen

In December of 2012 the Society of Illustrators in New York City presented the groundbreaking exhibit Start Making Sense, where members were invited to create an illustration on a trading card provided by long-time Society supporter Strathmore Paper.

Curated by Leslie Cober-Gentry, the exhibit was by the lyrics of the Talking Heads hit song Stop Making Sense: “...As we get older, and stop making sense.

Members were asked to select one of the traditionally recognized “five senses,”—hearing, seeing, touch, smell and taste. The art could be created in the medium of the artist’s choice, including three dimensional works and collage.

Members were asked to create each illustration on a blank trading card provided by Strathmore paper and given to each artist by the Society. A selection of 53 original trading cards were made available for purchase via online auction on eBay in January 2013. Funds raised were used to support the Society of Illustrators.

Start Making Sense: S of I

Leslie Cober-Gentry curates the 23rd annual Society of Illustrators Members’ Open Exhibit

Every time someone buys a pad of Strathmore Bristol 400 Series Bristol Vellum paper, they’re going to see an illustration by esteemed artist Leslie Cober-Gentry on the cover.

Leslie has been using Strathmore’s paper throughout her career, so who better to grace their newly redesigned covers? For an artist, there’s nothing like having one’s work peeking out from the shelves of every single art store on the planet.

Strathmore also planned to post a bio of Leslie on their webite, which can be found here.

Strathmore Bristol cover

Leslie Cober-Gentry’s work selected by Strathmore to cover their drawing pads

Oscar Screening Shorts

Leslie Cober-Gentry designs Oscar event at FTC

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, Fairfield Theatre Company hosted an Oscar Shorts Screening event at its 70 Stamford Street venue. The five documentary short films that have been nominated for the 2013 Academy Awards in the category were presented over a three-hour period, in their entirety. The films included Inocente, Kings Point, Mondays at Racine, Open Heart and Redemption.

FTC’s lobby was dressed up for the occasion by Fairfielder Leslie Cober-Gentry, a friend of the theater and supporter of the local arts scene. Decor included Golden Oscar statuettes, an actual red carpet, floral bouquets and flickering golden votive candles. The program was scheduled to be shown again on February 20th, 2013 and quickly sold out.