Is Debbie Tilley Available?

Is Debbie Tilley available?
On June 28, 1995, yes that was 15 years ago, my rep, Richard Salzman received a call from the art director at Gallaudet University Press. Is
Debbie Tilley available to do samples for an up coming project? We're going to be publishing a signing dictionary for children, needing
around 1000 illustrations.... and that's how it all started....

Fast forward 15 years:
On December 4, 2010, Richard, my rep received an email from the Editorial Director of Gallaudet University press, they were ready to get started
on the Children's Sign Language Dictionary! I think that is the longest lead time in freelance history! As it turned out, I had been illustrating children's picture
books nonstop for a long time. The thought of doing 1,000 individual drawings sounded so great to me, I couldn't wait to get started.......

Thursday, February 3, 2011


About half of the words in the dictionary are just objects, the other 500 are concepts, which is a lot more interesting for me.  These are four examples I did for the concepts, AND, BEHAVE, APPEAR, and BELONG. I think the best ones work without even using them in a sentence.




1 comment:

  1. Your drawings just get better and better. I really like the ideas behind these.