This is a story about the largest freelance job ever assigned to a single illustrator... me!
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.......
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A LITTLE BIT
The first two images in the book are "a little bit", and "a lot". Since they are next to each other I decided to use extreme examples of the same idea, feeding something tiny, and feeding something huge. They are the only two drawings in the dictionary that actually relate to each other.