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.......
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
You know how I mentioned that I probably wouldn't have been able to take on a job like this when I first started out. Yeah, there's life experience and all that, but one huge reason I left out was TECHNOLOGY!! Let's say I had a job to illustrate bears. If I didn't have any reference books about bears, I'd have to go to the library and look for one, it took forever. Now, oh my god, with a punch of a button, go to Bing images, there are a zillian pictures of bears. Black, brown, polar, old young, and on and on..... And not only that, I scan the sketches, scan the finishes and email them off. I can't even imagine packing up and shipping off all these drawings, much less having some of them sent back for corrections. I think there was a good reason this job didn't happen fifteen years ago.