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, April 6, 2011
My Two Cents
original sketch for ONE CENT
The Concept for this image was ONE CENT. On the top is the original sketch, which by the way was approved. I was about to go to finish when my 11 year old daughter said, "hey Mom, since when was gum a penny?"........ ok, maybe I should re think this one. I went ahead and sent two finishes, one of the original sketch and this one with the man. It was faster to just go ahead and finish two versions, rather than get another sketch approved. I wonder which one will end up in the Dictionary?