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 13, 2011


When I was working on the word CIRCUS, my dearest and oldest childhood friend DeDe came to mind.  After high school she ran off and joined the circus and rode bareback doing a hand stand...... hmmmm.  You know, I never actually SAW her do this, and one thing I know for sure, she was the wimpiest, least athletic person I knew.  She spent every p.e. class in the nurses office (you know the type)  So I found this circus story a little hard to believe.  Ok, yes, here she is in a circusy type costume, but that doesn't really prove anything. So this drawing is how I imagined DeDe would look trying to ride a circus horse bareback!


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