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.......

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Word: LOSE

LOSE (an object)
LOSE (a competition)
In sign language there are two different signs for the word LOSE.  One meaning is to lose a competition, the other is to lose an object.  The sketch for the (object) one was fine, but on the losing a competition I had to take out my little joke.  In the sketch I had her sash spelling "Miss LOOO-SAH ana".  Wouldn't that have been funnier?  I guess they can't have misspelled words in a dictionary.  Anyway, her musical selection "Tears of a Clown" made it in, that made me happy.

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