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.......
Saturday, April 9, 2011
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.