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.......

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Tomorrow, Friday April 22 is Earth Day.  The very first Earth Day was in 1970.  I was in the 6th grade .  I'm proud to say I won my school's poster contest!  Notice my nifty balloon letters? It was quite a thrill.  What is a little disturbing though, today, when I went to the website look what I found!  Have they been using my idea for 41 years?  Oh well, I guess I'll let this one slide, it's for a good cause.
My (original) winning poster design in 1970

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