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 20, 2011
In sign language, there are two different signs for the word TALL. One means tall (people), the other means tall (object). Since I'm showing basketball players, I wanted to congratulate the Gallaudet University Women's basketball team! This year they finished their season with a 23-2 record. What makes them so amazing is that they are a non hearing team. They signal to each other silently using nods, hand signals, and sign language. Instead of cheering, the people in the stands stomp their feet so the players can feel the vibrations. Great Job!
Gallaudet University Winning women's basketball team!