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 7, 2011



ok, I just finished up inking and coloring a hundred drawings. I'm really tired of inking and coloring.  I don't think I can ink and color another drawing in my lifetime.  Now back to doing sketches.  The way I'm working goes like this.  First, I start going through the list and write  some of the words down, do some sketches, then find some more words, until I've got 100 done. At this point I really believe that I cannot ever come up with another idea in my lifetime. Then its time to ink and color again......

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