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.......

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Later Dude, I Mean, Bye Oprah...

One of my California Christmas t-shirts
Quite a few years ago I illustrated and produced a line of t-shirts with the theme "California Christmas". One of  my bright ideas was to send a box of them to Oprah Winfrey.  One day I came home and on my answering machine was a message from Oprah Winfrey herself!  She just wanted to call me to thank me for the shirts.  One of the designs was of this reindeer looking up from a surfboard at a giant wave.  The caption was " Think Big".  At the end of Oprah's message she added, " I'm thinkin big girl".  Yeah, Oprah's the real deal.  This doesn't have anything to do with the dictionary, but  since this seems to be celebrity week here on my blog, and it's her last show tomorrow, I thought I'd throw it in. Plus, it's a pretty cool story...bye Oprah.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Congratulations Marlee Matlin !!

I just wanted to congratulate and thank Marlee Matlin for the great job she did on Celebrity Apprentice.  I don't normally follow that show, but Marlee made it interesting, being one of the most famous deaf people in this country.  She is beautiful, talented and smart, an awesome spokesperson for deaf children.  Watching the finale with the New York School For The Deaf kids signing a song with Marlee, then the whole audience applauded (the deaf way), GREAT!   That was just what I needed to get me through the last 250 drawings.  I really hope this dictionary makes it fun for deaf kids to learn sign language.  If anyone out there knows Marlee, tell her about this dictionary, she can be the project manager on this task any day!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


                                  HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Just wanted to wish all of you Moms out there a great day.  One thing I've noticed on mothers day, you see a lot of dads and kids out at the park or the mall or where ever.  Who you don't see joining them is the mom.  You know why?  Because the last thing a mother wants to do on Mothers day is spend her day taking care of anyone!  The only women you see with their families are the poor senior citizen moms, who have lost their drivers licenses a long time age and are taken hostage and forced to have lunch at an all you can eat buffet. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Word: TREE

This is what's so great about little kids, who wants to sit around and draw a tree, when you can actually make your self INTO a tree.  Although, if  I saw two grown women  doing this, I don't know, just the visual of that would be kind of ugly.

my drawing of a TREE
Gilly and Rosie being TREES!