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, July 16, 2011

Word: DRAW

This drawing was inspired by my friend Tuko who lives in Hawaii.
I took my work to the beach this past Wednesday, as planned.  There was only one problem, I took my sketch book out of my bag, looked at the list of words, then put it all back in my bag, rolled over on my towel, and took a nap.  So much for my mobile office.


  1. wow, that looks just like me.... :)

  2. You could show your friend pulling the pencil along (another version of draw, get it, get it?) Making an illustration of some of the various definitions. I know that thing about procrastination (I'm here aren't I?!) but what a great assignment, what a fun thing/ challenge this could be, incorporating as many meanings of a word in an image, talk about specificity! And a TRUE challenge, because though a picture is worth a thousand words, people tend to interpret pictures their own selves! I think you'll be brilliant! Feel free to shout out to the writing/illustrating community! Such a fine project, great good luck, joy and fun to you!

  3. Oh and I think you're fine choice and congratulations on the project finally coming to pass!