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.......

Monday, February 28, 2011


She could only stay on her toes for a BRIEF time.
One of my words was BRIEF.  That was a  really tough one for me.  Think about it, how do you show brief, with a single image?  Anyway  this is what I came up with.  Last week when I saw this video on YouTube, it reminded me of the drawing I did, and also cracked me up.


  1. Loved the video. I can sure "see" the inspiration. keep up the great work.

  2. Nice drawing, Debbie. I love the wobbly legs.