Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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My first book as author/illustrator! Launches from Simon & Schuster in May/2015.

LA Times list of "30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up"

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Thursday
May122016

Dancing with my man in Chattanooga, TN

Neither Jeff nor I consider ourselves public dancers. We've never been into the nightclub dancing scene. At friends' weddings, we'd rather sit and chat with people rather than go out on the dance floor. It depends on the crowd, though.

I dance in my office in private sometimes. I know I'm not a good dancer; I'm awkward and chaotic BUT I do find it liberating to sometimes just crank up my favourite privateofficedance tunes and do my flailchaoticdance. I also love to draw people dancing; it's one reason I was so tickled to illustrate the RUBY ROSE picture books written by Rob Sanders. The first one, RUBY ROSE, OFF TO SCHOOL SHE GOES, comes out from HarperCollins Children's on June 21st, 2016!

Anyway, Jeff and I had a wonderful time this past weekend in Chattanooga, TN visiting friends, and during an evening stroll on the way to Clumpies Ice Cream, Jeff stopped me and pointed out the dance steps on the sidewalk and grabbed my hand.

"Come on," he said. "Let's try it!" I was floored. Jeff, WANTING to dance? In PUBLIC?

And a little voice inside my head yelled Go for it, girl!

So there we were, me and my man, dancing the waltz on Frazier Avenue that night beneath the stars in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And I remember thinking: Life could not be finer than this.

Wednesday
Apr272016

Doodles, pomegranate seeds and madwomen

A photo posted by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (@inkygirl) on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:37am PDT

 

Doodled with a pomegranate seed during breakfast this morning. For lighting this time, I decided to take my pomegranate doodle outside to use the morning sunlight. As I experimented with tilting the piece of watercolour paper to minimize the shadow, I heard one of my neighbours leave for work and briefly wondered what he/she must think of me, crouching in front of the house in my uncombed morning hair and slobbycomfy clothes, hunched over a scrap of paper. Then I thought, who are you kidding? My neighbours are already used to me going out at odd hours and staring at bits of leaf trash and shadows like a madwoman. :-) 

 

Monday
Feb012016

Would appreciate advice/tips from those in the entertainment industry

Please read this post, thanks.

Tuesday
Dec012015

Gratitude: Ryan Couldrey

Gratitude Post: Thank you to Ryan Couldrey for his 2007 post in blogTO about my Will Write For Chocolate comic. Because of this post, interest in my webcomic soared and I also started getting a lot more Google juice in my online projects. Keep in mind that this was THREE YEARS before any publisher showed interest in my illustrations/comics.

Because of that post, I eventually became a blogTO contributor. You can see some of my posts here. I interviewed Bev Katz Rosenbaum years before I ended up meeting her in person through Torkidlit. And because of blogTO, I had some of my restaurant reviews and photos getting published in National Post!

I've appreciated Ryan's encouragement and support of my work over the years, and will never forget that first interview.

You can find out more about Ryan and his work at RyanCouldrey.com. You can also find him on Vimeo, Behance, Youtube,Twitter, Instagram and his blog.

Especially check out his Snow - The Film, which is based on Snow: A Graphic Novel Set in Toronto.

Here's a fun pic of Ryan shooting a pic of Patricia Storms at a National Cartoonists Party in 2008:

Saturday
Aug012015

Handwritten Journal entry: Missing SCBWI-LA