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.

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(Last updated: December 3, 2015)

Part 1: Coming up with the idea.

Part 2: Writing the story.

Part 3: Illustrating the story.

Part 4: Final stages and publication.

 Part 1: Coming up with an idea

Part 2: Thinking visually with thumbnail sketches (includes downloadable template)

Part 3: Figuring out characters, ethnicity, more revisions.

Part 4: More process, final art and cover art.


From an illustrator's perspective:

 For young readers, I've created a step-by-step guide about how the picture book NAKED! was created.


For young readers, I've created a step-by-step guide about how the picture book I'M BORED was created.

The I'M BORED Scrapbook documented the creation of I'M BORED, a new picture book by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by yours truly, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012. This blog includes photos, sketches, process notes, comics as well as quotes from the author, editor (Justin Chanda) and art director (Laurent Linn).