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Debbie’s Process

For posts about Debbie’s writing or illustration process.

My morning writing routine in 2020

Finding it a challenge to carve out time for your writing because of other work or life commitments? I encourage you to join me in my Daily Writing Challenge. Even 100 words a day adds up! I also have an Inkygirl Daily Writing Challenge Facebook Page. One of my goals in 2020 . . .



How Sam & Eva Was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 (Last updated May 31, 2018) One of Debbie’s favorite parts of book creation process is working with Laurent Linn on the cover. Here are some rough sketches of cover ideas: After Debbie’s art was approved, she waited. While she waiting, of course, . . .



How Sam & Eva Was Created Part 2

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 (Last updated October 2, 2017) In Part 1, I told you how I came up with the idea for SAM & EVA and how the book got bought by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (YAY). I signed the contract in . . .



How Sam & Eva Was Created Part 1

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 (Last updated August 16, 2017) Q. Where did you get the idea for Sam & Eva? When I was a student at the University of Toronto, my friend Reid and I used to have cartoon wars in which one person started a drawing and then . . .



Video: Desiderata Daedalus Drawing Demo (Dip Nib On A Fountain Pen!)

As some of you know, I am hooked on fountain pens (it began at a photo shoot for the Toronto Public Library, but I’ll save that for another post). Anyway, I’m totally loving my new Desiderata Daedalus! To artists using dip pens: you might want to check this pen out . . .




How Sea Monkey and Bob was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Debbie started to experiment with different colors for the main characters as well as different techniques for the watery background: She did many, many sketches of the characters. Debbie also started doing “thumbnail sketches” (very small, rough sketches) to figure out the general layout of all . . .



How Sea Monkey and Bob was Created Part 2

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Debbie was SO excited when she first saw Aaron Reynolds’s wonderful story for Sea Monkey & Bob. For one thing, it was hilarious! She fell in love with the characters right away.  Also, Debbie has been a longtime fan of Sea Monkeys. She was always intrigued . . .



How Sea Monkey And Bob Was Created Part 1

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 According to Aaron Reynolds, SEA MONKEY & BOB started as a story idea called Holy Mackerel! (see above image from Aaron’s writing journal) about a Mackerel who was scared he was sinking. The story didn’t quite work (“as many don’t”) but gradually evolved to become Sea Monkey . . .



Free Picture Book Thumbnail Templates for Writers and Illustrators

When I was asked to illustrate my first picture book (I’m Bored) and I started researching picture book formats, I was confused. I knew a standard picture book had 32 pages, for example, but I discovered that these 32 pages might also include the title page and other non-story pages. Plus . . .