Welcome to Inkygirl: Reading, Writing and Illustrating Children's Books (archive list here) which includes my Creating Picture Books series, Advice For Young Writers and IllustratorsWriter's and Illustrator's Guide To Twitter, interviews, my poetry for young readers, #BookADay, writing/publishing industry surveys, and 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day Writing Challenge. Also see my Inkygirl archives,  and comics for writers (including Keiko and Will Write For Chocolate). Also check out my Print-Ready Archives for Teachers, Librarians, Booksellers and Young Readers.

I tweet about the craft and business of writing and illustrating at @inkyelbows. If you're interested in my art or other projects, please do visit DebbieOhi.com. Thanks for visiting! -- Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Thursday
Jul132017

Comic: A Taste For Picture Books

Friday
Jul072017

Comic: Scrabble Addict

Friday
Jul072017

Advice For Young Illustrators: Three Questions With Children's Book Illustrator Ana Aranda

I met the delightful Ana Aranda through the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship program, when she was selected for the program in 2014. I love Ana's positive outlook, enthusiasm and good humor....and I especially love her ART! Ana was born and raised in Mexico City, she currently lives in San Francisco. You can find her work in picture books, art exhibitions and murals in the US and abroad. Ana’s biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. You can find Ana at her website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and her blog.

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Friday
Jul072017

Comic: Restaurant Sign Snob

Wednesday
Jul052017

Comic: The Rejection

Grammar is important. :-)

Wednesday
Jul052017

Comic: Squirrel Writers

Wednesday
Jul052017

Advice For Young Illustrators, Storytelling Art and more: Three Questions With Children's Book Illustrator Ana Aranda

I met the delightful Ana Aranda through the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship program, when she was selected for the program in 2014. I love Ana's positive outlook, enthusiasm and good humor....and I especially love her ART! Ana was born and raised in Mexico City, she currently lives in San Francisco. You can find her work in picture books, art exhibitions and murals in the US and abroad. Ana’s biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. You can find Ana at her website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and her blog.

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra was written by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Ana Aranda, published by Nancy Paulsen Books in March 2017. 

SYNOPSIS: "Like most goats, Jayna, Bumsie, and Pep’s greatest fear is being eaten for dinner by the legendary chupacabra—it’s common knowledge that goats are a chupacabra’s favorite food! One night, tired of living in fear, the impetuous goats whip out their trusty candelabra and head off to find the beast and scare it away before it can find them. Little do they know that candelabras are the chupacabra’s third-favorite food . . . and he isn’t about to stop there. This chupacabra has quite the appetite, and the goats are in for a big surprise!"

Thanks so much to Ana for answering THREE QUESTIONS for Inkygirl readers today:

Q. Could you please take a photo of something in your office and tell us the story behind it?

This is a Kamishibai that I found in a bookstore in France a few years ago. I have always loved the format and the story behind it, in which theatre and picture books intersect in this beautiful work of storytelling art. I also have it as a reminder to think about the different ways in which you can experiment on the book as an object. The image is from the book "Il Faudra" , written by Thierry Lenain and illustrated by Olivier Tallec ( Éditions Callicéphale, 2007).

Q. What advice do you have for young illustrators?

My advice for young illustrators would be to play and have as much fun as you can with your art! Experiment, search outside your comfort zone and most of all have a big smile every day because you are creating! I also recommend to look for inspiration everywhere: museums, libraries, films, nature, etc. Make it part of your day/week to look for one thing that inspires you and feed that curiosity constantly.

Q. What are you excited about right now?

I am very excited about this year’s release of the first picture book that I have illustrated in the U.S. “The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra” written by the incomparable Marc Tyler Nobleman! This book has been very fun to create because it talks about a monster that I have heard of all of my life, the Chupacabra, and I feel very honored to have illustrated this very fun and colorful story! I am also very excited about many more projects that I’ve been dreaming to work on for a long time which are now a reality. One of these is my first author/illustrator picture book about the Day of the Dead celebration which will be published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books in 2019!

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For more interviews, see my Inkygirl Interview Archive.

Monday
Jul032017

Comic: Punctuation breakup!!!

Saturday
Jul012017

Happy Canada Day, eh? I encourage non-Canadians out there to embrace your inner U!

Friday
Jun302017

Comic: Obsessive Compulsive Editing Disorder

Friday
Jun302017

Comic: The Plot Hole

Thursday
Jun292017

Writers: Develop a thick hide. If you can't take criticism, then don't play in this playground. - Jennifer Fallon

Thursday
Jun292017

Thanks to Writer's Digest for including my site in their 101 Best Websites For Writers list!

 

Thanks to Writer's Digest for including Inkygirl.com in their annual list of best websites for writers again! So honored. What they said:

"Artist and children's book author Debbie Ridpath Ohi is perhaps best known for illustrating award-winning children's books (including several for Judy Blume), but her online presence is equally vibrant. At Inkygirl, she couples writerly inspiration with adorably endearing doodles - you can spend hours browsing without even realizing it."

Thanks also to Dee Romito for the heads-up in her Twitter feed at @writeforapples; I had missed seeing this news!

 

Wednesday
Jun282017

Writers: take regular breaks away from the keyboard. Here's why.

Wednesday
Jun282017

Comic: Unhappy Muse

Tuesday
Jun272017

Comic: Cat Writer

"Writers need rejection as a reminder that we have to work for what we achieve." - Chuck Wendig.

Tuesday
Jun272017

Comic: Punctuation For Sale

Monday
Jun262017

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Harry Potter series!

Anyone else miss the rabid anticipation of a new Harry Potter book? I confess I sometimes feel like Moira:

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Monday
Jun262017

You can find stories EVERYWHERE. Yes, even in a coffee stain!

As some of you may have seen in my Instagram story yesterday, I was creating some more coffee stains for doodling. Jeff (my husband) was about to reject some coffee grounds since he had accidentally set our coffee grinder for the wrong setting; I asked if I could have them. And I used them to create some super-strong coffee in a French press, then dropped the coffee onto some mixed media art paper with a spoon:

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Monday
Jun262017

Writers & Illustrators: All the networking/promo in the world can’t help unless you get your book FINISHED first.