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

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January 7, 2013: After some hard thought, I've decided to officially shut down this blog. I know I haven't updated it in a while, but I thought I should let you all know so you can remove it from your RSS feeds, etc.

Reason: I've decided that I need to find ways to make more time to read and create books.

I had great fun working on illustrating I'M BORED (written by Michael Ian Black, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012) and am now working on writing and/or illustrating new book projects. In addition to my picture book projects, I also want to get back to my novel writing.

My challenge: I want to do too many things and am currently involved in too many projects. My solution: To prioritize and cull.

You can find out what I'm working on at or follow me on Twitter at @inkyelbows.

Thanks so much for your support and interest in my projects.

-- Debbie


Video: A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work

Thought-provoking video showing a baby who tries to interact with a print magazine the same way as she does with an iPad.

I'm curious, though. To you parents out there with babies AND iPads: is this consistent with your own experience?


Sketch Club App for iPad: Fun To Use, With Built-In Community

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Sketch Club app iTunes link

My Sketch Club profile

Easy to use and to upload. What I like most about this app: the Sketch Club community. Fun to see the wide range of artist experience levels, plus some artists include screenshots of their works-in-progress as well as videos. Here's my test video, drawing a quickie dragon:


Google+ Directory of Kidlit/Story Book App Developers

I've started up an "add your own listing" directory on Google+ of kidlit / story app developers, for those interested. Click the image above or the link below:


iPad Drawing Apps: Procreate

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I'm always interesting in drawing/painting apps for the iPad, so tried out Procreate for the first time today.

See my Pixel Shavings post for a step-by-step description on how I created the image above.


PugPig: HTML Publishing Platform For iPad

PugPig's cross-breeds the “pug” of iOS with the “pig” of HTML to render HTML5 pages inside native iOs apps. Kaldor's giving away the app for free during the testing period but will eventually charge for support and an enterprise edition.

The PugPig guide is currently pending approval int the App Store.


(includes info about how to create your own publication using pugpig)