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

Entries in my iPad art (1)


Comic: iPad envy (I drew this on the iPad with Sketchbook Pro)

I drew the above comic on my iPad using Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro, with a Pogo stylus. I used different layers for elements of the cartoon so it would be easier to fix screw-ups, then I used other layers (after making them partly transparent) for colouring and shading.

When the basic artwork was finished, I e-mailed a flattened version of the file to myself, then opened it up in Corel Painter to add the text as well as paste in and adjust my screenshot for Words With Friends.