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 promotion (1)


Using the iPad for promo materials

Here's what I created this morning in honour of Darcy Pattison's RANDOM ACTS OF PUBLICITY, a week in which people (especially authors) are encouraged to post a review of an author friend's book on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing or somewhere else online:

Here's how I created it:

- Downloaded a free cardboard texture from (my favourite texture source).

- Use the Ransom Letters app to create the cut-out letter words (took about 2 minutes), e-mailed the image to myself.

- Used Corel Painter to select out the individual words then pasted them onto the cardboard image, rotated some of the words to make it look more homemade.

- Used the Chalk brush (Dull Grainy Chalk variant) in Painter to write the rest of the text by hand in black.

To find out more about Darcy Pattison and the Random Acts Of Publicity Week, see: