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 stylus (3)


Nomad Brush for the iPad

Nomad Brush for the iPad from Don Lee on Vimeo.

Not a lot of info available on this, but it's supposed to be available next month. Wondering how it's supposed to work -- I really hope that the brush bristles somehow DO interact with the screen.


Review: Sock Stylus II


I’ve been trying out the Sock Stylus II from ShapeDad on Etsy and so far, I love it. I liked the first Sock Stylus as well but did find that it occasionally skipped if I tried drawing with the corner seam rather than smoother part of the fabric.

The Sock Stylus II is new and improved version with thicker conductive fabric, and it works like a charm no matter what part of the fabric is touching the screen.

The price from ShapeDad on Etsy: US$7 plus $3 shipping from the Netherlands, or $1 shipping if order other items as well. Right now, the Pogo Sketch Stylus is available from Amazon for US$7.99 (free shipping if you order enough to qualify for their Super Saver).

Possible advantage of the Sock Stylus II: longer lasting? I've yet to have a Pogo Sketch Stylus wear out on me, but I plan to use both types regularly for my drawing, and I'll let you know.


Griffin Stylus For iPad: Cool-Looking But Pricey

Just found out that Griffin has stylus pens that work on the iPad. But...US$20??

I already have a Pogo Style Sketch (US$14.95 if purchased individually, slightly cheaper if you buy in bulk):

How much better is the Griffin stylus? $20 is too much for me to spend on a stylus just to try out, so I'd love to hear from anyone who has had a chance to try both.

Even the Pogo Sketch Stylus seems a tad expensive to me, considering the iPad screen isn't touch sensitive.