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Debbie Ohi
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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows

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Young writers and illustrators: Over the years I've been doing interviews on Inkygirl (as well as interviewing authors of books I've illustrated): http://inkygirl.com/advice-young/

Huge thanks to authors who have been generous enough to offer advice for young creators!

I'm compiling excerpts from everyone's advice (still working my way through the archives), along with links where you can find the full interview of each author or illustrator.
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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” - Stephen King
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Loving my new water-soluble Artgraf Soft Carbon Pencil from +CW Pencil Enterprise (bought during my NYC visit).
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Some people meditate or knit to relax. I draw ROBOTS AND DOGS.

See more of my art videos, found object doodles and sketch journal pages at:

https://www.instagram.com/inkygirl/
https://twitter.com/inkyelbows

Find out more about me and my children's books at:

http://debbieohi.com/

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One of my sketchbook characters make a run for it this morning! Here's a video showing how it happened:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaSEeRHU3Dk

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Yet another reason why it's good to proofread your email one more time before you hit SEND.
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"Breathing book molecules helps you write. It’s a fact." - +Ame Dyckman on going to the library: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2013/1/10/interview-with-childrens-book-author-ame-dyckman-about-boy-b.html

This is also available as a free, print-ready poster at http://debbieohi.com/read
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Biggest misconception about writing picture books: thinking that short = easy/quick. See:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/11/28/misconceptions-about-writing-picture-books-why-short-does-no.html
(includes link to my free picture book templates)
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Thanks to the +Toronto Public Library for inviting my sis Ruth Ohi and me to be part of their #TPLStories Project! See our interview: https://www.facebook.com/torontopubliclibrary/photos/a.10154604743935229.1073741834.17572765228/10155034334875229/?type=3&theater

See other TPL Stories here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/torontopubliclibrary/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154604743935229
"TPL stories is a collection of short stories that highlight what Toronto Public Library means to our users, staff, and communities. Share your story using #TPLStories."

Special thanks to Clive S. Sewell for the fun photo and Michelle Leung for putting everything together. Background to the photo: Clive took a ton of photos during the photoshoot, and Michelle suggested that Ruth and I sit at the one of the kids' tables and play with some crayons and paper while he photographed us. R and I had crazyfun with that, mostly pretending to draw while we talked/yelled at each other as well as as Clive and Michelle, trying to grab each other's crayons etc. Then Clive asked us to hold up what we had been scribbling on, and that's when he took this photo. :-)

This photoshoot was also when my current obsession with FOUNTAIN PENS began! Michelle talked about fountain pens a bit and I mentioned that Jeff liked fountain pens, and she suggested we go to Scriptus Toronto (Toronto Pen Show). Jeff was very keen on the idea so we went, and that's when J bought me my very first fountain pen (red Lamy Safari) and ink (Iroshizuku Yama-Guri).


http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/11/28/misconceptions-about-writing-picture-books-why-short-does-no.html
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Continuing my experiments re: turning mint tins into travel paint sets. The empty watercolor pans I ordered via Amazon just arrived, yay! I cut up some magnetic tape and stuck a bit on the bottom of each pan. Now I can fill the pans with colors I like and switch them out whenever I'd like. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I did not invent these ideas - there are MANY who make DIY travel watercolor sets; just search for the term online. I'm experimenting to find out what works for me and will post a summary with lots of reference and resource links in Inkygirl.com when I've had more time to see how well these travel paint sets hold up over extended use.
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