Hi, I’m Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Once upon a time, I was a computer programmer and systems analyst for a bank. Now, I write and illustrate children’s books for a living. Life is crazy and wonderful.

Why subscribe? What is Inkygirl about?

Inkygirl focuses on writing and illustrating for young people, with practical tips and behind-the-scenes peeks into the process. I’ve been writing and illustrating books for kids since 2010, and have worked with Simon & Schuster, Random House, HarperCollins, Little Brown, and other publishers. My illustrations have appeared in books by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black (who is on Substack!), Linda Sue Park, and others.

Selection of some of my most popular posts:

My Picture Book 101 series, in which I talk about the basics of writing and illustrating picture books for young readers.

How a rejection helped me get me my first children’s book contract (and advice I wish I could tell my younger self)

On illustrating Judy Blume’s covers, and what I learned

Playing with collage, investigating copyright issues when using print text in collage

My other Substack newsletter:

The Red Balloon - My personal essays and non-kidlit art.

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Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. Her posts include nuts & bolts tips about the craft and biz, behind-the-scenes process, bibliophile comics.


Children's book author & illustrator. Illustrations appear in books by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black, others. I WANT TO READ *ALL* THE BOOKS launches from Simon & Schuster BFYR, Sept.17, 2024. Has also worked with Random House, HarperCollins, others.