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I am leaving Debbi's original entries on this page and this page will not be deleted.  Fortunately for Debbi, and unfortunately for me, she is moving on to wonderful exciting things.  We will always be friends but Debbi's business interests have changed and after "Willie Doesn't Waddle Anymore"  I will be using other artists or digital art for my books.

 I feel a bit motherly about her success.  I think it all came about because she walked through my garden with me when she illustrated my first children's book and her first illustrations in "A Garden! A Garden!"  

Visit Debbi on her Illustrators site:      penandinkbydhkern.com                                                 


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My favorite form of art is simply called "pen & ink." It's the same technique I used to draw the illustrations for A Garden! A Garden! and Good Grief, It's Winter! About 20 years ago, I started drawing my friends' pets as gifts of appreciation for various reasons. That activity

has blossomed into a hobby that now keeps me very busy. I draw from your photos ~ my goal: capture your pet's personality.


If this is something you feel your pet "deserves" please feel free to contact me at my personal e-mail address of [email protected]

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I meet with each new client in person if possible (otherwise, phone calls and the US mail work.) I like to discuss what you have in mind for your pet's drawing, the final size, facial view, etc.


The cost is $85.00 and includes a legal statement giving you permission to make copies. I'll also give you a "starter kit" enabling you to print note cards from your pet's drawing.

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I've also illustrated a book for another author, Noele Williams. This book is titled The Little Red Frog . It's very similar to A Garden! in that it's about animals, but different for me in that the entire book is in full color. I've had a blast being able to paint, and I totally love frogs, so it's another dream come true. Cute story with a great message at the end. If you'd like a sneak peak at some of the pages, the website is www.littleredfrog.net

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My true love is teaching art to kids. I love teaching the drawing techniques I use...and I have taught these techniques on all elementary levels from kindergarten thru to adults. If you would be interested in having me as a guest artist, I would gladly demonstrate and teach texture, shading, 1 point perspective, etc. to your class. Feel free to contact me at my personal e-mail address of [email protected]

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This was a lesson in 1 point perspective which I was invited to present to a class of students at Amelia Elementary. After showing some examples and giving a brief explanation, each student was given a 12 x 18" sheet of paper. To their surprise, I had written each of their names in block letters. (With, of course, 1 point on the paper.) The success rate with this lesson for me is fantastic, each child ends up with their name "disappearing into the point." The kids had a blast, and I had the thrill of teaching art again.