Debbie Drechsler
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I love to draw pictures. I always have. When I was ten I drew horses. At 15 I drew pictures of a model named Twiggy. That same year I created my own psychedelic posters using fabulous DayGlo paints. I've never been crazy about drawing cars or machines. I love to draw people and lately I've been drawing plants and fungi.

I thought I would grow up to become a children's book illustrator but found that I liked drawing for adults better than children. I worked for some newspapers in the 1980's and then decided I'd really like working at home, so I became a freelance illustrator. Most of the work I do is editorial.

You may have seen some of my illustrations in Yankee Magazine, San Jose State Alumni Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Redbook, Texas Monthly, Cricket Magazine, Shape, Condé Nast Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Avon Books, Bantam Books, Mercury Press and The Algonquin Press.

Since 1996 I've created my illustrations digitally. Preliminary sketches are drawn on paper and once I've received approval from the client, I work from the sketch in a program called Illustrator. It's a wonderful way to work! Changes are easy to make as I go along, if needed. Artwork can be resized and emailed quickly to the client when finished.

I lived the first 30 years of my life near various Great Lakes in the northern United States. In 1967 news of something called the Summer of Love made it's way from San Francisco, CA to the small upstate New York town my family lived in at the time. Everything I heard that summer made California sound like a completely different world from the one I lived in. If it was completely different, I reasoned, it had to be the perfect place for me. Although it took nearly twenty more years for me to find my way out west it did, indeed, turn out to be the perfect place. Now I live in Santa Rosa CA, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, with my husband and our dog, Chloe.