Jammin’ With Photoshop

Music is one of the biggest reasons to be alive. So of course it’s the first thing they cut from school budgets. They really ought to increase music instruction when the budget gets tight. It’s a really effective way to increase test scores while packing more kids into a classroom.

This is series of musician illustrations for the Partnership With Earth website project.

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Clarinet player illustrationMusic is one of the biggest reasons to be alive. So of course it’s the first thing they cut from school budgets. They really ought to increase music instruction when the budget gets tight. It’s a really effective way to increase test scores while packing more kids into a classroom.

This is series of musician illustrations for the Partnership With Earth website project. The clarinet player was one of the first ones I did. At that point I was still working in 72 dpi and trying to match the style of another artist.

You can see the progression – I did the musicians with the blue backgrounds last.

 

Drummer illustration

 

String bass player illustration

Cello player illlustration

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Gold Miner illustration

This one was fun to do. I used two different reference photos so the figure is really a composite of two models. The pile of gold is a separate layer – I just kind of winged it but I like the way it turned out.

The gold actually puts me in mind of dragons. Maybe I’ll do one of those soon! Do you think dragons are best with wings?

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Man pushing wheelbarrow full of gold
Gold Miner digital illustration

Another one for the website project.

 
This one was fun to do. I used two different reference photos so the figure is really a composite of two models. The pile of gold is a separate layer – I just kind of winged it but I like the way it turned out.
 
The gold actually puts me in mind of dragons. Maybe I’ll do one of those soon! Do you think dragons are best with wings?

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Barbie art?

I spent some time today in Barbie land. I found a job posting for someone looking for a doll illustrator and thought, what the heck? Why not? So I went for it.

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barbie doll in pink dress Seriously, I don’t remember the last time I played with Barbie. I probably made her muck out stalls for my Breyer riding dolls.  But I spent some time today in Barbie land. I found a job posting for someone looking for a doll illustrator and thought, what the heck? Why not? So I went for it.

The most fun part was adding the sparkly effect to the dress. It allowed me to use a brush setting that I usually find ultra annoying, called “dissolve.”

Definitely layers were the way to go. (It is, of course, all about clothes and hair.) That way I can do things like add different accessories – like the jewelly stuff below. I could even make her a brunette if I wanted to.

Which reminds me of a Barbie-style doll I picked up at a thrift store once. She came with a gold tooth and tattoos. I called her “Biker Chick Barbie.” The kids thought she was hideous.

 

barbie doll with accessories
Hmmm...how about adding a giant snake to the background layer?

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Recent illustrations

I was very pleased to be asked to create some digital figurative cartoons for a nonprofit website project, including a potter at her wheel and a painter at his easel.

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IPainter at easel illlustration‘ve been doing some illustration work for the Partnership With Earth Foundation (PWEF), a nonprofit focused on raising sustainability consciousness.

They’ve begun an ambitious website project which will introduce a unique  approach to understanding sustainable living. I’m very excited about it and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about it as the project unfolds.

Anyway, the  website will be interactive and highly illustrated with a multitude of little figures who represent different aspects of a sustainable lifestyle.

According to PWEF founder Lance DuRand, taking a more “right-brained”  approach to life helps to foster a more long-term-sustainable worldview.  So the figures I’m doing represent (for the most part) activities which use primarily that part of the brain.

Of course the arts are about as right brained as you get, and I was very pleased to be asked to create a painter and a potter.  Here they are!

Potter at wheel illustration

 

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Welcome to my studio!

Hard to know what to say on a first post.  Think I’ll  go create some galleries.

Enjoy, and thanks for visiting – let me know what you think!

Anne

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