Logo for Meetup group

I just started a new Meetup group for creative people in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area. A logo seemed in order, so here’s my attempt.

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Wolf pack logoI just started a new Meetup group for creative people in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area. I’m calling it Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack and it’s just a monthly (more or less) gathering for creative inspiration – where artists, writers, musicians, businesspeople and other creative women & men can get together and inspire each other through sharing and encouragement.

A logo seemed in order, so here’s my attempt.

If you’re in the area you’re welcome to join. Here’s the link: Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack Meetup

 

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My IRS Agent is a Real Dog

Actually it has nothing to do with the IRS. If it did I probably would have made it a pit bull. A drooling one.

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Actually it has nothing to do with the IRS. If it did I probably would have made it a pit bull. A drooling one.

Part of the forthcoming  Partnership With Earth website project is a sustainable living audit. Somehow the idea of a dog at the desk was appealing, to put a little lightness and humor into it.  This was my first version:

Illustration: dog at desk

I chose a standard poodle because my dog-crazy 13 year old daughter wants a puppy and we’ve been researching dog breeds and have pretty much narrowed it down to that one. I like to run and she likes to train dogs to do tricks so we had to have a breed that likes both activities. (I never thought of poodles as  runners but according to a bunch of runner’s forums I visited they’re pretty stellar at long distance running.)  Standard poodles are very smart but not as hyper as Border collies (another one we’d considered.) And the no-shed thing is a definite plus. (Our Lab-Boxer mix, Jasmine, is currently in full swing with her biannual ritual of sprinkling the house liberally with little black hairs.)

Anyway, we ended up having the dog (the one in the picture, not the potential and as yet theoretical new addition to the family) actually filling out the audit rather than simply inviting one to do so. So here’s the final version:

Illustration: Dog writing at desk

It was pretty fun to do. All the overlapping meant having to really keep track of the layers.

Now, if only I could get Clara to train Jasmine to do the taxes!

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Apple Picking Illustrations

More illustrations for the Partnership With Earth project. One of our goals is to illustrate examples of activities which are not only eco-friendly, but which promote bonding with others and/or with Nature.

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Illustration of man harvesting applesMore illustrations for the Partnership With Earth project. One of our goals is to illustrate examples of activities which are not only eco-friendly, but which promote bonding with others and/or with Nature.  Like harvesting apples with one’s family…(I didn’t include the apple trees because they’re part of the background scene these will go into.)

Illustration: pregnant woman picking apples
Illustration: toddler peeking between legsIllustration: basket of apples

If there had been room it would have been nice to include a group of people pressing apples for cider

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Diamonds are a horse’s best friend

Daniel Smith had a sale recently and I picked up a bunch of Ampersandt aquabord panels in itty bitty sizes. As usual when confronted with something new, the first thing that came to mind to do with it was horses.

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Horse watercolorDaniel Smith had a sale recently and I picked up a bunch of Ampersandt aquabord panels in itty bitty sizes. As usual when confronted with something new, the first thing that came to mind to do with it was horses.

So here are the first two. What do you think about tipping them on their corners? It seemed like the thing to do, to complement the dynamic horse energy.

Watercolor painting - 2 horses

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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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