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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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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